Jonny Cheer helped put a smile back on Woodhall Spa’s faces as his magnificent century set up a winning draw against Grimsby in an ECB Lincolnshire Premier League game at Jubilee Park last Saturday.
Lincolnshire star Cheer crashed an unbeaten 130 - including eleven fours and a six - as Woodhall putting their recent batting problems behind them to pile up 278-5 from their 50 overs.
With Sri Lankan star Malinga Bandara weaving his magic, battered Grimsby were never really in the hunt, but grittily held out at 153-9 to deny Woodhall maximum points.
Nevertheless, it was a much improved performance by skipper Jack Luffman’s side as they showed why many people expect them to stage a strong title challenge.
There was an early set back for Woodhall when Ricky Lovelace fell for one with just 10 runs on the board.
Cheer and Bandara, promoted to number three in the order, took the game away from Grimsby with some superb batting in a second wicket stand of 131.
Bandara hit 61, but there was no relief for Grimsby as Woodhall continued to pile up the runs with Ben O’Brien smashing four fours and two sixes in a typically aggressive 38.
Luffman and Jack Hughes also made quick runs, but the highlight of the innings was that superb effort by Cheer.
Grimsby did see off the new-ball attack of O’Brien and the returning Connor Parsons but once Bandara got to work, there was never any doubt about the outcome.
The leg spinner ripped through the upper and middle orders to post fabulous figures of 6-39 off 17 overs - five of which were maidens.
With fellow spinner Paul Timby lending sound support, Woodhall were always in control. O’Brien returned towards the end to pick up two wickets, but number eight David Carr (24no) held out with last man Harrison Tice.
Luffman will be hoping his players can continue their form at Billingborough on Saturday.
*Woodhall Spa seconds battled to a two wicket win in a low scoring South Lincs and Border League Premier Division game at Skegness.
Chasing a Skegness total of 121, Woodhall eased home on 122-8.
*Brilliant batting from Jack Hughes and Jack Timby was the highlight Woodhall Spa’s 10 wicket win at Sleaford on Sunday in Division Three of the Lincoln and District League.
After Sleaford had been restricted to 153-9 by Paul Timby (4-24) and Jack Cooke (3-39). Hughes (93no) and Timby (58no) powered Woodhall to a winning 159-0 in 29 overs.