CRICKET: Luffman confident of Spa resurgence

Woodhall Spa's Malinga Bandara EMN-140715-131242001
Woodhall Spa's Malinga Bandara EMN-140715-131242001

Woodhall Spa cricket captain Jack Luffman is confident in a response from his side after being beaten by Premier League leaders Bourne.

Spa suffered a tough afternoon at Jubilee Park reaching 203-9 after 50 overs, a score which Luffman conceded fell short of what was needed on the day.

“We were about 30 runs off what we needed,” Luffman said. “Bourne are a great side, and are playing some really good, positive cricket this season.”

Jon Cheer hit 50 and Malinga Bandara added 42 runs, but a late collapse saw Spa’s last six batsmen hit just 17 runs.

Ben O’Brien took a wicket for Spa in their first over but Ben Stroud and Conrad Louth struck a good partnership with Stroud eventually finishing on 75 after being caught.

Neval Grazette and Carl Wilson scored 89 runs between them and Bourne reached their total with nearly 10 overs to spare.

Bandara endured a tough bowling spell with Bourne scoring 75 runs off his 13 overs, but Luffman was quick to defend his Sri Lankan star.

“That’s cricket, you’re always going to have your off days and unfortunately Bourne really attacked Malinga early on and it worked for them.

“It’s one of those things, especially bowling things could have been different if we’d have taken another wicket or two early on.”

Spa travel to fourth-placed Louth this weekend and Luffman is confident that his side can kick on from this weekend’s defeat and string some performances together.

“I think if Bourne carry on playing the way they are at the moment they could win the league,” he said.

“But you never know what’s around the corner, all it takes is a couple of teams to get a good run of form and they can find themselves up there.

“Sport is a wonderful because we know full well that strange things can happen.”

Woodhall welcome back Sam Evison who comes straight into the side but will be again missing Matthew Sargeant.