CRICKET: Luffman warning of tough Bracebridge Heath battle

Malinga Bandara
Malinga Bandara

Woodhall Spa skipper Jack Luffman has told his players ‘only the very best will do’ ahead of their ECB Lincolnshire Premier League clash against Bracebridge Heath at Jubilee Park tomorrow (Saturday).

Bracebridge have dominated the battle for league honours in recent years but struggled to match Woodhall and eventual champions Sleaford last term.

However, they have made an impressive start to the current campaign but crashed to a shock defeat in a low scoring game at Louth last Saturday.

At the same time, Woodhall got the better of Sleaford to record an impressive winning draw and close the gap on Bracebridge and Bourne in the early season title race.

Luffman said: “I think everyone was surprised by that Louth result but Bracebridge still have an aura about them.

“They are always a strong side and we will have to be at our very best to get a result against them.”

Woodhall are set to hand a home debut to Sri Lankan star Malinga Bandara who made an impressive start to his stint with the club at Sleaford.

The leg-winning all rounder - who has played for Gloucestershire and Kent - took three wickets and a run out and although he did miss out with the bat.

Luffman added: “It was great to have Bandara in the side and he looks a top quality player.

“He was unlucky with the bat but caused a lot of problems with the ball and I’m sure he will make a big impression.”

With the likes of Ben O’Brien, Jonny Cheer, Sam Evison and Matthew Sargeant available, Woodhall are far from a one-man band. Ricky Lovelace and Jack Hughes also made useful runs last Saturday.

Luffman added: “We’ve made a promising start but we need to keep things going.”