CRICKET: Openers form backbone of Woodhall Spa innings

Cricket SUS-150806-142520001
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Lincs ECB Premier League

Woodhall Spa 202

Spalding 168-7

Home side Woodhall Spa won the toss and elected to bat at Jubilee Park.

The backbone of the innings was the opening partnership of Sam Evison (55) and captain Jack Luffman (57), who notched six fours apiece. Evison was caught off the bowling of Nuwan Jayasena who also bowled Luffman, the second of his astounding eight wicket haul.

Jayasena was the bowler again when Malinga Bandara was caught for three, and then caught Chris Anderson out for two off the bowling of Daniel Milgate.

Jack Hughes was bowled by Jayasena for a single run, whilst Etienne Botha was caught after a Jayasena delivery.

Spa’s third highest scorer was Matt Sargeant, who was caught and bowled by Warren Nel, before Ross Dixon was bowled by that man again, Jayasena, for a solitary run.

Jack Timby notched a useful 22 runs before falling victim to Jayasena and a Chris Dring catch.

Tail-enders Joe Irving remained unbeaten on eight, whilst Jayasena bowled Luke Smith for a duck to close the innings.

In reply, Bandara took the wicket of Spalding opener Nel (39), caught by Anderson. Irving took the wickets of James Hook (4) and Chris Dring (14), caught by Sargeant and Dixon respectively.

Luke Hollingworth faced 116 balls and remained unbeaten on 61, but had to stand and watch the dismissals of four team-mates, with the wickets shared by Bandara and Dixon, catches taken by Bandara, Evison and Timby, the latter then stumping Tim Norris to bring Spalding’s reply to an end.

South Lincs & Border League

Premier Division

Billingborough 234-8

Woodhall Spa 2nd 239-9

Woodhall Spa won the toss and chose to bat, but skipper Paul Timby (2) soon found himself back in the clubhouse.

Fellow opener Rob Bee fared better, making 27 before he was bowled, whilst Daelon Campbell top scored with 87, including 13 fours, before he too was caught.

Henry Wilson was only able to add a single run, but Nick Bishop put in a useful 42 before he was also caught. Connor Parsons added 15 runs, Matthew Haslam five and Hugo Finley a tidy 32, including a couple of sixes. Peter Jackson scored four runs before he went lbw.

The innings was seen out by Alex King (8no) and Jack Cooke (1no).

In reply, Billingborough’s Chris King hit a single four before he was caught by Cooke off the bowling of Parsons.

Fellow opener Mitch Griffiths (51) eventually went the same way, to Bee and Campbell, whilst J. Zealand was caught by Timby off a Cooke delivery for just three runs. And three was all Aaron Pullum managed before a Bishop catch off a King ball took him out.

Tom Harrison (39) saw the innings out unbeaten, and Billingborough captain Paul Goodwin scored a solid 38 before he was bowled by King. Another strong middle order score came from Nathan Garfoot (37), caught by Parsons off a Campbell delivery.

Scott Tite (4) was run out by Bishop and King bowled Peter Simmons for10, leaving Shane George (5no) with Harrison as the overs ran out.