CRICKET: Woodhall Spa captain confident his side can bounce back

Owzat: Luke Smith appeals to the umpire during Woodhall Spa's match against Lindum at Jubilee Park last Saturday.
Owzat: Luke Smith appeals to the umpire during Woodhall Spa's match against Lindum at Jubilee Park last Saturday.

Woodhall Spa Cricket captain Jack Luffman is confident his side can bounce back after another poor batting performance at the weekend.

Spa took on Lindum CC at home, but the visitors came away with a losing draw after restricting Luffman and his batting unit to just 154 runs.

Sri Lankan star Malinga Bandara took six wickets for 51 runs with Ben O’Brien taking three as Lindum were bowled all out for 216.

“To bowl a side out for 216 is a great effort and we were delighted with that after winning the toss,” Luffman said. “But we’re not performing well enough as a batting unit to back it up.

“We only really have Matt Sargeant batting who is in any sort of form at the moment, we’re just not firing together and falling a little bit short.”

Luffman scored just three runs as he, Ricky Lovelace, Jonathan Cheer and Jack Timby were all caught early in their reply, leaving Spa on just 23-4.

After 50 overs Spa could only reach a score of 154-8.

Sargeant notched Spa’s highest batting total with 45 runs from 80 balls, including nine fours.

Jack Hughes hit 33 not out and Ben O’Brien scored 26 of his own.

“We almost scored three-quarters of the total,” Luffman continued. “We’re not playing our best at the moment, but I’m confident we can turn things round.

“We’re only 20 or so points off the league leaders and if we can kick on and get a series of wins in a row we will find ourselves up there.

“We haven’t become bad players over night, we know we are good enough.

“It’s just unfortunate we’re going through a bit of a bad patch at the moment.”

Spa welcome Grimsby Town, who currently sit second bottom of the Lincolnshire County Premier League, to Jubilee Park this weekend, but Luffman is wary of Saturday’s opponents despite their league position.

“They are currently in transition, they have a lot of young players but we know we can’t underestimate them because we’re not playing well ourselves.”

Sargeant will be the only absentee for this weekend’s game as he is unavailable for selection.

Spa’s Sunday side came away with a 15-run win over Old Lincolnians.

Peter Epton hit 46 runs as they reached 126-10.

Luke Ware took three wickets for 14 runs and was backed up by Jackson Draper and Mark McDowell who each took two wickets to bowl the Lincoln side out for 111.