CRICKET: Woodhall Spa captain disappointed by Deeping defeat


Woodhall Spa Cricket Club’s skipper Jack Luffman has insisted his side will bounce back after this weekend’s disappoint defeat at home to Market Deeping.

Despite a strong bowling performance, the batting unit couldn’t strike up any major partnerships and were bowled all out for 137 as they chased a total of 160.

“It was really disappointing,” Luffman said. “Nobody likes losing. We bowled well but we didn’t back it up in the field or with the bat.”

Ben O’Brien starred with the ball in hand, taking five wickets for 50 runs, and Luke Smith and Malinga Bandara also performed well.

Bandara took three wickets for 52 runs and Smith took one wicket for 18 runs.

Woodhall’s batsmen lost two early wickets and were unable to forge a winning partnership as they chased their total.

Luffman was caught for no runs off just his second delivery and Ricky Lovelace and Ben O’Brien soon followed leaving Woodhall on 47-3.

Johnathan Cheer hit 37 runs before being bowled and Malinga Bandara managed to score 33 runs.

“It shouldn’t be down to our last few batsmen when chasing a total like that,” Luffman added.

“We had Nick Bishop back for us and he was playing his first game in about three years at this level.

“Unfortunately Thomas Dixon is unavailable for this weekend’s game, but there are plenty of players in our second team who are capable of coming in.

“They just need to take their chance. Dixon and Jack Timby have used their opportunities well and are playing for the first team.”

Woodhall also welcome back Matthew Sargeant after a two week absence for this weekend’s game against Skegness.

“It’s great to have Matt back in the side,” Luffman said. “In him and Ben O’Brien I think we have two of the best all-rounders in the league.”

Playing for the Sunday 1st XI, Luffman put Saturday’s disappointing performance behind him and hit a total of 142 as Spa eased to victory over Cherry Willingham.

Luffman hit an impressive 21 boundaries and notched up two partnerships of 100 with O’Brien who hit 53 and Ben McCarrick who scored a total of 59.

They restricted Cherry Willingham to just 155 as five different bowlers took wickets for Spa with Lewis Holmes scoring 3-26.