CRICKET: Woodhall Spa captain seeks Bourne supremacy

Woodhall Spa skipper Jack Luffman
Woodhall Spa skipper Jack Luffman

Woodhall Spa captain Jack Luffman said his side are more than ready for what is a “massive game” against league leaders Bourne on Saturday.

After a disappointing weekend which saw their game at Market Rasen called off, Luffman’s team are ready to welcome Bourne to Jubilee Park in a bid to challenge for the title toward the end of the season.

The cancellation at Rasen was their fourth of the season, all of which have been away games, and Luffman couldn’t hide his frustrations.

“The pitch was inspected at 10am, which is two hours before the game was supposed to start,” Luffman said. “But five hours before the cut off point.

“If you had carried out pitch inspections at 10am at every ground there wouldn’t have been any cricket this weekend.

“An umpire was called and it was cancelled officially, but it was still disappointing.

“It’s our fourth away cancellation this season, and we’ve taken just 20 points from those four games.

“We’d have taken 20 points if we had won two of those.

“I do think that in these situations we should be given as much time as possible to play cricket because that’s all we want to do.

“This latest cancellation means that the game against Bourne this weekend is massive.”

Luffman will face a former teammate this weekend in Conrad Louth, who hit 87 not out in Bourne’s win against Billingbrough on Saturday.

“He’s an ex-teammate, a colleague and a friend,” Luffman said. “I want to see him do well, just not when he’s up against us.

“Bourne are a good side with some good players, but I fully believe we are as well.

“It should be a great game this weekend. We’re on home turf and we want the win.”

Spa will be without Matt Sargeant, who is ruled out again with a back injury.

Nick Bishop is also unavailable.

Spa currently trail Bourne by 35 points in the Lincs Cricket Board Premier League.