Spa stars put on their Sunday best

Owzat! Another matchwinning performance from Ben O'Brien
Owzat! Another matchwinning performance from Ben O'Brien

Woodhall Spa’s first team stars Ben O’Brien and Jack Luffman managed to get in some vital match action on Sunday and played starring roles in a double success.

Along with their teammates, the duo had been forced to sit out Saturday’s Lincolnshire ECB Premier League game at Skegness, which was a complete wash out.

Just 24 hours later, O’Brien helped Woodhall’s Sunday first team to a 49 run victory at Owmby in Division One of the Lincoln and District League.

And, not to be outdone, skipper Luffman crashed back-to-back tons to guide a young second team side to a six wicket win at home to Nocton in a Division three clash.

Luffman said: “Saturday was frustrating. We hung around at Skegness for a while but there was no way the game could be played. The ground was saturated.

“It was disappointing but at least we managed to get some time out in the middle on Sunday.

“The two sides we put out (on Sunday) are largely comprised of young players who are still learning the game so it is good to be able to provide some experience.”

O’Brien was in action early on at Owmby as Woodhall batted first, but soon lost promising opener Jack Timby to the bowling of Charlie Anderton.

Jack Hughes (38) and O’Brien (42) teamed up in what proved to be a vital partnership as Woodhall made 149-8 off their 42 overs, Paul Timby adding 29.

O’Brien hit four fours and a six and the Australian all-rounder certainly supplied some fireworks with the ball, slicing through the top of Owmby’s order in a sizzling spell of 4-5 from six overs which included a hat trick.

Owmby tried to stage a recovery through Martyn Snell and Daniel Clark, but Paul Timby’s off spin saw them dismissed for 100 in the 37th over. Timby finished with 4-17.

At Jubilee Park, Luffman and his teammates didn’t have things all their own way against an impressive Nocton.

Nocton set a challenging total of 202-5 with opener Dylan Garfoot cracking an unbeaten 122.

Woodhall, though, were pore than equal to the test with Luffman cracking 10 boundaries in his 106 not out.

With Mark McDowell (28) and Matthew Haslam (25) lending solid support, Woodhall reached a winning score of 204-4 in the 35th over.