Under no illusions says Spa captain

Ben O'Brien for Woodhall Spa Cricket Club EMN-140630-105419001
Ben O'Brien for Woodhall Spa Cricket Club EMN-140630-105419001

Woodhall Spa Cricket captain Jack Luffman is under no illusions after his side’s dominant 102 run win over Billingbrough.

Luffman hit his biggest total of the season, finishing on 44 not out as Spa’s batting unit hit 172 runs on a tough wicket.

Spa’s fielders backed up their earlier performance and restricted Billingbrough, who are second from bottom in the Lincs Premier League, to just 70 runs with Ben O’Brien bowling four wickets.

“It wasn’t an easy win with the conditions,” Luffman said. “The wicket wasn’t brilliant and we were shoved in to bat after losing the toss, but we stuck in and showed some real character and put some good partnerships together.”

Ricky Lovelace was caught for a duck but each of Spa’s other five batsmen hit double figures .

Adding to his 15 runs with the bat, Sri Lankan star Malinga Bandara took three wickets for 28 runs and Connor Parsons, making just his second appearance after injury, took two wickets for 16 runs.

“It was nice contribute, finally,” Jack added. “It’s been tricky for me over the course of the season but it was great to get some runs on the board and strike up some nice partnerships with Matt Sargeant and Jack Hughes.”

Luffman brushed off any comments which Woodhall Spa’s rivals may have about a suggested ‘easy’ run in over the last few weeks as they played third-bottom Grimsby last Saturday and are set to take on Market Rasen this weekend.

“You have to take each game as it comes,” Luffman said. “We know from experience that the league isn’t won in June or July and there’s no easy game in this league - you can’t take anything for granted.

“Teams aren’t playing in the Premier League for no reason, there are no bad sides.

“Looking ahead you might say that teams like Grimsby and Billingbrough will be fighting for their lives at the end of the season so games against those teams won’t be easy.

“We’re under no illusions that every game is difficult.”