Bourne Cricket Club sign Jonathan Cheer and Carl Wilson ahead of the new Lincolnshire Premier League season
Bourne Cricket Club have made an early statement of intent by adding two top drawer signings to their title-winning squad.
The reigning Lincolnshire Premier League champions have signed Jonny Cheer from Boston while also securing the services of wicket-keeper Carl Wilson who has returned to the Abbey Lawn from Grantham.
Cheer has made the switch with Boston electing to play in the South Lincs and Border League this season where he will link up with brother Colin at the Abbey Lawn.
Regarded as one of the best batsmen in the Lincolnshire Premier League, Jonny topped the averages last season where he pipped Bourne’s Pete Morgan who finished in second spot.
He scored centuries against both Market Deeping and Woodhall Spa and his arrival bolsters an already strong-looking Bourne squad.
Wicket-keeper Wilson took 33 catches behind the stumps last season for Grantham who finished as runners-up to Bourne in the final standings.
He joined Grantham from Bourne in 2019 and has been part of the Lincolnshire county team for several seasons and took on the captaincy of the side in 2017 before stepping down at the start of last term.
Market Deeping have retained the services of Norwegian international bowler Hayatullah Niazi for the coming campaign.
Niazi made his first appearance for Deeping last season at the end of June in their derby defeat against Bourne.
He went to take 16 wickets during the campaign where Deeping finished in seventh spot in the 10-team division.
The new campaign for this season will start on Saturday, April 23, with Deeping hosting Nettleham and Bourne travelling to Louth.
Newly-promoted Spalding begin their return to the Premier Division with a home match against Sleaford.
Spalding’s South Lincs and Border League campaign is due to start on April 16 with the second team hosting Orton Park 2nds in Division One.
Long Sutton’s Premier Division season begins on the same day with a home match against Heckington while Market Deeping 2nds entertain Billingborough.
Moulton Harrox get their Premier Division campaign underway the following weekend (April 23) when they host Market Deeping 2nds.
The Rutland League will again run five divisions on a Sunday with 41 teams from 33 clubs competing.
Long Sutton and Market Deeping will both play in Division Two with Bourne and Spalding in Division Three. Moulton Harrox will again be in Division Four East alongside Long Sutton 2nds.
The Sunday season gets underway on April 17 with Long Sutton hosting Werrington while Bourne begin on April 24 away at Huntingdon. Spalding’s first match is a derby duel against Bourne on May 8.