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Cricket countdown on after green light

The countdown to the start of the new South Lincs and Border League season is now on after clubs were given the green light to return to action.

Outdoor organised sports were allowed to restart this week as part of the Government’s roadmap over the easing of the coronavirus

And the England Cricket Board has confirmed that the ruling means recreational cricket can also get back under way again.

Moulton Harrox and Long Sutton meet in an opening day derby duel.
Moulton Harrox and Long Sutton meet in an opening day derby duel.

They said: “We are delighted to confirm the return of recreational cricket in England.

“We know that our communities, players and volunteers will have missed the social, physical and health benefits of participating in our great game and we believe we have an important role to play in supporting the nations recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Importantly, we also know that we have a collective responsibility to ensure the safety of our communities by ensuring compliance with the latest Government

Clubs have been issued with guidance over their return to play which will see the South Lincs and Border League start its season on Saturday, April 10.

Spalding are in action on the opening weekend as they start their Premier Division campaign with a trip to Skegness.

They then visit Grantham 2nds on the following weekend where Moulton Harrox, Long Sutton, Bourne and Market Deeping all get their campaigns under way with some eagerly-anticipated derby duels.

Harrox host Long Sutton while Bourne 2nds will entertain their Deeping counterparts at the
Abbey Lawn.

Spalding 2nds also begin their Division One campaign on April 17 by making the short trip to Billingborough while Moulton’s second string open up by visiting Heckington a week later.

The Lincolnshire Premier League starts on Saturday, April 24, with Market Deeping hosting near neighbours Bourne in an opening day derby duel.

Long Sutton have also entered the inaugural Paul Strickle Midweek League which starts on May 28 with matches played every Friday night until July 30.

Eight teams have entered the competition and have been drawn into two groups with the winners and runners-up of each section then going through to the semi-

Long Sutton have been drawn in Group A alongside Wisbech Unders, Wisbech Wildbats and CSKA Emneth Reds.

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