Home sweet home for first game of season?

Market Deeping take on Sleaford
Market Deeping take on Sleaford
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Spalding, Market Deeping and Bourne have all been handed home games to start the Readers Lincolnshire ECB Premier League season on Saturday.

The defending champions take on last year’s runners-up Lindum at Abbey Lawn.

Bourne vice-captain Carl Wilson said: “We met in the final game of last season when we were both title contenders.

“For the majority of our games we were without our overseas player due to injury so it was very important to have strength in depth.

“Hopefully we will have a similiar squad this year.

“We’ve brought in Martin Shillito from Hartsholme who is a very good bowler with a proven track record in this league.

“We are looking for him to open the bowling, take a few wickets and then mop it all up at the end.”

A major new signing is set to strengthen Lindum’s challenge.

Lincolnshire all-rounder and former Cleethorpes stalwart Alex Osmond has joined ahead of what should be the pick of the opening-day matches.

However, Lindum will face a tough challenge from their hosts who are looking to build on the consistency that marked their success in 2014.

Market Deeping, with South African batsman and part-time bowler Emile Kriek due to join the side, entertain Sleaford who have record-breaking Kiwi batsman Tim McIntosh returning for his third season.

Deeping captain David Gillett said: “Hopefully it will not be a bad time to face him as he hasn’t got a lot of games under his belt!

“But we know he’s a class act who can score runs on the first day of the season or in the last game.”

Deeping teenager Pat Brown is available for club duties despite signing with Worcestershire’s academy.

Gillett added: “They had a game against the 2nd XI last week when he bowled out the first-team captain.

“We’ve always known that Pat is a talented lad but he has grown a few inches in the past year.

“Now he has added pace, height and a bit of aggression to his technique so it wasn’t a surprise that several counties were looking closely at him.”

Winkworth Cup winners Woodhall Spa, who have secured the services of Joe Irving from Alford, are away to Spalding, skippered by Rob Ambrose.

He said: “It’s a tough start to the season for us as we expect Woodhall to be a top-four side and our second game is away to Bracebridge Heath.”