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Early season cricket clash for Bourne and Market Deeping

Cricket leagues are starting to put their plans in place for the coming campaign.

The Lincolnshire Premier League – which features Bourne and Market Deeping – are preparing for a normal 2021 season after a truncated campaign last term due to the coronavirus pandemic.

They are planning to start their new season on Saturday, April 24, with Deeping hosting Bourne in an opening day derby duel at Outgang Road.

Bourne and Market Deeping will play the first match of the season.
Bourne and Market Deeping will play the first match of the season.

Ten teams are again expected to make up the division with league organisers also planning for the return of the Winkworth Cup competition.

The league has a new fixture secretary with Mark Evans taking over from Ann Boulton who is now the league president.

Market Deeping stalwart John McDougall has assumed the role of league treasurer following David Wheatley’s retirement.

Bourne have also entered the National Club Championship this season and face an away tie at league rivals Woodhall Spa in the opening round on Sunday, May 16.

The South Lincs & Border League is also planning for a full season.

Bourne and Market Deeping will field second teams in the 12-team Premier Division, alongside the first elevens of Long Sutton, Moulton Harrox and Spalding.

Then teams will feature in Division One, including Baston, Billingborough, Moulton Harrox 2nd and Spalding 2nd.

While in Division Two, Billingborough 2nd, Long Sutton 2nd and Spalding 3rd will be among 14 teams.

In the Sunday Rutland League, Market Deeping will play in eight-team Division One, Bourne will be one of ten teams in Division Two.

Division Three will feature Spalding among the eight teams, with Long Sutton and Market Deeping 2nd and Moulton Harrox among nine teams in Division Four East.

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