No overseas player for Boston CC this year

Covid-19 uncertainty leads Mayflower Men to stick with homegrown players...

Boston CC would have loved Ishan Jayaratne to be able to return.

Boston CC will return to action next month, but the club will not bolster their side with an overseas player.

Chairman Chris Wade says that Covid-19 uncertainty is the reason behind the decision.

“The one thing we’re not doing this season is having an overseas player,” he said.

“We just took the decision that everything was too much up in the air, what the rules and regulations would be.

“Could we have someone from abroad and if they came in here have they got to quarantine for two weeks?

“Plus the financial side as well. We don’t want to be outlaying a lot of money on an overseas player.”

The Mayflower Men would have been keen to welcome Ishan Jayaratne back, but with the Sri Lankan’s wife due to give birth in August he will be staying in Asia.

“It is what it is,” Wade added.

“A lot of clubs will be in the same boat. Whether any have taken the plunge to put down for an overseas or not, it’s debatable.

“We’ve got good players plus the lads who came from Graves Park (after the Kirton club stopped folded) last year.”

After last year’s shortened season, in which the Thirds and Sunday side didn’t compete due to fears over the ability to field so many players mid-pandemic, Boston will once again put out four teams each weekend.

Jonny Cheer will captain the Firsts with the Seconds skippered by Damo Lawson.

Kev Manning and Lewis Skinner will captain the Thirds and Sunday side respectively.

This year’s action gets underway on April 17, with the Seconds travelling to Sleaford Seconds and the Thirds hosting Heckington.

The Firsts begin their campaign at Grantham on April 24, with the Sunday side hosting Ancaster the following day.

The annual groundforce day will see members spruce up the Mayflower this weekend and also prepare the nets to allow players to get their eye in ahead of the new

season.

Mr Wade also confirmed that last season’s sponsors have remained on board with the club for the 20201 campaign.