Ready for return of cricket action

The Lincolnshire County Cricket League campaign will get underway on Saturday, with Market Rasen and Caistor in action.

Action and Rasen and Caistor met last year. Photo: Peter Thompson. EMN-190624-101318002
Action and Rasen and Caistor met last year. Photo: Peter Thompson. EMN-190624-101318002

The regular competition was cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but a Cup competition will be played instead.

The two clubs have both been placed in the Wolds Group alongside Alford, Louth Seconds, Horncastle and Holton Le Clay.

This weekend will see Caistor host Horncastle and Market Rasen travel to Holton Le Clay.

The group winners will meet in semi-finals on September 5, with the final taking place on September 12.

Games will start at 1pm with 40 overs an innings and bowlers restricted to a maximum eight overs apiece.

Sunday will see Rasen’s Sunday Firsts host Reepham at Rase Park in the Lincoln and District League - Lincoln Division North. Action gets underway at 1.30pm.

Rasen warmed up for the contest with a 104-run friendly victory over Holton Le Clay Seconds this Sunday.

Daniel Clark (43) and David Papworth (40) top scored as the hosts posted 200-7 off their 40 overs.

Ian Williams (28), Dan Quinlan (26) and James Snell (14) added important support.

With the ball, Rasen dismissed nine-man Holton Le Clay for 96 in the 31st over.

Quinlan took two wickets for the loss of five runs.

Teams wishing to apply for membership of the Lincolnshire County Cricket League for the 2021 season should apply in writing to general secretary Neil Birkitt - [email protected] - before July 31.

An application fee will apply and a ground/facilities inspection will be carried out.

Clubs’ home grounds must be within the traditional Lincolnshire county boundary.

New applicants will be considered at the league’s AGM this autumn.