CRICKET: Lincolnshire leagues matches begin in Grantham area

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ECB Lincolnshire Premier League action kicks off tomorrow at Gorse Lane when Grantham first XIU host Boston.

Tom Baxter leads Boston into action at Grantham who have lost Karanjit Bansal to the Nottinghamshire League, but have a new captain in county batsman Dan Freeman, and have signed James Keast from Cleethorpes.

Ben Powell also makes a return to the Lincolnshire league to play at Grantham.

The match start at 12 noon and spectators are welcome.

The South Lincolnshire and Border League goes into the new season with a new cup competition for clubs in Divisions One and Two.

Designed to provide additional games for these divisions, following a slight reduction in teams for 2016, the cup will be a 40 overs a side competition with the winner collecting a trophy donated by Dewhurst Trophies of Boston.

League president Michael Marsh is also sponsoring the competition by providing balls for the semi-finals and finals. Freiston and Graves Park play the opening match on April 24.

League games begin in the Premier Division on Saturday with Billingborough at home to Belton Park.

Grantham 2nd take on newly promoted Boston 2nd away at the Mayflower Ground.

Spalding return from the ECB Premier League to an away game against Bourne 2nd.

Matches start at 1pm and spectators are welcome.

Grantham & Melton Cricket Association fixtures for Sunday (April 17):

Division One – Barkby United v Woolsthorpe by Belvoir, Empingham v Bottesford, Sproxton v Ashby Carington.

Division Two – Bingham v Newtown Linford, Rothley Park v Barrowby.

Division Three – Barkston & Syston v Wakerley & Barrowden, Grantham v Croxton Kerrial, Stamford Town v Colsterworth, Welby v Harlaxton.