Bourne Cricket Club’s season begins with a tricky early test at home to Oundle in the Rutland League on Sunday afternoon.
Oundle are always among the front-runners and without any county league or cup distractions this early in the season, Bourne skipper Pete Morgan expects them to send a strong side.
“It’s a tough opening game,” said Morgan. “Sometimes they are in county competitions but that will not affect them this weekend.”
Despite no overseas star taking residence at the Abbey Lawn this year, the Bourne skipper believes he has a stronger side than recent years - and that they should be aiming for top three spots in the Rutland League and Saturday’s Lincolnshire Premier League.
Morgan, who has recruited opening bowler Colin Cheer from Boston and all-rounder James Keywood from Nottinghamshire side Belvoir, said: “With the squad that we have we should be up at the top end of the league. We have competition for places this year which is good,”
He added that the wicket has survived the recent winter weather and played well when the club held an outdoor nets session this week.
“It is still bowler friendly,” said the Bourne skipper. “Considering where we were a cfew weeks ago we are in a good position.”
Bourne’s match against Oundle begins at 1pm on Sunday.