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Bourne Cricket Club sign Jonathan Cheer and Carl Wilson for the new Lincolnshire Premier League season

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Bourne Cricket Club have made an early statement of intent by adding two top drawer signings to their title-winning squad.

The reigning Lincolnshire Premier League champions have signed Jonny Cheer from Boston while also securing the services of wicket-keeper Carl Wilson who has returned to the Abbey Lawn from Grantham.

Cheer has made the switch with Boston electing to play in the South Lincs and Border League this season where he will link up with brother Colin at the Abbey Lawn.

Market Deeping v Boston cricket.Bowling for Deeping are Adatia and Perara (taller/darker).Batting Cheer (green helmet) and Mahler (blue helmet). (55051017)
Market Deeping v Boston cricket.Bowling for Deeping are Adatia and Perara (taller/darker).Batting Cheer (green helmet) and Mahler (blue helmet). (55051017)

Regarded as one of the best batsmen in the Lincolnshire Premier League, Jonny topped the averages last season where he pipped Bourne’s Pete Morgan who finished in second spot.

He scored centuries against both Market Deeping and Woodhall Spa and his arrival bolsters an already strong-looking Bourne squad.

Wicket-keeper Wilson took 33 catches behind the stumps last season for Grantham who finished as runners-up to Bourne in the final standings.

He joined Grantham from Bourne in 2019 and has been part of the Lincolnshire county team for several seasons and took on the captaincy of the side in 2017 before stepping down at the start of last term.

On announcing his decision to call time on his county captaincy, Wilson said: “Playing for Lincolnshire is always an honour, but to captain them and have success over the last few years like we did was unbelievable.

“It has been my proudest moments on a cricket field by far but it was the right time to step down from captain as the rebuilding process continues.”

Market Deeping have retained the services of Norwegian international bowler Hayatullah Niazi for the coming campaign.

Niazi made his first appearance for Deeping last season at the end of June in their derby defeat against Bourne.

He went to take 16 wickets during the campaign where Deeping finished in seventh spot in the 10-team division.

The new campaign for this season will start on Saturday, April 23, with Deeping hosting Nettleham and Bourne travelling to Louth.

The Rutland League will again run five divisions on a Sunday with 41 teams from 33 clubs competing.

Uppingham Town and Oakham will both compete in the top flight for the coming campaign alongside Barnack, Burghley Park, City, Peterborough Town, Uffington and Wisbech.

Market Deeping will be playing in Division Two where they have been joined by promoted Ketton Sports with Stamford and Ufford both remaining in the second tier from last season.

Uffington 2nds have been promoted to Division Three where they will face matches against Bourne and Oakham 2nds.

The new campaign will begin for many teams on Sunday, April 24.

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