Market Rasen Cricket Club will approach the new season spearheaded by a trip of new captains.
With First XI skipper Matthew Rutherford leaving the club to return to Lindum CC, Liam Scales has been chosen to lead the side in the Lincolnshire Premier Division following their relegation from the Lincolnshire County Board Premier League.
Despite dropping down a division after two seasons in the county’s top flight, Rutherford topped the league’s bowling averages last season and was leading wicket-taker with 70 victims.
Meanwhile, Simon Bunn will oversee the Second XI’s bid for promotion, which narrowly evaded them last season, after taking over from Jono Stephenson who has elected to concentrate on his cricket this season.
A club spokesman said: “The club would like to thank both Matthew and Jono and for their commitment to the roles of First XI and Second XI captain over the past few years.”
After a great season last year with bat and ball, Jamie Snell has taken the role as Rasen’s Sunday XI captain with the continued support of Andy Quinlan.
The Sunday XI will remain in the Lincs League Division Two for the 2016 season, but hope to be challenging for the promotion places come the end of the season.
There has been good news off the field for the club after sponsors Rase Warehousing, who have backed the club for the last three seasons, agreed to extend their support.
Preparations for the forthcoming season begin in earnest this week with winter nets for all of Rasen’s senior sides getting under way on Thursday at De Aston Sports Centre.
The weekly sessions take place from 8.15pm until 9.15pm.
The youth sides begin their indoor training at De Aston on Monday from 6pm to 7pm.
This will be run by Level 2 coach Bethany Claire Smith and is aimed at the under 11s and younger. All abilities are welcome to attend.
It will continue for seven weeks until the outdoor sessions begin at the club for under 11s and below on Thursday nights, and for under 13 and under 15s on Friday nights.
* Under 13s and under 15s cricketers who are students at De Aston, girls as well as boys, can benefit from after-school tuition from qualified county coaches on Fridays following the half-term holidays.
Contact Market Rasen CC via www.marketrasen.play-cricket.com for further details.