MARKET Rasen Cricket Club have announced the signing of Louth all rounder and former skipper Graeme Bell for the forthcoming Lincolnshire League season.
Bell has played in the Lincolnshire ECB league for several seasons, having played much of his earlier career at Rase Park.
Cricket Chairman Ian Williams said: “This, along with other potential signings, is the start of the master plan to get Market Rasen back into the Lincolnshire Premier League within the next two seasons.
“For too long now the club has played at a standard not befitting the town or the facilities that the club has to offer and it is time for positive progress.”
Bell, along with other Market Rasen based players, Matt Rutherford and Dale Christie, has continued to play his Sunday cricket with Market Rasen in the Lincoln Sunday League, of which the club were deserved champions last season.
Rutherford and Christie have played Lincs ECB League cricket in recent seasons, both with Lincoln Lindum, where Rutherford was captain last season.
“This move has set a precedence for success that the club will continue to encourage across all teams from the Saturday 1st team to the juniors,” said Mr Williams.
Looking forward to the new season in Lincolnshire League 2 Bell said: “I have enjoyed my ECB Cricket with Louth but have had a back injury which is preventing me from having the commitment needed for Lincs ECB cricket.
“You need to be fully involved in training and playing at that level and my back problem prevents that. But there is an opportunity for me to come back to Market Rasen on Saturdays and make a difference to them and for me still to enjoy my cricket.”