CRICKET: 2013 season to see a number of changes

Tom Keast
Tom Keast

Looking towards the 2013 season, several of our local cricket clubs will see changes in terms of personnel.

Market Rasen are to lose two of their most promising young players. The Keast twins Thomas and James are to join Cleethorpes for the forthcoming season.

Wicketkeeper Thomas, who is on the books of the Worcestershire Academy, is set to keep wicket for the Meggies 1st team while James will be looking towards joining him in the 1st team squad as he develops.

Thomas will be playing in the prestigious Yorkshire League and doubtless Worcestershire will be keeping an eye on his progress as he pits his skills against a fair number of players with Yorkshire county experience, playing for club teams like Scarborough and Sheffield Collegate.

Thomas is also a middle order batsmman while James is a seam bowler.

South Kelsey have made a big decision following last season, in that they will be withdrawing their 1st team from the Lincolnshire League and playing with just one team at the former Lysaghts ground at Holton le Moor.

The one side will take up what would otherwise have been the 2nd team’s fixtures. Last year many of their 1st team were imported from the Grimsby and Cleethorpes area, and it is likely that they will become more of the traditional village club with local members that so characterised the days when South Kelsey were such a popular club playing at the playing field in the village.

Cleethorpes have already announced that former Kelsey duo Rob Baty and Attiq Ullah have joined their ranks. Attiq was a junior with Cleethorpes while Baty has featured as a batsman and wicketkeeper for South Kelsey during their time in the Lincolnshire Premier League.

Caistor have almost certainly said farewell to Sri Lankan star Sahan Wijerathne. Captain Liam Wood is presently wintering in New Zealand and it is possible he will be looking to bring someone over to play locally this summer.

The one comman factor among all cricketers is the wish that the 2013 season is not ruined by the rain as last year was.