Skegness Cricket Club have turned towards growing their own talent as they look forward to a period of consolidation.
Dropping down from the ECB League to the Premier Division of the South Lincs and Border League (SLBL) has been followed by a review of the club’s future plans and aspirations.
This season they will focus on youth after recruiting 28 under 11 players from local schools.
“The juniors are bursting at the seams this season,” said club spokesman Reece Brant, who, alongside Norman Brackley, will be coaching the young talent.
And soon to be joining their ranks to promote the benefits of playing local youth cricket will be Australian oversees player Lachlan King.
Part of his remit will be to go into primary schools to teach grassroots cricket.
Reece puts the increased interest in youth cricket at the resort down to the success of a primary school tournament the club recently held.
“The tournament generated a lot of interest and on the back of that we are entering teams in the East Lindsey District League at under nines, 11s, 13s and 15s this season,” he said.
The seniors will be competing in the Premier Division and Division One of the SLBL and there’s a programme of Sunday fixtures.
County Over 50s and Over 60s squads will also be providing some midweek cricket at the Richmond Drive ground in June and July.
The season starts for Skegness on April 15 with a friendly at Woodhall Spa.
A week later they open their league campaign with a trip to Boston Seconds.
The first home game for the first team is scheduled for Saturday, May 6, by which time the Seconds will have already entertained Baston and Belton Park at Richmond Drive on April 22 and 29 respectively.
Reece is hoping the town will get behind the local cricketers this season and urges anyone interested in helping, whether by coaching, scoring or playing, to contact him on 07773 571443.