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Tom Baxter.
Tom Baxter.

Boston Cricket Club First XI captain Tom Baxter is putting his faith in youth for the South Lincs and Border League Premier Division season.

With a number of senior players having left the Rosebery Avenue side in the past year, Baxter has promoted some of the club’s young guns.

And he believes their desire will make up for a lack of experience as Boston look to bounce back to the Lincs ECB Premier at the first attempt.

He said: “With players departing, it is likely that Boston could put out their youngest set of players for a long time.

“There is a great bunch of youngsters coming through at the club.

“The average age of our first team will definitely be in the low 20s.”

Baxter was keen to point out that this is something that could be vital in helping his side throughout the season.

“With everyone at an age where they are still in their early years, everyone still wants to improve,” he added.

“I’m only 23 and am going to be one of the oldest players.

“This will be my 10th year of senior cricket.

“Through those 10 years, I have had a number of senior players help me with my game, so hopefully I can take that role to support my young side.”

Boston Firsts are without a game this weekend - beginning their South Lincs and Border League Premier Division campaign on April 27 at home to Woodhall Spa Seconds.

Baxter sees this as a blessing, due to some players’ football commitments and Matt Poole currently being in Australia.

Boston’s Seconds and Thirds will begin their campaigns this weekend. The Seconds travel to face Spalding Seconds in SLBL Division One action while the Thirds are at home to Claypole Firsts in the SLBL Division Two.

Baxter stated: “Spalding have significantly strengthened their first team, so I expect the Seconds to do very well in that league.

“Spalding Seconds would not look out of place in the South Lincs and Border Premier.”

The Thirds will play the club’s first home game of the season.

With an extra sponsorship opportunity arising, Acorn Taxis, already the club’s main sponsor, will also become Matchday Sponsors for all home games.

“We have spoken to Acorn Taxis and this is something that will benefit both sides,” Baxter added.

On Sunday, Boston’s Sunday side will host Sleaford after their promotion to the Premier Division.

Captain Scott Elleray said: “The main aim is Saturday cricket, but we will hopefully have a group of players that can compete in this league.

“In recent years, we have won it three times and finished runners-up twice.”