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Two local sides will be going for glory in the Cambs TuckerGardner Premier Cricket League, which begins on Saturday.

March Town are away at Histon (1pm), while Wisbech Town - who reached last year’s play-off final for entry into the East Anglian Premier League before losing to Norwich - are at Nassington.

Senior Wisbech all-rounder James Williams said: “We’re looking to go one stage further.

“We’ve got a pretty similar squad to last year, plus the signing of Andy Lane.”

On New Zealander batsman Lane, added: “He has been playing for Auckland at quite a high level.

“It will be a good learning curve for him. It’s his first time over but he’s a confident cricketer.”

The Kiwi was due to arrive on the same flight from New Zealand as cricketing-tourist Wisbech skipper Alan Burton yesterday (Tuesday). Lane will live with Wisbech-based Williams.

March club captain and left-arm opening bowler Chris Ringham said: “We struggled to make 200 last year so batting was a priority.

“With the two Steves and Chris Budd (wicketkeeper/batsman who is replacing Jon Gilson) we’re a bit more confident.”

The two Steves are returning all-rounder Steve Seymour, who holds a British passport and may be available all season if his Nottinghamshire 2nds commitments allow, and fellow Aussie batsman/spinner Stephen Shaw, the new overseas player.

The aim is to finish higher than last season’s sixth place, but Ringham said: “Apparently at least four sides have strengthened so I’m not sure. I know Ramsey have brought in a few quality players while Wisbech are obviously champions, so it will be a very interesting season.”

“To win more games than last year, that’s the aim as I don’t think it’s possible to win it.

“We’re trying to put together a side that can win it in two years’ time.”