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Holders Market Deeping face tricky away tests in Cup defence

Holders Market Deeping face two tricky away tests to start the defence of their Stamford Cup crowns as the popular Twenty20 tournaments
return this summer.

The Stamford Charity Cup and KO Shield were both cancelled last season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

But, with the Government’s roadmap outlining a return for outdoor sport at the end of this month, the tournaments - which are played under the Rutland League banner - are set to open up in May.

Market Deeping after their Stamford Charity Cup final success.
Market Deeping after their Stamford Charity Cup final success.

Deeping face a trip to Kings Keys in the opening round of the Charity Cup - which they won in 2019 with a six-wicket success over Uppingham - on Monday, May 10.

They then travel to Ketton Sports on Monday, May 17, in the first stage of the defence of the KO Shield following their 56-run win over Castor in the 2019 final.

Stamford Charity Cup

First round draw: Bourne v Uppingham, Barnack v Ketton Sports, Kings Keys v Market Deeping, Castor v Ufford Park. Byes: Orton Park, Nassington, Burghley Park, Stamford Town.

Stamford KO Shield

First round draw: Ketton Sports v Market Deeping, Nassington v Bourne, Ufford Park v Burghley Park, Barnack v Uppingham. Byes: Kings Keys, Castor, Stamford Town, Peterborough Town.

The Rutland League season is due to start on Sunday, April 25, with a full programme of Division Two fixtures which will see Bourne make the trip to Uppingham.

The top flight campaign starts the following weekend – May 2 – with Market Deeping travelling to play Peterborough Town.

Long Sutton start their Division Three season on May 2 with a home clash against Ketton Sports while Spalding begin a fortnight later with a trip to Oakham on May 16.

Moulton Harrox and Market Deepings 2nds are in Division Four East and start their campaigns on May 2 with home matches against Newborough 2nds and Peterborough 2nds respectively.

Bourne have again entered the ECB National Club Championship and will visit their Lincolnshire Premier Division rivals Woodhall Spa in their opening match on Sunday, May 16.

The winners will face the victors of the Cavaliers & Carrington versus Caythorpe clash in the next round.

The Lincolnshire Premier League is due to start on Saturday, April 24, with Bourne opening up their season with a trip to near neighbours Market Deeping.

South Lincs and Border League Division One side Baston will be taking part in the National Village Cup this season.

They host Leicestershire League Division Two side Billesdon in the first round of the East Midlands section of the national competition on Sunday, April 25.

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