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Seven-a-side competition is one of the highlight of Town's cricketing calendar

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Stars of yesteryear are set to take centre stage next week in one of the highlights of Stamford Town’s cricketing calendar.

The week-long event at the Uffington Road ground pits 12 teams from across the area against each other in an Over 40s seven-a-side competition.

The inaugural Stamford Sevens event last year attracted more than 1,000 people during the week and organisers are hoping for more super support for the showpiece.

Town chairman Phil Holland said: ““Last year’s event, mainly due to the weather, was a great success.

“We had some really good cricketers playing against each other and it was great to see some of the old rivalry again.

“Entry is free each night and there will also be real ale on sale and a barbecue so hopefully as many people as possible will support the event again.”

Last year’s event was won Guy Spragg’s victorious Barnack side who defeated Uffington in a high-scoring final.

Barnack will begin their trophy defence on Tuesday night when they take on Ufford Park and Rutland Wanderers.

Opening night action on Monday will see Ketton Sports, Tolethorpe and Moulton in action with Stamford Strollers, Uffington and Market Deeping playing on Wednesday night.

Stamford Town, Barbarians and the Grainstore Brewery will complete the qualifying stages on Thursday night before Friday’s final. Proceedings get underway at 6pm every night.

The format sees four groups of three teams (each playing Monday to Thursday) with the winner of each group going through to the semi-final and final on Friday.

To ensure there are no ‘dead’ games, the loser of game one in the groups will play the third group team in game two so there is always a group final as the last game to decide the winner.

The home side is expected to include Stamford stalwarts Neil Williams, Chris Birch, Steve Holland and Mark Andrew while the Ketton Sports contingent is expected to be made up of Simon Smith, Kristian Durrant, Mark Thomas, Andrew Barringer, Dave Walpole, Craig Wilson and Nick Kendrick.

Market Deeping are set to pose a strong challenge with the likes of Dave Gillett, Lee Peacock, Neil Johnson, Ross Harris, Richard Witt, Andy Damir and Carl Green representing the Outgang Road side.

Ufford Park are likely to include 73-year-old club legend Terry Rawlings in their side after he played in last season’s competition.

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