Dumford aims for T20 title

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Rutland’s Twenty20 competition begins tomorrow evening with last year’s winning captain, Jamie Dumford, hoping for another all-Uppingham final.

The 2012 champions have a bye in the opening round but Uppingham’s 2nd XI take on Oakham tomorrow evening at the Lime Kilns in one of three first round ties.

“Everyone wants to beat the holders,” said Dumford. “We never seem to go far in the Stamford Cups (Uppingham went out of the Stamford Knockout Shield at Burghley Park on Monday) but have had a good run in the Rutland T20 in recent years.

“We could have both teams at home in the semi-finals which would be a great night for the club. An all-Uppingham final again would be brilliant.”

Elsewhere North Luffenham host Ketton tomorrow while Market Overton face an unknown quantity in the shape of a British Army side from Kendrew Barracks in the final tie of the round on Wednesday.

The final of the competition will be held on July 5 at Oakham Cricket Club where organiser of the competition, Nick Begy said: “I think it’s an important competition for Rutland.

“We have the Rutland League but the number of teams now in it is few and far between with some clubs nearer to London than Oakham.

“We like to think we have a chance at Oakham but the usual suspects - Uppingham and Market Overton - will be hard to beat.

“The British Army have entered for the first time. It’s great to gave them involved.”