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Market Deeping will defend their Stamford Charity Cup and KO Shield crowns in Rutland League Twenty20 competition

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 in 2019.
Market Deeping after their Stamford Charity Cup final success in 2019.

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.

Oakham will host Stamford with Uppingham entertaining Bourne while Ufford Park welcome Werrington in their opener.

The top flight campaign starts the following weekend – May 2 – with Barnack at home to Kings Keys while Market Deeping make the trip to play Peterborough Town.

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