Rutland League have been quick on the draws

Gary Freear in action for Wisbech.
Gary Freear in action for Wisbech.
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Holders Wisbech will start their defence of the Rutland League’s John Wilcox Trophy with an away game at Isham.

Wisbech completed a Division One/JWT double last season. Isham play in Division Two.

Both teams have been given byes straight into the quarter finals of the 50-over competition as have last season’s runners-up Oundle Town who will host Division Four outfit Barton Seagrave.

Only 11 teams have entered the 2018 competition. Peterborough Town are a notable absentee.

Draw: First round (May 13) - Weldon v Grantham, King’s Keys v Ufford Park, Werrington v Nassington; Quarter-finals (June 17) - Weldon/Grantham v King’s Key’s/Ufford Park; Werrington/Nassington v Barnack; Oundle v Barton Seagrave, Isham v Wisbech.

Holders Bourne entertain Barnack in the first round of the 2018 Stamford KO Shield. Last season’s runners-up King’s Keys have a bye into the quarter-finals, where they will meet Ufford Park.

Draw: First round (May 21) - Ketton v Uppingham, Burghley Park v Stamford, Bourne v Barnack; Quarter-finals (June 11) - Ketton/Uppingham v Burghley Park/Stamford, Bourne/Barnack v Market Deeping, Castor v Nassington, King’s Keys v Ufford Park.

Holders Nassington have been given a bye into the quarter-finals of the 2018 Stamford Charity Cup where they will host Uppingham. Last season’s runners-up Ketton have a first round tie at home to Uffington.

Draw: First round (May 14) - King’s Keys v Castor, Ketton v Uffington, Barnack v Burghley Park, Ufford Park v Stamford. Quarter-finals (June 4) - King’s Keys/Castor v Ketton/Uffington, Barnack/Burghley Park v Ufford Park/Stamford, Nassington v Uppingham, Market Deeping v Bourne.

Peterborough Town will as usual start their 2018 Northants League Premier Division programme with a home game against Wollaston on Saturday April 21.