Rutland League have been quick on the draws

Holders Wisbech will start their defence of the Rutland League's John Wilcox Trophy with an away game at Isham.

Thursday, 7th December 2017, 8:35 am
Updated Monday, 11th December 2017, 11:05 pm
Gary Freear in action for Wisbech.

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.

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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.