Voneus Village Cup Drawn Pitches Cumbrian Cricket Sides Against Each Other

By Robert Haile

Cumbrian cricket sides have found out who they will be facing in the Voneus Village Cup.

The national competition includes sides from Scotland, England and Wales split into 32 groups with entries from Gulval in South Cornwall right the way up to Meigle in Strathmore among the record 370 teams.

The draw has taken place today, February 17.

There are four teams from Cumbria with former winners Cleator, Lindal Moor, Burnside and Lanercost entering this years competition.

They will face sides from North Lancashire in Group Six.

The first round takes place on April 23 with Lanercost hosting Daisy Hill with the winners facing Grimsargh and the winner of Edgworth and Burnside going on to play Shireshead & Forton in the second round.

In the second round Torrisholme welcome Read and Lindal Moor take on Cleator on May 7.

The full draw can be viewed here.

The teams will then continue to battle through toward the September 3 final and a place at the home of cricket, Lords.

The competition started back in 1972 when Aidan Crawley, the chairman of the National Cricket Association, voicing his desire to see village cricketers play at Lord’s.

Ben Brocklehurst and his wife Belinda took the idea and national competition for villages of no more than 2500 inhabitants being allowed to enter was born.

Cleator won the competition in 2013.