With the draw for the Village Cup due later this month, February 16th, it seems appropriate to post some news about the competition, the final of which will be played at Lord's on September 16th. Dates for the other rounds are April 29th, May 13th, May 27th, June 10th, June 24th, July 8th, with quarter finals on July 22nd, and semis on August 5th.
Last year's winners were Reed CC who beat North Yorkshire's Sessay in the final, their second win against Yorkshire opposition, they best Woodhouse Grange in 2012. Based just outside Royston, Reed play in the Hertfordshire Cricket League Championship with a second eleven in Div 4B and a third eleven in Div 9A. The league season begins on May 5th when Reed will be at home to Leverstock Green. In the Premier Division are teams like Bishop's Stortford, Hertford and Potters Bar.
Through Google I receive regular alerts on the Village Cup and one that caught my eye recently was from the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury which predicted exciting times for Hethersett and Tas Valley CC, pictured below. Hethersett lies five miles to the south west of Norwich and their first XI play in the Norfolk Alliance Div 2 with another team in Division 4 and two further sides in the Norfolk League. Secretary Richard Ellis predicts an exciting season ahead with a Sunday side and teams for under 9s,under 11s, under 13s, under15s, under 19s and for the first time a women's XI. Sounds like a thriving club.
The Norfolk Alliance will pitch wickets for the new season on April 14th which is just ten weeks away, but H and TV will not be in Div 2 action until April 28th when they will welcome Great Melton CC to their picturesque ground. Close by are Taswood Lakes which offer 'Carp Fishing at its Best'. I shall look out for them in the forthcoming draw and see how they fare in the first round.