Monday 3 September 2012 

Village Cricketers Prepare For Lord's Final

Village Cricketers Prepare For Lord's Final
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Cricketers from the villages of Reed in Hertfordshire and Woodhouse Grange in North Yorkshire will pit their cricketing skills against each other when they meet at Lord’s on Sunday 9th September to contest the final of the 2012 Village Cup, sponsored by Yorkshire Tea.

To get to Lord’s, both sides have progressed through six regional knock-out rounds followed by a national quarter and semi-final.  Whilst it is the first time that Reed CC has made it through to the final, it will be the fifth time that Woodhouse Grange have visited the Home of Cricket for a Village Cup Final – having won the competition in 1995 and 2007, and finishing as runners-up in 1999 and 2008.  The tournament has been run by The Cricketer magazine since 1972.

In 2012 292 teams entered the competition, with Reed CC knocking out 1988 winners Goatacre CC in their successful semi-final, and Woodhouse Grange CC beating Leicestershire-based Cropston CC.

MCC Head of Cricket, John Stephenson, said: "MCC is delighted to once again host the Village Cup Final – it is always a real highlight in the Lord’s fixture list, and I am sure that this year will be no exception.  Congratulations to both Reed and Woodhouse Grange on making it through to the final – with the standard improving year after year this is a fantastic achievement for both clubs.

"I very much look forward to welcoming all the players and the supporters to Lord’s for the day – there is no better place in the world to play and watch cricket – but for those who can’t make it to the Ground on Sunday, MCC are providing live ball-by-ball commentary through the Lord’s website."

Tickets for the Yorkshire Tea Village Cup Final are available to purchase on the day, priced from £5.00 to £10.00.

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