Record Voneus Village Cup entries + Lydia Greenway announced as new ambassador
2023 will see the most clubs entered for the first round of the Voneus Village Cup in more than a decade.
With a place in the showpiece final at Lord’s in September at stake, this year’s tally of competing teams from England, Scotland and Wales stands at 370. The span of the village clubs involved range from Gulval in the south of Cornwall, all the way up to Meigle in Stathmore, Scotland.
The number of entered teams is up significantly from the 339 teams that entered last year’s tournament.
This season is the 52nd edition of the summer-long knockout tournament, which has been run by The Cricketer since its inception, with Dumbleton CC from Gloucestershire looking to defend their crown at the Home of Cricket.
“The surge in interest in this grassroots tournament is fantastic to see,” said Huw Turbervill, editor of The Cricketer. “I’m incredibly proud of the team’s work to increase participation to levels not seen for a decade. Huge thanks should also be placed on record to Voneus Broadband, whose loyal support has helped us to make this happen.
“It is great to see the enthusiasm that village clubs have for the cup and we are really looking forward to a great season that will conclude with a fabulous day at the most-famous cricket ground in the world.”
Steve Leighton, CEO of Voneus Broadband said: “This year’s response has just been incredible. The communities that come together as part of village cricket is why we’re so proud to continue to support the competition and the clubs that get involved. We know this is going to be the best Voneus Village Cup yet and we’re looking forward to seeing everyone take to the pitch in the coming months.”
In addition, former England international Lydia Greenway has been appointed as a Voneus Village Cup ambassador ahead of the 2023 competition.
Greenway represented England between 2003 and 2016, chalking up 225 international appearances. She was a member of England’s double-World Cup winning team in 2009 and was also a member of four Ashes-winning squads before retiring in 2016.
“I’m delighted to be involved with the Voneus Village Cup,” Greenway said. “It’s a fantastic tournament that has flown the flag for grassroots cricket for over 50 years, particularly in the game’s rural communities.
“I look forward to meeting those involved and seeing which club will lift the trophy in the final at Lord’s in September.”