Village cricket

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A typical summer scene of village cricket

Village cricket is a term, sometimes pejorative, given to the playing of cricket in rural villages in England and Wales. Many villages have their own teams that play at varying levels in local or regional club cricket leagues.

When organised cricket first began in the 17th century, matches were played between rival parishes or villages and this form of competition endured. In representative cricket a team includes players from more than one parish (e.g., a team that represents a county or a country).

Village cricket teams are often made up of local residents only,[citation needed] although some teams' first XI can include players with connections to minor counties cricket clubs and members of the academies of the county cricket club of the county in which the team lies.

Cricket in this form is often played on a village green or other public space instead of a dedicated ground, and the public may spectate.

In many non-professional cricket leagues, the adjective "village" is a descriptor used humorously, self-deprecatingly, or, sometimes, pejoratively to convey a sense of amateurishness of some aspect of the team's (or an individual's) preparation, dress, conduct or play.

Village Cup[edit]

The annual National Village Cup competition began in 1972[1] and each year's competition is covered in detail (particularly the final) in the following Wisden Cricketers' Almanack. The Cricketer magazine is responsible for organising the competition.

It is open to qualifying teams (ie those from villages (not towns) up to a set maximum population - originally 2,500 but has risen[2] to 10,000 as of 2019[3] - and surrounded by open countryside) from across England, Wales and Scotland. The final is played at Lord's Cricket Ground in London. The competition's headline sponsor has changed often in recent years; the 2017 competition was chiefly sponsored by British milk producers, Watsons.

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  1. ^ Wisden 148 (2012) p 714
  2. ^ "Rules and Conditions for the 2014 Davidstow Village Cup" (PDF). The Cricketer. 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Rules and Conditions - Eligibility Criteria - 2019" (PDF). The Cricketer Village Cup. The Cricketer. Retrieved 23 May 2019.

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