It’s the cricket cup that offers village amateurs the chance of fulfilling their dreams – walking through the Long Room to play at Lord’s.
The National Village Cup was launched by The Cricketer 40 years ago and to celebrate, The Times has become the competition’s media partner.
Around 300 clubs from all over England, Wales and Scotland take part each year, hoping to make a date at the home of cricket.
After several local rounds, the surviving clubs take part in regional finals with official umpires; the two finalists travel to Lord’s for the 40-over a side contest in early September.
Launched in 1971 by the world’s biggest-selling cricket magazine, the Village Cup is still run by The Cricketer.
This year’s winner was Woodhouses, the Lancashire club which Mike Atherton joined as a teenager. The trophy was presented in front of the Lord’s pavilion by MCC president Christopher Martin-Jenkins, himself a former Times cricket correspondent.
Your club can join this brilliant and unique competition by downloading and filling in the form here.