Draw made for Village Cup

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The National Village Cricket Cup has long played an important part in the sporting life of Woodhouse Grange Cricket Club from Sutton on Derwent.

The current York Senior League champions have five times reached the Final of the National Village competition which is always played at Lord’s.

The draw for the 2014 competition, now sponsored by Davidstow, has just been made.

Three hundred and twenty teams across the country are eight wins away from this year’s final, which will be played in the bicentenary year of Lord’s Cricket ground on 7 September.

Initially organised in 32 regional groups, the North Yorkshire South group is always one of the strongest in the country.

In round one, to be played on Sunday 27 April - the first weekend of the new cricket season - Woodhouse Grange are drawn away to Fairburn.

If successful, round two on Sunday 11 May will see them away to Spofforth.

More success and Woodhouse could face a real crackerjack of a tie, away again to 2013 York Senior League runners-up Sheriff Hutton Bridge, or Heslerton, on Sunday 25 May.

The winners of that game would at last face a home tie in the regional final, where their opponents could possibly be Studley Royal, conquerors of Woodhouse in 2013.

Woodhouse Grange secretary David Farmer described the draw as formidable, but worthy of an excellent competition that all at the club are looking forward to.