Cricket Leagues in Kent
- Kent Cricket League
- Kent Regional Cricket League
- Kent County Village League (Saturday)
- Kent Village Cricket League (Sunday)
- British Tamils Cricket League
There are 29 ‘Premier Leagues’ across England and Wales which operate at the top tier of men’s club cricket. These leagues act as a bridge between the grassroots and first class game.
At the time of writing, the Kent Cricket League consists of 11 divisions, including both first and second XI tiers and the aforementioned ‘Premier’ division, where many of our First XI squad have and continue to play.
The KRCL sits beneath the KCL, with teams promoted and relegated between the top tier of the KRCL into the KCL.
The regionalised structure is consistently monitored by the committee with proposals regularly put forward for clubs to vote on, ensuring that the structure is as resilient to the demands of players as is possible.
The League was formed in November 1989, with competition effective from the 1990 season. In 1990 and 1991, the league consisted of eight founding clubs, whose 1st XIs competed: Bidborough, Hadlow, Cranbrook, Leigh, Crockham Hill, St Lawrence, Four Elms and Sissinghurst.
Jump forward to 2019 and the league is going from strength to strength, with 7 divisions across West Kent and the East Sussex border.
The League was formed in the winter of 1972 and commenced with two divisions. It now consists of 72 sides
(66 first elevens and 6 second elevens) which are spread across 6 divisions, with divisions 3 and 4 regionalised.
Matches are played on Sundays throughout the summer with each team playing each other once.
The British Tamils Cricket League formed in 2005. On their website the BTCL state their aims are to ensure the future growth and continuity of the competition, inline with their responsibility to develop a league where ‘sports and sportsmanship are truly developed and sustained’.
Teams within the BTCL are predominantly from the London Boroughs.
Cups & Competitions
After many successful years, the ‘Dyno Plumbing T20’ the competition has more clubs playing and it gives them the opportunity to compete for a place to play at ‘Finals Day’, which takes place at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence.
The competition starts with localised group stages, from which the group winners progress into play-off matches to try and secure their place at Finals Day, which usually takes place in September, but will be shaped each year by first class fixtures.
Since 1972, The Cricketer administered The Cricketer Village Cup and has been inextricably linked with the English summer. Each year around 300 clubs from villages across the British Isles battle for the chance to play in the final at Lord’s, the home of cricket.
No other sport offers this opportunity to the grassroots level of their game where even the smallest village team can ‘live the dream’ and tread the same hallowed turf as England skipper Joe Root and co.
For full information on the competition and details on how to enter, please click here.
League Venue Divisions Contact League Website Canterbury Pharon Ames Levett, CT1 3NZ 3 Adam Hodder
play-cricket Dover District Ames Levett, CT1 3NZ 2 Mel Juniper – Maidstone DCP YMCA Maidstone, ME15 6BD 2 Cyril Davey,
– Met The County Ground, BR3 1RL 2 Adam Hodder,
play-cricket Shepway Indoor League 3 Hills Sports Park, CT19 5JU 2 Frank Hobbs – Sevenoaks Knole Academy, TN13 3LE 3 Mark Cheeseman – Thanet East Kent Sports School, CT12 6FA 4 Roger Silk play-cricket