The Cricketer is delighted to unveil CricViz as the official data partner of the National Village Cup for the next three years. They join headline sponsor Voneus Broadband and Bola in supporting this grassroots knockout competition.
Founded in 2015, CricViz use data to improve understanding and performance within cricket, providing unrivalled analysis and insight to clients around the world. CricViz is best known for its “WinViz” product, that appears across cricket coverage to help the newer viewer understand who is winning, and the deep analysis that it provides to, among others, the BBC and Sky to enhance their cricket coverage. CricViz is also the Official Supplier of Match Data to the ECB.
CricViz Managing Director Matt Lovering said: “We have built a strong brand in the professional game with unrivalled analysis for broadcast, media and professional sporting bodies. The Village Cup provides a natural entry point for us to support the grassroots level of the game and to introduce new technology to transform the use of data for all at this level.”
The 2023 season will be the 52nd edition of this summer-long knockout tournament, which has been run by The Cricketer since its inception, with Dumbleton CC from Gloucestershire looking to defend their crown after a comprehensive victory over Hampshire’s Calmore Sports in September.
The Cricketer magazine editor Huw Turbervill said: “This really is brilliant news for all involved in this much-loved grassroots competition. CricViz have made a huge impact with all of us involved in the media, elevating storytelling and enhancing the coverage that we provide. Village clubs will love this partnership and the analysis it brings, particularly in the final at Lord’s, which will be live-streamed around the world. It will add even greater value to the experience of playing at the Home of Cricket for these amateur players.”
The competition starts in April 2023 with around 350 village cricket clubs from England, Scotland and Wales competing in 32 regional groups, the highest number of entries for more than a decade. The group winners enter a national draw that culminates in a final at the Home of Cricket in September.