PENZANCE CC will welcome Teddington CC from southwest London in the quarter-finals of the Royal London Club Championship after victory in the last round over Potterne CC, writes Tom Large. 

The Club Championship started in 1969 and is a forty-over limited overs knock-out club cricket competition which is open to clubs who play in an ECB Premier League.

Clubs battle it out for the chance to play at the Home of Cricket where the final two clubs will get the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of some of the world’s greatest-ever players by dining in and walking through the world-famous Long Room on their way out onto the pitch to play.

Chief Executive of Penzance CC, Neil Tregarthen, said: "The further you go in the national competitions the more chance spectators from Cornwall get to see top quality club cricket, which often features existing or past, first-class players.

"In turn, that often produces a standard of cricket in advance of minor county fixtures and the excitement that brings, especially to young boys and girls, who we must absolutely focus on for the future of the game, is great to see."

This will be Penzance’s third entry into the National Club Championship and the first time they have made it to the quarter-finals of the competition.

Head of Cricket and Operations at MCC, Jamie Cox said: "It is vital that MCC supports the grassroots game and gives players at all levels from across the country the opportunity to win the right to play at and experience the Home of Cricket. 

"The final is one of the highlights of the season at Lord’s and I’m looking forward to seeing who gets here in September. 

"The prospect of playing at Lord’s has inspired so many grassroots cricketers and every year we hear of players progressing through their local sides to play at a higher level. It shows just how strong our grassroots game is."

This year’s final takes place at Lord’s on Saturday, September 9.