VALLEY END have confirmed they will not be defending their Npower National Village Cup title this summer.
The ambitious Surrey Championship club, with big plans for the future, say they are intending to hire a professional player this year, which would render them ineligible for the village competition. They beat Woodhouse Grange, from York, in the final at Lord's last year. The club has already started building two new grounds adjacent to their existing venue near Chobham. The new rules of the village competition have reduced entries from more than 450 to about 260 for 2009.