The Palace Shield is the major cricket league for Preston and surrounding districts in Lancashire, England. It recently celebrated its centenary, and is continuing to expand in size and improve in quality. There are 7 divisions in the main Saturday competition, 2 Sunday leagues, Twenty20 Competition and a thriving junior competition.
Test stars such as Simon Kerrigan and Andrew Flintoff began their careers in the Palace Shield, though it remains a competition for amateurs only.
Teams such as Vernon Carus, Fulwood & Broughton, and Longridge have dominated in recent years, but an influx of new clubs such as Tarleton ensures that competition remains keen and standards of facilities and play continue to improve.