Conference Cup Application
Sun 20 Nov 2016 
Club news item

The Conference Cup 2017 to be played for The Bertie Joel Trophy To Hon. Secretaries, Hon. Fixture Secretaries, & Chairmen, (cc’d to other officials in some clubs) The CCC Board, together with the organisers of the Bertie Joel Cup, have decided to re-instate The Conference Cup. This exciting partnership brings together the CCC’s unrivalled access to clubs throughout the south of England with the unique heritage of the Bertie Joel competition. Bertie Joel, who was one of the great characters of London cricket, founded the cup that bears his name in 1967. Since his death in 1996, the competition has been run successfully by a small committee. In 2016, the Bertie Joel Cup celebrated its 50th anniversary with a showpiece final between Wanstead CC and West Indies United CC, held at Sutton CC. Our partnership enables the history of the Bertie Joel Cup, and indeed the beautiful trophy itself, to live on within our region’s cricket circles. The competition envisaged will be open to all CCC member clubs in our region, with the final played at The County Ground, Chelmsford, and the winning club will receive £1000 in prize money. We require a minimum of 40 clubs to enter to ensure the competition can be fulfilled. More than 64 entries will require seeding and a Preliminary round. All grounds on which matches are to be played shall be approved by the Conference. We have scheduled the rounds of this competition to avoid dates clashing with the ECB National Club Championship and where possible, allow a little leeway for bad weather and rearranged games. We will also be sympathetic so as to avoid any possible clashes with the National Club T20 competition when that progresses to the League finals and Area finals days. The competition remains a 45 over one, and matches are scheduled to be played on or before these dates (working backwards): Final date tbc at Essex County Ground, Chelmsford Semi Finals 20 August Quarter Finals 30 July Round of last 16 9 July Round of last 32 18 June Round of last 64 28 May All draws are similar to the FA Cup, hence winners do not know their next opponents, or whether drawn home or away, until the draw for the next round is made.