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The oldest knockout cup in the south-east   


Roll of honour 

1967: Hampstead

1968: Hampstead

1969: Forest Hill

1970: Indian Gymkhana

1971: Forest Hill
1972: Vauxhall Motors
1973: The Mote
1974: Forest Hill
1975: Hastings & St Leonards Priory
1976: Hampstead
1977: Blackheath
1978: The Mote
1979: Bishops Stortford
1980: Bishops Stortford
1981: Wimbledon
1982: Southgate
1983: Ickenham
1984: Wimbledon
1985: Wimbledon
1986: Wimbledon
1987: North Middlesex
1988: Bishops Stortford
1989: Bishops Stortford
1990: Hampstead
1991: Finchley
1992: Basingstoke & North Hants
1993: Saffron Walden
1994: Eastcote
1995: British Airways
1996: Shenfield
1997: Bishops Stortford
1998: Sutton
1999: Lambeth Enterprise
2000: Sutton
2001: Basingstoke & North Hants
2002: South Woodford
2003: Waltham
2004: Waltham
2005: BWIA Cavaliers
2006: Cambridge Granta
2007: Cambridge Granta
2008: Cambridge Granta
2009: Malden Wanderers
2010: Shenfield
2011: Cambridge Granta
2012: Waltham
2013: Waltham
2014: Waltham

2015: Sutton

2016: West Indies United

In January 2017, the Club Cricket Conference made the following announcement:

The CCC Board, together with the organisers of the Bertie Joel Cup, have decided to re-instate The Conference Cup, in a competition now to be known as The Conference Cup for the Bertie Joel Trophy.

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.

The Conference Cup was launched in 2009 when the firmly established Evening Standard Challenge Trophy lost its sponsors. Despite minimal funding, the time and effort put in by organisers and club secretaries alike generated some excellent cricket, well supported by a solid number of clubs in the M25 region. The 2014 winners Reigate Priory CC, had entered for the first time.

Worrying statistics prompted the suspension of The Conference Cup competition for a year in 2015 to allow further consultation after an unprecedented number of first-round conceded matches, and a planned re-introduction in 2016 was shelved after entry notices to clubs were too late for a sufficient number of clubs to enter.

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. 

More information:

50 not out in 2016!

Clubs throughout the Home Counties can apply to take part in this historic competition. Games are played predominantly – though not exclusively – in midweek with a showpiece final at a leading ground.

Bertie Joel, who was one of the great characters of London cricket, died in 1996. His widow Irene was reunited with him in September 2013. 

Bertie and Irene's daughter Mandie Adams McGuire MBE has agreed to become patron of the competition, ensuring the unique family connection continues.

Those who knew Irene will enjoy this tribute to her life on YouTube.

The competition - previously known as the Kemps Cup - is run by a small committee. This is chaired by Colin Watkins with Mandie as patron. Other members are Laurie Butcher, Roger Dean, David Earl, Jon Mundy and Andrew Shields. All have substantial experience as players, officials and administrators.

Clubs are invited to consider entering for 2017. Click here to find the entry form and click here for a copy of the competition rules Please contact Colin Watkins on 07711 202818 or email for further information.

There is sometimes a misconception that only 'senior' clubs are eligible to enter: this is not the case. Applications are positively welcomed from clubs which do not play in the ECB National or Club Cricket Conference competitions and whose players may therefore face fewer commitments.

The Bertie Joel Cup is a supporter of the David Adams Leukaemia Appeal, set up by Mandie and for which she was appointed MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2014.

Visit the website to find out how you can support the Fund, which raises money for the Children's Cancer Unit and the Leukaemia Unit at the Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton.


West Indies United 256-5 beat Wanstead 223 all out in a high quality and very competitive final at Sutton CC. Man of the match was Abdul Khadeer-Samad for his 55 and 4-50. Both clubs were appearing in the final for the first time.


Cambridge Granta dismissed Sutton for 206 in the final over but were unable to overhaul their target, being bowled out themselves for 161 in 40.2 overs. Sutton are champions for the second time.


Well done to Waltham who beat Shenfield by 25 runs in a game reduced by rain to 25 overs per side.


The 2013 final at Sutton CC brought together the two clubs who have dominated the competition over the last decade.

There was to be no repeat of the extraordinary 2008 showdown (see below) as Waltham's 285-8 proved comfortably enough to see off Granta's spirited challenge. Both clubs have now won the famous trophy four times.

Jonathan Atkinson made a fine 85 for the losers, while Mehboob Elahi's 76 and Tanveer Sikander's 67 in a second-wicket partnership of 102 proved decisive. Sikander collected the Man of the Match Award as he also returned bowling figures of 4-42. A superb leg-side diving catch by Naeem Amin was declared unofficial 'champagne moment'.

Hear from both captains


Waltham chased 298 to beat Saffron Walden by five wickets in the 2012 final, held at Sutton Cricket Club. On a day when bat dominated ball, Giles Ecclestone's 112 for Saffron was eclipsed by Usman Jaan's 109 for the victors.

Waltham have now won the competition on three occasions.


Cambridge Granta beat Basingstoke & North Hants by five wickets to win the 2011 final, held at Sutton Cricket Club. Ben Creese took 2-11 and scored 74 not out for the victors.

In this year's semi-finals, Cambridge Granta beat Waltham and Basingstoke & North Hants beat Old Wimbledonians. Granta have now won the trophy for a fourth time.

2010 FINAL

Congratulations to Shenfield, who won the 2010 final by beating Waltham at Ealing CC.

In a game that ebbed and flowed throughout the day, Shenfield's total of 221-7 proved 18 runs too many for Waltham. Ryan Lugg's 40 runs and 3-19 earned him the Man of the Match Award.

2009 FINAL

Malden Wanderers 166 all out

Cambridge Granta 151 all out

Cambridge Granta failed to become the first club in the competition's 43-year history to win the trophy for a fourth year in succession when they were beaten by 15 runs by Malden Wanderers in the 2009 final, held at Richmond CC.

Wanderers' top scorer Kallan Bond was voted man of the match in a hard-fought game that neither side dominated.

Competition patron Mrs Irene Joel presented the splendid trophy to Wanderers captain Giles Puckle.

2008 FINAL

Cambridge Granta 157-9, Waltham 27.

(Game reduced to 40 overs per side after a delayed start due to overnight rain)

Ball triumphed over bat in this extraordinary final between the two clubs who have dominated the competition in recent years. Granta were indebted to man of the match Mark Bott (66) and Craig Park (25) for posting any sort of total on a damp, difficult wicket at South Hampstead CC. Waltham spinners Azhar Ali (3-26) and Sohail Elahi (3-27) both prospered.

While most observers expected spin also to hold the key in Waltham's innings, it was the pace, swing and bounce gained by Darren Cousins (3-8) and Nick Chant (5-12) that hastened an extraordinary collapse – aided, it must be said, by some poor shot selection. Two run-outs off successive balls completed the rout.


Langleybury v. Middlesex Tamils: Langleybury batted first and amassed 563-2 in their 45 overs, easily the highest score at the Hunton Bridge Ground, with a second wicket partnership of 513.

Peter Kerr scored exactly 100 not out, while Shahzad Malik, going in first wicket down, chipped in with 403 (yes, that's right, 403), including 38 x 6s.