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: http://www.club-cricket.co.uk/news/details/789
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 email@example.com 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.
2016 CUP FINAL
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(2005) WILL THIS RECORD EVER BE BEATEN?
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.