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Welcome to the 6th Club Cricket Conference Newsletter

Welcome Dear Readers to the last Newsletter of the 2014 season, including a final report on our Representative Cricket and the Jersey trip.
Look out for an imminent notification of the New Forum, based on the website, where we want you to interact with the stories and news which we provide.
From time to time we come across stories of cricket clubs facing problems to do with planning or other issues where Local Authorities might appear to be being unreasonable.  We rightly draw attention to these matters, but we have decided to go one stage further and are asking for you to read the article by Charlie Puckett and sign the petition which you will find within it.
We report on the winners of the National Spin Scholarship in their preparation for their trip to Pune India for intensive coaching and an article welcoming the new CEO of the ECB, Tom Harrison.
Charles Randall reports on the final of the Surrey CCC interleague and their are articles from our partners Smile Travel and Cricket Deal Direct.
Enjoy the beginning of the close season – a world record ton in Abu Dhabi for Pakistan against Australia is a good start!

2014 Cricket Season

CCC completed its 2014 season with a high intensity trip to Jersey with a very strong Under 25 squad. At the request of Jersey Cricket, the squad was to play 4 T20 matches over two days, to assist in Jersey’s preparations for the ICC Europe Division 1 tournament, to be held on the island at the beginning of next season. The squad consisted of a number of regular Minor County and County 2nd team players, with George Russell (High Wycombe CC) making his debut appearances for the Conference, following in his father’s footsteps of yesteryears. Imran Qayuum, Kent CCC, made a guest appearance, having been a regular player for CCC prior to being awarded his county contract at the beginning of the season.
Tour Party:
Michael Payne                  Tring Park CC (Capt)
Sajid Ali                             Burnham CC
Eddie Ballard                     Bishop's Stortford CC
Gordon Harris                   Aston Rowant CC
Husnan Kazmi                  Shenfield CC
Abhishek Kulkharni           Stanmore CC
Tom Phillippe                    Shenfield CC
Imran Qayuum                 Canterbury CC
George Russell                High Wycombe CC
Jamie Southgate              Welwyn Garden City CC
Matthew Stear                  Stanmore CC
Andrew Westphal             East Molesey CC
Simon Routh                     Tunbridge Wells CC (Manager)
Philip George                    Colchester and East Essex CC (Umpire)
Alan Jones                        Wembley CC (Scorer)
Mark Stear                        Stanmore CC (Coach)
It became most evident through the duration of a wonderful weekend weather-wise that whilst most club players are now engaged in T20 cricket to some extent, their preparation and training in this form of the game falls well short of ICC associate nations such as Jersey; of the four matches played, Jersey won three and their success was based very much on their game plans with bat and ball and fielding routines that were applied ruthlessly in match situations. Jersey are a fine T20 team and they played with a dynamism in their batting and suffocating bowling, most often slow, supported by fielding of the highest class that applied pressure on our batsmen and threatened run outs throughout. The CCC team held together well and were only really outplayed once before recording a very good win in the last match of the trip. There is no doubt that talented as the squad was, the players will have learnt a lot about the craft and the skill sets that are uniquely applied to T20.
The season as a whole again illustrated the value of our cricket programme; sadly we lost three County 2nd team matches to the weather, never even taking the field against Kent, Surrey and Hampshire. Despite that, the fact that CCC now has 5 counties on its fixture roster plus Minor Counties and their academies, demonstrates the relevance of the cricket we play and the quality of cricketers we are able to call on from our member clubs. Overall, 95 players representing 54 clubs took the field in Conference colours in 2014, either for our full representative side, the Under 25s or in Presidents X1 matches against member clubs that were celebrating anniversaries. Our Ladies squad too, enjoyed 2 victories out of three and are now gearing themselves up to be a part of the centenary tour to Grenada and Barbados in 2015, where they will be joined by our full representative squad and a CCC veterans squad. What a trip that promises to be.
Thanks go to the Cricket Committee, Min Patel and Mark Stear for their coaching, Pauline Osborne for her management of the Ladies squad and to Stan Nicholson, whose magical capabilities to muster players at short notice when the inevitable late withdrawals occur, is bewildering! Thank you too, to this year’s President Paul Hooper, who managed to attend almost every match and who represented us so well on match days, whether as host or guest…..he now has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the cricket club bars of London and the Home Counties!!
In closing, thank you to the clubs that have staged our matches this season and to those clubs who hosted our President’s X1. We greatly value our member clubs involvement in our cricket programme and would remind you all that you are free to recommend your players to us that you believe capable of representative cricket; we are always seeking new talent that reflects the quality and flare of the club game throughout the southern counties.
Simon Prodger 
Secretary and Chairman of Cricket, CCC

Club cricket has good reason to welcome Harrison to ECB post

The appointment of the former Teddington CC captain Tom Harrison as the ECB chief executive seems to reinforce the strengthening relationship between the national authorities and the recreational game.  Read the full article here

South London Sunday take Oval honours

Players and supporters from the South London Sunday League will look back on the 2014 season with pride after winning the Surrey CCC inter-league tournament at the Kia Oval.

Much credit went the Surrey Board for laying on a memorable day for eight league representative teams at a venue with such prestige. South London Sunday won all their four games and emerged as champions in their first appearance, led by Larry Farnum, of the league's 2014 champions Sabina CC. 

Read the full story here

Winners prepare for Kingfisher scholarship trip to India

Guidance from the former Lancashire spinner Gary Keedy led to a dream trip to India for one of his team-mates at Rishton CC in the Lancashire League. Fellow left-armer Ali Sartaj came through as a winner of the Club Cricket Conference's spin scholarship, sponsored by Kingfisher Beer.

Ali and Zoravar Singh, a big-spinning 'leggie' at Old Bristolians-Westbury CC, were awarded the dream trip to India - a week at the Global Cricket School in Pune - after a day of assessment in Birmingham on 28 September. The number of nominated players topped 130 this year, and such a huge number had to be reduced to the usual short list of 36 through each cricket CV.  Read the full article here.

Please Support our Petition to save cricket ground

All over the country sports grounds are being lost: either the clubs which owned or ran them are going to the wall or the local authorities who lease or let them out are selling them off.  Once these have gone, they are gone forever and society is the poorer for their passing. You can find more details here.
Smile are delighted to announce an opportunity for aspiring young cricketers to attend a Training Camp to be held in Barbados, in March 2015. It will be run alongside the annual Pre Season Camp for First Class Counties Hampshire, Nottinghamshire and Warwickshire.
The camp will be run by ex-West Indies legends Gordon Greenidge and Franklyn Stephenson, as well as senior First Class coaches. There will also be a number of specially arranged guest MasterClasses from greats of the game.

For further details please click here

Sri Lanka vs England - Tour Package

Experience the highlights of Sri Lanka whilst watching top-class international cricket.

Click here for more details.

Cricket Deal Direct - END OF SEASON SALE !!

CCC in partnership with Cricket Deal Direct is offering a whopping 30% discount off cricket equipment on the Cricket Deal Direct website.

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Look out for our next NEWSLETTER which will give details of more stories on Club Cricket. 
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