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Welcome to the 5th Club Cricket Conference Newsletter

Welcome Dear Readers to the latest bumper Newsletter from the CCC.

With major changes to the Fixture Bureau system, we are delighted to be cooperating with the National Cricket Conference and the ECB in streamlining the system for the future.  Simon Prodger explains below.

The results of the Cup quarter final tussles have Charles Randall showing some sympathy for Sunbury and reporting on this and other cup competitions. A reminder that the semi finals are being held on Sunday 17th August -

Aston Rowant v Reigate Priory
Blackheath v Bromley

The Final is on 25th August at Ealing.

A special announcement for clubs from Surrey and Middlesex regarding ticket offers is also below, as is an interesting article on one of our partners, Cricket Deal Direct.

Enjoy the read, and don't forget to check out The Club Cricket Charity link on the website.

National Cricket Conference Fixture Bureau

As has been widely reported throughout 2014, initially in the Club Cricket Conference Yearbook that was dispatched to all member clubs this past April, CCC became a founding partner of the National Cricket Conference (NCC), established at the beginning of this year, together with our two sister organisations, the Midlands Club Cricket Conference (MCCC) and the League Cricket Conference (LCC). An element of NCC’s duties will be to provide on a national basis, bureaux and brokering services covering fixtures, ground share and player/club introductions, this under contract with the ECB for a four year term.

Many of CCC’s member clubs will be aware of the fixture bureau that we have been running in one form or another for almost 100 years and indeed, many member clubs avail themselves of that service on a regular basis, either by direct phone contact with our office in Lower Hampton or in more recent times, via our web based service. In the run up to a full national launch in 2015, NCC and ECB will be trialling a ‘soft’ launch of its new web based fixture bureau during the final weeks of the season and because the administration of this service will be provided by our offices, the CCC has been asked to undertake the testing of the new site, borne from ECB’s ‘Play Cricket’ website.

Member clubs will receive further notification from CCC and NCC on this new fixture bureau in late August, should all testing prove positive. That being the case, CCC will cease operating its current web based service for fixtures from the second weekend of September and member clubs will be directed to the new NCC site.

To be clear, this only effects fixture creations via the web service; all phone enquiries will continue to be managed as usual through our office on the same contact numbers.

The web service is free to member clubs and we would welcome your use of it if your club wishes to seek an ad hoc fixture or two during the closing days of the season. We would also appreciate any anecdotal feedback of the new service, once it is in use.

There is no need for any member club to do anything at this stage. We anticipate the new bureau being completed and tested by the 1st September and once we, NCC and ECB are confident it is error free, all clubs will be notified by ourselves and the NCC of the change-over, with all necessary details.

We would like to thank all our member clubs for their continued support and co-operation; we truly believe that our development of the NCC and its future offerings will further support club cricket across the country, in ever more challenging times.

Warmest regards,
Simon Prodger.
Secretary, CCC and Managing Director, NCC

Sunbury's double hopes ended by rain-sodden Bromley defeat

Sunbury's hopes of reaching two major finals this summer were dashed in a rain-reduced 12-over match at Bromley. Already in the semi-final of the National Club Championship, they fell by 32 runs in the Conference Cup, sponsored by Barbados & Smile Group Travel

The previous Sunday's exciting three-wicket victory over Frocester in the Royal London Club National boosted Sunbury's momentum, and Bromley had found form in round three of the Conference Cup when Grant Basey hit 149, held two catches and took the final wicket in a 63-run win over Colchester & East Essex. But last weekend's quarter-final tussle became something of a lottery when rainstorms intervened.  Please click here to read the full article.

Alastair Cook Benefit Event 

Alastair Cook Benefit Event at Wanstead CC - Saturday 13th September 2014 - please find full details here

SM Cricket Revolution in Northampton

In a corner of Northamptonshire, a cricket revolution of sorts is flourishing. Cricket Deal Direct, run by Ian Anderson, is the vehicle behind Indian brand, SM, which is quietly getting a thumbs-up from more and more UK cricketers.

Household Indian cricketing names seemingly deal in initials. From SS to BDM and it’s perhaps no surprise that this is a nod to the people that built these institutions from the ground up.

In fact, the Mahajan dynasty stretches back to 1925 when Banarsi Das Maharajan began Mahajan Sports in Sialkot. In 1947, he moved the family to where it is today in Meerut and re-named the business BDM; which developed into a bat brand known throughout the world.

Both of his sons became involved in the cricket empire and when Sunil (known as Pintu) passed away in 2006, the dilemma was what to do with the existing BDM business.

SM came into being through sons, Uday and Sanyam with help from their mother, Usha Maharajan and family friend Sachin Tendulkar when the brand was initially launched onto the Indian market in 2008.

Read the full article here.

Middlesex CCC v Indians

Middlesex CCC v Indians 50-over match special 2 for 1 ticket offer ..... find the full details here.

England v India 

England v India - 5th Investec Test Match  - Day 4 Family Tickets available - details can be found here.

End your season in style at Lord's
Royal London One Day Final - Saturday 20th September

We have enjoyed glorious sunshine throughout this special year, as we celebrate 200 years at the Home of Cricket. In fact, it has been a fabulous summer all round and there is still plenty of cricketing action to come.
            The highlight of the County season at Lord’s is undoubtedly the Royal London One Day Cup Final. This year’s match will be held on Saturday 20th September and I hope you and your club will join us to see out your cricket season.
            We want Lord’s to be about cricketers in the Ground’s Bicentenary year and we are delighted to offer all cricket clubs a special package of twelve tickets for the price of eight to the Royal London One Day Cup Final. To take up this offer for your club, simply visit for more information on how to redeem the offer, saving £200.
            Lord’s has been the stage for over 50 years of one-day cricket and I have been lucky enough to appear in seven finals during that time – losing just one. I made my first team debut in this competition back in 1975. That same year was the first time Middlesex made the final and although I was twelfth man for that match, I remember it as a magnificent occasion.
            A Lord’s Final is a special treat for any cricketer and that is true for those attending as well as those playing. I have certainly enjoyed my share of great County days at the Ground. The common bond of a love for the game really stands out in the unique atmosphere at Lord’s and it is something that will bring your team mates together too.
            We look forward to welcoming you to Lord’s. Let’s end the season in style!

Details explaining about the 12 tickets for the price of 8 offer can be found here

Yours sincerely, 
M.W. Gatting, O.B.E.
President, M.C.C.
Nottinghamshire - the winners of the Final last year
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