Representing the Club Cricket Conference
Our cricket appeals to those players who aspire to play competitive representative cricket for pleasure at the highest amateur levels or those who may have focussed on their academic studies or a non cricketing career but are now seeking a pathway into the professional game.
In recent years the Conference has broadened substantially the opportunities afforded to players within its Member clubs. A major expansion in the CCC match programme now provides a wider range of opportunities for men and women. An Under 25 XI, plays most of its matches during the university summer holidays and provides the opportunity to progress to the full Conference Representative XI. A President’s XI fulfils some of the Conference’s historic fixtures and those honouring clubs’ major milestones such as 100th and 150th anniversaries.
The standard of Conference cricket has never been higher, with the men’s Representative XI gathering an increasing number fixtures against County 2nd XIs. The Women’s fixture list is also being expanded, and arguably offers an even higher standard of cricket, with the MCC fielding several England internationals in our 2012 fixture against them.
Amongst the many fixtures which have been confirmed so far for 2021 are 50/50 over matches against Hampshire and Middlesex 2nd XIs, British Police CC, The Army CC, and MCC. The U-25s play Oxford University CC - The Blues, a 3 day game against Essex CCC Academy XI, and a 50/50 match v Buckinghamshire CCC Academy XI. Our Presidents XI will play a wide varity of competitive matches against the Thames Valley Cricket League (50th), East Molesey CC (150th), Shenfield CC (100th), Welewyn Garden City CC (100th), and carried-over from 2020, v Bromley CC (200th), Frimley CC (200th), and Abbots Langley CC (175th), Our Women's team have 2 x T20 matches against British Police, and a 40/40 match v The Army. 2021 is a particularly difficult year for women's cricket, and we hope to arrange other matches as the season progresses. The full list of fixtures (& archived results) are on the Fixtures dropdown page.
To play for the mens or womens Representative XIs of the Club Cricket Conference is to play amongst the pre-eminent club cricketers of the era. Selection is highly competitive with a field of choice of some 30,000 players within the Member clubs of the Conference. A further substantial number are represented by the Midlands Club Cricket Conference and League Cricket Conference who also contribute to the touring squads.
The Conference fields 5 distinct XIs.
Representative Mens and Womens XIs: These are the strongest sides the Conference can field against powerful opposition. Both Mens and Womens XIs have a growing fixture list.
Presidents XI: This is an XI which honours traditional and goodwill fixtures and often provides the opportunity for new players to show their worth.
U-25 XI: This XI has a varied age guide to suit the the nature of the opposition. It also has a growing fixture list and provides a pathway for young players to the full Representative XI.
Touring XIs: Tourists are selected from the players who have demonstrated their skills and commitment to the Conference.