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Cockspur Rum to sponsor the ECB National Club Cricket Championship 
Thursday 11th March 2004

Cockspur Rum, associated with Barbados since 1884, has entered into a three year agreement with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to sponsor the National Club Championship. Cockspur therefore returns to sponsor a competition with which it was associated from 1987-1990.

The 2004 Cockspur Cup will feature 332 of England, Wales and Scotland's finest club sides, who will compete for the right to play in the final at Lord's Cricket Ground on Tuesday 7 September 2004. The winners will not only take away the 6000 first prize, but also, courtesy of Cockspur Rum, will be invited to play in the 'Annual Barbados Pro Am Festival' in November.

Cockspur Rum will also sponsor the first National Club Championship Rankings by performance in the competition since 1990, currently led by 2002 champions Saffron Walden Cricket Club from Essex. In addition a new 'Cockspur Moment of the Round' award will be given to the appropriate club or individual after each round.

Dave Smith, Cockspur's Global Brand Director, said: "Cockspur are delighted to be teaming up with the ECB to sponsor The Cockspur Cup and to support grass roots cricket. Cockspur will also look forward to welcoming the Cockspur Cup winners to Barbados in November 2004 to play in the 'Annual Barbados Pro Am Festival', which is organised by the Professional Cricketers Association travel partner Rumsey Travel. Subject to his cricketing commitments, The Cockspur Cup winners will be ably captained by England and Essex fast bowler Darren Gough."

Frank Kemp, the ECB's Cricket Operations Manager (recreational), said: "I am delighted to welcome back Cockspur as sponsor of the ECB National Club Championship. With the added incentive of a trip to Barbados and a prize money pool of 23000 available there will be plenty of competitive cricket played by the top clubs across the country. Clubs reaching the last 32 (the Group Finals) qualify for prize money, and in addition there will be opportunities for clubs to win Cockspur prizes for outstanding performances in each round of matches.

"Full details of all the matches will be published on 'Play-Cricket.com', the ECB's website for recreational cricket - and all clubs, including those who have not entered the Cockspur Cup, will be able to order Cockspur products through the site."

The 23000 prize money is split in the following way: Group Final losers (16 teams) win 250 each, 6th Round losers (eight teams) win 500 each, quarter final losers win 750 each, semi final losers win 1500 each, the losing finalist wins 3000 and the winner takes away 6000.

Current champions are Derbyshire's Sandiacre Town Cricket Club who, in their first ever final, defeated Bath Cricket Club by a nail biting one run at Lord's last September.

The draw for this year's competition will be published today on the official Cockspur Cup site on ECB's play-cricket.com network

Webmaster's tip
I wasn't a rum drinker until I tried Cockspur. Drink it with Coke and ice in a tall glass, a wonderfully refreshing drink and what's more, you can drink gallons of it without feeling drunk, AND before you ask, I haven't been asked to say this.