No cricket return locally - yet - but hope springs eternal!
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The ECB has issued a news bulletin letting clubs across the country know just where things stand with regard to the current season and the on-going Coronavirus pandemic situation.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) continue to work closely with the UK Government and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport with regards to the return of recreational cricket.
Along with the nation’s cricket players we are keen to see the imminent and safe return of our sport at recreational level and have been working hard with Government to achieve this.
We believe that cricket is a non-contact sport, with very low risks of exposure, and that it can be played as safely as many other activities being currently permitted.
It is our strong desire to work with Government to see the return of recreational cricket on or around 4 July, as they continue to lift other restrictions more broadly across society.
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As we continue to work towards recreational cricket returning on or around 4 July, though, it has become clear that given the current restrictions we will sadly be unable to run certain elements of the scheduled 2020 cricket season. This includes Dynamos Cricket and some National Competitions.
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With a condensed summer resulting in fixture challenges, we have taken the decision to cancel the below competitions to ensure that all players have an opportunity to play.
In addition, to ensure maximum flexibility for all clubs pursuing a return to action and because we believe it is safer for clubs and players to reduce their amount of travel, we will be prioritising local playing opportunities over National and Regional competitions. *
While it is regrettable to have to cancel these competitions, the decision has been taken with public health as a priority and additionally to ensure that clubs are as free as possible to play as much cricket as they can in their local area once the game is able to progress to step four.
Many of these tournaments would require rescheduling, which logistically could make it difficult for clubs to arrange other cricket, and the health and safety of everyone involved in the game has been our priority throughout this period.
As such, the following competitions have been cancelled for the 2020 season:
National Counties Championship (Three-day cricket)
National County Showcase Fixtures v First-Class Counties
Royal London Club Championship
Vitality Men’s Club T20 Cup and Plate
Vitality Women’s Club T20 Cup and Plate
U18 Boys County Championship
U17 Super Fours
Royal London Boys County Age Group Under 14, 15 and 18 Cup Competitions
Royal London Girls County Age Group Under 15 and 17 Cup Competitions
ECB David English Bunbury Festival
ECB City Cup
ECB Over 50s County Championship
ECB Girls Regional Development Centre Festival
ECB Girls U15 Festivals
*This does not mean that ECB Regional Premier Leagues will be cancelled
Local friendly matches will be encouraged later in the summer, should restrictions ease.
Decisions on Royal London Women’s County T20, U13 and 15 Boys’ and Girls’ club, Lady Taverners Club T20 and Lady Taverners Softball competitions will be made at a later date and ECB will share more information as soon as we are able to.
For more information, please email email@example.com, or contact your local County Cricket Board.