Coronavirus impacts cricket

Cherryhopper

Reserve Team Sub
Joined
Dec 7, 2019
Messages
705
Team{s}
AFC Bournemouth, Sunderland, Barnet, Verwood Town
Enough of postcode areas being in a different county to its town, lets get back on topic.

Boris Johnson may have said he's looking forward to playing village cricket again but his comments about the ball being a "natural vector of the disease" may have put paid to any hopes of an imminent return for the sport at recreational level.
Vimps at the Crease
 

The vulture

Youth Team Star
Joined
Dec 10, 2019
Messages
394
Team{s}
Groundhog
Enough of postcode areas being in a different county to its town, lets get back on topic.

Boris Johnson may have said he's looking forward to playing village cricket again but his comments about the ball being a "natural vector of the disease" may have put paid to any hopes of an imminent return for the sport at recreational level.
Vimps at the Crease
Hmm postcodes or cricket?
One is infinitely more interesting than the other.
 

AndyE

Junior Team Starter
Joined
Dec 7, 2019
Messages
55
Team{s}
None.
Swim England, which is the governing body for "aquatic sports", is making quite a lot of fuss about swimming pools not being allowed to open on 4 July. It's been openly critical of the decision, it's got Olympic swimmers and celebrities to use words like "ridiculous", it's got 30,000 signatures on the inevitable petition, and its CEO is appearing on Radio 2 this afternoon.

It might be considered unfortunate that the England and Wales Cricket Broad is tugging its forelock and saying "Whatever you say, Mr Johnson", rather than taking the same sort of approach as the swimmers. Unfortunate, but perhaps not surprising, since we've known for years that the ECB is only actually interested in county and international cricket.
 

Cherryhopper

Reserve Team Sub
Joined
Dec 7, 2019
Messages
705
Team{s}
AFC Bournemouth, Sunderland, Barnet, Verwood Town
Some National competitions have been cancelled for the 2020 season:

National Counties (former Minor Counties) Championship (3 day cricket)
National Counties Showcase fixtures v First-Class Counties
Royal London Club Championship
Vitality Mens Club T20 and Plate
Vitality Womens Club T20 and Plate
U18 Boys County Championship
Over 50s County Championship

*This does not mean ECB Regional Premier Leagues will be cancelled

Local friendly matches will be encouraged later in the summer, should restrictions ease.

Decisions on Royal London Womens County T20 and Lady Taverners Club T20 will be made at a later date.

ECB update: National Competitions

No mention of the National Village Cup but presumably there would only be enough time left in the summer for the county stages of the competition if it does go ahead. Presumably the former MCCA are still hopeful of their T20 and 50 over competitions going ahead in some form as they were missing from the list.

Elsewhere, Pembrokeshire CCC has cancelled all cricket under its jurisdiction this summer while the Derbyshire League are more hopeful and are aiming to be underway on 11th July.
 

AndyE

Junior Team Starter
Joined
Dec 7, 2019
Messages
55
Team{s}
None.
The National Village Cup is not run by the ECB. The format is owned by the company that publishes The Cricketer magazine, and their finance guy doubles up as the competition's administrator. This year's competition hasn't actually been called off completely yet, although it seems inevitable that it will be.

Some may remember the days when the competition was run by the Honourable Findlay Rea (1907-1984). Brother in the House of Lords, writer of letters to The Times, enthusiastic amateur opera singer, best man at some of the actor John Le Mesurier's weddings, and not always at his best in the afternoons. Imagine Henry Blofeld, but more so.


In the last couple of days, a campaign to get Mr Johnson to allow cricket has begun. Unfortunately it involves Sir Geoffrey Boycott, who is not everybody's cup of tea.

FWIW, Kent is currently looking at 18 July - although even as it said so, it noted that this date seems unlikely.
 

Cherryhopper

Reserve Team Sub
Joined
Dec 7, 2019
Messages
705
Team{s}
AFC Bournemouth, Sunderland, Barnet, Verwood Town
The ECB have given the go-ahead for the County season to begin on Saturday 1st August. Still awaiting the revised fixture schedule.

Elsewhere, the ECB Southern Premier League is planning to launch a two-part 40 over red ball regionalized League Cup competition next month - if the Government does a U-turn on its lockdown policy and gives the green light for recreational cricket to resume.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is coming under increasing pressure to back down after his astonishing announcement in Parliament on June 23 when he declared a cricket ball a 'natural vector for disease' and insisted the game had to stay under lockdown.
In the hope that the decision is reversed some time soon, the SPL has asked its 35 clubs whether they would be interested in playing competitive Saturday afternoon cricket, provisionally starting on July 18, thereby allowing clubs two weeks to prepare their grounds, some of which have been neglected during two months of inactivity.
Plans are to play Covid-secure 40-over 11-a-side matches on a regionalised league structure to reduce the need to travel, using only a home scorer and applying the existing points system.
The SPL plans to set up two leagues, combining the Premier Division and Division 1, and a separate competition for teams in Divisions 2 and 3. There are 10 teams in each division including 5 second XI's.
Clubs have until Wednesday (July 1) to let the league know if they are interested in participating in the League Cup. But if there's no change in government policy fairly soon, then the prospects of any recreational cricket this summer are slim indeed.
 

Cherryhopper

Reserve Team Sub
Joined
Dec 7, 2019
Messages
705
Team{s}
AFC Bournemouth, Sunderland, Barnet, Verwood Town
The Hampshire League competitive season has been abandoned, but they plan to use the existing fixture structure to provide friendly cricket for those clubs who would like it. The format will be entirely up to the teams on the day, although the HCL recommend 30/40 over matches.
The HCL encourages all members to "Get The Game On" whether playing Saturdays, Sundays and in September, making up for lost time.
 

Ladderman

Youth Team Sub
Joined
Dec 12, 2019
Messages
226
Barnet FC enter the Hertfordhire Senior Cup which is what caused confusion on my part. The Borough of Barnet is split between what was traditionally Hertfordshire and Middlesex. The town itself plus Totteridge was in Hertfordshire. Copthall would presumably be in Hendon on this old map, the clearest I can find, the red line showing where the Herts/Middx boundary lies:
Barnet Civil Parish Map 1935
Interseting to note that South Mimms, now in Hertfordshire, was once in Middlesex.
Barnet have played in the Middlesex Senior Cuo since they moved to The Hive.
 

Wheelbarrow

Junior Team Star
Joined
Dec 7, 2019
Messages
165
While the Surrey Championship is looking at the 25th, although to be fair this document predates today's announcement. They will be arranging regionalised groups for 1st and 2nd XIs to cut down both games and travelling. No promotion and relegation after this curtailed season
Surrey Championship Return to cricket
 

Wheelbarrow

Junior Team Star
Joined
Dec 7, 2019
Messages
165
The counties have voted to stage both red and white ball cricket this season.
A few had wanted white ball only to maximise revenue but were outvoted.
Fixtures likely to be approved and released in the next few days.
Then we just have to see whether we'll be allowed in at any point!

Some more context, including who was thought to have favoured what, albeit written before the vote:
 
Last edited:

Wheelbarrow

Junior Team Star
Joined
Dec 7, 2019
Messages
165
The National Counties (Minor Counties, as was) are thought to be organising a mini tournament in August:

"Details have yet to be confirmed by the National Counties Cricket Association, but the likelihood is the early season Twenty20 competition will be resurrected.The three-day competition was abandoned some time ago, but an option left to play either the 20- or 50-over tournaments if time allowed and Covid-19 restrictions eased"

In preparation, Devon will play Dorset in a 50 over game at North Perrot on July 26.

Devon pencil in warm up game
 

Cherryhopper

Reserve Team Sub
Joined
Dec 7, 2019
Messages
705
Team{s}
AFC Bournemouth, Sunderland, Barnet, Verwood Town
South Wilts will host a T20 double header against Wiltshire at Bemerton this Sunday 12th July with the first game starting at 11am. The Salisbury & South Wilts Sports Club bar will be open subject to guidelines being met.
 
Last edited:

Cherryhopper

Reserve Team Sub
Joined
Dec 7, 2019
Messages
705
Team{s}
AFC Bournemouth, Sunderland, Barnet, Verwood Town
Some clubs in Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight have arranged friendlies this Saturday, mostly intra-club games which presumably means 1sts v 2nd XI, but some more appealing exceptions like Broadstone v Bournemouth (which I'm tempted by) and Longparish v Compton & Chandlers Ford - they were due to meet in a league fixture before the Hampshire League was cancelled but clubs are being encouraged to play each other in friendlies using the original fixture list. The list, which is being added to all the time, can be found on Vimps at the Crease under the headline dated 5/7/2020 ECB GIVES GO AHEAD FOR 11-A-SIDE CRICKET THIS WEEKEND.

At all grounds, spectators will watch at their own liability and be expected to maintain social distancing in line with government guidelines.
 

Stoodley Pike

Youth Team Star
Joined
Dec 9, 2019
Messages
428
Few Yorkshire leagues have committed to anything (seems they're waiting for the government and ECB to share guidelines) but the Halifax League tweets: The ENCO @HalifaxCL Management Board are pleased to announce 1st XI cricket will commence on 18th July for a full half season. 2nd XI and Sunday League will return on 25th & 26th of July, format TBC.

The Lancashire League's four Rossendale clubs are to play a mini tournament over three Sundays - July 12, 19 and 26. July 12 fixtures: Haslingden v Bacup, Ramsbottom v Rawtenstall. Second XIs will play the reverse fixtures, with a third XI competition (Stacksteads replacing Ramsbottom) scheduled for July 11, 18 and 25. Ramsbottom will host a revived Rossendale Free Press Cup event, to feature the same four clubs, on August 31.
 
Last edited:

Wheelbarrow

Junior Team Star
Joined
Dec 7, 2019
Messages
165
The guidelines have been issued to clubs, and a copy was posted online: ECB Return To Cricket Plan For Step 4
There are no restrictions on numbers of players or indeed formats of play (overs etc).
A number leagues round here are also starting organised games on the 18th, leaving this weekend for clubs to decide if they play a friendly, inter-club game or just practice sessions and/or continue work on the ground.

The guidelines do specifically mention spectators on page 4!
"Spectators should remain socially distanced at all times and refrain from all contact with the ball e.g. returning it to the field of play. Spectator groups must be restricted to discrete six person gathering limits and spread out, in line with wider UK Government guidance."
 

Stoodley Pike

Youth Team Star
Joined
Dec 9, 2019
Messages
428
The guidelines have been issued to clubs, and a copy was posted online: ECB Return To Cricket Plan For Step 4
There are no restrictions on numbers of players or indeed formats of play (overs etc).
A number leagues round here are also starting organised games on the 18th, leaving this weekend for clubs to decide if they play a friendly, inter-club game or just practice sessions and/or continue work on the ground.

The guidelines do specifically mention spectators on page 4!
"Spectators should remain socially distanced at all times and refrain from all contact with the ball e.g. returning it to the field of play. Spectator groups must be restricted to discrete six person gathering limits and spread out, in line with wider UK Government guidance."
Yes, so I see. The leagues up here are going through them before deciding what sort of cricket they want to play. Announcements pending.
 

Latest posts

Top
AdBlock Detected

Polite request!

NLM relies on advertising to pay the bills to stay online . Could I ask that you disable your AdBlocker for this site. Alternatively if you are a registered user you can remove all ads and get other benefits for as little as £1.50 a month. Just go to your Profile and click on Account Upgrades. Most visitors will see this message only once per visit...... Thanks

I've Disabled AdBlock    No Thanks