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Club Fund Raiser
Sep 18, 2020, 2:14 pm

Our club is running a Last Man Standing competition organised by Chris Harwood, for the this the first competition Chris managed to get 40 people to join, the entry fee is a one off £10 and you don’t pay anything more until the prize pot is won.

This is basically a competition to pick one Premier League football team from the weekend’s fixtures, your team must win for you to go through to the next round, if not you are out. If your team wins you must pick a different team for the following week’s fixtures and so on until someone wins.

The club takes a cut of the entry fee and the rest is paid out to the winner.

A great way to raise club funds and have something to look forward too, in these testing times, when our club income is very little.

If you would like to be considered for the next game after this one has been won, give Chris a call or contact your Chairman.

Stay safe!!!!!!


ECB Guidance 18.9.2020
Sep 18, 2020, 1:58 pm
ECB Update


We are now in a position to share with you the guidelines for cricket indoors which are available to view via the links below. Thank you for your patience whilst we worked with DCMS and key partners to finalise these.

The purpose of these guidelines is to offer practical guidance to venues, coaching providers and clubs on the steps they should take while undertaking cricket indoors. They should be read in conjunction with latest UK and Welsh Government regulations. These guidelines could change in response to the current COVID-19 Alert Level or other Government advice.

In order to keep cricket going as it moves indoors, there will need to be adaptations in place for all, including venues, coaching providers, players, parents/carers, spectators and officials. Those adaptations relate to activity prior to, during and after cricket activity. There are also adaptations from the Step 4 outdoor guidance.


A summary of the adaptations is listed below but please read the full guidance documents for both England and Wales for comprehensive details.

  • Carry out a COVID-19 Risk assessment, act on it, communicate it, publish it.
  • Include ventilation, occupancy, social distancing and cleaning as a minimum.
  • Implement and communicate control measures.
  • H&S, First Aid, Safeguarding and Access legislation and requirements remain in place.
  • Continually review and update.
  • Communicate and work in partnership with Coaching Providers and Clubs to make sure government guidance is followed.
  • In Wales, venues should appoint a Coronavirus Officer


Coaching Providers and Clubs
  • Carry out a COVID-19 Risk assessment, act on it, communicate it, publish it.
  • Plan and adapt your coaching activity to be COVID-19 compliant.
  • Plan and adapt pre-session and post-session processes to be COVID-19 compliant (including NHS Test & Trace (England) / Test, Trace, Protect (Wales) requirements).Allow time for handover between sessions.
  • H&S, First Aid, Safeguarding and Access legislation and requirements remain in place.
  • Check venues when you hire them and work in partnership with them to make sure Government guidance is followed.
  • In Wales, coaches must wear facemasks in indoor areas when they are not actively involved in aerobic activity.
  • In Wales, coaching providers and clubs should appoint a Coronavirus Officer
  • Please note that 'Coaching Provider' is a cover-all term that includes all coaching activity, including coach development activity.



  • Enjoy your cricket and enjoy it safely.
  • Cricket indoors is different from normal under COVID-19 and different from outdoor cricket under COVID-19, but everything will be explained to you – just follow guidance from your coaching provider or club.
  • Individuals should undergo a personal symptom check prior to all activity and not take part if they demonstrate any COVID-19 symptoms, in Wales, participants are required to self-declare this and other requirements (see the guidance).You should maintain 2 m social distancing at all times.
  • Players should minimise handling of the ball in all activity, by limiting contact as it makes its way back to the bowler and using small groups in training.
  • No sweat or saliva should be added to the ball at any time.
  • Limit the sharing of equipment where possible. Where not possible, practise strict hand and equipment hygiene. If you have any queries do not hesitate to contact your coaching provider or club.
  • In Wales, participants must wear facemasks when entering an indoor facility, and when not participating in cricket activity. They are permitted to remove facemasks during cricket sessions.


Supporting Documents

To support delivery of cricket indoors we have provided an infographic for England and an infographic for Wales.


In relation to England: Checklists for venue operators and coaching providers and clubs and a risk assessment template are all available.


In relation to Wales: Checklists for venue operators and coaching providers and clubs and a risk assessment template are all available.


All of these documents can also be accessed in the ECB Resource Hub here. A reminder to create an account if you have not done so already.


England & Wales Cricket Board, Lord's Cricket Ground, London, NW8 8QZ

Guidance from ECB and Northumberland CB 17.9.2020
Sep 18, 2020, 1:57 pm

Following the government announcement today and the subsequent documents released by our local authorities, it is clear that cricket can continue to be played this weekend, but that spectators should not attend. However in the case of children playing in games, if parents or guardians choose to stay and watch their youngsters, they must maintain socially distancing at all times and not mix households.


Officials of the clubs or league who are required to be at the matches as organisers, facilitators or officials to ensure the match is played safely and in accordance with all the covid-19 regulations are not classed as spectators.


Government Statement;

From Friday 18 September, regulations will ban the following:


·         residents must not socialise with other people outside of their own households or support bubble in private homes and gardens

·         hospitality for food and drink will be restricted to table service only

·         late night restriction of operating hours will be introduced, with leisure and entertainment venues required to close between 10pm to 5am

Residents are also advised to adhere to the following guidance to further reduce rates of infection:

·         not to socialise with other people outside of their own households in all public venues.

·         only to use public transport for essential purposes, such as travelling to school or work

·         take holidays only within your own household or support bubble

·         avoid attending amateur and semi-professional sporting events as spectators

Local Authority FAQ’s relating to sport:

18. What are the changes to playing sports?

Unless formally organised by a sports club or similar organisation, with guidance issued by a sports governing body, team sports should not take place at an indoor or outdoor venue with people who you don’t live with.

You should not spectate at any sports events, including at professional and semi- professional sports events.

19. Can I travel to play sport outside of the areas with restrictions?

Yes. Please wear a face covering if using public transport unless exempt.

Added to this ECB have stated that the 10pm curfew must be respected by all clubs. We must continue to show we’re a responsible sport and that we pay extra attention to hygiene measures and social distancing whilst playing and don’t fall foul of the guidelines – now more than ever.


Government Website -


Local Government FAQ’s - HERE


ECB latest Guidance for cricket - HERE

Sep 16, 2020, 3:18 pm
N&TCL Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2020
League Rules (General Rule 10a) specify that the AGM shall be held in November.  It is however clear that for 2020 this meeting cannot be held in the form we are all familiar with.  Thus the Executive Committee has been considering the best way forward, by examining a range of alternative options.  In summary those options were postponement, a technologically based meeting or a document/correspondence based approach.  All these possibilities were seen to have their merits and limitations.  
The decision reached is that, on balance, it will be best to use the document/correspondence approach such that all reports (including annual accounts), which you are used to receiving, will be provided.  This will be accompanied with adoption of a timescale such that enables you to submit questions plus feeding back observations, potential rule amendments and nominations for membership of the Executive Committee.
Thus as a first step there is a wish to ensure all clubs have an opportunity to provide their observations, on the current season and any suggestions they wish to be considered for the future, including potential rule changes.  Clubs, therefore, are requested to submit these to the League Secretary by no later than Saturday 3rd October 2020 for consideration as part of the Executive Committee’s review - all will receive responses.
Should it prove necessary for proposals to be voted on (such as rule changes, nominations for Executive Committee membership or new club applications for membership) then suitable arrangements will be made.
If you have any queries and/or require further information and/or wish to provide any observations concerning this email please do not hesitate to do so by initially contacting the League Secretary.
Issued on behalf of the Executive Committee

ECB COVID-19 Update 14/8/2020
Aug 14, 2020, 4:31 pm
ECB Update


Please find below your weekly messaging update, including information regarding Spacehive, the Cricket-Tea-A-Thon and the Rachel Heyhoe Flint Trophy. 

ECB Step 4 Return to Cricket Guidance Reminder to all Participants

Ahead of this weekend, please find below a reminder of the key requirements when playing cricket in England. For guidance for Wales, please click here.  


Spacehive - Deadline Approaching 

It has been fantastic to see another influx of clubs signing up to the Spacehive crowdfunding scheme. A reminder that the deadline to sign up is 31 August, and if you are wishing to take part, you can sign up here.


Cricket Tea-A-Thon

This week we’d like to say a huge thank you to all the clubs and community groups who have registered to take part in the Cricket Tea-A-Thon and become a Trussell Trust food collection point and we’re shining a light on the fantastic work of Barking CC in Essex.


On 4th August, the club held their 7th food bank collection this summer.  They have collected an outstanding 670 kg of food across 1,145  items - equivalent to 155 shopping bags, all which has been donated to the Barking Trussell Trust food bank.  This food bank has been desperately short of tinned meat, washing up liquid, jam and Halal-certified long life food to name a few items.  The Barking food bank has described the support received from Barking CC and its volunteers as ‘absolutely phenomenal’ demonstrating the positive impact cricket can make to its local community.


If your club wishes to do something similar and help the most vulnerable in your local community, you can register here to become a Trussell Trust food collection point and get involved in the nationwide Cricket Tea-A-Thon campaign.


Once registered, you will receive a resource pack to help you set up your collection point, including a list of the right foods to collect, help promoting donation to their networks and information where your local Trussell Trust food bank is located.  Also included are useful resources such as a poster, social media assets and example posts.


We’d love to shine a light on other clubs and community groups who are making an amazing difference to support food donation,  if you would like to share one of your stories with us, please email the team here.


Rachel Heyhoe Flint Trophy - everything you need to know

The Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy is a competition being played for the first time this summer.


It’s a special edition 50-over competition, played between the eight newly formed regions who make up the women’s elite domestic structure.


The eight regions will be split into two regionalised groups of four, with the two respective group winners progressing to play each other in a final. The venue for the final will be the home of the best-performing team in the group stages.

Fixture dates for the trophy will be announced tomorrow, alongside fixtures for the men’s Vitality Blast. For more information on teams, who's playing, fixtures and why it's been given its name, click here.


Coming up over the next few weeks

Following the update on the County Board call earlier this week, a reminder of some of the things for your radar over the coming weeks.


Volunteer Survey

Following CCB consultations with Rockcorps, we will be sharing a link to our Volunteer Survey next week. This provides a great opportunity to help shape the ECB response to the Volunteer strategy and we would greatly appreciate your support in completing the survey.


Cricket Playing Survey

As with previous years, we will be sharing the Cricket Playing Survey the week commencing 24 August. Given the challenges and changes in player behaviour during COVID-19, this year this survey will be more important than ever. It will look back on the height of the COVID-19 period and focus on the response to the return of cricket as well.

England & Wales Cricket Board, Lord's Cricket Ground, London, NW8 8QZ

ECB COVID-19 Update 20/7/2020
Jul 21, 2020, 7:05 pm
ECB Update - Covid-19


As the recreational game returns to play, the two ECB emergency funding schemes available to cricket clubs and leagues have undergone some changes to specifically help clubs re-open and get games of cricket on under new COVID-19 guidelines. 

Emergency Support Programmes for Clubs and Leagues

With many government funding sources concluding, ECB is extending the Return to Cricket Grant Scheme until December 2020.


The differential funding level between clubs with junior sections and adult only clubs and the recommended £15,000 turnover limit have been removed.


In addition, the Emergency Loan Scheme has increased the amounts that can be loaned and the scheme will be open indefinitely. The scheme may be particularly useful if clubs require support over the winter period and provides longer term sustainable support.


The League Emergency Loan Scheme supporting affiliated open-age and junior leagues during the COVID-19 crisis through the provision of interest-free loans remains unchanged and also remains open indefinitely.

Emergency Loan Scheme

The scheme aims to support affiliated Cricket Clubs during the COVID-19 crisis by providing funding to assist clubs to cover any shortfall in the preparation, essential day-to-day running and maintenance costs of facilities following the resumption of recreational cricket.



The key changes to the scheme are:

  • The amounts that clubs can apply for have increased to £50,000 for clubs with a junior section and £20,000 for adult only clubs.  
  • Eligible costs for the scheme now include adapting to comply with COVID-19 guidelines and pitch renovation costs to help get games of cricket on.



How do I apply?

A list of what the scheme will fund can be found here.


Before applying, it is highly recommended clubs read the Emergency Loan Scheme Guidance Notes.


Clubs apply by clicking here.


If you have any questions about the scheme, please contact the ECB Facilities Help Desk by emailing here.


Return to Cricket Grant Scheme

The scheme aims to support affiliated cricket clubs and leagues (open-age and junior) within England and Wales, during the COVID-19 crisis, by providing emergency grant funding to help cover any shortfall in the preparation, essential day-to-day running and maintenance costs of facilities following the resumption of recreational cricket.


Key changes to the scheme are:

  • The removal of the recommended turnover limit.
  • The removal of differentiation in grant level between clubs with junior sections and adult only clubs.
  • Clubs and leagues can now apply for a maximum grant award of £3,000.
  • Eligible costs for the scheme include adapting to comply with COVID-19 guidelines and pitch renovation costs as well as ongoing fixed/contracted costs.


How do I apply?

A list of the what the scheme will fund can be found here.


Before considering an application, it is highly recommended that clubs and leagues read the Return to Cricket Grant Scheme Guidance Notes to determine if they are eligible to apply.


Please contact your County Cricket Board for an Application Form.


If you have any questions about the scheme, please contact the ECB Facilities Help Desk by emailing here.

League Emergency Loan Scheme

Remains unchanged, the ECB League Emergency Loan Scheme aims to support affiliated cricket leagues (Open-Age and Junior leagues) during the COVID-19 crisis through the provision of interest-free loans up to £50,000.


How do I apply?

A list of what the scheme will fund can be found here


Before applying, it is highly recommended leagues read the League Emergency Loan Scheme Guidance Notes.


Leagues should apply by clicking here.


If you have any questions about the scheme, please contact the ECB Facilities Help Desk by emailing here.

England & Wales Cricket Board, Lord's Cricket Ground, London, NW8 8QZ

Inter Club game
Jul 18, 2020, 9:34 am

Saturday 18th July,

We have planned a game of mixed teams starting 1.30pm 30 overs, to get us ready for the league fixtures starting next week, as long as the fixtures are correct.

Big thank you to George Thornton who umpired for us.

It also gave us an chance to test out our COVID-19 Assessment in a game situation. 

Our Chairman gave a briefing to all members present on our COVID-19 Assessment and on what was expected of our members.

Marks Team v Midges Team

Midges team posted 124 with Tucker hitting 50 not out he retired to give another a chance to bat.

Marks guys with Colin Thornton retiring on 50 not out, the winning run was scored by young Owen with one ball  to spare, game played in a great spirt.


ECB COVID-19 Update 14/7/2020
Jul 18, 2020, 9:13 am
ECB Update - Covid-19

Following the first weekend of the return of recreational cricket and as we gear up to the second #raisethebat Test against the West Indies, there is a huge amount to update you on this week. 


We encourage you to take the time to read through all our items below. We've created a list of included topics to help you see quickly what this update includes.




  • Update of Return of Cricket Guidance
  • Welsh Guidance
  • All Stars Cricket Guidance
  • Return to Cricket FAQs
  • NatWest CricketForce
  • Cricket Tea-a-thon
  • Officials Guidance
  • Resource Hub sign-in information 
  • Red For Ruth
  • Share your return to cricket moments


Return to Cricket Guidance Update in England

We have made some amends to our Return to Cricket guidance, specifically around group sizes for junior cricket and nets training. Following a change to Government guidance, to support social distancing, junior cricket training sessions must be split into groups of up to 15 children (however full 11-a-side matches can occur if social distancing is maintained). Adjacent nets are now able to be used provided social distancing and COVID-19 mitigation steps are taken as outlined previously.



Please find the updated guidance for England here and the updated Before, During and After infographic for England here.

Return to Cricket Guidance in Wales

We are delighted that cricket is now able to return in Wales as well as England, subject to social distancing measures being observed. Please find links below to relevant documents to support Welsh clubs in their return to the game.



All Stars Cricket Guidance

All Stars Cricket

With the fantastic news from the UK Government that cricket can resume we are delighted that this also means that All Stars Cricket can take place in line with the ECB’s guidance on Return to Cricket Plan for Step 4Please click here for answers to some of the key questions that you may have regarding the return of All Stars Cricket.


We will also release an All Stars Cricket Activator Handbook to help Activators deal with the specifics relating to COVID-19 and how games and activity can be modified accordingly.


We will be sharing the update here with parents tomorrow.

Return to Cricket FAQs

Following the release of our guidance, we have been collating the most frequently asked questions from you via the Head of Regions. Please find here or below a collated list of all FAQs for England Guidance.


NatWest Cricket Force

Last week we shared details here of NatWest CricketForce 2020. We are hugely excited to let you know that the PPE equipment will be landing in clubs who signed up pre-March 2020 this week! These packs will include:


  • 25 x 200ml bottles of hand sanitiser
  • 4 x 750ml bottles of disinfectant
  • 4 packs of 50 facemasks
  • 100 wipes
  • 2 packs of 4 sets of gloves


Don't forget that clubs who hadn't originally signed up are still able to do so by clicking here.


For a full list of clubs who registered before March 2020 please click here. These clubs signed up to be part of NatWest CricketForce pre COVID-19 and therefore will receive their PPE equipment first.


We will share a list of new club sign ups next week.

Cricket Tea-a-thon this Friday

This Friday, during the second West Indies Test, we will be raising awareness of and helping tackle, food poverty in the UK through a Cricket Tea-A-Thon campaign in partnership with the Trussell Trust.


What do clubs need to do

  1. Whether at home watching, or at your local club playing, we encourage you and your colleagues to post a picture of your Cricket Tea using #CricketTea to help raise awareness.
  2. This week, and over the next few weeks, we encourage you to register as food collections points here. We've created some assets for you to use over your social channels download them here.
  3. Encourage your members to donate any food to either your club if you have signed up as a food collection point, or a Trussell Trust collection point. Members can find their nearest collection point here.



More information can be found here and if you have questions please contact us by emailing here.

Officials Guidance for the Return to Cricket

As well as our main guidance for the return to cricket, we have also created specific guidance for officials. Details can be found via the links below.


Resource Hub sign-in information 

We have noticed many of you downloading assets from the ECB Resource Hub recently which has been fantastic. We have also seen a number of you try to register / sign-in as you try and navigate the pages for additional assets. Apologies that this has caused confusion. Over the next few weeks we will be releasing an upgrade to the system where you will be able to register and we will grant access, giving you the ability to access a range of additional functionalities including the ability to edit assets.


However, until then, please find below direct links to a number of collections that we have shared with you recently. You do not need to sign in to access these assets.


Turn your club red and win a visit from Andrew Strauss 

The Ruth Strauss Foundation is calling on everyone to help turn cricket red while watching The Ruth Strauss Foundation Test - England v West Indies at Emirates Old Trafford, 24-28 July.


This year RSF has organised a challenge for all recreational clubs! Clubs who go REALLY RED and tag #RedforRuth and @Ruthstraussfdn on twitter, will have the chance to be featured on Sky Sports during The Ruth Strauss Foundation Test Match. The winner – picked by Sir Andrew Strauss LIVE on Sky Sports – will receive a visit from the man himself and RSF celebrity ambassadors for a bit of coaching, drinks and a Q&A at the club.


We'd encourage clubs to share the news across your channels get involved, purchase the official RSF red t-shirts and help us turn cricket #RedforRuth on Saturday 25 July.


For more information on the RSF club challenge with useful messages and images, please click here.


To Shop #RedForRuth click here. Please remember to purchase merchandise before Sunday 19 July in order to receive it in time for the Test match.



The Ruth Strauss Foundation will offer a discount for larger orders of official #RedForRuth products to clubs who go REALLY red. Contact Sarah here if you’d like to discuss an order of 20+ items, orders must be received by 19 July.

Share your return to cricket moments with us

Over the past four months, there have been so many people who have not only kept us safe and protected within their 'normal' jobs, but have gone above and beyond to keep clubs running and support the return of cricket. We raise our bats to all of you and would encourage you to use the #raisethebat to recognise all those that have made this possible. Download an asset to use here, and share your photos, videos or stories of your return to cricket using the #raisethebat.

England & Wales Cricket Board, Lord's Cricket Ground, London, NW8 8QZ

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