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ECB COVID-19 Update 27/3/2020
Mar 27, 2020, 4:04 pm
ECB Update - Covid-19

Dear all,

We hope that you, your family and friends are keeping well during this uncertain time. The response from the cricket community has been overwhelming as people are thinking of new ideas to stay active and keep cricket in their lives.


With the changing situation surrounding Covid-19, we are continuing to work with the Government and Sport England to provide the answers that we know you are looking for during this uncertain time.


It remains critical that our decision making is medically led and informed by science and as a result, we are not able to provide all the answers at the minute. Please be assured that we are continuing to work through the questions we receive and will update you as frequently as possible.

National Programmes:

The safety and wellbeing of all people involved in cricket is our absolute priority and so whilst we continue to work through solutions, All Stars and Dynamos Cricket remain suspended. We are currently working through what this means for those who have registered for both national participation programmes and will be in touch within three weeks to update you.

We know that cricket can have a huge part to play in supporting physical and mental wellbeing of children around the country and we are working hard to find a solution which involves running courses later in the summer.

We are fully committed to doing the best for cricket and its communities throughout this unusual period. In the meantime, we are also exploring ways that we can bring cricket to homes across the country through indoor games, challenges and digital content and we look forward to sharing details with you soon.

We will be communicating a similar update with parents of participants in the next 48 hours.

EWCT Interest Free Loan Scheme:

The Trustees of the England and Wales Cricket Trust (ECB’s subsidiary charity) have agreed that loan repayments will be suspended until May 2021. All other terms and conditions remain in place. If you have any questions, please contact


The safety of our clubs and centres remains a priority. Whilst we have suspended all Safe Hands courses, we will be introducing an interim training package to everyone that needs it. Full details will be shared through County Welfare Officers.


We have had to make changes to the standard practice of Disclosure and Barring Service Checks but will be following the Government guidance on temporary changes which include:


  • DBS Certificates will now be able to be emailed to instead of posting.
  • Overseas Certificate of Good Conduct will now be able to be emailed to instead of posting.
  • Access has been temporarily changed for ID verification to the top levels of access: ECB Staff / Regional Users / Primary County-Wide Users / Secondary County-Wide Users (which would include all County Welfare Officers & their deputies / Regional Programme Execs / City Programme Execs
  • ID Verifications will now be supported via video conferencing instead of Face to Face meetings


Following the announcement last week relating to the suspension of recreational cricket, cricket competitions will be suspended until further notice. Please be assured that we are continuing to work through the questions and what options there will be for running competitions at a later date. We will update you as frequently as possible.

Staying connected:

It is important to keep in touch and look after your cricket community, be they players, volunteers, parents, or members so that they are with you for many years to come. You will still have important decisions to make, and we face an extended period where there is extremely limited or no face to face contact with others.


In the short term, please check-in and look after your community (especially the vulnerable) using phone, WhatsApp, Facebook or other tools and try out a conference call facility for formal meetings - Best Conferencing Apps. As we move through this period, look at setting up virtual social sessions, such as quizzes or dinner parties, via conference call facilities. Whilst adhering to Government guidance please stay physically and mentally fit – there are lots of great online resources to help you. Please look after your cricket community.

This is new territory for all of us, and we’d like to thank you personally for your support and patience as we work through solutions. We will be in touch soon with answers to as many questions as possible.

Sport England - Coronavirus Update 22/3/2020
Mar 24, 2020, 4:30 pm

Coronavirus Update

See link below


Message from ECB
Mar 21, 2020, 7:25 pm
Dear all,


Following the Government’s latest advice around social distancing, it is with sadness and reluctance that we recommend that all forms of recreational cricket are for now suspended.
This extends to training, pre-season friendlies and any associated cricket activity.
Sport plays an absolutely vital role in the nation’s mental and physical wellbeing, and it helps people find meaning where there is fear and uncertainty, so one of our goals in the coming weeks will be to explore ways that we can support some levels of physical activity in communities - particularly at junior levels.
Using our cricket community to support others could be one of the most important services we can offer during the difficult next few months.
It will be critical that any decisions we do make are medically-led. And we will continue to work with Government and their advisors to ensure we are informed by science in our decision making.
Over the coming weeks we will work with the game to understand what support is required across the cricket community, particularly local clubs and leagues.
We understand that countless hours of work from thousands of volunteers have already gone into getting ready for the 2020 season and we know how disappointing this will be. We are thankful for the huge role that volunteers play in local cricket, to ensure the game remains at the heart of communities.
We know that you and your clubs can play an important role in bringing your community together once we get past this period of time.

Message from our chairman
Mar 21, 2020, 7:09 pm

Our chairman would like send a quick message to our members and supporters.

We are now in a situation that we all never thought would happen with the COVID19 virus.

We need to be mindful that if we all follow government advice and we look after our families, friends and members our club we can all come together again when time allows.

Please stay safe and look after yourselves and your loved ones.

Cricket can wait our families and our wellbeing is far more important.

COVID19 NTC League Information
Mar 21, 2020, 6:49 pm



Action Plan 2020: Coronavirus


The League Executive Committee, as previously reported, have been giving careful consideration to the best way of planning, for the forthcoming season, bearing in mind the considerable uncertainties which exist. To that end the Committee has sought to identify the range of alternative actions, which could be available dependent upon how circumstances develop.

The idea is that a strategy be adopted to maximise the amount of cricket played whilst ensuring that the health and safety of clubs, players, umpires and officials are the prime consideration.  It is intended that the approach be designed to support careful thought through decisions whilst retaining flexibility in response to unexpected events. There will also need to be clarity such that clubs, players, umpires and officials are comfortable with the decisions made.

Set out below, are stages within the plan. The first element (paragraph 4) had already been implemented and the second element (paragraph 5) now takes effect in the light of today’s ECB decision.  The remaining steps (paragraphs 6 & 7) are ones, which will be carefully examined with decisions made taking into account issues identified below, feedback received and decisions made by the ECB and Government.

As a starting point, the first step taken has been to call off scheduled meetings. Thus the pre-season club meeting (14th April) has been cancelled and the pre-season umpire refresher training evening (16th April) postponed. Suitable arrangements are being put in place for distribution of handbooks, cricket balls (a note from Andrew Hodgson has been circulated) and information briefings.

Secondly consideration was being given to postponement or cancellation of the early League fixtures. Recent growth in virus transmission, coupled with Government announcements, suggested the scope for sports activity in spring and early summer appeared unlikely. The ECB’s latest advice confirms that view and hence the League’s fixtures in the early part of the season will not be taking place. Thus, Executive Committee members will be keeping the virus situation under continuous review with the aim of starting the season as soon as possible after ECB advises that it is safe to do so.

A possible option, dependent on ECB decisions, could be to start fixtures mid-season (July 2020). If adopted then a decision on whether promotion/relegation would take place becomes necessary and clubs would be consulted. Also the cup competitions would be reviewed. The difficulties arising are whether clubs will be able to retain their full playing squad if the season starts late (especially if football changes dates) and will club landlords co-operate (there is evidence some are reviewing ground availability). These issues could be discussed with clubs if a mid-season start emerges as feasible. If ECB’s decisions led to an alternative start date the Executive would seek to ensure the most appropriate fixture format(s) were put in place following consultation with member clubs.

The other stage is the worst case, namely cancelling the fixture programme although, if events allow, arranging competitive cricket in August/September.

It is important to emphasise the above is seen as a template for action with flexibility built in to amend if circumstances dictate or allow. In the meantime this plan gives time to consider each phase of the epidemic as it progresses, make decisions based on fact and present a structured approach to the current unprecedented situation that is a helpful guide to our clubs. It would be the League’s intention to try and keep all clubs abreast of material developments if and when they occur.

The League fully understand the concerns all our clubs have and if there are any issues arising out of this note that you would like clarification on then initially please contact the League Secretary.


Issued on behalf of the Executive Committee                                                   PAL (18/03/2020)



Club signs up for All Stars and Dynamos for 2020
Mar 1, 2020, 11:07 am

We are delighted to announce that we are once again running All Stars at Ashington Rugby Cricket Club this year, we are also running the new course for older children called Dynamos!!


All Stars for 5 to 8 year olds!


Dynamos for 8 to 11 year olds!


For additional information and to sign up to the course, follow the links below!

 Sign up now to the 8-week course of fun this summer starting 17th May!


Indoor Cricket Nets
Feb 4, 2020, 9:18 pm

Cricket nets at Bede School Blyth on Wednesday's 19/2/2020, 26/2/2020, 4/3/2020,11/3/2020, and 18/3/2020 start 7pm finishes at 8pm.

If you need a lift contact a member of our committee.

2020 League Fixtures are now out
Jan 24, 2020, 6:59 pm

1st Team first four fixtures

18/4/2020 Home v Alnmouth & Lesbury CC (2nd team)

25/4/2020 Away v Warkworth CC

02/5/2020 Home v Cramlington CC

09/5/2020 Away v Berwick CC

2nd Team first four fixtures

18/4/2020 Away v Blagdon Park CC

25/4/2020 Home v Ulgham CC (1st team)

02/5/2020 Away v Cramlington CC

09/5/2020 Home v Warrenford CC (1st team)

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