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Jul 10, 2020, 8:51 pm

Supporting clubs in their return to cricket

NWCF - Cricket is back


Recreational cricket is back and we are now delighted to share with you our new plans for NatWest CricketForce 2020! It's been an extraordinary summer and clubs, volunteers and cricketers around the country have shown incredible patience and support as we all work to get back to the game we love. 


Just like previous years, NatWest CricketForce is all about working towards a common goal but whilst the weather has been our main barrier in the past, this year we've got social distancing to contend with! As a result, NatWest CricketForce will look a bit different this year as we and NatWest support you in your return to cricket, and celebrate the moment when we can all come together as a community.


We noticed that you didn't register for NatWest CricketForce earlier this year, but if you would like to take part now, you can register here.


NatWest CricketForce will take on three parts this year.










1. If you sign up to NatWest CricketForce here, you'll receive a safety package filled with hygiene and cleaning equipment including face-masks, hand gel, disinfectant spray, disposable gloves and disinfectant wipes to help ensure your facilities are ready for the weeks and months ahead.


2. All clubs will receive weekly communication from us providing hints, tips, links to fundraising initiatives, NatWest financial advice and how-to guides on the best way to get cricket played again this summer. We'll also be profiling stories from clubs across the county on how they've celebrated the return of cricket so we want to hear from you! Share your stories on social media to be in with a chance of winning signed merchandise, sent directly to your club.


3. As and when the UK Government advises us that it is safe to do so, we want to enable you to host a weekend in bringing the community together, reflecting and celebrating on this extraordinary season, and looking ahead to 2021. We'll share more details of this when we're able.



And keep an eye out for our weekly communication providing tips, links to fundraising initiatives, NatWest financial advice and how-to guides on the best way to get cricket played again this summer.


The ECB and NatWest can't wait to celebrate the return of cricket with you and support you throughout the rest of the summer. 


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

ECB COVID-19 Stage 4 Plan
Jul 9, 2020, 9:14 am

JULY 2020

Adaptations for all outdoor cricket activity, applicable to players, spectators, volunteers, clubs, coaches & officials in Step 4 of the ECB Return to Cricket Roadmap

This plan provides measures that should be taken by players, clubs, officials, volunteers, coaches, and spectators before, during and after all outdoor cricket activity as well as specific advice relating to clubs, coaches, match-play, and children’s activity. It should be read in conjunction with the latest UK Government guidance and the ECB’s guidance on Getting your Clubhouse and Ground Ready for Step 4 here.

For all activity, the relevant UK Government social distancing guidance should be adhered to at all times (including throughout warm-ups) except in the following limited circumstances during competitive play in England only where social distancing of 1m+ is permitted: 1) wicket keepers standing up to the stumps and 2) distance between slip fielders. In England social distancing, guidance can be found here and in Wales social distancing guidance can be found here.

This document refers to current UK Government guidance for England only and is subject to change in response to the current COVID-19 Alert Level, community prevalence of COVID-19 and/or to reflect additional or updated UK Government guidance. Players living in Wales intending to play in England should familiarise themselves with this guidance.

Prior to all cricket activity
• All participants (players, coaches, officials, volunteers and spectators) should check for symptoms of COVID-19. In line with current UK Government Guidance, if an individual is symptomatic and/or living in a household with a possible COVID-19 infection they should remain at home and follow UK Government guidance. In addition, any participants who have been asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace because they are a contact of a known COVID-19 case, must not exercise outside their home or garden and must not exercise with others.
• Participants should follow UK Government guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 (found here) if it applies to them.
• Participants should comply with all public health restrictions and avoid high risk behaviour outside the sports setting to reduce the risk to their fellow participants when they do attend a cricket club or venue.
• Personal hygiene measures should be carried out at home before and after cricket activity.
• Participants should bring their own hand sanitiser where possible and maintain strict and frequent hand hygiene measures at all times.
• Participants should follow UK Government guidance on best practice for travel, including minimising the use of public transport and limiting car sharing (found here).
• Use of the clubhouse, changing rooms and toilets should adhere to the latest UK Government guidance.
• For advice on reducing the risk of infection when outside your home see here.
• Club representatives should ensure that the facility is compliant with current UK Government legislation including legislation and guidance related to COVID-19. A risk assessment should have been completed and risk mitigation measures put in place and monitored in accordance with the ECB’s guidance on Getting your Clubhouse and Ground Ready for Step 4.
• Club representatives should make all participants aware of expected social distancing and hygiene measures during play and whilst on site.
• Clubs should strictly limit the time spent congregating at a venue before activity begins. Meet-up times should reflect this. Participants should arrive changed and ready to begin the warm-up, if possible.
• Club representatives should make all participants aware of the increase in transmission risk associated with partaking in even socially distanced group activity and should ensure that all participants are clear that they are opting to participate in cricket activity.
• For advice on reducing the risk of infection when outside your home, see here.

During all cricket activity
• Cricket activity must take place outdoors only.
• 11-a-side cricket can return as long as groups are limited to a maximum of 30 participants, including coaches and officials.
• Participants should enter the site and prepare their personal equipment whilst maintaining social distancing.
• Where possible players should limit sharing of equipment. If they do, they must practise strict hand hygiene before and after use and the equipment must be cleaned before use by another person. More information is available here.
• No sweat or saliva is to be applied to the ball at any time.
• All participants should sanitise their hands prior to the start of the activity.
• Hand sanitiser should be used at all breaks in activity and prior to consuming any food or drinks.
• Players should refrain from spitting or rinsing out their mouths.
• In line with current UK Government guidance, clubs should not prepare food for participants. Individuals should bring their own food and drink for ‘teas’ or practice. Water bottles or other refreshment containers should not be shared.

After all cricket activity
• All participants should sanitise their hands after the completion of activity.
• Participants should exit whilst maintaining social distancing.
• Social gathering after the activity will be allowed in line with current UK Government guidelines on hospitality and social distancing must be maintained. ECB guidance is available here.
• One club representative/volunteer should be responsible for collecting and disinfecting any shared equipment.
• Regular cleaning of equipment and the facility should take place, particularly between one group finishing, and the next group starting.
• Clubs should encourage all participants to report any infection of their household to the NHS Test and Trace system following use of the facility to limit the spread of the virus (section 3):

Additional Advice for Clubs & Club Representatives
Preparation of the cricket venue
• Prior to reaching Step 4 of the ECB Roadmap and subsequently re-opening, club representatives should ensure that their facility is compliant with current UK Government legislation including legislation and guidance related to COVID-19, and in accordance to the ECB’s guidance on Getting your Clubhouse and Ground Ready for Step 4 here. A risk assessment should have been completed and risk mitigation measures put in place and monitored.
• On any day of the activity, club representatives and volunteers should ensure that all COVID-19 measures are in place according to the club operating and safety plans, whilst maintaining social distancing – developing your own ‘opening up checklist’ is helpful for this. This should include:
o Set-up of public health operating procedures and access signage.
o Set-up of cricket facility including all ground safety requirements.
• The duty of care which the club already owed remains and therefore other matters such as First Aid must continue to be provided. First Aid equipment (including AEDs where available) and suitable PPE for First Aid must be made available. Advice on First Aid during the COVID pandemic is available from St John Ambulance.
• Clubs should make hand washing facilities and/or hand sanitiser available for all site users.
• Clubs must have entry and exit, and parking arrangements to venues that ensures social distancing can be maintained and implement traffic flow systems where possible and appropriate.
• Clubs must outline socially distanced areas for teams, officials, and spectators.
• Clubs must ensure that all accessible provision within the site and the facility are available.
• Clubs and groundskeepers should mark running lines on the square in line with the popping crease at 2m intervals on either side of the wicket.
Clubs should support NHS Test and Trace efforts by keeping a temporary record of all participants in any cricket activity for 21 days and support NHS requests for data if needed. For the latest information in relation to NHS Test and Trace and what your club needs to do in relation to this, please click here.
Many clubs already have systems for recording their participants, however, if you do not already do this, please ensure that you do so in line with data protection legislation.
Additional advice for socially distanced match-play
• Players should adhere to UK Government social distancing guidance at all times (including throughout warm-ups) except in the following limited circumstances during competitive play in England only, where 1m+ is permitted: 1) wicket keepers standing up to the stumps and 2) distance between slip fielders.
• No sweat or saliva to be applied to the ball at any time.
• A ‘hygiene break’ should take place every six overs or every 20 minutes, whichever is sooner, in which the ball is cleaned with an anti-bacterial wipe (conforming to BS EN 14476) and all participants’ hands are cleaned using a suitable sanitiser. This routine should also be followed at the start of any drinks break or the close of an innings. The responsibility for sanitising the ball during the match will lie with the fielding captain, not the umpire.
• Batters to sanitise their bat when leaving the field of play and Wicket Keepers should sanitise their gloves.
• Bowlers should not hand any personal items to the umpire. Bowlers should place these items at the boundary themselves.
• Batters are to run in distinct running lines to ensure they are not within 2m of the bowler or other batter. Lines to be marked on the square on either side of the wicket.
• If two scorers are required, social distancing must be maintained with only one official inside the scorers’ box and no players to be allowed in the scorers’ box. The scorers’ box should be well ventilated.
• Communal scorebooks passed from one player to another should be avoided.
• Social distancing must always be maintained including during post-wicket celebrations, drinks breaks and tactical discussions.
• Minimise sharing of the ball in a match by limiting contact as the ball makes its way back to the bowler e.g. ball goes straight from wicketkeeper to bowler instead of around surrounding fielders.
• 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.
• Umpires should refrain from any contact with the ball, it can be returned to the base of the stumps at breaks and wickets.
• Umpires should be responsible for the stumps closest to them and should be the only person replacing the bails if dislodged.
• Use of the clubhouse, changing rooms and toilets should adhere to the latest Government advice and be prepared in accordance with the ECB’s guidance on Getting your Clubhouse and Ground Ready for Step 4.
• Detailed guidance relating to officials will be released in due course by the Association of Cricket Officials (ACO), including appropriate sanctions for participants not adhering to COVID-19 guidance, including but not limited to, player ejection and match cancellation.

Advice for Special Occurrences e.g. rain
• In the event of rain, participants should return to their own vehicle to maintain social distancing if there is insufficient outdoor cover from the rain to maintain social distancing.
• Application of covers in the event of wet weather should be done whilst maintaining social distancing.

Additional Advice for Children’s Activity
• For children, maximum groups sizes of 30 should include one qualified coach or All Stars Cricket Activator per group plus additional adult(s) required to meet cricket safeguarding ratios (1:8 aged 8 and under, 1:10 aged 9 and over). All groups are to be self-sufficient e.g. a coach cannot oversee two separate groups.
• Parents should drop off and collect participants via a protocol that maintains social distancing.
• Parents should remain socially distanced on the side-line.
• For younger age groups, plastic equipment should be used and should be disinfected at the end of each session.
• Example junior cricket activity can be found at here, for ECB National Participation Programmes, e.g. All Stars Cricket, the ECB will provide recommended activities to minimise close contact between participants and minimise the sharing of equipment, whilst still creating a fun and creative learning environment.
• It is recommended that participants take part in solo activity, before moving to pairs activity that maintains social distancing and allows participants to operate in the same pair for the length of the session.

Additional advice for training & other activity
• Where participants cannot provide their own individual equipment, we recommend numbering cricket equipment such as balls, so that each participant has a specific numbered ball and/or cone and uses that for the entirety of the session to minimise sharing of equipment where possible.
• If bowling machines are used, they should be cleaned thoroughly between uses with dry cleaning products and all balls should be cleaned with disinfectant. This is the responsibility of the bowling machine operator.

Additional Advice for Coaches
These measures cannot cover every eventuality and coaches must conduct a risk assessment, ensuring appropriate measures are put in place to keep participants and coaches safe.
Playing and coaching cricket in itself carries some degree of risk and whilst being mindful of the guidelines regarding COVID-19, coaches should not lose sight of the normal safety rules or safeguarding standards relating to playing and coaching cricket which continue to apply and must be complied with (DBS, safeguarding, First Aid etc).
• Coaches should make themselves aware of and abide by, all guidelines set out by the UK Government, the venue and ECB regarding use of facilities.
• It is the coach's responsibility to ensure that they coach players in a safe environment and follow relevant guidelines.
• Coach should explain the safety guidelines of what is expected pre, during and post session including what the player is expected to do to maintain compliance with social distancing guidelines and all other health and safety guidelines.

ECB COVID-19 Update 8/7/2020
Jul 9, 2020, 8:38 am
ECB Update - Covid-19

Dear all,


Following the latest update from the UK Government, the ECB is pleased to announce the return of recreational cricket in England, signalling a progression from Step 3 to Step 4 of the ECB’s roadmap to return for the recreational game.


This also allows us to advise that clubs who have previously run All Stars Cricket can now do so again (we will release specific guidance for All Stars Cricket next week).


We thank you for all of your efforts in helping cricket return.


ECB has maintained a constant dialogue with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) throughout this process and we have prepared a plan to support clubs and individuals as they prepare for the return of recreational cricket, including details of adjustments which should be made to respect hygiene and social distancing requirements.


That plan - available here - covers a number of areas of the game, including:

  • Pre-match adaptations regarding transport and symptom checking.
  • In-game adaptations applying to social distancing measures, hygiene, match officials and the use of equipment.
  • Post-game adaptations, including the potential use of club facilities.
  • Advice for coaches specific to individual sessions and junior cricket.


To support this, please also find here an eight step infographic, and an infographic for pre-match, in-game and post-game adaptations here.

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

ECB COVID-19 Update 3/7/2020
Jul 4, 2020, 2:04 pm
ECB Update - Covid-19

Dear all,


We are delighted that the UK Government has given the green light for recreational cricket in England* to return from Saturday July 11.


The latest update from the UK Government signals progression from Step 3 to Step 4 of ECB’s roadmap to return for the recreational game, meaning competitive cricket matches in England with adjustments to respect hygiene and social distancing would be permitted.


ECB has maintained a constant dialogue with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) throughout this process and the UK Government have stated that COVID-secure guidance will be published in the coming days.


Guidelines are already prepared for the return of recreational cricket and following the Prime Minister’s comments, will now be finalised and published early next week.


ECB Chief Executive Officer, Tom Harrison, said: "It will come as great news to our nation of recreational cricketers that the UK Government has given the green light for the game to return from next weekend. We are grateful for the support of Government to achieve this, in particular Oliver Dowden, Nigel Huddleston and those across DCMS who have helped the return of international, professional and now recreational cricket.


"We have had a responsibility throughout this period of time to work with the UK Government and to plan alongside the cricket network to try and mitigate COVID-19’s impact on the 2020 season. We have maintained a constant dialogue with UK Government and they've been supportive of our desire to see recreational cricket return when it is safe. They now agree that with appropriate measures in place to mitigate the risk, it is safe.


"We know how difficult it has been for everyone to go without cricket this summer, and we thank you for your patience. As the nation's summer sport we believe we have a role to play in getting people active across the country, especially young people, and it is heartening to know that club cricket - albeit with social distancing in place and some other adaptations - will soon be back across England."


*The UK Government's announcement pertaining to recreational cricket applies at this time to England only. Guidelines specifically relating to Wales can be found here.

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

ECB COVID-19 Update 2/7/2020
Jul 3, 2020, 9:17 am
ECB Update - Covid-19

Dear all,


Following the submission of our revised guidance to the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport at the start of the week we are waiting for UK Government approval before we can provide any further update on the return of play for recreational cricket. We will be in contact as soon as we have an update to share.

Guidance for getting your clubhouse ready

We have finalised guidance on preparing your clubhouse and grounds for when recreational clubs can return to playing cricket in England. The date of which, as we have outlined, is still to be confirmed.



The Government position has however, been updated to allow the opening of bars and food/drink facilities. Clubs, if they wish to, can begin offering this from 4th July. Within our latest guidance, you can seek information on how to safely offer this to members and visitors.


This guidance includes information for those clubs that wish to open their bar and provide any food or drink facilities in accordance with UK Government guidance from 4th July.


Please also find here a download to the Action Checklist and the COVID-19 risk assessment template here. These documents can be adapted to individual circumstances and used to inform discussions with your facility provider about safe opening (which may include discussions with Local Authorities or education providers).


Whilst we wait for the return of the recreational game, we are incredibly excited that cricket will return to our screens from Wednesday 8 July when England Men take on the West Indies in the #raisethebat series. The Three Tests will feature individual themes and we hope that clubs will show their support for each initiative.


First Test: 8 July

During the first, we will honour and celebrate heroes within the cricket family, many of whom have been playing the innings of their lives to support those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. On day one of the first Test the England Men’s players will pay tribute to cricket’s heroes by wearing the names of key workers on their training shirts before the start of the match.


Second Test: 16 July

During the second Test, with the help of cricket clubs and local community groups, 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, a leading food poverty charity in the UK.


We will be hosting a virtual cricket tea event at ‘tea’ on day two of the second Test to get clubs, volunteers and families across the country sharing their own cricket teas on social media and encouraging them to donate products to clubs that have signed up as collection points.  


  • What do clubs need to do?

Clubs have the opportunity to register as Trussell Trust food collection points for food banks and we would love for as many to get involved as possible. All they need to do is sign up here.


During the match itself, we hope that clubs will encourage their members to host their own cricket teas, share pictures and videos across social media using the #CricketTea and encourage members of the cricket family to donate food to their local cricket club collection point.


  • When will more details be shared and what do clubs need to do?

More information can be found here. We encourage clubs to sign up to be food collection points which they can do by registering here.


If you have questions please contact us by emailing here.


Third Test: 24 July - Uniting cricket to turn #RedforRuth on Saturday 25 July – for families facing one of life’s toughest tests.


Following the huge success of Lord’s turning red last year, The Ruth Strauss Foundation is calling on supporters, fans, clubs, counties, celebrities, companies and the media to help turn cricket red again 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.


Please share the news across your channels to get involved, get 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 copy and imagery, please click here.  


To Shop #RedForRuth click here.


Further information running National Programmes

Last week we let you know about the tough decision to cancel Dynamos Cricket this year. Following the update, we have received a number of further questions around All Stars Cricket and the impact of refunds. Please find here updated guidance on both of these.

Natwest - Creating your budget

This cricket season is unlike any we’ve ever known. That’s why understanding your budget is more crucial than ever. We’ve included some tips in our Guide, here’s just a few on getting a good deal for your club:


  • The little things – from bags of sugar, to petrol for the lawn mower, make sure you are getting the best deal to help reduce your outgoings.


  • Reducing costs – Make sure you know club members’ off-field skills to see whether there’s a member who might be able to do the work for you to help reduce the cost. 
  • Being a savvy shopper – Just as we do in everyday life, it’s important to shop around to look for the best deals, compare suppliers and negotiate and you could save considerable money
  • Using the resources you’ve got – Draw on the resources you already have, both the experience and connections of your members and also existing equipment.



For more advice download the full Guide here.

Google Digital Garage

Thank you to those who signed up to one or more of the recent Google Digital Garage sessions. we hope that you found them helpful and worthwhile. We would be grateful if you were able to provide your feedback on the sessions so that we know if they would be useful to run again in the future, and if so, what amends could be made to improve them.


Click here to provide your feedback.

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

ECB COVID-19 Update 25/6/2020
Jun 26, 2020, 11:07 am
ECB Update - Covid-19

Dear all,

Further to the National Competition and National Programme update shared earlier in the week, please find below the latest COVID-19 bulletin.

Recreational Game Update in England and Wales

English Guidance

Following the latest Government guidance on the easing of lockdown in England, please find here the ECB statement on recreational cricket in England.

Welsh Guidance

With the changing situation across the country, we have now issued updated guidance for cricket activity in Wales. The adjusted lockdown restrictions in Wales provide an opportunity for the use of outdoor cricket facilities (nets and pitches) for the purpose of undertaking exercise. To read the full guidance please click here.

Boosting your clubs short-term income

Social media provides grassroots clubs with more ways to engage with their members and communities than ever, here are some tips to help generate additional funding from the NatWest Club Cricket Finance Guide.

  • Online quiz evenings - FaceTime, Skype, Zoom – there are loads of ways to connect with your supporters and host a quiz right now! Set up a JustGiving page and ask members to donate to take part
  • Online auctions – If you or your club members have a number of auction items or prizes that might generate some extra cash for the club, consider an online auction such as
  • Grants & funding – There are also a number of grants available for grassroots clubs at the moment, check out the Guide for links and the ECB’s scheme here


The England Men’s Test series against the West Indies will honour heroic cricketing key workers and be named the #RaiseTheBat Test Series.

Marking the return of international cricket, the three-Test series taking place behind closed doors will honour and celebrate heroes within the cricket family, many of whom have been playing the innings of their lives to support those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read more here.


#Designourshirt competition

We’ve launched a competition asking children to design our England shirt, with the winning entry being produced as a one-off shirt for the winner. To decide the winning entry, we have a panel of judges including three England players, so for a chance to win, all they will need to do is impress Mark Wood, Danni Wyatt and Angus Brown with their design skills!

To enter, please click the link here. Entries close at 11.59am on Wednesday 8th July. Terms and Conditions apply. Entrants must be aged 16 or under and resident in England or Wales. Entrants need written consent from their parent or legal guardian to enter the Competition.


The Cricket Charity Portable Defibrillators Fund

Most of you will be aware of the joint venture between the ECB and The Club Cricket Charity for the supply and distribution of portable defibrillators at a heavily discounted rate.  Launched in 2015, the scheme has developed with over 200 units in clubs and teams around the Country.


Now in its fifth year however, The Club Cricket Charity is announcing an increase to the prices of the units it offers, with the current offers ending on 15th July.  Clubs and teams interested, should enquire and place an order with Donna Black by emailing here.

FAQs for groups of six

Following the update regarding groups of six, we hope that the below four questions and answers provide further clarity on some outstanding uncertainties.

Q. Can ECB provide more coaching ideas taking into account the new guidance? i.e. ‘what activities should/can we do?’

A. The Coaches association have provided content and will be uploading further to iCoachcricket.


Q. Can ECB provide guidance on clubs providing take away food and drink?

The current UK government guidance for sports facilities is:


  • Bars and restaurants, including any food or drink facilities inside a clubhouse must remain closed until further notice. Take-away services can be offered, but any hot or cold food must be consumed off the premises. Read more here.


  • Clubs should take measures to ensure social distancing guidelines are observed on their premises at all times.


Please note, this is not the case win Wales where all hospitality venues should remain closed.


Q. If an instance of a club not adhering to ECB guidance comes to light (e.g. by club social media post), what action (if any) should be taken and by whom?

A. Contact the relevant county board who will follow up with the club.


Q. How do insurance, coaching ratios and other Clubmark requirements intersect with the new guidance?  E.g. do we need a qualified coach for a group of 5 children?  Does the supervising person need to be DBS checked?

A. All Clubmark requirements stand but precedence should be given to COVID-19 restrictions.

Google Digital Garage

The first two Google Digital Garages sessions have now run and we’ve had some great feedback since. A reminder that the remaining session will run as follows:

Monday 29th June 09:30 – Register here Get Your Business Visible on Google - Learn how to increase your visibility to reach more people online.

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

N&TCL Update 25/6/2020
Jun 25, 2020, 4:46 pm

N&TCL Update

Thanks to all clubs for their speedy responses to last week’s survey.  The information you provided, including concerns raised and suggestions offered, have proved of considerable value to the Executive Committee in helping to plan for the uncertainties ahead.

It is recognised that when completing your questionnaires you were in a situation of not knowing when (or if) the suspension of recreational cricket would be lifted nor was it known under what conditions any cricket could be played.  This week’s events have not added any useful light.  ECB has notified clubs that it is continuing to press Government for an early go ahead but, for understandable reasons, cannot offer any promises.

In these circumstances the Committee is of the view that planning must recognise a range of possibilities although confirming that the usual League season of Divisional cricket will not take place.  It is however intended that, if cricket were to resume, it would comprise a competitive format, the exact structure and number of fixtures depending on the number of weeks available.  In drafting any proposals the Committee will be seeking to take account of the feedback and advice clubs have provided.  In particular it should be noted that there would be:

1.     No promotion or relegation.

2.     No penalty will be applied to any club that did not enter a team(s).

3.     At least 14 days notice will be given of any resumption of fixtures.

4.     Rules will be reviewed and, if necessary, adjusted in recognition of the special circumstances (eg Player Registration Rules).

The latest start date for which the League would be issuing competitive fixtures is Saturday 15th August.  If a resumption of recreational cricket were to take place after that date clubs would be able to organise their own matches.

It is recognised that many club responses highlighted considerable enthusiasm for a resumption of competitive cricket and a readiness to play.  It is, however, also recognised that not all clubs were, for a range of good reasons, in such a position.  The League Executive Committee will be taking all these factors into account and wishes to reiterate its previous promise that it will seek to organise competitive cricket, in this situation, subject to ensuring that the health and safety of clubs, players, umpires and officials are the prime consideration.  

If you have any queries and/or require further information please contact the League Secretary.

Support our Sponsor
Jun 25, 2020, 1:48 pm

Dear Ashington Rugby Club members you will all be aware that we have been lucky to have had K Plastics as a club sponsor now for approximately 9 years. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, Chris had to close down his business like the vast majority had too. He is now open and looking for customers.

Your chairman would like to put a call out to all our members and their extended families who are considering doing any form of home improvements such as;



Plastic boards

All kinds of trims

Vast array of fittings, fixings and tubes of silicone and glue.

He also stocks internal and external UPVC doors as well as door canopies

Gutters and facias

Please pop in and see Chris and let him know where you are from, he has supported us for a long time it would be nice to do the same for him know in these uncertain times.

His business unit is on the Jubilee Industrial Estate in Ashington, Tel: 01670 523332 or visit the website

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