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Government Update 4/11/2020
Nov 4, 2020, 9:58 pm

Please find below the latest information from the ECB in relation to recent government updates:


As a result of the UK Government’s new national COVID-19 restrictions, and subject to Members of Parliament voting today and the publication of bespoke guidance from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport [DCMS], ECB understands all organised recreational cricket activity indoors and outdoors will be suspended from 5th November until 2nd December in England. Professional cricket that is classified as elite by the UK Government can continue as an exemption during this period.


Hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs must close; with the exception of providing food and drink for takeaway (before 10pm; and not including alcohol), click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery.


The UK Government has confirmed that school sport can continue as an exemption during this period but university sport must be suspended. Coach education programmes can continue where this cannot be undertaken online.


The health and wellbeing of everyone in the cricket community has and remains our number one priority and we are in dialogue with DCMS about how recreational cricket activity can return safely once the national lockdown ends.

End of Season Renovations of Cricket Square
Oct 27, 2020, 5:28 pm

Our cricket square is looking good following our end of season work, really good grass coverage.

Photos taken October 2020.

Hopefully we will be able to have a normal season and get some use out of the work we have put in, we all hope that next year will be COVID Free.

Square October 2020 Cricket Square October 2020

Last Man Standing Fund Raiser
Oct 19, 2020, 7:10 pm

Our first LMS competition only lasted 3 weeks, we were down to 4 members left in and they all went out with their selected teams not winning on the weekend of 12th & 13th October.

So it became a roller over which started again on Saturday 17th October, out of 21 members 18 went out in the first week as the majority of members selected Chelsea to win against West Ham which ended up a 3 - 3 draw. 

Only 3 members left in the and the prize pot stands at £420 a nice little sum for someone.

Great fund raiser for our Cricket Club as well as keeping the members in touch with each other.

Well done Chris Harwood for organising this.  

If you would like to join for the next LMS competition speak to Chris and he can sort this out.

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

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