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ECB Statement 19th June
Jun 19, 2020, 8:22 pm

ECB STATEMENT ON 'RETURN TO CRICKET'

 

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The Secretary of State's message on Tuesday evening outlined plans for earmarking an early July date as being the earliest possible return for recreational cricket.

Last week ECB published their 5 Step Roadmap highlighting that currently the game is in Step 3 of its return. The ECB will continue to work with and be led by UK Government advice, only advising clubs move into step 4 when the Government allows and when it is deemed medically safe to do so.

As cricket is a non-contact sport that involves individual disciplines within a team environment, the ECB are optimistic that forms of the game can be played while respecting social distancing. Step 4, Adapted Play, will allow for cricket to be played, operating under Government rules and with modifications to the game to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all involved.

It is ECB's ambition to deliver guidelines for a return to play as soon as possible after the Government gives permission to proceed, but please note that given the importance of ensuring cricket clubs and individuals are as safe as can be, this may take a few days from any Government announcement.

Further detail on National Competitions and National Participation Programmes will be shared with County Cricket Boards for onward distribution next week.

In preparation for further ECB announcements, Competition organisers across Counties and Leagues are encouraged to begin considering how they will respond when the ECB advises that we are able to move into Step 4 and whether local competitions are feasible. 


N&TCL Survey
Jun 18, 2020, 1:07 pm

 

Northumberland & Tyneside Cricket League

 

Club Survey: June 2020

 

Please insert answers in the spaces provided and include any additional information you feel relevant.

 

  1. Name of club:

 

 

  1. How many teams will you be able to regularly field on Saturdays if cricket resumes?

 

 

  1. Would those teams be able/willing to play:

a)     Any League games on a Sunday?

 

b)     Any mid-week cup-ties?

 

 

  1. Do you have current access to your ground and facilities?

 

 

  1. How long would it take for your ground to be ready for cricket matches once resumption were announced? Identify any potential issues with landowners.

 

 

  1. What is earliest date your club will be able to resume Saturday home matches?

 

 

  1. Will teams and ground be available to play on Saturdays after 12th September?

 

 

  1. What is the maximum number of overs per innings you favour on Saturdays for each of your teams?

 

 

  1. Identify any problems and/or assistance your club may require in satisfying likely conditions which would be applied, such as provision and maintenance of clean toilet and hand washing facilities, observing social distancing etc.

 

 

 

Please add any other feedback your club feels would be useful to the League:

 


ECB COVID-19 Update 10/6/2020
Jun 12, 2020, 9:35 am

Roadmap For The Return of Recreational Cricket

ECB Update - Covid-19

Dear all,

 

We have identified five steps for the recreational game’s proposed phased return in England this summer. England is currently in step 3 - which allows for small group training sessions of up to six people while respecting social distancing. The Welsh government are due to review current restrictions on 18 June, after which time we will provide further guidance.

 

As cricket is a non-contact sport that involves individual disciplines within a team environment, forms of the game can be played while respecting social distancing. We will continue to be led by UK government’s advice and will only move into step 4 when the guidance allows and when it is medically safe to do so.

 

Below you will find the roadmap and some FAQs. To view the roadmap in larger format please click here.

Return to Cricket FAQs

Do you think we’ll play club cricket again this year?

We have an absolute ambition to get cricket played as soon as it is safe to do so. Although social distancing is likely to be in place for the foreseeable future, cricket is a non-contact team sport with individual disciplines, as such, we are optimistic about getting cricket played this summer. The safety and wellbeing of the cricket family is our number one priority and that is why we are being led by government and medical advice at every point. Therefore, we will move to step 4 when it is safe to do so and supported by government and medical experts.

When do you think stage four will happen?

The Government have not yet published new guidance relating to sport since their update on May 30. We are not aware of a committed date to revise that, but their daily briefings continue to update widely on relaxing guidelines, should the status of COVID-19 continue to progress positively.  

Can ECB do more to get recreational cricket played?? You’ve managed to get International cricket back on?

It is hugely important that ECB do all we can to ensure recreational cricket played, as soon as it is safe to do so. Because the safety of the cricket family is our first priority, the decision to move into step four ‘adapted gameplay’ will be made when it is medically safe to do so. In addition, the environment for international cricket is significantly easier for us to control and easier for us to work with Government on achieving solutions to problems that COVID-19 posed. The numbers of people involved are significantly smaller and we were only talking about one or two venues.

 

Compare that to the English and Welsh sporting public, and the landscape is very different. Over 6,500 cricket clubs, thousands and thousands of players and spread across two countries.

 

The resumption of international cricket is vital for the funding of the game. The ECB is not-for-profit. Any money that flows into the organisation funds cricket somewhere. Either the England teams, grants and funding to cricket clubs, disability cricket, safeguarding checks, our charity partners – every part of the game has been financially impacted by COVID-19.

 

 

You mention a focus on junior cricket – what is that focus and how will you bring around the return of junior cricket first?

We know that for many clubs, a thriving junior section is critical to their long term, health and prosperity. A thriving junior section provides the players of the future, can inspire volunteers and plays a vital role in club finances. With schools returning on a limited basis, we are keen to explore with Government if cricket clubs can support more children (than guidance currently permits) to get active. As always, this plan will need government guidance and the advice of medical experts in delivery.

If I can sit in a pub garden with my mates from July 4, why can’t I play cricket?

The government has highlighted some top line plans for the hospitality sector. These plans will encompass detailed guidelines that will be available in the coming weeks. Once we have these, we will update our guidance as to what this means for recreational cricket club facilities. It is important to note that government guidance on the hospitality sector will not necessarily be replicated for community sport. Once the government has shared its next steps for community sport, we will update the guidance for recreational cricket accordingly. With that said, we are optimistic about getting cricket played this summer and we have an ambition to get the game on as soon as it is safe to do so.

When do you envision we’ll get to Stage five, i.e we’ll be playing club cricket normally?

Moving to stage five would involve the removal of social distancing measures, at this time, it is hard to see us getting to this stage this summer.

Are you concerned about how this summer has impacted the club game?

There is no question that COVID-19 has impacted all areas of society and community sport is not immune to this. The recreational game is critical to the long term health and prosperity of our game and so it is vital that we support the game through this unprecedented crisis. This is why we initially provided access to more than £20M in grants and loans for the recreational game and worked with local clubs to access a further £24M in government grants and loans. Mobilising the game to return and safely as possible is our next challenge. We have begun significant work to ensure all cricket stakeholders are involved in this consultation.

Why does it look like other sports are ahead of us in terms of the return to sport plans?

We are optimistic about a return to competitive cricket matches this summer. This will be conditional on it being safe to do so, a decision that will be medically led and in line with government advice. Although social distancing is likely to be in place for the foreseeable future, cricket is a non-contact team sport with individual disciplines. We believe this makes cricket uniquely placed as a team sport to be played sooner than other major team sports.


ECB COVID-19 Update 5/6/2020 V2
Jun 7, 2020, 3:13 pm
ECB Update - Covid-19

Dear all,

Following the update that we shared with you earlier today, below is the latest COVID-19 weekly update.

Recreational Game following Government Announcement

The purpose of these guidelines is to offer practical guidance to players and clubs on the steps they should take whilst undertaking recreational cricket activity and informal cricket activity in an outdoor environment given the current restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The key update in the guidance is the allowance of small group sizes (now up to six individuals), however a number of other subtle but important changes are listed throughout the document.

 

These guidelines currently apply to England only. Guidance specifically relating to Wales can be found here.

 

The below provides a summary of the latest guidance. Detailed guidance in relation to outdoor cricket activity can be found here.

 

Consistent with UK Government guidance, published on 1 June 2020 relating to the phased return of outdoor sport and recreation in England, the following applies to outdoor cricket:

 

  • For all activity, social distancing of at least two metres must be maintained at all times (except between members of the same household).
  • Playing cricket individually is permitted e.g. practice of individual cricket skills or fitness activities
  • Playing cricket with people living in your household is permitted.
  • Small group cricket activity, training or fitness in groups of no more than six (6), is permitted, keeping two (2) metres apart at all times.
  • Cricket coaches, can now undertake small group sessions of up to six (6) people including the coach (1:5) and they must comply with ECB safeguarding policies (as well as being able to conduct one-to-one coaching).
  • Nets should be used on an ‘every other’ basis, leaving one net free between nets.  Note that for nets within a security fence, occupancy numbers could be limited by social distancing requirements.
  • It is permissible for two or more groups of six (6) to train at the same time provided they are kept separate, and social distancing and strict hygiene measures are observed. However, clubs should carry out a risk assessment to determine the maximum capacity for their facility that can be achieved safely whilst maintaining social distancing and not exceeding the current limits on training group size.
  • Clubhouses can be reopened in a limited way for operational reasons (e.g. for access to first aid equipment) or for toilet access (see below) but all communal areas including bar, changing rooms etc. are to remain closed for general use.
  • Toilet facilities can be opened if the venue wishes, but particular care should be taken by those using them and those cleaning them. Where they are open, venues must ensure soap and water is provided and they are cleaned regularly.
  • No indoor cricket activity at all.
  • We recommend using your own equipment if possible. If equipment is being shared, please follow UK Government’s guidance on the sharing of equipment. Players should stick to using one ball in training either by bringing their own or being assigned a numbered ball that is cleaned in between sessions.
  • No saliva or sweat should be applied to the ball at any time.
  • Wash hands at home before and after using the outdoor facilities. Bring your own hand sanitiser where possible.

Google Digital Garage

In March, a number of you signed up to the ECB & Google Digital Garage sessions, which were due to be held in London, Bristol and Leeds. Unfortunately we had to postpone these due to COVID-19 but we are now thrilled to be able to offer these in virtual format.

 

The webinars will run on three consecutive Monday’s from Monday 15th June, with each session live streamed on YouTube and lasting 60 minutes.

 

To sign up for one or all of these sessions, please register via the links below. Please also share these links within your own networks. 

Monday 15th June 09:30 – Register here

Digital Marketing Strategy - An introduction to the main digital marketing channels and how to use them to build strategy. 

Monday 22nd June 09:30 – Register here

Get started with Digital Advertising - social, search and display advertising.

 

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

 

Celebrating our Cricket Heroes

We are delighted to share further details of the #raisethebat campaign which went live on Monday.

 

The #raisethebat campaign highlights key workers from the world of cricket who are helping to support their community during COVID-19.

Key workers who have been nominated by their cricket clubs are featured on over 300 billboards across England and Wales. Meanwhile, the whole cricket family has been asked to shine a light on the many more key workers who deserve recognition using #raisethebat on social media.

 

England players have helped to lead tributes as the game joins together to #raisethebat for cricket's key workers across the country and you can watch our video below.

Assets can be downloaded from the ECB Resource Hub and we would encourage you to use these across your websites and social media channels, encouraging your members to tag their heroes using #raisethebat.

It has been moving and inspiring to hear of the incredible work being done by individuals right across the country and we at the ECB raise our bats to all key workers doing such fantastic work.

COVID-19 Support from NatWest

As the cricketing world begins to re-emerge, the NatWest Club Cricket Finance Guide will be shared with grassroots clubs across the country offering practical advice and tools ranging from dealing with the impact of Coronavirus to tips on boosting club income. Here are a couple of insights into what the guide offers ahead of its imminent release.

 

Dealing with the impact of Coronavirus

Coronavirus is a huge threat to the grassroots game so it’s very important for clubs to manage this crisis in a way that allows the grassroots community to thrive. The Finance Guide contains a section which specifically addresses key areas that clubs can focus on to look after their community, plan ahead and also looking ahead to opening the clubhouse up to members again.

 

Keeping your money safe

Unfortunately fraudsters are using the coronavirus outbreak as an opportunity to attempt a variety of scams and cybercrime, so it’s never been more important to be cautious over your clubs’ finances. The guide includes tips on spotting fraudulent attempts to help safeguard you and your club against such threats.

 

Keep your eyes open for the release of the NatWest Club Cricket Finance Guide, which we’re launching together with the ECB soon.

 

In the meantime, take a look at some other useful tips on how to keep your money safe here

Maintaining well-being in the officiating community

Spring is here and summer is around the corner! As Umpires and Scorers, we’d expect the cricket season to be in full swing but sadly, that’s not the case this year in this country and world-wide, due to the significant measures implemented to minimise the effect and spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are all having to make changes to our way of life and for many those changes can have a huge impact. What started out feeling a bit like a holiday-at-home is beginning to prove taxing and it is easy to minimise the effects of a prolonged isolation that can creep up on us.

 

Last season, the topic of the day to either engage in or avoid, was Brexit. This season life has thrown us a googly, on a world-wide scale, and when we thought we would be talking about The 100 or the forthcoming County Championships, T20 Blast, or Test Matches, the subject is Covid-19. Our vocabulary, when we can exchange conversations, often across a driveway or the width of two shopping trolleys, has extended to include phrases like lockdown, social distancing, furlough, and sadly self- isolation.

 

The restrictions in place for lockdown have begun to place a strain on many people and the longer they go on the greater the impact on our emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical well-being. Various organisations, from a wide variety of perspectives, are producing guidance on how to cope and so here’s something for Umpires and Scorers.

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ECB COVID-19 Update 5/6/2020
Jun 5, 2020, 4:55 pm

 

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ECB Update - Covid-19

 

Dear all,

 

The purpose of these guidelines is to offer practical guidance to players and clubs on the steps they should take whilst undertaking recreational cricket activity and informal cricket activity in an outdoor environment given the current restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The key update in the guidance is the allowance of small group sizes (now up to six individuals), however a number of other subtle but important changes are listed throughout the document.

 

These guidelines currently apply to England only. Guidance specifically relating to Wales can be found here.

 

The below provides a summary of the latest guidance. Detailed guidance in relation to outdoor cricket activity can be found here.

 

Consistent with UK Government guidance, published on 1 June 2020 relating to the phased return of outdoor sport and recreation in England, the following applies to outdoor cricket:

 

  • For all activity, social distancing of at least two metres must be maintained at all times (except between members of the same household).
  • Playing cricket individually is permitted e.g. practice of individual cricket skills or fitness activities
  • Playing cricket with people living in your household is permitted.
  • Small group cricket activity, training or fitness in groups of no more than six (6), is permitted, keeping two (2) metres apart at all times.
  • Cricket coaches, can now undertake small group sessions of up to six (6) people including the coach (1:5) and they must comply with ECB safeguarding policies (as well as being able to conduct one-to-one coaching).
  • Nets should be used on an ‘every other’ basis, leaving one net free between nets.  Note that for nets within a security fence, occupancy numbers could be limited by social distancing requirements.
  • It is permissible for two or more groups of six (6) to train at the same time provided they are kept separate, and social distancing and strict hygiene measures are observed. However, clubs should carry out a risk assessment to determine the maximum capacity for their facility that can be achieved safely whilst maintaining social distancing and not exceeding the current limits on training group size.
  • Clubhouses can be reopened in a limited way for operational reasons (e.g. for access to first aid equipment) or for toilet access (see below) but all communal areas including bar, changing rooms etc. are to remain closed for general use.
  • Toilet facilities can be opened if the venue wishes, but particular care should be taken by those using them and those cleaning them. Where they are open, venues must ensure soap and water is provided and they are cleaned regularly.
  • No indoor cricket activity at all.
  • We recommend using your own equipment if possible. If equipment is being shared, please follow UK Government’s guidance on the sharing of equipment. Players should stick to using one ball in training either by bringing their own or being assigned a numbered ball that is cleaned in between sessions.
  • No saliva or sweat should be applied to the ball at any time.
  • Wash hands at home before and after using the outdoor facilities. Bring your own hand sanitiser where possible.

 

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

 

ECB COVID-19 Update 30/5/2020
Jun 1, 2020, 10:33 am




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Dear all,  

We hope you were able to enjoy the bank holiday weekend. Below is the latest COVID-19 update which includes an update on the recreational game.

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Recreational Game update

Last night the government confirmed that groups of six can meet outside from Monday June 1,  provided people from different households observe social distancing (staying 2m apart). This applies to England, with the First Minister of Wales today announcing that people from two different households in the same local area can meet outside.

 

While this is good news, it is not an immediate ‘go’ for organised team sports. We are having discussions with Sport England and DCMS about what this means specifically for cricket, to then understand how we can support our clubs to initiate plans to get people back playing cricket.

 

Yesterday ECB published guidance for the professional domestic season, which will not restart before 1 August.

Recreational cricket will work to a different timeline, but one that again, will be guided by changes to Government advice. We continue to work with DCMS to see its phased return, and it is our hope that we can provide opportunities to play to everyone this summer.

 

For now, the recreational game remains suspended with no cricket to be played with the sole exception of, in England, the ability to use outdoor cricket facilities (nets and pitches) for the purpose of undertaking exercise. You can access this guidance here.  

Like all fans of cricket, we wish to see our players, from every part of the game, safely return to the field as soon as possible. With the brilliant spell of weather, we have enjoyed lately, we too understand the immense frustration an absence of play is causing. Thank you all for your patience, as we, alongside everyone else in society, abide by the timelines we have been given by Government.

 

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Updated Guidelines from the Grounds Management Association

The Grounds Management Association (GMA, formerly the Institute of Groundsmanship), working in partnership with the ECB, have recently updated their advice to those managing cricket grounds during COVID-19 lockdown. These updates are in response to the current weather, where we are in the growing season and recent updates from the ECB on The Use of Outdoor Cricket Facilities During Lockdown.

Key updates include reducing grass cut heights to help with sward density, managing irrigation on squares and avoiding dry rolling, spiking and deep scarification, all of which can cause problems on dry squares.

The advice is aimed at ground staff managing grounds at all clubs, schools and local authorities and is available here.

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#Raisethebat - Celebrating our Cricket Heroes

Following the nominations that you have been sharing over the past few weeks, we are delighted to let you know about details of our Raise The Bat campaign which will be going live on Monday.

The campaign is intended to recognise and thank all key workers, but especially those within our cricket community who have laid down their bats to help us get through this difficult time. In honour of their dedication, we are encouraging the whole cricket community to raise their bats in tribute.

We are paying special tribute to a selection of nominees who have been recognised by our England teams. However, we know there are others out there who are doing amazing things and would like to use the campaign as an opportunity to identify more cricket-loving key workers and recognise them through your channels too.

The campaign will launch 10am on 1 June and run through to 8 July, appearing on outdoor media in key cities and across the ECB’s digital and social channels. We will be driving user-generated content across social channels through the use of the hashtag #raisethebat, asking people to recognise key workers they know and raise their bat to them.

From Monday, a selection of assets will be available to download from the ECB Resource Hub, and we will also upload a toolkit which shows the campaign objectives and creative, and provides more detail on how you can support this campaign across your own channels, including some key messaging to help.

Should you have any queries on this, please don’t hesitate to get in touch in the first instance with your County Board.

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COVID-19 Support from NatWest

Whilst we’re waiting for cricket to return, if you’re looking for some new inspiration and support for home-schooling to keep young cricket fans and future players entertained, take a look at NatWest MoneySense Programme and MoneySense Monday’s for interactive fun whilst they’re at home.

NatWest MoneySense is a free, fun programme for children aged between 5 and 18 available online, we’ve even included a fun cricket puzzle for 8-12 year olds which you can view and download here, plus take a look at the new Island Saver game which you can also download.

Currently, every Monday morning, we’re live on NatWest Facebook and YouTube channels for an engaging and interactive lesson. NatWest MoneySense Monday’s live focuses on a different topic each week to help introduce finance at home. Take a look at a recent lesson where we had special guest Michael Vaughan and his daughter Jemima taking part in a fundraising task.

For more inspiration and support on home schooling your young cricket fans and future players, check out all the MoneySense sessions on our NatWest YouTube channel here.

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Start your coaching journey today

Through iCoach Cricket you can access hundreds of games and practices for at home and the club. As we begin to think about when we might return there’s never been a better time to begin your coaching journey. The platform here provides regularly updated content including drills, training plans, and interviews to inspire and support you on your coaching journey.

Have a look at the latest additions below to provide some inspiration:


Message from Northumberland & Tyneside Cricket League
May 23, 2020, 2:13 pm
N&TCL Report & Update: Suspension of Recreational Cricket
 
Last Friday ECB confirmed the continued suspension of recreational cricket until further notice with a sole exception relating to use of nets and pitches for exercise.  Thus whilst the ECB statement requires clubs to make a decision as to whether they are opening up any facilities (subject to their fulfilling ECB specifications) the fundamental situation remains unchanged, namely, there will be no cricket matches played in the forthcoming weeks. 
 
In the Action Plan circulated to clubs on 18 March the Executive Committee emphasised that its "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”.  As part of that review the Executive Committee, at its video conference meeting on Tuesday evening, confirmed its strategy "to maximise the amount of cricket played whilst ensuring that the health and safety of clubs, players, umpires and officials are the prime consideration”.  In this context members concluded that the options set out in the Action Plan remained relevant and reemphasised that there was a need to ensure that any decisions are "such that clubs, players, umpires and officials are comfortable with the decisions made" .
 
At this stage, not knowing what (if any) date the ECB might specify for the start of season, it is not possible to confirm the format of competitions or fixtures.  However, as indicated in the Action Plan, the Executive will seek to ensure that competitions are organised taking into account the number of weeks available and any difficulties clubs may be facing and this would apply even if cricket were to start as late as August - competitive cricket will be arranged by the League, for August/September if feasible.
 
It is recognised that all Full Member clubs have paid their membership subscription for 2020.  Bearing in mind the current situation it has been decided that this payment will be carried over into 2021 and treated as the subscription for that year irrespective of whether cricket does or does not resume in 2020.
 
The Executive understands the concerns felt by clubs and will seek to ensure you are kept updated in the event of developments taking place.  In the meantime, however, if you have any queries and/or require further information please contact the League Secretary.
 
Issued on behalf of the Executive Committee 
 

ECB "We are Together Through This Test"
May 23, 2020, 2:10 pm
Northumberland Cricket Board will be joining in with all County Boards across the Country as part of the 'We are Together Through This Test' campaign.  If you or your club have been part of any initiatives which have helped your local Community during this difficult time we would love to hear from you and share the great stories within Northumberland.  Simply email admin@northumberlandcricketboard.co.uk with any information. 
 
 
The cricket community has come together to support each other and the nation through the COVID-19 pandemic, with over 200 initiatives running to support local communities. 
 
Players and clubs – both professional and recreational – are going above and beyond in their efforts to boost morale, raise money and help those most in need during this difficult time. 
 
From supporting vulnerable members with phone calls from county cricket stars through the #MakeThatCall initiative, to delivering food to NHS workers and homeless charities around the country. 
 
As well as looking out for others, there are also over 100 initiatives to help people look after themselves, with mental and physical health taking centre stage. 
 
Younger cricket fans are also being engaged through education programmes and shirt design challenges. 
 
For further information and to check out the resources available, visit www.ecb.co.uk/covid19
 
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