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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

ECB COVID-19 Update 24/6/2020
Jun 25, 2020, 1:14 pm
ECB Update - Covid-19

Dear all,


Thank you for your ongoing patience while we’ve been working closely with the UK Government and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to determine how best to move forward with our National Participation Programmes and National Competitions in 2020.


The ECB along with the nation’s cricket players are keen to see the imminent and safe return of our sport at recreational level and have been working hard with Government to achieve this.


We believe that cricket is a non-contact sport, with very low risks of exposure, and that it can be played as safely as many other activities being currently permitted. It is our strong desire to work with Government to see the return of recreational cricket on or around 4 July, as they continue to lift other restrictions more broadly across society.


As we continue to work towards recreational cricket returning on or around 4 July, though, it has become clear that given the current restrictions we will sadly be unable to run certain elements of the scheduled 2020 cricket season.

National Programmes

We have reached the tough decision that Dynamos Cricket will not take place in 2020. With the restrictions caused by COVID-19, we are unable to launch a brand new programme, provide Money Can't Buy Opportunities and deliver a high-quality experience with fully trained activators this summer.


Whilst we won't be able to offer the programme, we are optimistic that clubs will be able to provide some forms of recreational cricket over the summer and we are committed to helping provide children with opportunities to play as soon as it is safe to do so. As such, we will be offering clubs support to ensure that some junior cricket can be played.


However, we remain optimistic that All Stars Cricket will be able to take place later in the summer.

For full details on why Dynamos is postponed, how All Stars will run and the impact on refunds and clubs, please click here.


National Competitions

With a condensed summer resulting in fixture challenges, we have taken the decision to cancel the below competitions to ensure that all players have an opportunity to play. 


In addition, to ensure maximum flexibility for all clubs pursuing a return to action and because we believe it is safer for clubs and players to reduce their amount of travel we will be prioritising local playing opportunities over National and Regional competitions.*


While it is regrettable to have to cancel these competitions, the decision has been taken with public health as a priority and additionally to ensure that clubs are as free as possible to play as much cricket as they can in their local area once the game is able to progress to step 4.


Many of these tournaments would require rescheduling, which logistically could make it difficult for clubs to arrange other cricket and the health and safety of everyone involved in the game has been our priority throughout this period.


As such, the following competitions have been cancelled for the 2020 season:


  • National Counties Championship (Three-day cricket)
  • National County Showcase Fixtures v First-Class Counties
  • Royal London Club Championship
  • Vitality Men’s Club T20 Cup & Plate
  • Vitality Women’s Club T20 Cup & Plate
  • U18 Boys County Championship
  • U17 Super Fours
  • Royal London Boys County Age Group Under 14, 15 & 18 Cup Competitions
  • Royal London Girls County Age Group Under 15 & 17 Cup Competitions
  • ECB David English Bunbury Festival
  • ECB City Cup
  • ECB Over 50s County Championship
  • ECB Girls Regional Development Centre Festival
  • ECB Girls U15 Festivals


Decisions on Royal London Women’s County T20, U13 & 15 Boys and Girls’ club, Lady Taverners Club T20 and Lady Taverners Softball competitions will be made at a later date and ECB will share more information as soon as we are able to.


Local friendly matches will be encouraged later in the summer, should restrictions ease.


*This does not mean that ECB Regional Premier Leagues will be cancelled

ECB Roadmap FAQs Updated 19/6/2020
Jun 19, 2020, 8:32 pm
Why are ECB recommending no recreational cricket matches are played? The current guidance from UK Government for team sports does not permit matches: “People who play team sports can meet to train together and do things like conditioning or fitness sessions but they must be in separate groups of no more than six and must be 2 metres apart at all times.
While groups could practice ball skills like passing and kicking, equipment sharing should be kept to a minimum and strong hand hygiene practices should be in place before and after. Physical contact with anyone outside of your household is not permitted, therefore playing of any games (small sided or full) is also not permitted at this time.”   What are ECB doing to get cricket played? We know how frustrating this situation is and how much everyone wants to be back playing.
We want that to happen as soon as is permitted. While we don’t get advanced warning of Government guidance we do have ongoing dialogue with them and are discussing our proposals for how recreational cricket matches can start. When new UK Government guidance is issued we ask them to approve ECB guidance and then we send it out to clubs, players and volunteers.   What will adapted gameplay look like? Once cricket matches can be played the gameplay will depend on the size and make up of outdoor groups, social distancing requirements, and guidelines on hygiene. We want everyone to be able to play a game that closely resembles their normal cricket experience providing UK Government guidance allows for this.  
Will Step 4 include 11 a-side league cricket in 2020 Providing government guidance on group sizes permits 11 a-side matches then ECB guidance will also permit them. We are in on-going discussions with many leagues who will make their own decisions about the structure of any local competition that they offer. Everyone is working together to try and get the cricket people want to play to happen.   What other restrictions might be in place that affect the game? Alongside group size, hygiene and social distancing, we will also need to follow UK Government guidance in areas such as travel and facility usage.  
Guidance from UK Government would allow our club to provide a takeaway service for food and drink. Why does ECB guidance make no reference to this? Our guidance is focused on the playing of the game as we believe that is the priority. Clubs can follow the UK Governments guidance for providing takeaway food and drink.
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 COVID19 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 envisage 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

ECB COVID-19 Update 19/6/2020
Jun 19, 2020, 8:26 pm

ECB Update - Covid-19

Dear all,


Please find below the latest COVID-19 bulletin.

Further Financial Package confirmed for the Whole Game

This week, the ECB announced a further financial package to support professional and recreational cricket during the COVID-19 pandemic.



The £35.7million support package was agreed by the ECB Board after detailed financial planning with the whole game and to support all levels of cricket during a period of extreme financial uncertainty.


The full update can be found here.

NatWest Cricket Club Financial Guide

Given the impact Coronavirus has had on the start of this year’s cricket season, NatWest together with the ECB have launched a new online financial guide to help cricket leagues, clubs and volunteers efficiently manage their finances and help clubs thrive.


The NatWest Club Cricket Financial Guide offers practical advice and tools including how to deal with the impact of Coronavirus, looking after the cricket community and guidance on how to boost income through tips on memberships, facilities and sponsor support. 


The Guide is available here for clubs to download and access.


It has been fantastic to see the continuous nominations for our #raisethebat campaign across social media, thanking all those key workers who have been working so hard to protect us all and keep the country running


We are now looking to amplify this campaign even further and are really keen that nominations represent diverse roles such as teaching, NHS and caring across all ethnicities to truly reflect our cricket community. We’ve had lots of fantastic nominations through, please keep sharing.


We encourage you to share any further nominations by emailing us here by 5pm this Sunday, or by using #raisethebat across social media.


In addition to the information requested last time, we would also ask that you include a photograph of your nomination this time around.


Details required:

  • Full name of your nomination
  • Email of the person you are nominating*
  • The reason for nominating them
  • A photo of the nomination


*Their email address will only be used for correspondence relating to this initiative and not any other marketing purposes

Roadmap FAQs

Following the provision of the 5 Step Roadmap last week we have had some further enquiries through from cricket network. We have updated our FAQ document with answers to these questions which can be found here

Updated DBS Guidance


Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions and advice from the Disclosure and Barring Service, the ECB are continuing with the current approach regarding the initiation and verification of DBS applications.


System access remains restricted to a limited group of users at County & ECB Level and Video ID Meetings are to be used instead of Face to Face Meetings.


We are committed to reviewing our approach in consultation with all Official sources and suppliers - to support the planned return of cricket.


If you require any support regarding initiating and/or verifying DBS applications please contact us here

Google Digital Garage

The first Google Digital Garage session ran on Monday and we’ve had some great feedback since. A reminder that the remaining two sessions will run as follows:


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.

Your Questions

A reminder that the COVID-19 FAQ list can be accessed here. We will be regularly updating this list so please continue to check back, and feed in your questions via your Head of Region.

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

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





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:


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