CCL Weekly Update 16 May
The sun shines again on what would have been week five of the Bond Timber Cornwall League season.
It should have been the opening day of the Premier League with champions Penzance trekking to Callington and Werrington making the long haul to St Just.
In all 71 league fixtures were scheduled today including derbies such as Paul seconds against St Buryan and Liskeard’s trip to St Neot.
First-round ties in the Hawkey Cup should have been played this week and in the west, the Vinter Cup first round would have been eagerly anticipated.
With a fine weather forecast for the eight ties, Truro’s home game with Camborne was an all-Premier clash. Barripper going to Falmouth, Troon hosting Helston and St Just taking on Hayle were other fascinating clashes.
The Evening League season would also be seeing plenty of play on numerous fine, spring evenings.
Sadly none of the above has or will go ahead in the immediate future.
The bonus will be we can all give full concentration to an evening of Eurovision on the BBC tonight!
With no results to collate for once will I be watching?
Still ‘Making my mind up!’
The main news of the week was the issue on Friday of the ECB Guidance enabling a ‘Return to Activity in a Cricket Club Setting’ with restrictions on exercise being lifted.
Joe Skinner, as the Cricket Board’s Development Manager, immediately passed on the information to clubs, as did ECB via the play-cricket network and social media.
As a League, we advise clubs to carefully read all the detailed information before deciding how you, as a club, proceed.
The danger might well be unauthorised use of your facilities and if they remain closed you might want to make that visible in some way at the venue to clarify.
I see already clubs ‘up country’ are using social media to update their information.
As an aside, the key information we gained from the guidance was the requirement to ‘mend the holes in your nets’.
That could occupy a few hours in lockdown!
All the Guidance and downloads are at https://cornwallcricket.co.uk/return-activity-cricket-club-setting/
That also forms part of the weekly ‘COVID-19 Update for Cricket Clubs and leagues’ from the ECB.
There are various other pieces of information.
We reproduce it weekly on the website and the latest version is at https://cornwallcricket.co.uk/ecb-coronavirus-update-15-may/
The ECB also has a useful page of up to date general information on their website..
ECB Cricket & COVID-19: your questions answered https://www.ecb.co.uk/news/1657168/cricket-and-covid-19-your-questions-answered
The Sport England website has plenty of useful tips and information for clubs https://learn.sportenglandclubmatters.com/course/view.php?id=71
The Grounds Management Association (formerly IOG) have also issued a useful document this week ‘Cricket – Interim Works and Fit for Play’.
It comprises of five pages of information that every groundsman should read: https://thegma.org.uk/sites/default/files/documents/pdf/interim_works_-_fit_for_play_cricket_13_05_2020.pdf
A reminder everything Coronavirus related since mid-March can be chronologically viewed and downloaded from the website at the dedicated index page https://cornwallcricket.co.uk/coronavirus-2020/
As a League, we continue to monitor events and this week held a second LMC meeting remotely via Zoom.
It worked successfully again with virtually a full attendance from members countywide.
I would advise clubs, at this time particularly, it is a useful tool as is Microsoft Teams, to keep your club together.
Let me know if you need any help on how to set up.
I know some clubs are intending to use it in the future as a more efficient way of running things. Selection Committee, Subcommittees etc.
People might well find allocating half an hour or so at home is far more practicable then travelling to attend meetings.
The LMC discussed where we are and at the moment of course, as with the rest of the country, it is a case of waiting to see what happens.
Mitch, myself and Marilyn Richards (Women’s Rep) have been part of various ECB Conference calls.
The ECB will be guided by Government advice and of course, we will follow that as and when.
ECB is still talking about potential half seasons from July or reduced seasons in August or no cricket at all.
They don’t know!
The LMC, once something positive is known, will then make decisions on the consequences for our clubs – including Fees, Balls etc.
There is no point at present in speculating.
The League also acknowledged the superb efforts of Joe Skinner over the past weeks for talking to our clubs and securing considerable grant aid.
Hopefully, it will be a help to keep everyone viable.
Play-Cricket fixtures – as CCL admin I joined a conference call this week where it was confirmed the best action for Leagues was to unpublish their fixtures.
You probably have noticed I did that in April anyway which means they are not currently visible but still in the system for future use if need be.
The ECB is also keen to get details of our 8-10-12 Team interlinking matrix as it might be a better solution than they use.
Anyone got a phone number for copyright!
Finally, on a sad note, the LMC remembered two great stalwarts of Cornish League cricket who have recently passed away.
Johnny Moyle played for 60 years for Beacon, Barripper, Lanner & Chacewater.
A tribute is at https://cornwallcricket.co.uk/johnny-moyle-rip/
This week we lost the legend Geoff Husband at the age of 84.
He was recently talking about playing cricket this year.
No doubt, if allowed, he would have found a way to record an unbelievable ninth decade of action.
He contributed his career highlights for an article in the yearbook in 2016 and it is part of numerous tributes at https://cornwallcricket.co.uk/geoff-husband-rip/
Sadly the current circumstances will deny him the send-off he deserves.
If any club needs advice etc please contact Mitch or me and will we help if we can.
Secretary, Cornwall Cricket League