CCL Weekly Update 20 June 2020
We’ve reached what would have been week ten of the Bond Timber Cornwall League.
The Lockdown measures were further loosened this week with the opening of non-essential shops, albeit with social distancing to the fore.
National sport has also become an emerging factor in this strangest of summers.
We’ve had Royal Ascot behind closed doors, with not a Royal or top hat and tail in sight.
Televised Premier League football has also returned, again behind closed doors with a choice of audio coverage. Silence, canned crowd noise or watchalong with comments – take your pick!
Locally, in normal times, it would have been a frustrating cricket week dominated by leaden skies and substantial rain each day.
The Vinter Cup semi-finals on Tuesday and Wednesday would have fallen as would the rescheduled Hawkey Cup semi-finals.
Lockdown at least has prevented administrators searching for the paracetamol!
The Covid-19 cricket news of the week has, for once, had a more positive tone.
The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Oliver Dowden, suggested in a Downing Street media briefing that the Government were working towards a return to grassroots sport as early as July, as indicated in the ECB Media Release below.
Those remarks were seized on in the two ECB Conference calls attended by Cricket Board CCO Joe Skinner and our League Chairman Mark Mitchell on Wednesday.
In the Board’s latest Zoom Surgery call to clubs on Thursday Joe gave an insight to some of the potential ramifications of Step 4 ‘Adapted Cricket’.
These are expected to be finalised and published in the near future with the ECB anticipating it might soon be possible to give the green light for permitted ‘adapted gameplay’.
All subject to Government approval of course and no timeline has been given yet.
However, in preparation, the Cornwall Cricket League are surveying all clubs over the next week to see what their thoughts are regarding ‘adapted cricket’ and how it might take place.
That information will give the LMC something to work on moving forward.
However, In these strange circumstances, it will ultimately be down to each club what they commit to.
This week’s COVID-19 Update for Cricket clubs and leagues can be viewed at
ECB Statement 19 June
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 is 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.
National Participation Manager – Leagues & Competitions
Roadmap for the Return of Recreational Cricket FAQs
Sport England Hygiene Poster Downloads
ECB Cricket & COVID-19: your questions answered https://www.ecb.co.uk/news/1657168/cricket-and-covid-19-your-questions-answered
ECB Guidance for Outdoor Facility Use – https://www.ecb.co.uk/news/1676621/updated-guidance-for-return-to-activity-in-a-club-setting
Sport England Club Matters https://learn.sportenglandclubmatters.com/course/view.php?id=71
Cornwall Cricket Coronavirus Index including Funding & Grounds advice https://cornwallcricket.co.uk/coronavirus-2020/
Grounds Management Association Cricket Interim Works and Fit for play 28 May Update https://thegma.org.uk/guidance-interim-works-your-sports-turf?utm_campaign=11571994_28052020_COVID19_Update_Clubs_Leagues&utm_medium=Email&utm_source=Email_AdHoc&email=0xAFE4DEF3B74481014D2199442E87F28D641381D7AF7D950CABE265518DC06AD3&dm_i=1FT6,6W10A,A1NKW3,RO14P,1