CCL Weekly Update 23 May
There’s not too much to report on what would have been week six of the Bond Timber Cornwall League season.
Recreational cricket remains suspended until further notice though Play-Cricket.com continue to hold educational webinars to help league administrators plan fixtures, should the green light from the government be given for starts in either July or August.
We were also part of a regular conference call during the week with ECB’s Paul Bedford (National Participation Manager – Leagues & Competitions) attended by ECB Premier League representatives, together with ECB Heads of Regions, Play-Cricket.com representatives and County Board representatives.
In general, it was believed that clubs had received approx £13M in Business Grants.
From 11,000 Applications across all sports, cricket had 839 Grants approved to the value of £2.6m from Sport England and £59k from Sport Wales.
The Sport England Fund is now paused but clubs are encouraged to access the relevant funding schemes.
ECB Together Through This Test – Launch of the campaign via video was on 21st May.
Please view and distribute to contacts at https://www.ecb.co.uk/covid-19
ECB Guidance for Outdoor Facility Use – It has been brought to LMC’s notice that players at clubs have been disregarding the instructions regarding nets and other activity.
The ECB’s newly issued FAQ’s notes are attached.
The document gives answers to the most frequently asked questions, but it also contains a link back to the original instructions.
It can also be viewed online at https://www.ecb.co.uk/news/1671670
The LMC advice to clubs is to follow these national guidelines including the stipulation there must be a club representative present during each booked session.
This weekend should have seen the second Premier Tribute T2O Kernow Crash Finals Day on Sunday.
It was already set to be a different Spring Bank Holiday Monday than normal with only four rescheduled league games instead of a full programme for the first time in many a year.
Cornwall’s National Counties season has, along with the first-class game, been put on hold until July at least.
The T20 and 50 over competitions currently remain postponed, as opposed to cancelled, allowing all options should cricket be permitted in 2020.
Cornwall should have been completing the T20 Group stages on Holiday Monday with a trip to Marlborough College to play Wiltshire.
Local Cricket has featured in the media this week.
League Chairman Mark Mitchell has been interviewed by the Falmouth Packet newspaper.
It can be viewed online at https://www.falmouthpacket.co.uk/sport/18461969.coronavirus-cornwall-cricket-league-chairman-gives-update/
BBC Radio Cornwall did a live interview with Redruth’s Pete Bolland on Tuesday morning asking the effect the situation has own club groundsman.
It can be heard on the Tuesday 19 May replay at https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08cdggw at 2 hours 37 minutes.
On Thursday Cricket Development Officer Joe Skinner was likewise asked how club finances are being affected.
It can be heard on the Thursday 21 May replay at https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08cdhj8 at 2 hours 53 minutes.
We’ve had a club query regarding the requirement to apply for promotion from County Division 1 & Division 2 by 31 May (Rules 22.214.171.124 & 126.96.36.199).
In the current circumstances, with the season not having started, these rules are waived for 2020.
IF a league season is played and IF promotion and relegation are applied any eligible club would, therefore, be accepted for promotion, should they finish in an appropriate placing.
Note the two IFs.
Nothing has been decided yet!
ECB Cricket & COVID-19: your questions answered https://www.ecb.co.uk/news/1657168/cricket-and-covid-19-your-questions-answered
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/
If any club needs advice etc please contact Mitch or me and will we help if we can.
Secretary, Cornwall Cricket League