CCL Weekly Update 6 June 2020
We’ve reached what would have been week eight of the Bond Timber Cornwall League and into the second third of the season.
The weather has changed this week with a 10-degree drop in temperature and following the cloudless skies, there is finally some welcome rain around for farmers and growers.
Such is the current surreal times I might well be the first Cornwall League Secretary in history to say on a rain-affected June Saturday – “So what!”
The main news of the week was the release on Friday of the ECB’s ‘Updated small group guidance on permitted recreational cricket activity during COVID-19.’
This update allows for individuals and small groups (increased from two to six people) to remain safe, whilst undertaking recreational cricket activity, and informal cricket in an outdoor environment.
However, it should be noted that all competitive recreational cricket matches remain suspended until further notice and as such, this update does not permit participation in cricket matches within or between clubs.
The Cornwall Cricket Board, through Chief Cricket Officer Joe Skinner, sent out the 12 pages of guidance yesterday to clubs as did ECB via the play-cricket network.
It is also available for general viewing on the Cornwall Cricket Website at https://cornwallcricket.co.uk/updated-guidance-clubs-recreational-activity/
The League fully endorses Joe’s comments “Please take your time to consider the guidance and ramifications to your club, before implementing activity please make sure you understand the guidance fully.”
Our Chairman Mark Mitchell dialled in to the latest ECB Conference call to Premier Leagues this week.
It was reported a total of c. £22m has now been provided to clubs from outside cricket, including £18m from the Business Grant.
ECB Director of Participation & Growth, Nick Pryde, reported that the ECB, working with the Government, wished to ‘get the guidance right first time’ and to be consistent with Government themes and advice.
He cautiously suggested that an ‘ADAPTED gameplay’ (for children or adults) might be possible in a phased return to recovery later this summer.
More details on the ECB’s road map are expected to be released next week.
All will be subject to the control of the virus of course and it is somewhat worrying that the South West reportedly has seen an upward trend in the R rate since lockdown measures have been loosened in recent weeks.
The LMC at their monthly remote meeting this week agreed to continue to monitor and react to information as received by ECB.
All league competitions remain postponed, as opposed to cancelled, leaving all options open.
The LMC believes that there is no point in publishing plans until we have a definite potential timeline to work on.
When, and if appropriate, the views of clubs will be gained of course in these exceptional circumstances.
Joe Skinner has invited club officials to an online Cornwall Cricket – Club Surgery zoom meeting next Tuesday 9th June at 4:00 – 5:00 pm.
Clubs can engage with Joe and each other to ask questions and share best practice.
Mitch and I also plan to be in attendance to listen and advise if required.
Clubs need to register in advance on the email Joe has sent out.
This week’s COVID-19 Update for Cricket clubs and leagues can be viewed at
ECB Cricket & COVID-19: your questions answered June 5 Update 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
Secretary, Cornwall Cricket League