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ECB Coronavirus Update 22 July

23rd July 2020 Posted in Board and Coronavirus and Latest and League by Michael Weeks
ECB Update - Covid-19
We hope you were able to enjoy a second weekend of cricket and are looking forward to the third and final Test of the #raisethebat series this week. Please find below your latest COVID-19 bulletin.


  • Emergency Loan and Grant Schemes
  • Red for Ruth Day
  • Checklists for clubs returning to cricket
  • National Counties Cricket Association T20

Emergency Loan and Grant Schemes

Following the email that we shared with you yesterday, please find below a summary of the changes to the Emergency Support Programmes for clubs and leagues. The full details can be found here.

  • ECB is extending the Return to Cricket Grant Scheme until December 2020.
  • The differential funding level between clubs with junior sections and adult only clubs and the recommended £15,000 turnover limit have been removed.
  • The Emergency Loan Scheme has increased the amounts that can be loaned and the scheme will open indefinitely.
  • The League Emergency Loan Scheme remains unchanged, and is open indefinitely


Win a visit to your club from Sir Andrew Strauss by supporting #RedforRuth on Saturday 25 July – for families facing one of life’s toughest tests.

A reminder of the Red for Ruth Challenge taking place between now and 26 July where clubs who go really red and tag #RedforRuth and @Ruthstraussfdn on twitter will have the chance to be featured on SkySports during The Ruth Strauss Foundation Test match, and the winner, picked by Sir Andrew Strauss LIVE on SkySports – will receive a visit from the man himself and Ruth Strauss Foundation celebrity ambassadors for a bit of coaching, drinks and a Q&A at the club.

Clubs may encourage players to train and play in red, dress the pavilion with red balloons and bunting or change social media logos to all red versions. Clubs can also take advantage of the social media #RedforRuth assets which can be found here

Checklists for clubs returning to cricket

Following the updated guidance that we shared with you last week please find below printer friendly checklists and templates to support clubs with their return to cricket.

We have also provided some useful tips documents to help you navigate your return to the game.

Please use the links provided to access the resources, and do not try to navigate through the pages to access other resources. For full access to all Recreational Cricket resources click here.

National Counties Cricket Association T20 Competition 

Today, the ECB Cricket Committee approved the cancellation of the National Counties Cricket Association (NCCA) T20 competition in-line with other national recreational competitions.

Any matches for National County sides that do take place will be locally arranged ‘friendlies’ ideally between neighbouring counties, and inline with latest ECB and UK Government social distancing guidelines.

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