The Cornwall Cricket League Management Committee highlighted concerns in the summer of 2014 with clubs struggling to fulfil fixtures and withdrawing teams from the League. The remit to act on this soon became apparent that it was too great for the League’s Development Committee and a paper was prepared and submitted to the Cornwall Cricket Board in December 2014. It outlined a proposal to create a group under the auspices of the Director of Cricket and involving the Cricket Development Manager, the League Management Committee, current players from all tiers, Groundsmen Association and anyone who had a concern over the future of Adult cricket in Cornwall.
The Group met in February 2015 and as a result of a broad discussion the first steps are being taken – a through investigation involving a survey of players and ex players managed by hand. This wil be expanded by chatting proactively with former players. The aim is for the group to report back to the LMC, County Club and other interested Associations of the Board with findings and recommendations.
The player target area is 16 years upwards as the player drift away from the game starts and then with the next major exodus around the 25 year age group.
The ECB have also recently launched two projects aimed to help the recreational game.
The U19 Club T20 competition is along the lines of the Cricket 8 Smash introduced, and played by five teams, in Cornwall in 2014.
Get the Game On is a campaign launched by ECB as a result of their player survey last year, the results of which saw a 7% drop of in players nationally. Following recommendations of a report commissioned by the ECB the campaign is aimed at reducing cancellations, conceded games and encouraging players back to cricket with more games played.
To help this the Cornwall Cricket Board awarded £25,245 of ECB Small Grants in February 2015, mainly for the purchase of flat covers for clubs previously without, which should see a lot more cricket played on wet days.
The getthegameon website link below has further information.
Stay in the Game links to the ECB Club Support webpages where there is plenty of useful information for every cricket club.