Coronavirus (Covid-19) Hub
Updated: Jul 23, 2020
Scroll down for the latest updates from the ECB, Sussex Cricket League and other affiliations of WCTCC.
Recreational cricket recommences 11 July.
Sussex Cricket League has been cancelled with an August Cup proposed
Junior cricket league fixtures will be played as friendlies only
SJCF is intending to go ahead
Senior training recommenced on Thursdays
Up to six person net sessions are allowed and can be booked.
Bank Holiday Monday Tournament still planned to go ahead
All other events are either postponed or cancelled.
Professional cricket suspended until August
24 July - WCTCC
I am sure you are all aware that senior cricket has resumed at the Rec and after two weekends the home teams have racked up two victories and we have seen some excellent cricket.
Last weekend, an exciting victory for our 1st XI over visiting Burgess Hill was watched by crowd of approximately 100 people, which was great news.
However, in the last few days the club has received comments from local residents about the apparent flaunting of some of the key Covid 19 guidelines.
This is something the club must take seriously and to be honest the comments aren’t without merit
Therefore before this Saturday’s home game against Brighton & Hove 1st XI could I please remind all those intending to come to the ground that we are still operating under “Covid 19” guidelines, the implementation of which is the club’s responsibility.
As a local, community minded cricket club it is essential that we play our part in limiting any spread of the disease and although cricket is now permitted we must still adhere to the Governments guidelines.
Therefore, please remember
Upon arrival visit the santisation station and “anti bac” your hands.
Add your name and contact details to the “track and trace“ attendance book.
Follow the two-metre rule… there is plenty of room. Very important.
Also please be aware that
The club cannot provide seating.
The balcony will be closed off and will be for the use of players only (different from last week).
Toilets will be accessible.
The use of the wooden benches and picnic tables will be restricted (bring your own chairs if you can).
The bar will be open but please ensure you return to your seats after being served.
Large groups of people gathering on the steps/base of the steps will be asked to maintain two metres or to disperse.
One of the criticisms from last Saturday was that people attending seemed to think it was “cricket as normal”, which of course it isn’t.
Thanks for reading and if you are planning to come down to watch please try and follow the guidelines.
Thank you, Stephen Hodgson Chairman
9 JULY - ECB
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has prepared guidelines for the return of recreational cricket.
The purpose of these guidelines is to offer practical guidance to players and clubs on the steps they should take while undertaking recreational cricket activity in England from Saturday 11 July 2020 onwards, both in training and in matches. They should be read in conjunction with latest UK Government regulations.
The key update to the guidelines is the fact that as of Saturday 11 July 2020 competitive 11-a-side cricket matches can take place – as well as training – with adaptations in place to mitigate the transmission risk of COVID-19, including the overall group size (inclusive of coaches and officials) being limited to 30 people in total.
These guidelines currently apply to England only and could change in response to the current COVID Alert Level or other Government advice.
The Prime Minister’s announcement last week signalled progression from Step 3 to Step 4 of ECB’s roadmap to return for recreational cricket.
In Step 4 some adaptations will be in place for all cricket activity – applicable to players, parents, clubs, coaches, spectators and officials. Those adaptations relate to activity prior to, during and after cricket activity.
A summary of the adaptations is listed below but please read the full guidance for comprehensive details.
Individuals should undergo a personal symptom check prior to all activity and not take part if they demonstrate any COVID-19 symptoms.
All groups limited to a maximum of 30 people, including coaches and officials.
Club representatives should ensure that the facility is compliant with current Government legislation, including legislation and guidance related to COVID-19.
All activity should include regular hygiene breaks for participants' hands and the ball, e.g. every six overs or 20 minutes.
Clubs should keep a record of attendees at a match/session, including contact details, to support NHS Test and Trace.
Players should remain socially distanced at all times (In England only: wicketkeepers and slip fielders at 1m+).
Players should minimise handling of the ball in all activity, by limiting contact as it makes its way back to the bowler and using small groups in training; no sweat or saliva should be added to the ball at any time.
Limit the sharing of equipment where possible. Where not possible, practice strict hand hygiene.
Batters to run in distinct running lanes to ensure they’re not within 2m of the bowler or their batting partner.
9 JULY - Junior Leagues and SJCF
Please see the latest from Matt Parsons, Area and District Programme Co‑ordinator
"As you will all of seen, the government have now given the green light to start recreational cricket from Saturday the 11th of July. This in turn will mean junior matches can be organised and played, along with a full calendar of SJCF competition.
"As we've always said, Sussex Cricket, all four Junior Leagues and the SJCF are committed to providing a safe, enjoyable and well run opportunity for all young players of all abilities to both enjoy and learn the game.
"Each of the four area set ups will look to act as mini fixture bureaus, aiming to help line up clubs with other suited contacts so that those two clubs can organise as many fixtures as they desire. The aim for the rest of this summer is for all our clubs to be able to get as much cricket as they both want to play and feel safe organising.
"The SJCF will operate as it does every summer and will run age group competitions for all the normal age groups from U11 upwards and for the first time will include a T20 week for U13 and U15 girls with the U13's being softball and the U15's hardball."
3 JULY - ECB
Please see the latest update from the ECB in relation to grassroots cricket:
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is delighted that the UK Government has given the green light for recreational cricket in England* to return from Saturday 11 July.
The latest update from the UK Government signals progression from Step 3 to Step 4 of ECB’s roadmap to return for the recreational game, meaning competitive cricket matches in England with adjustments to respect hygiene and social distancing would be permitted.
ECB has maintained a constant dialogue with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) throughout this process and the UK Government have stated that COVID-secure guidance will be published in the coming days.
Guidelines are already prepared for the return of recreational cricket and following the Prime Minister’s comments, will now be finalised and published early next week.
ECB Chief Executive Officer, Tom Harrison, said: “It will come as great news to our nation of recreational cricketers that the UK Government has given the green light for the game to return from next weekend. We are grateful for the support of Government to achieve this, in particular Oliver Dowden, Nigel Huddleston and those across DCMS who have helped the return of international, professional and now recreational cricket.
“We have had a responsibility throughout this period of time to work with the UK Government and to plan alongside the cricket network to try and mitigate COVID-19’s impact on the 2020 season. We have maintained a constant dialogue with UK Government and they've been supportive of our desire to see recreational cricket return when it is safe.
“They now agree that with appropriate measures in place to mitigate the risk, it is safe.
“We know how difficult it has been for everyone to go without cricket this summer, and we thank you for your patience.
“As the nation's summer sport we believe we have a role to play in getting people active across the country, especially young people, and it is heartening to know that club cricket – albeit with social distancing in place and some other adaptations – will soon be back across England.”
19 JUNE - Sussex Cricket League
Please see the latest update from the SCL in relation to recreational cricket:
"You will doubtless have seen the 'Roadmap for the Return of Recreational Cricket' published by the ECB last week. The roadmap is a 5 Step plan to recreational cricket starting up again, with the current position being Step 3. The key piece of information required was the date at which we could go to Step 4, which was described as 'adapted gameplay'. Broadly speaking, this is cricket matches adapted to the Covid-19 environment. On the ECB call this week, it was made clear that two pieces of Government advice are required for the ECB to move the Step 4, being clearance for recreational team sport to recommence and an increase to at least 15 in the size of gatherings allowed (it is currently 6). Simply put, that has not happened yet and we do not expect it in the next week or so. Therefore, the Executive Committee cannot tell you today that league play will be able to start on 11th July and so we have no option but to abandon the 'half season' plan. In its place, we are going to offer the following options for our Clubs:
We are putting together an 'August Cup' that is tailored to how we think Stage 4 is going to look. It will be based around shorter formats (likely T20), local matches (given the issues with car sharing) and social distancing measures on and off the pitch - the ECB are currently formulating guidance around Stage 4 and this will hopefully be available in final form around the end of June. We envisage groups of 6/7 teams (so 5/6 matches each), aligned by location and broad ability level, with a finals event for group winners in early September. Entry is entirely optional, it is simply our best effort to provide some meaningful competitive cricket in the circumstances we find ourselves in. Current plan is for the August Cup to start on 1st August, but this will need to flex based on when cricket can start.
If you are not interested in the August Cup, everyone has an existing set of league fixtures from 11th July that can be played as friendlies. They will stay on Play Cricket for ease of reference, but it will be up to you to arrange between you. Of course, these will also be in 'adapted play' format as and when that is allowed. If your scheduled fixture cannot be played because of travel distance or the opponent not wanting to play, we will try within reason to help you arrange alternate fixtures.
A mixture of the above or, if you wish, no cricket at all.
"It is of course possible that, by 11th July, we will have clearance to play some cricket. However, everyone will have different lead in times for their ground to be ready. Some clubs could probably play tomorrow, others will require several weeks, especially those relying on local authorities. For some clubs, you might get some friendlies in July, perhaps before entering the August Cup. Others may wish not to play at all. The Executive Committee respects the wishes of all Clubs and recognises that you all have different circumstances.
"Once we know how many teams are entering the August Cup, we will put more meat on the bones. More information will be provided on the Sussex Cricket Foundation Club Webinar on Wednesday 24th June from 7.30pm. We would encourage ALL clubs to dial in to hear key updates from Sussex Cricket & the ECB as we move steadily towards a return to play."
5 JUNE - ECB
Please see the latest update from the ECB in relation to grassroots cricket:
"Consistent with UK Government guidance, published on 1 June 2020 relating to the phased return of outdoor sport and recreation in England, the following applies to outdoor cricket:
For all activity, social distancing of at least two metres must be maintained at all times (except between members of the same household).
Playing cricket individually is permitted e.g. practice of individual cricket skills or fitness activities.
Playing cricket with people living in your household is permitted.
Small group cricket activity, training or fitness in groups of no more than six (6), is permitted, keeping two (2) metres apart at all times.
Cricket coaches, can now undertake small group sessions of up to six (6) people including the coach (1:5) and they must comply with ECB safeguarding policies (as well as being able to conduct one-to-one coaching).
Nets should be used on an ‘every other’ basis, leaving one net free between nets. Note that for nets within a security fence, occupancy numbers could be limited by social distancing requirements.
It is permissible for two or more groups of six (6) to train at the same time provided they are kept separate, and social distancing and strict hygiene measures are observed. However, clubs should carry out a risk assessment to determine the maximum capacity for their facility that can be achieved safely whilst maintaining social distancing and not exceeding the current limits on training group size.
Clubhouses can be reopened in a limited way for operational reasons (e.g. for access to first aid equipment) or for toilet access (see below) but all communal areas including bar, changing rooms etc. are to remain closed for general use.
Toilet facilities can be opened if the venue wishes, but particular care should be taken by those using them and those cleaning them. Where they are open, venues must ensure soap and water is provided and they are cleaned regularly.
No indoor cricket activity at all.
We recommend using your own equipment if possible. If equipment is being shared, please follow UK Government’s guidance on the sharing of equipment. Players should stick to using one ball in training either by bringing their own or being assigned a numbered ball that is cleaned in between sessions.
No saliva or sweat should be applied to the ball at any time.
Wash hands at home before and after using the outdoor facilities. Bring your own hand sanitiser where possible."
3 JUNE - Sussex Cricket Foundation regarding Junior Cricket
Please see the latest statement regarding Junior cricket leagues. As we enter June, policy has now moved into Stage 2 of the Junior League plan which moves things forward a little in terms of what will happen this summer.
"In line with the Junior League action plan published as we went into lockdown, we now enter Stage 2 of the plan. Subject to Government and ECB guidelines, we anticipate following Stage 2a of the plan, which is where the SJCF goes ahead as it does every year.
"In turn, this will now mean that all Junior League fixtures for each of the four local Area leagues will become friendlies, as and when Government and ECB guidelines allow age group cricket to begin.
"All competitive County run competitions will now not go ahead this summer. This includes the SCF U9/10 softball Cup, the ECB U13 & U15 National Knockout and the ECB U19 T20 competition. It also includes the girls softball and hardball competitions.
"As per the action plan, the SJCF will remain the “competitive” opportunity for clubs to take part in, with all four local Junior Leagues working closely together to ensure as much cricket can be organised and played throughout what will remain of the summer. This will include support for girls cricket and those clubs who originally entered the County-run girls leagues organised by Charlotte Burton.
"We are looking to delay the SJCF entry form as late as possible to take advantage of any relaxation of lockdown and to give all clubs the best possible chance to discuss, plan and seek availability of facilities, players and parents before committing to entering.
"Clubs who don’t or can’t enter the SJCF for whatever reason, will be supported by their local Junior League in organising friendlies throughout the rest of the summer.
"As with everything any activity and competition will be dictated by Government and ECB guidelines and these small steps forward in preparing for Junior Cricket is by no means a sign that clubs can start organising fixtures or setting up matches.
"When the time comes to move things along, all four Junior Leagues, the SJCF and the Sussex Cricket Foundation will work closely will all clubs to ensure a consistent and clear direction is outlined for everyone to follow."
28 MAY - ECB
Please see the latest update from the ECB in relation to professional cricket:
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) can today confirm a further delay to the start of the professional domestic cricket season, with no domestic cricket to be played before 1 August.
The specifics of the season remain subject to ongoing advice from UK Government and health experts, but the ambition remains to host domestic men's and women's cricket across England and Wales later this summer.
The Professional Game Group (PGG) will look to outline a number of opportunities for domestic play, which will be presented to the ECB Board in June.
These plans include a number of options for both red-ball and white-ball cricket including matches played at all First Class Grounds, the use of a regional group model as well as consideration for matches played behind closed doors or with a limited number of supporters while strictly adhering to Government guidance on social distancing. The working group is also exploring options where non-televised games can be live streamed for members and supporters.
As the ongoing COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, these scenarios will be worked on and assessed. Learnings from the return-to-training programmes for England Men’s players will be incorporated, in addition to those sourced from any international matches played behind closed doors.
The recreational game currently remains suspended until further notice – with the sole exception of the use of outdoor cricket facilities (nets and pitches) for the purpose of undertaking exercise. The ECB will seek to progress discussions with the UK Government to begin mapping out a return, including the potential for an earlier return of junior cricket.
ECB Chief Executive Officer, Tom Harrison, said: “Naturally we want to see cricket being played at every level. We remain hopeful of seeing both domestic and recreational cricket this season and planning with the PGG has allowed us to map a number of potential scenarios for domestic play.
“While traditional formats of our competitions are the preference, we are not against exploring the unorthodox to ensure that we can return our players to the field.
“That can only happen though when it is safe, and we have said throughout this crisis that the safety and well-being of everyone involved in the game is our key priority.
“We have learned a lot and continue to learn about the safety protocols that would need to be in place to stage international cricket behind closed doors in this environment and those protocols will also need to apply to the domestic game.
“Across the recreational game it has been heart-warming to hear of clubs where players have returned to the nets. As children start returning to school in the coming weeks, we look forward to exploring how those guidelines and learnings can be deployed for cricket. This can then see the recreational game continue its phased return as soon as we have Government approval.”
24 MAY - WCTCC
We have some exciting news regarding net practice! As of this today, you are now able to book a net session, and can do so for use starting Monday 25 May!
As many of you may have seen, the ECB released guidance around re-introducing cricket practice and your committee and volunteers have worked hard to get the nets ready for use and have agreed the following procedures to ensure the Club complies and everyone is kept safe within the guidelines.
It is essential this procedure and its guidelines are followed. Please remember a breach of these guidelines could impact on the club and we may be forced to remove the facility to practice, but more importantly puts the health of your coaches, teammates and their families at risk so please take these seriously. Thank you in advance.
15 MAY - ECB
Please see the latest update from the ECB in relation to grassroots cricket:
"All activity should be consistent with the Government guidance regarding health, social distancing and hygiene. In ‘Our Plan to Rebuild’, the UK Government stated that team sports should not be played outside of a household. ECB maintains the position that all recreational cricket remains suspended until further notice, with the sole exception of the use of outdoor cricket facilities (nets and pitches) for the purpose of undertaking exercise as set out in our detailed guidance document. Our primary and ongoing goal is to protect the health of everyone in and around the game. The adjusted lockdown restrictions provide an opportunity for the use of outdoor cricket facilities (nets and pitches) for the purpose of undertaking exercise. Summary of guidelines for outdoor cricket facilities use:
You can exercise outdoors on your own, with members of your household or with one other person from outside your household while keeping two metres apart at all times. You must only exercise in groups of no more than two people, unless you are exercising exclusively with members of your household.
Social distancing of at least two metres must be maintained at all times (unless all participants are members of the same household).
Only one-to-one coaching is permitted per session.
Nets should be used on an ‘every other’ basis, leaving one net free between nets.
Clubhouses can be reopened in a limited way for operational reasons (e.g. for access to first aid equipment) or for toilet access (see below) but all communal areas including bar, changing rooms etc are to remain closed for general use.
Toilet facilities can be opened if the venue wishes, but particular care should be taken by those using them and those cleaning them. Where they are open, venues must ensure soap and water is provided.
No indoor activity at all.
We recommend using your own equipment if possible. If equipment is being shared, please follow UK Government’s guidance on the sharing of equipment.
No saliva or sweat should come into contact with the ball at any time.
Wash hands at home before and after using the outdoor facilities. Bring your own hand sanitiser where possible.
ECB is clear that outdoor facilities should only reopen if those responsible for them are ready to do so and they can do so safely, following public health guidance: no club should reopen their outdoor facilities if they feel unable to meet the requirements." You can read the full ECB statement here.
There are further guidelines pertaining to how the Club should manage the use of any of our facilities and we will be reviewing these and releasing a statement of our intentions very soon. In the meantime thank you for your patience.
12 MAY - ECB
Please see the latest update from the ECB in relation to grassroots cricket: “We are aware that the UK Government has announced changes that affect sport and physical activity in England, which are due to come into effect on Wednesday 13 May. We are expecting to receive further clarity from the UK government in the coming days and in turn we will share greater detail and guidelines with the game as soon as we are able. Our priority is to support our colleagues and clubs across the game to deliver elements of outdoor cricket in a responsible way that does not compromise safety. We completely understand the level of patience that recreational players have had to demonstrate so far, and know that most will be desperate to return to the nets to practice. We ask for a little more time to plan out the best way to deliver this opportunity to everyone as safely as possible. The health and wellbeing of everyone in cricket remains our No.1 priority. We will share further updates towards the end of the week along with a support plan for our clubs to follow.’’
5 MAY - Sussex Cricket Foundation
The below comes from Gary Wallis-Tayler, Territory Manager (South) of the Sussex Cricket Foundation.
"Junior Leagues inc. Girls Leagues, Sussex Junior Cricket Festival & Competitions – as per the statement attached sent on 24th March we are heading towards Stage 2 of the process where a further update will be provided at the start of June. The ECB Competition programmes e.g. U13 & U15 National Cups & ECB U19 T20 remain suspended until further notice. All Stars/Dynamos – the sign up process for both programmes has been suspended and we are currently awaiting further guidance from the ECB. The ECB remain hopefully that they will be able to run reduced programmes later this summer dependant on Government advice/guidelines. If any parents enquire about refunds my advice would be to hold fire until further guidance is received regarding the programmes. Sussex Cricket Activity Booklet - Sussex Cricket & the Sussex Cricket Foundation have launched a children’s activity booklet to help keep children informed, entertained and engaged during this challenging period which can be found here."
1 MAY - Sussex Cricket League
Today we recieved further update from Gary Stanley, Chairman of the Executive Committee, Sussex Cricket League:
"You will all have seen the recent ECB announcements that no pro cricket would take place before 1st July and that recreational cricket remains suspended indefinitely. Therefore, it will likely come as no surprise that the SCL Executive Committee has concluded that we must now move to Stage 3 of our plan. The earliest possible date for SCL cricket is now Saturday 4th July. As I said last time, this is an aspirational date that remains dependent upon Government and ECB guidance. However, if we are able to start on 4th July: -
We will play the second half of the season as scheduled, beginning on 11th July, with everybody playing each other once. This means nine matches in 10 team divisions, eight in 9 team divisions.
4th July will be used to play the 26 matches, originally scheduled in the second half of the season, that were moved to 2nd May, in order that those teams have an equal number of matches to everyone else.
4th July would also be used to play Rounds 1 and 2 of the T20 competitions. which will obviously have fallen behind. We will need to utilise a couple of extra Sundays in July and August to catch up.
There are three options that we see for Promotion and Relegation, based on nine (or eight in some divisions) scheduled matches.
Normal promotion/relegation as per current rules
No promotion/relegation as the season is too short
Still some promotion/relegation but reflecting the shorter season. Perhaps one up/one down where there would normally be two, or something similar.
As and when we are able to start playing cricket, it's clear that there will need to be some social distancing measures in place, be it around changing rooms/tea provision or on the pitch. We will of course react to the guidance available at the time and will let you know accordingly."
20 APRIL - Memberships
Firstly, it has been noted that in anticipation of the season ahead a good number of you have already paid your subs for which we send our thanks.
In recent weeks questions concerning the collection of annual subs have been discussed at length. Opinions have ranged from “we should collect as normal” or “we should suspend until we know what’s happening”.
I am pleased to report that the club is in a reasonably sound financial position. Nevertheless, a lack of cricket will have a substantial impact on our finances, especially as our usual sources of revenue such as match fees, sponsorship, bar revenue, social events, foodie Friday’s etc will all be severely hit. Effectively, without the payment of our Annual Subs, income could be close to zero.
Whether cricket is played or not, the club has running costs; rents, fees, insurances and utilities, to name a few. Also, now that we are responsible for our new facility at Thakeham our costs have increased still further. In addition, we still need to invest in basic, new equipment and continue to prepare as though the season will start at some stage.