Season Suspended Until July
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."