Start of the Season Suspended
We have today recieved this from Gary Stanley, Chairman of the Executive Committee, Sussex Cricket League:
"We will be moving to Stage 2 of the plan immediately, therefore no league or cup matches will take place in May. The EARLIEST that SCL cricket could possibly begin is 6th June as detailed below. For the avoidance of doubt, I stress that we are not telling you the season will begin on that date, it is obviously subject to developments and Government advice in the meantime. However, IF WE WERE TO START ON 6th JUNE: -
The league matches currently scheduled for 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th May and 6th June will be cancelled. Please do not do anything in Play Cricket, the fixtures will be updated in due course by the Admin committee.
We would instead look to utilise 6th June to play the league matches that are currently scheduled for 2nd May (except those that had been moved there from the five dates mentioned above, which will be cancelled). The aim here is for all teams to lose five matches, no more and no less.
6th June would also be used to catch up on the T20 competition matches currently scheduled for 2nd May. League matches will take precedence if there is a clash. The Exec are reviewing the situation constantly and will continue to do so. A decision will be made in early May as to whether the above plan is feasible in the environment at that time. and we will advise you further by 8th May.
It is understood that the target date is still within the advised 12 week isolation period for those over 70 and with certain pre-existing medical conditions. That could have an impact on umpire panel numbers among other things, but we will work these issues out at the time."