Message from Langbaurgh League Secretary Bernard Newman on 30 May:
Below is the latest update from the ECB regarding the current state of Cricket at our level. They have stated that there will be no First Class Cricket before 1st August (unless they can arrange some one day internationals behind closed doors and with Covid Restrictions).
They are attempting to get some junior cricket being played once the schools are back but I believe there will be restrictions imposed.
As far as our League is concerned we are looking to start some type of competition once we know the start date and would ask that all Clubs ensure that their grounds can be available at very short notice so that we can have some type of competition (s).
The important thing is that you all stay safe and we hope that we can get the cricket started ASAP and once it is allowed by the Government and ECB and YCB.
Recreational Game update
Last night the government confirmed that groups of six can meet outside from Monday June 1, provided people from different households observe social distancing (staying 2m apart). This applies to England, with the First Minister of Wales today announcing that people from two different households in the same local area can meet outside.
While this is good news, it is not an immediate ‘go’ for organised team sports. We are having discussions with Sport England and DCMS about what this means specifically for cricket, to then understand how we can support our clubs to initiate plans to get people back playing cricket.
Yesterday ECB published guidance for the professional domestic season, which will not restart before 1 August.
Recreational cricket will work to a different timeline, but one that again, will be guided by changes to Government advice. We continue to work with DCMS to see its phased return, and it is our hope that we can provide opportunities to play to everyone this summer.
For now, the recreational game remains suspended with no cricket to be played with the sole exception of, in England, the ability to use outdoor cricket facilities (nets and pitches) for the purpose of undertaking exercise. You can access this guidance here.
Like all fans of cricket, we wish to see our players, from every part of the game, safely return to the field as soon as possible. With the brilliant spell of weather, we have enjoyed lately, we too understand the immense frustration an absence of play is causing. Thank you all for your patience, as we, alongside everyone else in society, abide by the timelines we have been given by Government.