Lincolnshire Cricket Statement – Return to Play 2020

Statement from Lincolnshire Cricket on behalf of:

Lincolnshire ECB Premier Cricket League                                South Lincs & Border Cricket League

Lincolnshire Women’s Cricket League                                     Lincoln & District Sunday Cricket League

East Lindsey Cricket League                                                         Lincoln Midweek League

Grimsby & District Midweek League                                        Lincolnshire Association of Cricket Officials

Lincolnshire Grounds Association                                              Lincolnshire Coaches Association

Thursday 11th June 2020

Subject: 2020 League Cricket Season

On Saturday 30th May, the UK Government announced that professional sport can start to recommence behind closed doors from 17th June.

The announcement relates to professional sport and not the recreational game. However, the ECB is seeking to progress discussions with the government to begin mapping out a return for both junior and senior cricket.

On Wednesday 10th June, the ECB produced its roadmap for getting back to cricket, we are currently at stage 3, but it appears getting closer to stage 4 (possibly in Mid-July) & stage 5 (possibly in August) You can see the ECB roadmap here. ECB Roadmap.pdf

The recreational game remains suspended with no cricket to be played at the present time, with the sole exception of regulated use of outdoor facilities (nets and pitches) in England for the purpose of undertaking exercise. You can access the relevant guidance and protocols here. Return to Cricket Practice Guidelines.pdf

This group understands and would like to actively prioritise Junior cricket during the initial return to play ‘adaptive cricket phase’ to protect and safeguard clubs for the future and will work together to ensure that as much cricket as possible is played at the ‘appropriate’ level in line with guidelines provided by ECB / Government.

In the event of a resumption of senior recreational cricket in Lincolnshire, Lincolnshire Cricket – in collaboration with the above bodies – have agreed the following guiding principles:

  • Our guiding principle for decision-making regarding the 2020 season is the health and wellbeing of all our cricket community.
  • Recreational cricket can only resume when the government and the ECB have given approval for it to do so and provided the recreational game with detailed guidance.
  • Lincolnshire Cricket and participating leagues are focussed on providing clubs with the opportunity to play appropriate and meaningful / competitive cricket, when and if the opportunity arises.
  • Lincolnshire Cricket and all leagues are prepared to be creative to make best use of any windows of opportunity available to play the game, noting that there will be restrictions such as venue sharing and ground availability to be considered.
  • There is acknowledgement that a fair and appropriate notice period will be required by clubs ahead of any resumption. (Most feedback seems to suggest 2 weeks maximum for this)
  • No league will impose any penalties on clubs who are unable to use their facilities through no fault of their own, or upon those who are unable to field teams due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns.
  • No senior league will get involved in any return to adaptive play (if it is permitted) in July, this will be left to clubs to decide if they wish to do this themselves.
  • The leagues have decided or would recommend there will be no promotion or relegation within, in to, or out of their competitions based on fixtures played in 2020.

If Cricket Clubs require further information please do get in touch with any of the following:

Martyn Dobson – CEO

Niall Young – Cricket Development Manager

Martin Shillito – Regional Club Officer

We continue to urge clubs, players and volunteers to adhere to government guidelines at all times. The latest information can be found here.

We are all united in our determination to get back to playing the game we love at the earliest opportunity. Until then, stay safe and thank you for your patience.

Kind regards

Lincolnshire Cricket