At last! Club crick­eters set to re­turn to the field

West Sussex County Times - - Sport -

The im­mi­nent re­turn of club cricket has been hailed as ‘fan­tas­tic’ news – and play­ers across Sus­sex can’t wait for ac­tion to be­gin.

Af­ter a frus­trat­ing wait for the green light, prime min­is­ter Boris John­son an­nounced at the end of last week plans were be­ing put in place for recre­ational cricket to be­gin this coming week­end.

It’s too late to save the Sus­sex Cricket League sea­son in terms of its ac­tual league com­pe­ti­tions but there has been huge in­ter­est in their pro­posed Au­gust Cup – with a whop­ping 180 teams say­ing they want to take part.

In the run-up to the cup, teams are ex­pected to play friendlies and in­tra-club matches – with some start­ing this Satur­day, the ear­li­est they are al­lowed to play.

Strict rules will be in place to en­sure ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble is done to pre­vent any risk from Covid-19. Play­ers, of­fi­cials and um­pires will all have to adapt quickly to a new way of get­ting a game on.

Gary Wal­lis-Tayler, in­terim head of com­mu­nity cricket at Sus­sex Cricket Foun­da­tion, is­sued a mes­sage to all Sus­sex clubs, say­ing: “This is fan­tas­tic news and we are all ex­cited about be­ing able to now safely re­turn to play. We will with the Sus­sex Cricket League look to sup­port you to en­sure you have all the in­for­ma­tion nec­es­sary to re­turn to play.”

JON RIGBY JMR6121

Hor­sham skip­per Michael Thor­nely bats at East­bourne last sum­mer

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