At last! Club cricketers set to return to the field
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.”
Horsham skipper Michael Thornely bats at Eastbourne last summer