With the lifting of restrictions on recreational cricket, level 5 clearance has still not been granted for League cricket to resume, we can announce a revised Seniors Fixture list for this season, with matches starting on Wednesday August 5th against Harlow Veterans at Copford. The revised list can be viewed on the Seniors fixture page.
It is with much regret that we must report the passing on Tuesday 7th July, of Hugh Newman. Hugh was an Umpire of many years standing, and a member of Long Melford CC. He passed away in West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St. Edmunds. Our thoughts and sympathies are extended to Hugh's family at this extremely difficult time.
Despite some optimism on Tuesday about recreational cricket restarting soon, it is now clear that this is not to be. The MSC decision circulated to clubs over the weekend will therefore stand and we hope this will help to clarify why the decision was taken. Playing Dates and Notice Period As our early correspondence indicated it was always our aim to give clubs three weeks notice to commence play. Whilst many of our members have committed volunteers and others lucky enough to have professional groundsmen who have been working solidly to keep squares and outfields fit for play, many others have not been able to do so. It is also our understanding that some council maintained facilities may not have had much work done at all. This has great bearing on the safety of players and cannot be ignored. We have passed the period for start dates on the 4th and 11th July. Following feedback on Circular 4 (we received responses from approximately 60% of clubs) many of those who replied could not facilitate home matches after the 12th September. This would result in a further re-write of the fixture list and would require matches to be played on Sundays or Bank Holidays and this therefore is not a practical solution. Transportation Issues The current government advice states you should not carry passengers in a car unless they are from your household. Many of you will be familiar with the situation in having youngsters and non drivers in the team and you have to load up three or four cars with players and kit. It is simply not feasible to take up to 11 cars to matches and if we can keep clubs playing locally [...]
Following an appraisal of feedback from Circular 4 the Management Sub-Committee have met today (Saturday, June 20th) and we have taken the very difficult decision to abandon proposals to play Two Counties League Cricket this year. Whilst many clubs are able to extend their playing dates we have many others, for whom this is not possible due to cross over with other sports. Difficulties in transporting people to matches has also been identified as a major issue given the distances between some teams. We are therefore preparing a suggested list of locally grouped clubs so that they can arrange matches between themselves, minimizing travel and the effect of some of the other issues that come with the new playing conditions. We will have these groupings out to the clubs by the middle of this week so that arrangements can be made. It should also be noted that we have heard from ECiC (Essex Cricket in the Community) that it has come to their attention that some clubs have indicated that they are going to arrange and play cricket before the ECB clear us to do so. We would like to remind our member clubs that this should not happen as it could well jeopardise the hard work going on behind the scenes by the counties and the ECB. Given that we will have no League cricket this season the Management Sub-Committee has decided that the annual subscription will be suspended for 2020 (those that have paid will be carried forward or refunds can be arranged). However, we will still need to distribute and receive payment for the balls ordered for this season. Therefore, we will be arranging for these to be distributed to the clubs [...]
We are pausing Webinars for this Thursday (28th May) to allow an opportunity for leagues, clubs, partners and the wider cricket community to review all the recorded webinars. A huge thank you for the feedback on future webinars, with the insight gathered we have now arranged the next cohort of Webinars, details are mentioned below. Recordings of previous Webinars: Club Development & Funding: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBvcHSqqmdE&feature=youtu.be Volunteering and Safeguarding: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mqu_8nWeFTI&feature=youtu.be Ground Maintenance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRG_f3dkz9Q&feature=youtu.be Women & Girls: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhTXvEyjYgU&feature=youtu.be Safeguarding: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gy_Wbu5-jNI&feature=youtu.be Youth Cricket and Pathway: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKy4VEFLnE8&feature=youtu.be Umpiring and Scoring: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2P99Mauk04s&feature=youtu.be Marketing and Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GZN--FNwpY&feature=youtu.be Coach Education: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inYgC2kmDtI&feature=youtu.be ECB Guidance on Outdoor Nets: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKSdiqU7EBs&feature=youtu.be Applying for Funding: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vu2KKSjpUsg&feature=youtu.be As requested, slides from the Presentation also attached Details for all future webinars: Tuesday 2nd June (12pm) - Developing Players in Nets and Engaging the Transition Between Teens to Adults. Thursday 4th June (5pm) - Writing an Article for Website and Local Papers. Thursday 11th June (5pm) - Creating a Club Development Plan Tuesday 16th June (12pm) - Wider Community Engagement Thursday 18th June (5pm) - Women and Girls Tuesday 23rd June (12pm) - Ability Cricket Thursday 25th June (5pm) - Grounds Update Tuesday 30rd June (12pm) - Tape Ball Cricket, Crickets New Opportunity https://www.essexcricket.org.uk/2020/04/22/club-webinars-dates-confirmed/
1) Please take care to follow the social distancing rules. We want to see you all fit and healthy as soon as we can start the season. 2) Competitions All is in a state of flux at the moment as there are no clues as to when and if the season can begin. Following a meeting of the Management Sub Committee by video conferencing, we are looking at three scenarios, all depending on Government guidance about what is possible when; a) If cricket can commence in July Starting a half season in July as close to the 4th July (the normal week when fixtures are reversed) as possible. This would mean each team in the current divisions playing each other just once. Starting a week or two later than the 4th might still be ok although it is realised that some fixtures would need to be amended due to ground availability. Promotion and relegation would need to be looked at with options for; i) Normal ups and downs ii) No ups or downs. iii) Half season so half measures ie 1 up and 1 down throughout iv) 1 up and 1 down for Divisions 1 through to 5. Of these options discussed, option iii) is preferred. There may have to be some adjustments needed to the previously published fixtures to allow for ground availability etc. Additional fixtures may also have to be played on Bank Holiday Monday in August and on Saturday 19th September. b) If cricket can commence in August No matches until August would leave insufficient time to complete a half season. Therefore a cup competition could be organised for small regionalised groups. This would need to take into account club strength thus [...]
Having met on Saturday, in video conference, the Management Sub-Committee will be publishing a statement on this website in the next few days, with it's proposals for how we deal with the 2020 season, if there is to be one. This will also be dispatched to all club admins, as you have entered on Play Cricket, so we reach as many people as possible. We can let you know though, that the Handbook will not now be published for 2020, but, if required, most of the information required will be put on pages on the website. Club contacts, rules, and so on. So please keep your eyes on the website for this information.
Dear All, Ever since the COVID-19 crisis began, the ECB has been working to minimise the impact of this unprecedented situation on cricket in England and Wales. We are acutely aware of the concern felt at all levels of the game about the financial implications of the suspension of cricket because of the virus. We know you are worried about the effect on your club. You may have invested in new facilities that will now sit idle. Perhaps you were preparing for All Stars and Dynamos Cricket programmes that will now be delayed. There will be sadness about missing out on the value that cricket brings to a local community by bringing people together through a shared love of the game. You may also be concerned about the impact a shortened season will have on your club finances. I am writing to you today to let you know that we have put in place an interim support package for clubs at every level of the game, to help see you through the coming months. We’re making available an extra budget of just over £20million to the recreational game. We anticipate that this support will be accessible for relevant cricket clubs and leagues within the next two weeks. This support can be accessed in the following ways: A cricket club support loan scheme, with a 12-month repayment holiday Grants to recreational clubs through the “Return to Cricket” scheme This is part of a £61m package of measures to support the whole sport. The ECB Board has approved plans to bring forward payments from a number of areas in its 2020-2021 planned distribution budgets. There are also a range of other financial support packages that are available [...]
In light of all the current travel restrictions which have been imposed around the world, if any club who had registered an Overseas Player for 2020, and who now will no longer been travelling to the UK, can they please De-register them from Play Cricket. This will save any complications in ensuing seasons if the player is employed by another club elsewhere in the UK.
This has now been delayed indefinitely. However, as the balls have been purchased, and we need to be able to pay our supplier. We shall be asking all member clubs to forward their payments to Andrew Barnes, or pay via Bank Transfer.