Linda Tweats takes us through the latest update from Leek Cricket Club in a week that saw the ECB and Government allow the return of recreational cricket.
Meeting Date: Thursday 9th July 2020
Well, what a difference a week makes and I don’t mean the weather! Last week there was to be no cricket but a in a u-turn by the Government we are suddenly to be blessed with cricket, as we have now reached stage 4 in the ECB Roadmap. For most of you I am sure it will be a relief to come to Highfield and at a distance wave to your fellow supporters and watch your teams.
So, what will happen? The Management team had a Skype meeting on Thursday 9th July to digest the latest instructions from ECB, not just on the playing front but for umpires, players and supporters. We will continue to be led by the ECB and you will have to bear with us, as this is a different concept and will be a lot different than you are used to.
Playing conditions have been adapted by ECB but here is a quick run down of some of the changes. On the playing front, players will arrive already in whites. If it rains, players will not shelter in the clubhouse or changing rooms but they will have to go to their cars.
There are social distancing marks for batsman on the wicket when they are running. The umpires will not be allowed to touch the ball and of course no sweat will be allowed onto the ball.
Every 20 minutes or 6 overs there will be a break for the players to sanitizes their hands and the fielding captain to sanitize the ball. All players and officials will bring their own refreshments.
The Clubhouse – This will only be open for you to use the toilet facilities. There will be a 1 way route. You will enter at the double front doors and exit, after sanitizing your hands, via the back single door adjacent to the home changing room. We are asking if possible that there is only 1 person in the toilet at any one time. Please do not stay in the clubhouses or touch any of the tables and chairs. The doors both front and back will remain open during the match. We are also asking if you bring young children please do not let them enter the clubhouse on their own.
I do hope we quickly get used to this new way of playing and watching cricket so at least we will be able to sit and enjoy.
There will be no food or hot drinks available so it will be picnics all round for spectators.
We would like to open up the hut from July 18th to sell soft drinks, cans of lager/beer, sweets & crisps. However, in order to do this we will need volunteers to take a turn in selling these items. When we know the fixtures and if you can give your time, please let Linda Tweats know or contact us via our Facebook Page or Website. As our current Bar Team are on furlough, we will only be able to do this through volunteers.
Saturday July 11th
The 1st and 2nd teams will play a game at Highfield. The teams will be mixed and it will be a 40 over game. The game will start at 11.30 am.
Sunday, July 12th
The Development team will play against a combined 1st and 2nd XI Team. This match will begin at 10.00 am.
Saturday July 18th
Both the 1st & 2nd XI teams will play against another team within their respective divisions. We do not currently know the fixtures, but will be posting them as soon as they become available.
Sunday July 19th
The Development team will be back in action but yet again we do not know any details as to whether they will be playing home or away.
Our Juniors attended practice nets for the first time last Monday starting with the under 10’s. All sessions are under strict Government guidelines. In the pipeline there could be some matches against other clubs for the varying age groups.
Many thanks to all those who showed their respects to Harold Dale by lining his street. Sylvia, Jacqui and family were very touched at the sentiments shown to Harold on this sad day.
Unfortunately, another member of LCC has passed away. Elaine Gordon who was for many years a good servant to the Club has her funeral on Tuesday July 14th at 11.45. Anyone wishing to pay their respects is asked to be outside St Edwards Church.
And a final reminder, check out our brand new website at www.leekcricketclub.co.uk. This is where you will find all the latest news, events, fixture information, team selections & more!
We cannot wait to welcome you back to Highfield, enjoy the cricket!