14th April, 2020 at 8:11 pm

Sussex Cricket League Announcement

With the aim of keeping everyone informed on the current situation and re-planning for the season, Sussex Cricket League have posted the following statement today…

Dear Clubs,

We wrote to you on 20th March with details of the 1st Central Sussex Cricket League’s plan to deal with the impact of Covid-19 on the league season. We promised to update you further by 10th April, so here we are. The Exec met on 6th April and have agreed the following.

We will be moving to Stage 2 of the plan immediately, therefore no league or cup matches will take place in May. The earliest that SCL cricket could possibly begin is 6th June as detailed below. For the avoidance of doubt, we stress that we are not telling you the season will begin on that date, it is obviously subject to developments and Government advice in the mean time.

However, if we were to start on 6th June:

  1. The league matches currently scheduled for 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th May and 6th June will be cancelled. Please do not do anything in Play Cricket, the fixtures will be updated in due course by the Admin committee.
  2. We would instead look to utilise 6th June to play the league matches that are currently scheduled for 2nd May (except those that had been moved there from the five dates mentioned above, which will be cancelled). The aim here is for all teams to lose five matches, no more and no less.
  3. 6th June would also be used to catch up on the T20 competition matches currently scheduled for 2nd May. League matches will take precedence if there is a clash.

The Exec are reviewing the situation constantly and will continue to do so. A decision will be made in early May as to whether the above plan is feasible in the environment at that time. and we will advise you further by 8th May.

It is understood that the target date is still within the advised 12 week isolation period for those over 70 and with certain pre-existing medical conditions. That could have an impact on umpire panel numbers among other things, but we will work these issues out at the time.

We have been keeping Gray-Nicolls updated with our discussions and they are open for business for any club wishing to order balls, albeit they are working with a skeleton crew, so your order may take slightly longer to distribute. As we said last time, you are welcome to wait until there is more certainty before ordering balls, but any that you buy this year (with the 15% discount) will be valid for 2021.

You will have been advised by the Sussex Cricket Foundation that the majority of non-playing staff at Sussex Cricket have been furloughed until the end of May. The Foundation Department is being run by Chris Coleman, Gary Wallis-Tayler and Steve Pickup. Please can any queries or questions regarding The 1st Central Sussex Cricket League be sent to sussexcricketleague@sussexcricket.co.uk with all other club related matters directed to Gary Wallis-Tayler gary.wallis-tayler@sussexcricket.co.uk at the Sussex Cricket Foundation.

Finally, we hope all involved in The 1st Central Sussex Cricket league are staying safe and well. Let’s hope we can get out on the pitch before too long.

Kind regards,

Sussex Cricket League