2nd May, 2020 at 8:21 am

Update from Sussex Cricket League

Dear Clubs,

When we wrote to you on 9th April, it was to confirm that we had moved to Stage 2 of our plan, which contemplated a potential return to cricket in June subject to developments in the meantime. We also said that we would advise you further by 8th May.

You will all have seen the recent ECB announcements that no pro cricket would take place before 1st July and that recreational cricket remains suspended indefinitely. Therefore, it will likely come as no surprise that the SCL Executive Committee has concluded that we must now move to Stage 3 of our plan. The earliest possible date for SCL cricket is now Saturday 4th July. As said last time, this is an aspirational date that remains dependent upon Government and ECB guidance. However, if we are able to start on 4th July: –

  • We will play the second half of the season as scheduled, beginning on 11th July, with everybody playing each other once. This means nine matches in 10 team divisions, eight in 9 team divisions.
  • 4th July will be used to play the 26 matches, originally scheduled in the second half of the season, that were moved to 2nd May, in order that those teams have an equal number of matches to everyone else.
  • 4th July would also be used to play Rounds 1 and 2 of the T20 competitions. which will obviously have fallen behind. We will need to utilise a couple of extra Sundays in July and August to catch up.
  • Please do not do anything with your Play Cricket fixtures, they will be cancelled / moved by the League Admin team. Please also continue to hold off ordering balls, Gray-Nicolls are still working with a skeleton staff and there will be enough time to buy them closer to July.

‚ÄčAs and when we are able to start playing cricket, it’s clear that there will need to be some social distancing measures in place, be it around changing rooms / tea provision or on the pitch. We will of course react to the guidance available at the time and will let you know accordingly.