Statement from Nottinghamshire Cricket Board on behalf of:
The Nottinghamshire Cricket Board Premier League
The Bassetlaw & District Cricket League
The Gunn & Moore South Nottinghamshire Cricket League
The Mansfield & District Cricket League
The Newark Club Cricket Alliance
Friday 5th June 2020
Subject: 2020 League Cricket Season
On Saturday 30 May, the UK Government announced that professional sport can start to recommence behind closed doors from 17 June. The England & Wales Cricket Board’s response can be found here.
The announcement relates to professional sport and not necessarily the recreational game. However, the ECB is seeking to progress discussions with the government to begin mapping out a return for both junior and senior cricket.
The recreational game remains suspended with no cricket to be played at the present time, with the sole exception of regulated use of outdoor facilities (nets and pitches) in England for the purpose of undertaking exercise. You can access the relevant guidance and protocols here.
In the event of a resumption of senior recreational cricket in Nottinghamshire, the Board – in collaboration with the above leagues – has agreed the following principles:
o Our guiding principle for decision-making regarding the 2020 season is the health and wellbeing of our cricket communities.
o Recreational cricket can only resume when the government and the ECB have given approval for it to do so and provided the game with detailed guidance.
o The NCB and participating leagues are focussed on providing clubs with the opportunity to play meaningful and competitive cricket, when and if the opportunity arises. Leagues are prepared to be creative to make best use of any windows of opportunity available to play the game, noting that there will be restrictions such as venue sharing and ground availability to be considered.
o There is acknowledgement that a fair and appropriate notice period will be required by clubs ahead of any resumption.
o Leagues will not impose penalties on clubs who are unable to use their facilities through no fault of their own, or upon those who are unable to field teams due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns.
o Plans for Premier League Division 2 qualification to take place in 2020 will be delayed until 2021, pushing the start of the Division 2 competition to the 2022 season.
In addition to the above principles, the leagues have decided there will be no promotion or relegation within, in to, or out of their competitions based on fixtures played in 2020.
Supporting information for cricket clubs can be found on the Board website here. Should you have
We continue to urge clubs, players and volunteers to adhere to government guidelines at all times.
The latest information can be found here.
We are all united in our determination to get back to playing the game we love at the earliest
opportunity. Until then, stay safe and thank you for your patience.
Community & Development Manager