I hope you’re all okay and keeping fit and healthy.
Given our first round of SBCC fixtures were due to start next weekend, we thought it best to share an update with you as to where we are today and the latest correspondence we’ve had from the ECB (English Cricket Board) with regards to recreational cricket this summer.
As you are probably all aware. following Government advice, all forms of recreational cricket have been suspended, with an initial suspension date of the 18th May (including all games, nets and training). This may change as events unfold and the powers that be decide when and how the relaxing of social distancing measures will impact our cricket season. Obviously we all hope that we are back playing as soon as possible and we will keep you updated as and when we hear more from the ECB but our best (optimistic!) guess today is that we’ll be back playing cricket by the end of May/beginning of June - albeit we may have to follow government hygiene guidelines which may mean we have to alter our approaches to match teas, the bar etc.
Obviously, the ongoing situation is having a significant operational and financial impact on the Trust (SCST) who manage DSG and which JT sits on the Board of (alongside representatives from the other member clubs who use the ground). DSG is currently closed to the public (no sport or social events permitted), although the sports contractors and groundsmen are continuing to prepare and maintain the pitches so we are ready to play and get some revenue into the Trust (SCST) as soon as we can. The cricket club still has its expenses and needs our support more than ever during these challenging times so can those who have yet to do so, please pay their subs.
The cricket fixture secretaries have done a great job (as always!) of filling our fixture lists and we look forward to getting the season up and running as soon as we can. Our current plan is to cancel games on a weekly rolling basis with our opposition until we have more visibility as to when we might be back playing. Zach has kindly offered to keep our website
https://www.sbcricketclub.co.uk/ up to date until the season is up and running.
On a final more cheery note, we have now had 2 successful virtual quizzes (hosted by Matt Ireland and Giaco respectively) via Zoom since the lockdown was enforced, which have been great fun and provided the opportunity to catch-up with our teammates over a drink! Other halves, friends and family are welcome to join (and in my case required to come close to a respectable score!). As far as I’m aware, we haven’t pencilled in a date for our next quiz but we will be in touch as soon as we have and look forward to seeing as many of you then as can make it.
Thanks and stay safe!