Yesterday the ECB issued a statement containing the following:-
Following the Government’s latest advice around social distancing, it is with sadness and reluctance that we recommend that all forms of recreational cricket are for now suspended.
This extends to training, pre-season friendlies and any associated cricket activity.
Sport plays an absolutely vital role in the nation’s mental and physical wellbeing, and it helps people find meaning where there is fear and uncertainty, so one of our goals in the coming weeks will be to explore ways that we can support some levels of physical activity in communities - particularly at junior levels.
The above is fully supported by The HJCL Executive who hereby confirm that the Pre-Season meeting scheduled for 2nd April has been cancelled and all the season’s fixtures will be delayed until such time as the ECB lift the suspension and the Exec subsequently have had sufficient time to assess the consequences of the delay. In the meantime the Exec will continue to monitor the situation in conjunction with local and national authorities and will give consideration to standard solutions such as moving existing fixtures from May to August and non-standard solutions as referred to above by ECB. Any ideas on any solutions would be welcomed by email to HJCL secretary, Stephen Sykes.
Here are answers to a few anticipated questions:-
1. League fees due date will be delayed until cricket commences – those already paid will be held as credit but requests for repayment can be made to the Treasurer.
2. Cricket ball orders will be held as stock and will be available for purchase as required.
3. No physical meetings, Executive or Council, will take place until further notice, but the League will issue regular monthly bulletins to keep Clubs in touch
4. The 2020 League Handbook will not be printed but will be made available and updated via the website.
Thanks in appreciation of all the hard work you have all done in support of junior cricket.