£2,000 Sport England grant for Uplyme & Lyme Regis Cricket Club

Uplyme & Lyme Regis Cricket Club chairman Steve Batey and former chairman Ian Thomas

UPLYME and Lyme Regis Cricket Club has been awarded a grant from Sport England to help them through the coronavirus crisis.

The club has received £2,000 from Sport England’s community emergency fund.

Club chairman Steve Batey, writing on social media, thanked Sport England for their support, adding: “All we need now is for Oliver Dowden (Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport) to allow us to start playing in July.”

Any decision to commence playing cricket will come down from the Government to the ECB and then to the Devon Cricket Board and the Devon Cricket League in which Uplyme play.  No firm dates have been fixed yet.

Nick Rogers, the league chairman, recently unveiled a provisional blueprint that has friendly cricket being played from mid-July as a warm-up to something more organised in August.

Rogers has already floated the idea of ‘adaptive cricket’ as a first step, although the prospect of playing eight-a-side friendlies drew a cool response from some sections of Devon’s cricket community.

Uplyme were looking forward to the 2020 season after the success of last year and the club’s recovery from financial issues.

During the close season members have worked hard in carrying out a refurbishment to the pavilion on the King George V playing field.

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