First day of cricket season passes without a ball bowled due to COVID-19

UPLYME and Lyme Regis Cricket Club were due to start there 2020-2021 season yesterday (Saturday) with a fixture against Sidmouth but the season is on hold because of coronavirus.

Under new chairman Steve Batey, club members have been working harden the refurbishment of the pavilion on the King George V playing field and were looking forward with renewed confidence after last season’s successful season.

However, there is no indication when the season may start if its starts at all.

Cricketers across Devon abbe been looking forward to the start of the new cricket season, but the onset of COVID-19 across the UK has reduced all sporting occasions to ashes.  All recreational cricket, and cricket related activity, is suspended for the foreseeable future.

All of the clubs in the Tolchards Devon Cricket League derive their income from the playing season.  Without any prospect of cricket, for the moment, many are suffering.  There are already a number of schemes in place to support recreational cricket, but the league are keen to offer practical help to clubs.

“It’s incredibly important that we do all that we can to support our clubs through this most difficult of times,” said Nick Rogers, league chairman.

“All clubs, but particularly the smaller ones, could suffer because of COVID-19.”

The league has announced announced that, if no cricket is played this season, they would be giving clubs a subscription holiday. Those clubs that have already paid for their seasons cricket balls and affiliation fees will have their money refunded to them.

If a limited season is possible, then the league reserves the right to consider a pro-rata arrangement for member clubs.

The league has welcomed in a new secretary with Dave Sheppard taking up his new post on April 20. Dave has had a long and distinguished career working as the performance administrator with the academy at Surrey County Cricket Club.

His work at Surrey County Cricket Club saw him organising both summer match and winter training programmes, which brought him into contact with both parents and club volunteers. His strong administrative background will be important to the successful management of the Devon Cricket League.

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