Cricket club on hold....
Just when everything was in place, full details of where and when the pre season indoor training/practice sessions were being held, all the fixtures were ready, players were getting kit bags out of the loft and dusting off their trusty bats.... along came lockdown. The sport governing bodies took the decision to suspend all sport indefinitely and cricket was no exception. All the arrangements, including the after school club for the students at Trafalgar School run by R&H Coaches, were cancelled and a lot of disappointed, but understanding players, parents and juniors came to terms with the situation.
So will there be any cricket at Redlynch Playing Fields or Hatchet Green, Hale this year? The ECB Authorities, in conjunction with Wiltshire and Hampshire Cricket Boards, are naturally keeping a close eye on things. They have not ruled out the fact that there may possibly be some matches in July and August. Groundsmen and women from clubs including this one have been cleared to carry out work on the squares and outfield - whilst always observing the social distancing rules. Therefore, in the event that the 'go ahead' happens, the club will be in reasonable shape to get some sort of play underway quite promptly. What sort of format these potential games will be remains to be seen, but all clubs are being kept in the loop.
The club is trying to keep people informed as much as possible using their web-site and facebook pages, as well as other electronic communications. In the meantime, they suggest that cricket fans may have to settle for re-runs of old Test Matches on TV and family back garden cricket.