Like a lot of other clubs around Sussex, Newick Cricket Club has had to adapt the way it provides cricket and engages with its playing and non-playing members throughout this unprecedented time and the affects this has had on sport and society.
It is no secret players of the club have greatly missed competing in league matches on a Saturday and this has further been compounded with the glorious weather we have had in this early part of the summer.
Thankfully, as the lockdown restrictions have started to ease slightly, and following the new ECB guidance, players have been able to benefit from using the net facilities. It has been great to see so many members of the club using the nets throughout the week, whether these are our junior or senior members.
Club captain Will Sawyer said “We are fortunate as a club to have a thriving junior section, which in more normal times would benefit from having over 150 juniors taking part in our coaching sessions on a Friday evening. To ensure the junior section is still being provided with some form of coaching, our team of coaches have been providing adapted coaching drills via video that juniors are able to do from the confines of their own homes and using everyday household items – one drill even involved using a pair of tights!
A big part for our club is the social side. Throughout the course of a ‘normal’ cricketing season we would often have quite a few socials for our members and this will also continue into the winter. To keep this part of our club going, like most of Britain we have embraced the use of zoom and playing members of our club have taken it in turn to host quizzes. While it’s safe to say some of our members wouldn’t be getting very far on ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’ it has still been nice to see the many faces that make up our club which has definitely provided some level of normality in these less than normal times.”
Will continued “As a club, we keep our fingers crossed in the hope of getting some competitive cricket this season, in whatever form it comes, but for now we are definitely happy to be back in the nets pretending to be Joe Root or Jimmy Anderson and then being surprised when we’re not as good”.
ECB shock as club cricket remains banned — because ball is ‘natural vector of coronavirus’
Pubs and restaurants will be permitted to open before recreational cricketers are allowed back on the field
Club cricket remains on hold after the Prime Minister said restrictions cannot be relaxed because the ball is a “natural vector” of the disease. The England & Wales Cricket Board were shocked by the news and were expecting the government to give the go ahead for recreational cricket to return.
Over the weekend some leagues around the country were contacting clubs so they could start to prepare pitches and outfields that have lain dormant all summer.
But Boris Johnson, answering a question in the House of Commons, ruled out cricket’s return despite the fact it is a sport that lends itself to social distancing.
“The problem with cricket, as everyone understands, is that the ball is a natural vector of disease — Say no more !!!!!!
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