Chairman’s April Message
None of you will need reminding that this was meant to be the first day of cricket in 2020 season, with all the usual excitement and interest at heightened levels.
Earlier on this year when it never seemed to stop raining there were a number of clubs that thought that we would not start due to their grounds not being in good order. Ironically that problem has vanished, but been replaced by a much more menacing problem in the form of the Coronavirus.
We are in a unique situation, and the main emphasis currently has to be to preserve the health of our players, officials, and administrators, and indeed as things stand there is no clear view as to how and when the current crisis will end.
It was of course the ECB that dictated that recreational cricket should not take place, and it is the ECB that will dictate when it can resume. This not a league prerogative.
We all want to get to the point where good competitive cricket is being played week in and week out, but our main concern as of now has to be the health and welfare of our people and the sustainability of our clubs, who are in the main, run by people in the vulnerability category.
The Cheshire Cricket Board and the Lancashire Cricket Foundation are keeping clubs up to date with the various forms of financial assistance available to clubs. The principal routes are through Sport England, ECB loans and grants, and rate relief from Local Authorities. Please do not miss out on these opportunities to mitigate the financial effects of the crisis on your clubs.
Several people have asked what format cricket would take in a shortened season. Be assured that the league officers have a number of potential ideas for competitive short season, but these all depend on the green light from ECB.
Take care and keep safe – we will meet again round the boundary or in the clubhouse.