Date: 26th February 2021

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Dependent on awaited guidance from ECB, Sport England, and DCMS.

Between now and 29 March there are a number of key issues to be decided, not the least being the requirements of the “further guidance” from the ECB, following on from agreement with the DCMS, as indicated in their official statement below.

“The ECB welcomes the Government’s decision to permit outdoor grassroots cricket to return in time for the start of the 2021 season from 29th March. Cricket plays an important role in many people’s lives and helps to maintain positive mental and physical wellbeing. We are working with Sport England and the Government on each step of the Government’s Roadmap. We will issue further guidance shortly on what each step of the roadmap means for the game to support players, teams, clubs, coaches and umpires to prepare in time for 29th March. “We continue to work with Sport Wales and the Welsh Government on the safe return of recreational cricket as soon as possible in Wales.”

What is clear now is that matches played from 24 April and until at least 17 May will be without changing rooms and clubhouses with an expectation that the situation may change after that along with the removal of national restrictions.

It is clear that there can still be no conventional L&DCC Captain’s Meeting on Tues 6 April or Pre-Season Meeting on Tues 13 April.

Our immediate timetable for consideration of issues with clubs is:

Mon 1 March      LCF Leagues Meeting ZOOM 7pm ( Chris Weston attending)

Tues 2 March     Club Junior Representatives (to agree divisional groups) ZOOM   7pm

Wed 3 March     Restart Group    ZOOM 7pm

Tues 9 March     All Clubs Representatives Meeting           ZOOM   7pm

For now, our message to clubs is, unless there is a good and practical reason not to, we are preparing for a full season of Time Cricket with promotion and relegation.  So keep preparing your grounds and get ready.