CRICKET: Summer On Hold
The English Cricket Board has currently suspended all forms of recreational cricket, including indoor or pre-season training, in line with the universal sporting lockdown. The Sussex Cricket League has issued a three-part plan, preparing for any eventual relaxation in government guidelines over social distancing..
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First stage was to cancel all pre-season meetings in March and April. Second stage will be reached at Easter (in fact on Good Friday, 10th April): if, as seems inevitable, it is concluded then that the season cannot practicably commence on 2nd May as scheduled, all May fixtures will be scrubbed with the hope of starting in June. If this hope too is dashed, the league would start on 11th July with a schedule based on a single fixture between each team rather than home-and-away, with all matches played on a limited-over basis.
T20 competitions could be contested on the first two weekends of July.
The league notes that, for many clubs, the season cannot be extended beyond the beginning of September because their cricket grounds overlap with football pitches.
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