Message from the Chairman – Covid-19

Message from the Chairman

Coronavirus

Dear All,

During the winter months, we saw levels of rainfall which broke previous records for the wettest season ever recorded. Although it was a relatively mild winter, the conditions we endured certainly increased our appetite for the cricket season to come.

As we moved into the New Year, the news of the Coronavirus (Covid –19) epidemic developing in China took centre stage in the media. We are only too well aware now of the consequences for people around the world as we face very uncertain and unprecedented times.

In the great scheme of things, perhaps recreational cricket is not seen as being in the forefront of peoples’ minds whilst the country faces the battle with the virus. But for those of us who love the game as players, officials, observers or just watching our local club, we feel a sense of disappointment and frustration with the announcement that everything is to be put on hold until further notice.

We await further guidance from the ECB and the Government regarding the recreational game. In line with what the ECB have announced for the professional game, there will be a delayed start to the season with no cricket until at least until 28th May. We cannot be certain if the 2020 season will start at all.

Our work in the GACUS Committee will continue, albeit in a different form. There are always bits and pieces to deal with together with whatever arrives in the inbox! Although we will not be meeting face to face, we will be in contact to ensure that we are ready when the time comes.

So, in these difficult times, it makes total sense to follow the advice and requirements from the Government and the medical authorities. We want all our members and their families to stay safe and keep well until this crisis is over. We will come through this and, when we do, we can look forward to the season starting, whenever that may be.

In the meantime, with very best wishes to you and your loved ones. Take care. .

Clive

26th March 2020