Bapchild Cricket Club

Message from the Club – Update 20th June

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We hope you are all well and staying safe during the current lockdown

I thought I would write and give an update on the current situation at the Club and cricket in general

CURRENT STATUS – ECB GUIDELINES / GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS
It has been confirmed that on the 19th June that the “adapted game play model” is now under review with the County Boards. Feedback is being compiled, and once completed will be sent to Government for review.
In line with this, it is also hoped that the existing government restrictions will be relaxed in the next couple of weeks. Primarily, this means a reduction in the social distancing measures to 1 metre and an increase in the social bubble (15 people or more). Ultimately, both of these will have a major factor of what type of cricket can be played and most importantly when we can start.
Subject to government approval of the adapted game play model and other restrictions being lifted, the earliest possible start to recreational cricket this summer will be sometime July.  Please note that this is not a definite solution, merely a guidance plan, and in effect the ‘best’ case scenario.
It is unlikely that the “normal” cricket format will be played this year
We will keep you posted of developments as and when received from the relevant authorities.
In regards to our League Cricket commitments
The KCL and KCRL leagues for the senior squad are unlikely now to run the planned half league scenario and are looking to move to either localised competitions or allow clubs to arrange their own friendlies
Bapchild CC has chosen to OPT OUT of any league competition along with a growing number of other clubs and will, when the situation arise play inter-club, and local friendlies.  Opting out does not affect our status with the league going forward.
There has been no decisions received on the KVL or junior development league cricket as they are waiting to understand when and what type of cricket will be allowed.

In Summary

The Club is keen to restart cricket at Radfield Hill and accepts this will now, at some point, be in a restricted form.   We will have to meet any restrictions and follow Government and ECB guidelines but we are confident that we should be able to so.   In order to have flexibility and ensure there is no pressure on any players or members we will play inter-club and local friendlies.  We will look to participate in the junior format once known but again providing it is deemed safe and does not put our colts or parents under any duress.

In the meantime we look forward to the resumption of Test cricket with England taking on the West Indies and domestic cricket also gearing up.

I am confident with the setup that we have at the Club we will be ready to open our doors when the time is right (with the safety of our members and their families will always be at the forefront of our decisions).  With your support and the support of the committee, groundsmen, leagues, KCB and ECB,  cricket will be played at Bapchild for many years to come (even if we do miss a few months now)

We will continue to keep you posted and also take a look round the website where you can register for free on-line umpiring and scoring courses, download the Junior Dynamo app from the ECB or catch up on the latest Extra Cover – Kent Cricket Board Newsletter. Also see how two of our members are participating in the Shorts 4 Short Lives charity walk in aid of Demelza house – If you can sponsor them for even a pound and support a great cause then follow the link on the article

In the meantime I hope all of you and your families remain safe and we hope to see you all soon down at the ground and please keep-up to date with

Take care

Craig

The Chairman

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