THIS PAGE WILL BE UPDATED AS WE PROGRESS OVER THE COMING WEEKS:

 

 

SUN 22 MAR 2020: GROUND CLOSED

 

Outdoor nets at St Annes CC

Outdoor nets at St Annes CC

There have been instances where people have come down to our ground to use the practice nets and/or the field, and in normal circumstances there is nothing we’d love more than to see people enjoying themselves playing cricket.

However, we are living in very different times at the moment & following the advice from ECB Cricket that “all forms of recreational cricket are for now suspended. This extends to training, pre-season friendlies & ANY associated cricket activity”, we request that social distancing is applied & that children & adults refrain from visiting the ground & refrain from playing in the nets.

We must follow the ECB guidelines at all times & suspend all cricket activities.

Thank you for your continued support. Take care.

St Annes CC Committee

 

 

FRI 20 MAR 2020: CLUBHOUSE CLOSURE

 

Pint of lager at St Annes CC

£1 per pint until closing time at 11pm on Fri 20 Mar 2020

 

Boris Johnson has announced that pubs/bars must close from tonight to tackle coronavirus. We will be following this advice and it is with sadness that we announce we will be closing at 11pm tonight.

Some good news though, we’re offering all draft & cask ales for £1 PER PINT to clear our existing stock ahead of closure.

Mr Johnson said that, at present, “we need to keep people apart” so please ensure that social distancing is applied to maintain the safety & wellbeing of all our members & staff – thank you!

#Coronavirus #StaySafe #ThingsWillGetBetter

 

 

THURS 19 MAR 2020: PALACE SHIELD & NPCL JOINT STATEMENT

 

Please find below a joint statement from the Northern Premier Cricket League & Palace Shield Cricket Competition: Senior & junior cricket suspended until further notice:

 

Joint statement from the Palace Shield & Northern Premier Cricket League

Joint statement from the Palace Shield & Northern Premier Cricket League

 

In the throes of an unprecedented public health emergency that is rapidly escalating, we understand that our clubs are facing an extremely challenging period and need some clear and firm guidance from their league executive.

We will of course do our very best but I think we all appreciate that we are in unknown territory with this virus. On Wednesday 18th March, the ECB formally suspended cricket. They have not said for how long because amidst such uncertainty it is not possible to put timelines on anything. The cancelling of GCSE and A-level examinations is a completely unprecedented measure from which we might reasonably infer that the chances of schools and colleges returning to normal in June is negligible. The implications of this for league cricket are clear.

There is a further consideration. Cricket is a game which necessitates a ball being passed from hand to hand. Inevitably everyone who handles the ball during the game will transfer something of themselves on to the ball. We know that hand transmission is a key factor in the spread of Covid-19. We would have to be certain that this risk factor is eliminated before we could sanction a return to recreational cricket.

At this point in time, we offer the following guidance:

  • There will be no senior league cricket in the NPCL-PS structure before the 31st May and it is unlikely that there will be any league cricket before 1st July.
  • In the NPCL-PS structure, we will resume recreational cricket as and when it is deemed safe to do so. We will follow government and expert advice.
  • As and when we do start our season, we will ensure that we are playing meaningful, competitive cricket. The form and nature of that competition will be decided on in due course through consultation with our clubs.
  • There will be no junior league cricket before the 31st May and it is unlikely that there will be any junior league cricket before 1st July.
  • Inter-league age group cricket may become possible in the second half of the season.
  • Almost certainly, there will be no All Stars or Dynamos programmes running before the 1st July, 2020.

(ECB advice to all clubs who have All Star and Dynamos sign-ups, is pending).

Financial Support
A prolonged period of closure will deny our clubs crucial income streams. At the same time, they will still incur overheads and wage costs; they have perishable stocks; Sky and BT subscriptions; maintenance costs relating to the ground and the fabric of buildings.

We do not underestimate the degree of risk this poses for our clubs. We know that in many of our clubs, committees are holding emergency meetings.

The executives of the NPCL and Palace Shield will be looking to put together a supportive package of financial measures which are likely to include:

  • Waiving and/or modifying annual fees and subscriptions
  • Off-setting the cost of cricket balls and spreading the payment over a reasonable period of time.

In our discussions with the LCF and with the ECB, we know that they are fully aware of the seriousness of the financial issues facing our clubs.

The LCF are looking at ways they might use the Small Grants Fund.

The ECB are exploring all contingencies and all pots of money to find ways of getting support into cash-strapped clubs.

Any club with an ECB loan is very likely to get a repayment holiday.

Ground and Squares
Observing all advice regarding social distancing we hope that clubs can find a way to carry out maintenance and preparation work on the ground and the square. This will at least make it possible for recreational cricket to start promptly in the second half of the season, should all the other factors permit.

Staying Connected
Government control measures may require us to retreat further and further into social isolation but please let us endeavour to stay connected. We all know that the cricketing community is a fantastic support structure. Let us keep it together and keep it strong.

We recognise that it is vital for ourselves at executive level to stay connected with clubs; there are many discussions to be had and many decisions to be made.

In turn, we urge clubs to stay connected with their players, their members, their volunteers, their junior parents.

Overseas Players
Where clubs are expecting players from overseas, please communicate with them. By the day it is becoming less and less likely that they will be able to book flights to the UK. Even if they can, they need to be advised not to do so until we have a definite start date for the season.

In Conclusion
It is tempting to assume that the control measures and restrictions will be lifted on a given date and the following day, we will all return to normal. As the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak becomes more and more profound, this assumption may become less and less realistic. At the end of all this, we may have to invent a new ‘normal’.

In the meantime, the most important challenge facing all of us is looking after ourselves, our families and our loved ones.

 

THURS 19 MAR 2020: JUNIOR CRICKET LEAGUE PALACE SHIELD STATEMENT

 

 

 

Statement from the Palace Shield in relation to the junior cricket season:

In line with the government and the ECB directives,  all cricket based activities have been put on hold for the forseeable future.

As a result it is unlikely that we will be able to complete any of our junior age groups this season. There will not be enough time to schedule and complete the programme if we dont start on time (which looks impossible).

The Exec believe that if we are permitted to play any cricket at all, it is likely to be at the back end of the season. It might be that we are only able to arrange friendlies at that time. However, should circumstances change sooner than is anticipated we may be able to compile a mini season.

If no organised leagues are played WE WILL NOT BE CHARGING CLUBS ENTRY FEES FOR THIS SEASON.

As the scenario is changing daily, no one knows what is going to happen or when.  I will keep you all updated as soon as we know any more.

We will hopefully be able to play some cricket this year but obviously the health and welfare of everyone has to be our number one priority.

I wish you all well in these uncertain times.

Regards

Mark Myers
Secretary
Palace Shield Cricket Competition

 

 

WED 18 MAR 2020: A MESSAGE FROM THE ECB’S  CEO, TOM HARRISON

 

Tom Harrison - CEO of the England & Wales Cricket Board

Tom Harrison – CEO of the England & Wales Cricket Board

 

A message from Tom Harrison , Chief Executive Officer of the England and Wales Cricket Board:

Dear all,

I write to update you all regarding the status of recreational cricket.

Following the Government’s latest advice around social distancing, it is with sadness and reluctance that we recommend that all forms of recreational cricket are for now suspended.

This extends to training, pre-season friendlies and any associated cricket activity. We have shared the following communication with Clubs and Leagues today: https://ecb-comms.co.uk/t/1FT6-6SKA2-2E2203387/cr.aspx

Sport plays an absolutely vital role in the nation’s mental and physical wellbeing, and it helps people find meaning where there is fear and uncertainty, so one of our goals in the coming weeks will be to explore ways that we can support some levels of physical activity in communities – particularly at junior levels.

It will be critical that any decisions we do make are medically-led.  We will continue to work with Government and their advisors and our brilliant people to ensure we are properly informed in our decision-making.

Using our cricket community to support others could be one of the most important services we can offer during the difficult weeks and months which lie ahead.  Over the coming weeks we will work with the game to understand what support is required across the cricket community, particularly in local clubs and leagues – who will have such a huge role to play in our nation’s response to coming out of this situation.

Let’s look forward to that moment when we start to see children and players from across the game, playing cricket again – hopefully that moment is not too far away.

Please continue to stay close to us over this exceptionally difficult time.

Best wishes,

Tom Harrison
Chief Executive Officer
England and Wales Cricket Board

 

 

WED 18 MAR 2020: ECB STATEMENT – AN UPDATE FOR CLUBS & LEAGUES

 

The ECB confirm that all cricket has been suspended until further notice

The ECB confirm that all cricket has been suspended until further notice

 

COVID-19 Coronavirus Planning Latest Advice

Dear all,

Following the Government’s latest advice around social distancing, it is with sadness and reluctance that we recommend that all forms of recreational cricket are for now suspended.

This extends to training, pre-season friendlies and any associated cricket activity.

Sport plays an absolutely vital role in the nation’s mental and physical wellbeing, and it helps people find meaning where there is fear and uncertainty, so one of our goals in the coming weeks will be to explore ways that we can support some levels of physical activity in communities – particularly at junior levels.

Using our cricket community to support others could be one of the most important services we can offer during the difficult next few months.

It will be critical that any decisions we do make are medically-led. And we will continue to work with Government and their advisors to ensure we are informed by science in our decision making.

Over the coming weeks we will work with the game to understand what support is required across the cricket community, particularly local clubs and leagues.

We understand that countless hours of work from thousands of volunteers have already gone into getting ready for the 2020 season and we know how disappointing this will be. We are thankful for the huge role that volunteers play in local cricket, to ensure the game remains at the heart of communities.

We know that you and your clubs can play an important role in bringing your community together once we get past this period of time.

Visit the ECB Website for further information: ecb.co.uk/news/1646355/ecb-statement-on-the-recreational-game

 

 

TUES 17 MAR 2020: ST ANNES CC REDUCED OPENING HOURS

 

Award winning St Annes Cricket Club

Award winning St Annes Cricket Club

 

Clubhouse Reduced Opening Hours

  • Our intention at present is to remain open but with reduced opening hours, subject to official confirmation from the government that pubs, clubs and hospitality venues may have to close at some point in the near future.
  • We will continue to be open from 4pm Mon-Fri and from 12 noon Sat & Sun. However, our closing times may vary and are dependant on the number of members on the premises.

Event Cancellations

  • Our weekly quiz that’s held every Wednesday and the Comedy Night planned for Friday 27th March have both been cancelled.

 

MON 16 MAR 2020: A MESSAGE FROM ST ANNES CC COMMITTEE

 

Coronavirus outbreak pandemic

Coronavirus outbreak pandemic

 

The Coronavirus is evolving rapidly and we wish to reassure our members that we are taking all of the necessary steps to maintain our high standards of hygiene.

We expect that pubs and clubs may be closed in the near future but until then, we can confirm that the club will remain open and that we’ll operate in accordance with the requirements laid down by the government.

Regular updates about developments will be posted on our website and social media.

We would ask that you do not attend the clubhouse if you feel at all unwell and are showing any symptoms of the Coronavirus.

Please note that all future indoor nets and girls soft ball sessions have been cancelled.

These are unprecedented times for us all and we will do everything we can to help our members navigate towards the better times that lay ahead.

We would like to thank all our members and the wider community for your continued support.

If you’ve any queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Take care and stay safe,

St Annes CC Committee

 

 

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