The 2021 season is almost here at last and I think everyone involved in cricket will echo this sentiment when we say we’re VERY excited to see its return!
Firstly, we’d like to thank everyone who’s been involved in the many (many!) hours of preparations either to get the ground match-ready or those who’ve worked behind the scenes to provide us with a superb, COVID-secure environment for a safe return to cricket.
Given the recent release of the updated Government/ECB guidelines, your enthusiasm, dedication and determination to work together to make things happen has been impressive and without you there’d be no cricket – THANK YOU!
Please find below some helpful information for players, spectators, parents and club members which relate specifically to match days, training and cricket in general.
Information for our social members relating to our opening date, function room hire and food/catering can be found in this article instead.
Unfortunately, spectators are not permitted in any outdoor or indoor sport facility at Step 2 (from 12th April) of the Government’s roadmap and no spectators are allowed on the ground until we’re open for hospitality after 17th May 2021.
We’re as dissapointed about this as you are – there’s nothing we’d like more than to see you enjoying a social, watching cricket and supporting our teams, but The England & Wales Cricket Board guidelines are really clear. The only exceptions for individuals who can be on the ground during a match are:
- A parent, suitable adult or carer attending in a supervisory role for an U18 player or a player with a disability (maximum 1 adult per U18 player)
- Those attending for hospitality where available, subject to following the club’s and the government’s guidance. (Please note, no hospitality will be available at St Annes CC until 19th May 2021)
- A club official/volunteer who is organising on and/or off-field activities
The supervising adult should always follow the rules on social distancing (2m).
The Government’s guidance clearly states no other spectators should be present. (i.e. if you don’t meet one of the above 3 criteria, you should not be there).
PLAYERS & MATCH DAY SAFETY
It’s short and will take no longer than a couple of minutes to read – thank you! Essentially:
Social distance at all times
Hand sanitize or wash your hands regularly, and
Remain in the players designated zone, i.e. on the Grandstand (unless you’re going to the loo!)
Bring your own food & drinks
Track & trace upon arrival: either check in by scanning the QR code or give your contact details to your team captain for recording in the track & trace file
GUIDE FOR PLAYERS & MATCH DAY OFFICIALS – PLEASE READ
Players and away teams, pease read our COVID MATCH DAY SAFETY MEASURES 2021 (PDF – opens in a new window).
Our RISK ASSESSMENT 2021 is also available here (PDF – opens in a new window).
SENIOR TEAM CAPTAINS
Our senior Captains for the 2021 season are:
Men’s 1st XI: Tom Higson
Women’s 1st XI: Sophie Gunston
Men’s 2nd XI: Paul Wilks
Men’s 3rd XI: Martyn Burnett
Sunday XI: On rotation
We wish you and the players an incredible season and thank you for everything you do – go well #TeamSaints!
THOUGHTS FOR THIS SEASON?
Cricket Chariman, Richard Dearden:
“We are all looking forward to the start of the season after lockdown and our reduced 2020 season.
All the players are ready for the start. We’re a young side with a lot of potential talent and we’re looking forward to the challenges of the season to come.”
2nd XI Captain, Paul Wilks:
“As usual, the 2’s will be aiming to combine finishing as high in the league as possible with developing our really promising junior players.
Good luck to all teams in what will hopefully be a full and successful season and a huge thank you in advance to the volunteers, scorers, committee, groundsman, junior coaches and parents of junior players who make cricket possible.
Up the Saints!
3rd XI Captain, Martyn Burnett:
“After a greatly shortened season last year, I’m looking forward to fulfilling a normal set of league fixtures this year.
The usual 3rd team blend of experience and youth will be exciting to captain and I expect us to create a good team spirit and be competitive in our division.”
All of our senior and junior fixtures (for matches confirmed thus far) and results can be found on our website on the Fixtures page.
The players selected for fixtures can be found on our Team Selection page.
GIVE CRICKET A GO! Soft Ball & Hardball Cricket & Training Nights
We’re on a quest to build on the hugely successful senior and junior cricket sections at St Annes CC, increase participation and bring the joy of cricket to even more children and adults in our local community.
We’re an ECB ClubMark accredited club. Our highly experienced coaches are ECB Level 1 or higher qualified and we’ve a whole range of cricket activities for you and your family to enjoy being part of this season.
Mens Hardball: 40+ overs & T20. Training: Tues & Thurs @ 5:30pm
Women’s Hardball: 40+ overs & Super 8’s. Training: Wed @ 6pm (suitable for girls age 13+)
Junior Hardball: 20 overs. Training days:
U10-U11: To be confirmed
U12: Fri 5:30pm-7pm
U13-U14: Mon 5:30pm-7pm
U15-U17: Thurs 5:30pm-7pm
For all hardball cricket enquiries, please email us here.
Age 5-8 Boys & Girls Soft Ball – All Stars Cricket: 8 weeks of #FeelGoodFriday fun every Friday for 1 hour from 7 May to 25 June 2021. Kit included!
All Stars is suitable for absolute beginners through to the more experienced. Places are almost sold out so please book soon to guarantee your child’s place! Visit our All Stars Cricket page for information and the booking link, and look forward to a summer of fun!
Age 8-11 Boys & Girls Soft Ball – Dynamos Cricket: 8 weeks of exciting, countdown cricket matches that will ignite a love for the game and develop new skills. Sessions are every Friday for 1 hour from 16 July to 3 Sept 2021. Free New Balance t-shirt and Dynamos App included! To register, visit this page on our website (please also scroll down to the Dynamos Cricket section on that page for further information).
U9-U13/14 Girls Soft Ball Cricket: Sessions purely for girls from beginners to the more experienced, of any ability. These 1 hour sessions are held most Wednesdays starting from 12 May 2021. They’re action packed, exciting and they’re perfect for taking that first step into cricket. Learn new skills, make friends and enjoy the social! More details to follow soon – watch this space!
For further information about All Stars Cricket, Dynamos Cricket or U9-U14 Girls Soft Ball, please email us here.
If you’re in contact with a fellow spectator, parent or member who does not have access to the internet or our social media platforms, we’d really appreciate it if you could share this information with them – thank you.
We wish you, our players and members, a very enjoyable and memorable season. Take care, stay safe and look after each other… good times are coming!