July 3, 2020
PM issues green light for recreational cricket
Prime Minister Boris Johnson says recreational cricket can resume next weekend. He made the announcement at tonight's Downing Street Press Conference.
It came as he admitted being stumped in an LBC Radio interview earlier in the day when he said that teas and dressing rooms were the reason for cricket remaining banned.
But tonight he admitted that after taking scientific and medical advice that the Government would be working at speed to issue guidelines over the next few days to enable cricket to resume.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said "We are delighted that the UK Government have given their permission for recreational cricket to return from next weekend. We will shortly be publishing our approved guidelines to help clubs and players prepare for cricket's return."
Gordon Rigg Bradford Premier League chairman David Young said: "While this is encouraging news we do need to see the detail of what is being proposed. We need to see the type of cricket being envisaged, the health and hygiene regulations that need to be followed and the financial viability of what is on offer. Whilst we are keen to facilitate cricket we need to ascertain whether what is on offer constitutes friendly play or the sort of competitive cricket we are all used to. Once we are satisfied about that we will consult again with our clubs. We believe we will need two weeks for officials to draft the necessary rules and formulate the competitions that can be played. Clubs will also need that time to prepare for the resumption in play and may want to play friendly fixtures."
June 25, 2020
Various Leagues are cancelled but not the Premier
Thank you for your ongoing patience while we’ve been working closely with the UK Government and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to determine how best to move forward with our National Participation Programmes and National Competitions in 2020.
The ECB along with the nation’s cricket players are keen to see the imminent and safe return of our sport at recreational level and have been working hard with Government to achieve this.
We believe that cricket is a non-contact sport, with very low risks of exposure, and that it can be played as safely as many other activities being currently permitted. It is our strong desire to work with Government to see the return of recreational cricket on or around 4 July, as they continue to lift other restrictions more broadly across society.
As we continue to work towards recreational cricket returning on or around 4 July, though, it has become clear that given the current restrictions we will sadly be unable to run certain elements of the scheduled 2020 cricket season but at this point, this does not mean that ECB Regional Premier Leagues will be cancelled.
Also, we will be offering clubs support to ensure that some junior cricket can be played.
June 23, 2020
Cricket remains banned because of the ball
Prime Minster Boris Johnson has today dashed hopes of a quick return to action for recreational cricket.
Answering a question in the House of Commons, Johnson described a cricket ball as a “natural vector of disease” as he confirmed the sport remains banned outside the elite level.
It now remains unclear when the sport may be allowed to restart at grassroots level, with the the Prime Minister saying “we’re still working on ways to make cricket more Covid-secure, but we can’t change the guidance yet.”
His announcement will be a shock to the ECB who were making optimistic noises and encouraging clubs and leagues to prepare to start playing in early July.
It was on the basis of their statement last Friday that the Gordon Rigg Bradford Premier League started to work on consulting clubs over a resumption in play. League chairman David Young said: "This is extremely disappointing news after the optimism of recent days, but we must not give up hope of playing. We have always acknowledged that the health and safety of the cricket community has to be the number one objective. We will await for guidance and a response from the ECB before making further comment."
In a statement issued tonight, the ECB said: "The ECB along with the nation's cricket players are keen to see the imminent and safe return of our sport at recreational level and have been working hard with Government to achieve this.
"We believe that cricket is a non-contact sport, with very low risk of exposure, and that it can be played as safely as other activities that are currently permitted.
"It is our strong desire to work with Government to see the return of recreational cricket on or around July 4, as they continue to lift the restrictions more broadly across society.
"We are heartened that the Government has already permitted the return of other ball games, including tennis and basketball, and we are sure that our interpretations of the risks around ball transmission is consistent with those other games.
"We can confirm that any guidance we share with the game will include directions on how to mitigate any risks from handling the ball as we continue to prioritise the health and safety of the cricket family in our decision making."
There was one piece of good news for clubs with the go-ahead to re-open their clubhouse bars from July 4. Young added: "This should provide an opportunity for clubs to start generating some revenue after three very tough months."
June 19, 2020
ECB looks for safe return to playing cricket
The Secretary of State's message on Tuesday evening outlined plans for earmarking an early July date as being the earliest possible return for recreational cricket.
Last week ECB published their 5 Step Roadmap highlighting that currently the game is in Step 3 of its return. The ECB will continue to work with and be led by UK Government advice, only advising clubs move into step 4 when the Government allows and when it is deemed medically safe to do so.
As cricket is a non-contact sport that involves individual disciplines within a team environment, the ECB are optimistic that forms of the game can be played while respecting social distancing. Step 4, Adapted Play, will allow for cricket to be played, operating under Government rules and with modifications to the game to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all involved.
It is ECB's ambition to deliver guidelines for a return to play as soon as possible after the Government gives permission to proceed, but please note that given the importance of ensuring cricket clubs and individuals are as safe as can be, this may take a few days from any Government announcement.
Further detail on National Competitions and National Participation Programmes will be shared with County Cricket Boards for onward distribution next week.
In preparation for further ECB announcements, Competition organisers across Counties and Leagues are encouraged to begin considering how they will respond when the ECB advises that we are able to move into Step 4 and whether local competitions are feasible.
June 10, 2020
ECB Latest - Five steps to a phased return
We have identified five steps for the recreational game’s proposed phased return in England this summer. England is currently in step 3 - which allows for small group training sessions of up to six people while respecting social distancing. The Welsh government are due to review current restrictions on 18 June, after which time we will provide further guidance.
As cricket is a non-contact sport that involves individual disciplines within a team environment, forms of the game can be played while respecting social distancing. We will continue to be led by UK government’s advice and will only move into step 4 when the guidance allows and when it is medically safe to do so.
Do you think we’ll play club cricket again this year?
We have an absolute ambition to get cricket played as soon as it is safe to do so. Although social distancing is likely to be in place for the foreseeable future, cricket is a non-contact team sport with individual disciplines, as such, we are optimistic about getting cricket played this summer. The safety and wellbeing of the cricket family is our number one priority and that is why we are being led by government and medical advice at every point. Therefore, we will move to step 4 when it is safe to do so and supported by government and medical experts.
When do you think stage four will happen?
The Government have not yet published new guidance relating to sport since their update on May 30. We are not aware of a committed date to revise that, but their daily briefings continue to update widely on relaxing guidelines, should the status of COVID-19 continue to progress positively.
Can ECB do more to get recreational cricket played?? You’ve managed to get International cricket back on?
It is hugely important that ECB do all we can to ensure recreational cricket played, as soon as it is safe to do so. Because the safety of the cricket family is our first priority, the decision to move into step four ‘adapted gameplay’ will be made when it is medically safe to do so. In addition, the environment for international cricket is significantly easier for us to control and easier for us to work with Government on achieving solutions to problems that COVID-19 posed. The numbers of people involved are significantly smaller and we were only talking about one or two venues.
Compare that to the English and Welsh sporting public, and the landscape is very different. Over 6,500 cricket clubs, thousands and thousands of players and spread across two countries.
The resumption of international cricket is vital for the funding of the game. The ECB is not-for-profit. Any money that flows into the organisation funds cricket somewhere. Either the England teams, grants and funding to cricket clubs, disability cricket, safeguarding checks, our charity partners – every part of the game has been financially impacted by COVID-19.
You mention a focus on junior cricket – what is that focus and how will you bring around the return of junior cricket first?
We know that for many clubs, a thriving junior section is critical to their long term, health and prosperity. A thriving junior section provides the players of the future, can inspire volunteers and plays a vital role in club finances. With schools returning on a limited basis, we are keen to explore with Government if cricket clubs can support more children (than guidance currently permits) to get active. As always, this plan will need government guidance and the advice of medical experts in delivery.
If I can sit in a pub garden with my mates from July 4, why can’t I play cricket?
The government has highlighted some top line plans for the hospitality sector. These plans will encompass detailed guidelines that will be available in the coming weeks. Once we have these, we will update our guidance as to what this means for recreational cricket club facilities. It is important to note that government guidance on the hospitality sector will not necessarily be replicated for community sport. Once the government has shared its next steps for community sport, we will update the guidance for recreational cricket accordingly. With that said, we are optimistic about getting cricket played this summer and we have an ambition to get the game on as soon as it is safe to do so.
When do you envision we’ll get to Stage five, i.e we’ll be playing club cricket normally?
Moving to stage five would involve the removal of social distancing measures, at this time, it is hard to see us getting to this stage this summer.
Are you concerned about how this summer has impacted the club game?
There is no question that COVID-19 has impacted all areas of society and community sport is not immune to this. The recreational game is critical to the long term health and prosperity of our game and so it is vital that we support the game through this unprecedented crisis. This is why we initially provided access to more than £20M in grants and loans for the recreational game and worked with local clubs to access a further £24M in government grants and loans. Mobilising the game to return and safely as possible is our next challenge. We have begun significant work to ensure all cricket stakeholders are involved in this consultation.
Why does it look like other sports are ahead of us in terms of the return to sport plans?
We are optimistic about a return to competitive cricket matches this summer. This will be conditional on it being safe to do so, a decision that will be medically led and in line with government advice. Although social distancing is likely to be in place for the foreseeable future, cricket is a non-contact team sport with individual disciplines. We believe this makes cricket uniquely placed as a team sport to be played sooner than other major team sports.
June 9, 2020
Nets are open and ready for use
*To all current members*
We encourage juniors and senior players to have a net!
You must contact one of the following to BOOK a net:
Nets MUST follow ECB Guidelines
May 30, 2020
Latest ECB Statement
’We are extremely heartened by today’s announcement from Government, which supports a meaningful return for recreational cricket in England."
“It is important that we are aware of all safety protocols that must be adopted to see cricket begin to reopen."
“Over the coming week, we will seek to understand the specific guidance from Government’s medical teams so that we can provide support for clubs who will be eager to reopen their doors and begin delivering coaching to small groups of players.’’
May 15, 2020
ECB issues guidance for outdoor practices
The ECB have today issued detailed guidance for clubs on the return to use of cricket grounds for outdoor practice.
It is specifically aimed at one-to-one net practice and follows the Government's changes to its advice regarding sport and physical activity.
The ECB document outlines the measures that clubs must take if they are allow net practice at their ground while the suspension of all recreational cricket activity remains in place.
In the email sent to all clubs via Play Cricket they say: "ECB is clear that outdoor facilities should only reopen if those responsible for them are ready to do so and they can do so safely, following public health guidance: no club should reopen their outdoor facilities if they feel unable to meet the requirements."
They also reaffirmed the current position regarding the playing of cricket. "ECB maintains the position that all recreational cricket remains suspended until further notice, with the sole exception of the use of outdoor cricket facilities (nets and pitches) for the purpose of undertaking exercise as set out in our detailed guidance document.
"Our primary and ongoing goal is to protect the health of everyone in and around the game.
"The adjusted lockdown restrictions provide an opportunity for the use of outdoor cricket facilities (nets and pitches) for the purpose of undertaking exercise."
Summary of guidelines for outdoor cricket facilities use
You can exercise outdoors on your own, with members of your household or with one other person from outside your household while keeping two metres apart at all times. You must only exercise in groups of no more than two people, unless you are exercising exclusively with members of your household.
Social distancing of at least two metres must be maintained at all times (unless all participants are members of the same household).
Only one-to-one coaching is permitted per session.
Nets should be used on an ‘every other’ basis, leaving one net free between nets.
Clubhouses can be reopened in a limited way for operational reasons (e.g. for access to first aid equipment) or for toilet access (see below) but all communal areas including bar, changing rooms etc are to remain closed for general use.
Toilet facilities can be opened if the venue wishes, but particular care should be taken by those using them and those cleaning them. Where they are open, venues must ensure soap and water is provided.
No indoor activity at all.
We recommend using your own equipment if possible. If equipment is being shared, please follow UK Government’s guidance on the sharing of equipment.
No saliva or sweat should come into contact with the ball at any time.
Wash hands at home before and after using the outdoor facilities. Bring your own hand sanitiser where possible.
For clubs, you will need to have the following in place:
A booking system for outdoor space or other means to manage access and demand.
The capability to advise individuals when booking to check for symptoms of COVID-19 and in turn to advise individuals when booking that - in line with current Government guidance - if they are symptomatic, living in a household with a possible COVID-19 infection or if they are classified as extremely vulnerable on health grounds, they should remain at home and follow Government guidance.
A sanitation procedure between use/bookings.
A representative of the club on site during the hours that the outdoor facilities are open for use.
Closed signs should be displayed when facilities are not open (including where a club does not wish to or is not ready to reopen) to deter use by general public particularly where there is open access.
Updated signage and access points.
Seek confirmation from the club that it has reopened and make a booking.
Check for symptoms of COVID-19. In line with current Government guidance, if you are symptomatic, living in a household with a possible COVID-19 infection or if you are classified as extremely vulnerable on health grounds, you should remain at home and follow Government guidance.
Avoid public transport if at all possible.
Gordon Rigg Bradford Premier League chairman David Young said: "It is important that clubs read the document carefully and follow the ECB advice if they decide that they wish to allow net practice at their ground. This is a decision which each club must consider for themselves. They must be mindful of the responsibilities outlined in the advice as the health and safety of everybody has to be the number one priority."
Jan 27, 2020
Sharma is on his way to Wrenthorpe CC
All rounder Vikram has signed for Wrenthorpe in a move to improve and hone his considerable skills in the Premier division. Whilst never in a position to shine as a quick bowler, his elegant and stylish batting, much admired, will be missed. Vikram played several quality innings for Pudsey Congs and conducted himself at all times in a true sporting manner.
He leaves with our very best wishes.
Ralph W Middlebrook
Pudsey Congs Cricket Club
Jan 19, 2020
Congs Sign Chopra from Adel CC
CHOP CHOP - Congs waste no time with 5th new signing!!!
Pudsey Congs are pleased to announce the signing of 24yo Rishi Chopra from Adel C.C.
Rishi has represented Cricket Ireland at age-group level and played with the North West Warriors in Ireland’s Inter-Prov T20 Comp. Talented in all 3 facets of the game, Rishi will come in to side to bat in the middle order and offer further options in the spin department for 1st XI Captain Richard Jubb.
Everyone at the Amber Cars Britannia Cricket Ground wishes Rishi all the best for the 2020 season.
Nov 19, 2019
Congs Plump for Pramud
Pudsey Congs are delighted to announce the signing of 24-year-old Sri Lankan all-rounder PRAMUD HETTIWATTE.
A talented spin-bowling all-rounder. Pramud, played in Sri Lanka’s Premier Tournament (Tier A) in 2018/19 and will ply his trade with Nugegoda CC during the 2019/20 season.
A huge, warm welcome from everyone at the Amber Cars Britannia Cricket ground. We look forward to seeing Deva showcase his skills in the BCL next summer.
Nov 1, 2019
Introducing your Captains for 2020
With Richard Jubb firmly entrenched as the First X1 Captain for the upcoming season, the Congs would like to confirm the return of these two fine leaders:
Paddy Power: Patrick to continue as 2nd XI Captain.
Pudsey Congs are delighted to announce that Adam
Patrick will continue in his role as 2nd XI Captain for
2020. Everyone at the club wishes Adam all the best
as he looks to help his team bounce straight back
into the Premier Division.
Go well AP.
Redders to stay on......
Pudsey Congs are pleased to announce that
Richard Edwards will once again lead the 3rd XI
in the Dales Council Cricket League. Richard worked tirelessly in 2019 to develop
our young cricketers at Fulneck, as many of them took their first steps into senior cricket.
Everyone at the club wishes Richard and his
team all the best for the upcoming season.
Well done from everyone at the Congs, Liam Stanhope