Coronavirus: Recreational cricket to resume in Wales from 13 July

Cricket clubs in Wales have not been able to play since lockdown restrictions were introduced in March

Recreational cricket will be allowed to resume in Wales from Monday as lockdown restrictions continue to be eased.

The Welsh Government announced on Friday that outdoor team sports would be allowed to resume from 13 July.

Previously only non-team outdoor sports – such as tennis and bowls – were permitted below elite level.

“We are absolutely thrilled with the news, and as I know the cricket family in Wales will be,” said Cricket Wales chief executive Leshia Hawkins.

“There has been an extraordinary amount of work by Cricket Wales staff and club and league volunteers behind the scenes over the last few months to get us to today. I must say a huge thank you to them.

“My team and I will now urgently work with colleagues at the England and Wales Cricket Board, to analyse the detail of the written guidance from Welsh Government on sport’s return, when it is issued, and ensure that the guidance for cricket in Wales is signed off and published as soon as is possible.”

On its website, Cricket Wales has published some of the “key adaptations” for recreational cricket’s return, “in conjunction with latest Welsh Government regulations and guidance”.

The guidance includes a need for individuals involved to “undergo a personal symptom check prior to matches and not take part if they demonstrate any Covid-19 symptoms”.

It also stipulates “players should socially distance – including not celebrating wickets with traditional high-fives”.

And like international cricketers, such as England and the West Indies players who are currently playing the first Test of their series, recreational players have been told not to use saliva to shine the ball.

Cricket Wales says “full guidance will be issued as soon as possible”.

Cricket clubs in Wales will hope to salvage part of the season even though most formal league competitions will not take place.

Professional and elite team sports have already been allowed to resume in Wales, providing safety protocols are followed.

Glamorgan returned to part-time training earlier this month following confirmation of county cricket restarting on 1 August.

BBC News