We regret to inform you that under advice from the ECB the OCA has taken the decision to suspend the start of the season and that all clubs have been advised to suspend all cricketing activities until further notice, We realise this will come as a huge disappointment to some of our members but the health of our members & the general community must be our priority as a club. please see the statements from the OCA & the ECB below.

 

 

 

In light of the latest advice (see below) given by the ECB, the OCA Executive has taken the decision to suspend the start of the 2020 season indefinitely. We also echo the ECB guidance that clubs suspend all ‘….training, pre-season friendlies and any associated cricket activity.’

We will continue to monitor the situation over the coming weeks and pay close attention to updates/bulletins issued by central government and cricket’s own governing bodies. When there is something meaningful to announce, we will do so.

In the meantime, please continue to follow the advice in respect of public health guidelines https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Could you please pass this message on to all your club members and associated parties.

We understand there will be questions that clubs will want answers to and as many of these are likely to be similar could you please send any queries to the General Secretary over the next few days and we will endeavour to provide as many answers as we can in an FAQ document to all rather than respond to each question individually.

David Quinn                                  Ian Royle
OCA Chairman                               OCA General Secretary

 

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.