NEMWCL The North-East Mid-Week Cricket League 2020

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Progress towards Play

 (Posted On Fri 5 June, 2020)

Some progress towards playing the game of cricket (remember it?) can be made with restrictions as updated by ECB below.

The NEPL have been meeting to try to bring forward the anticipated August 1st start schedule for senior games to take place.

Perhaps there can still be at least a few weeks for mid-week cricket this season?!

Consistent with UK Government guidance, published on 1 June 2020 relating to the phased return of outdoor sport and recreation in England, the following applies to outdoor cricket:

• For all activity, social distancing of at least two metres must be maintained at all times (except between members of the same household).
• Playing cricket individually is permitted e.g. practice of individual cricket skills or fitness activities
• Playing cricket with people living in your household is permitted.
• Small group cricket activity, training or fitness in groups of no more than six (6), is permitted, keeping two (2) metres apart at all times.
• Cricket coaches, can now undertake small group sessions of up to six (6) people including the coach (1:5) and they must comply with ECB safeguarding policies (as well as being able to conduct one-to-one coaching).
• Nets should be used on an ‘every other’ basis, leaving one net free between nets. Note that for nets within a security fence, occupancy numbers could be limited by social distancing requirements.
• It is permissible for two or more groups of six (6) to train at the same time provided they are kept separate, and social distancing and strict hygiene measures are observed. However, clubs should carry out a risk assessment to determine the maximum capacity for their facility that can be achieved safely whilst maintaining social distancing and not exceeding the current limits on training group size.
• 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 and they are cleaned regularly.
• No indoor cricket 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. Players should stick to using one ball in training either by bringing their own or being assigned a numbered ball that is cleaned in between sessions.
• No saliva or sweat should be applied to the ball at any time.
• Wash hands at home before and after using the outdoor facilities. Bring your own hand sanitiser where possible.

Online Courses

 (Posted On Fri 1 May, 2020)

One way of making progress with your skills during the continuing Lockdown is an online umpire or scorers course.

ECB Association of Cricket Officials has created a range of free online courses for aspiring umpires and scorers. The courses are a great way for people to use the current downtime to learn a new skill or brush up on their knowledge.

Basics of Umpiring – This course is aimed at umpires who simply want to learn the fundamental laws and basic field craft and those players who umpire 5 or 10 overs at the weekend. Book now here:

Umpire Stage One – This course is designed to give an overview of the basic Laws of the game as well as providing information on how to apply them and introduce the principles of field craft and match management. This course is an ideal introduction for new club umpires, a refresher for existing umpires and the first step for those who aspire to umpire at higher levels. Book now here:

Basics of Scoring – This course is designed to provide all the skills needed to start scoring. The course covers the basics of scoring a game of cricket such as scoring symbols, umpire signals, dismissals and gives a helpful overview of the laws of the game. Book now here:

If you have any queries, please contact Karen Cassidy or
Martin Gentle Alternatively please contact our generic email address here

Will there be 2020 Lexit?

 (Posted On Mon 6 April, 2020)

In case anyone has been asleep for the past 100 days, all cricket activities are on hold and there is no meeting tonight!

Actions from the AGM way back in February were all acted on by the Management Committee and the scorecards and Handbooks were printed off before the Lockdown. Now we all have to await Lexit and take guidance from the ECB and the senior leagues as to if/when a part 2020 season may be attempted.

In the meantime we must all follow guidelines and have extended patience.

The Management Committee wish all our players and supporters well in this difficult time and hope you and your families can all stay safe and be well prepared for resuming activities when permitted.

Advice from the ECB

 (Posted On Wed 18 March, 2020)

With regret we have now received instructions from the ECB to which we must strictly adhere. This may be downloaded here.

The meeting planned for 6th April is thus cancelled. However, I am offering to post out a Handbook to any of our members or associates who would like one to read. Please send an email request to with address, including of course a postcode.

The Management Committee will continue to monitor the situation as regards a partial season and keep you informed.

Depending on when a start might possibly be made this could be a half season or ONLY the cup/plate or …

Regards to all and stay safe.
for and on behalf of the Management Committee

Download ECB Advice

Update to Handbooks Meeting Monday April 6th.

 (Posted On Tue 17 March, 2020)

Concerning this meeting, the Management Committee are monitoring the national situation and advice as it develops. The Handbooks and scorecards are ready for distribution but holding a full meeting is looking increasingly unlikely. Certainly there will be no fines for absentees!

The meeting will be held at Blue Flames, Benton with a 7:30pm start. Ian Wardle will attend.

The Handbooks, scorecards and other information will be distributed and the draw made for the First Round of the Just Sport Cup.

Reminder that Just Sport are offering match balls at special prices to members in addition to a full range of equipment. Some news of their clothing offers is attached.

Download Agenda
Download Just Sport Clothing

more league news ...
  Progress towards Play
(Fri 5 June)
  Online Courses
(Fri 1 May)
  Will there be 2020 Lexit?
(Mon 6 April)
  Advice from the ECB
Download ECB Advice
(Wed 18 March)
  Update to Handbooks Meeting Monday April 6th.
Download Agenda Download Just Sport Clothing
(Tue 17 March)
more league news ...