South Notts Cricket League to return from Saturday after approval from English Cricket Board
Groundskeepers across the district will have their work cut out for them after a quick turnaround for cricketers.
Numerous clubs had faced the reality that it would be a summer without their beloved sport, but following the relaxation of restrictions from the government, which were quickly followed up by the English Cricket Board, weekends will now be spent batting, bowling and fielding again.
The South Notts Cricket League has split its playing order into ten, eight-team divisions and each side will play each other once in a mini-league format.
Fixtures will run every weekend from Saturday until August 29.
The Newark Cricket Alliance has also adopted the mini-league approach, and will consist of four divisions.
Fixtures in the Alliance start on Sunday and run until August 30.
Martyn Hill, of Farndon CC, who have two sides in the SNL and one side in the Alliance, said having already played in an inter-club friendly at the weekend, there was a massive buzz for the return of competitive action.
Charles Lucas, secretary at Collingham CC, said: “Everybody is delighted to be back playing cricket, that is the overriding feeling.
“There hasn’t been a huge amount of practice and it would have been nice to get a little bit more notice to prepare.
“However, anything is better than nothing and that’s the view most clubs will take I feel.”
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