Farndon Cricket Club one of few teams in Nottinghamshire to host inter-club match
One of the first post-lockdown cricket matches in the district took place at Farndon on Saturday as the club prepared for the return to competitive action.
An inter-squad friendly saw more than 25 players turn out at Farndon Playing Fields, wasting no time in returning to the field of play.
Farndon first-teamer Martyn Hill said there was a real excitement around the club on the day.
“We had plenty of interest, which is nice to know that we aren’t struggling for numbers given what is happening,” he said.
“We had an unbelievable amount of people watching us play as well.
“I would actually say it was the most spectators we have had for a while, which shows people are happy something was on for a change.”
The sides were a mix of first and second team players, which made up team A, who batted first, and set a target of 116 after their 20 overs.
Hill, who played for team B, said his side managed to come out on top, sealing the win in the 20th over.
However, he explained there was a bit of confusion with the score, given they didn’t use the scoreboard for fear it would breach covid-19 rules.
The government announced the sport could return from Saturday, but the English Cricket Board (ECB) did not announce its health and safety guidelines for recreational cricket’s return until Thursday.
“We have a pulley scoreboard and technically it is sharing equipment so we ended up shouting the scores every five overs,” said Hill.
“We aren’t sure where we stand with that.
“We are waiting to hear back from the league.”
League action resumes on Saturday and Sunday and all three of Farndon’s teams have a fixture.
Hill said the players were enthusiastic about the season’s return — albeit a shorter than usual campaign.
“It was actually a nice pace and the game flowed quite well (on Saturday),” said Hill.
“I was pleasantly surprised.
“I was worried it was going to be a bit of a nightmare to get going, but we are all looking forward to playing now.”
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