Surrey Championship Update

Surrey Championship Update

By News Editor
28 June
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Return to Cricket


There is no confirmed date for recreational cricket to resume but at this point, we would like to be ready to play league fixtures from Saturday 25th July.
Surrey Championship

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The key points are also copied below :
Q: When will league cricket start?
A: There is no confirmed date for recreational cricket to resume but at this point, we would like to be ready to play league fixtures from Saturday 25th July.

Q: If our club is ready to play cricket before league competitions, what then?
A: Depending on when the government allows match-play to start, clubs may have time for, and welcome, a couple of weeks of friendlies with local opposition and old rivals. Other sections of your club will also want cricket we are certain.

Q: The ECB have advised against significant travel for games. What measures are being put in place to minimise travel?
A; We will create brand new regionalised divisions for all current 1st & 2nd teams (across both the Surrey Championship and Surrey County League). In this model, both teams will be playing the same opposition on the same weekend, one home the other away.

Q: How will the fixtures be created if we can’t play existing planned matches?
A: We will create new fixtures, to be played on Saturdays by default. By agreement of the clubs, these can also be played on an alternative date but we do not intend to schedule games on Sundays or the August Bank Holiday Monday to extend our competition. We want to support clubs in organising other cricket which meets the needs of the whole membership including Juniors, Ladies, other leagues and so on.

Q: If we can raise more than 2 teams, what options are there for those players?
A: Centrally organising 3rd, 4th or 5th team games in such a tight timescale is significantly challenging with too many unknowns at this point. Clubs are encouraged to think about using the provided divisional structure, once published, to arrange cricket, perhaps on 2nd grounds or Sundays. It might be that the leagues can help identify clubs with additional teams to help strike fixtures. At the same time, we also wish to avoid putting pressure on clubs who may not be able to raise more than 2 teams easily.

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