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alba caerulea

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Re: Will the 2021 season happen?
« Reply #15 on: January 10, 2021, 10:26:33 PM »

Whether it has an impact or not is irrelevant if the government has restricted travel though. I don't think anybody is stupid enough to risk a large fine for breach of restrictions in order to play a game of cricket either.

So surely that applies for the early friendlies you are planning aswell?

If you are allowed friendlies you'll be allowed league fixtures. Cricket is cricket.

No idea where this imaginary mileage restriction has come from.

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Re: Will the 2021 season happen?
« Reply #16 on: January 10, 2021, 10:27:37 PM »

The new, highly transmissible strain of the virus that has lead us into another full on lockdown seems like a pretty good reason to think we might not be able to start cricket on time. I hope we do get cricket in April/May, but if the infections, hospital admissions and deaths aren't where they need to be then it won't happen.

I think it's also a fairly brave assumption to say all vulnerable groups will be vaccinated by then, given that proper protection requires both doses of the vaccine plus some additional time for it to take full effect. Doesn't leave a lot of leeway and nothing in the handling of the pandemic so far has exactly inspired confidence.

Looking at it purely from a cricket perspective, the fact that we are in lock down now is positive for April.  Also, whereas the Government has previously been caught between differing internal arguments as to how to approach this, they are now throwing all their eggs in the vaccination basket. 

I also have heard that the ECB has been told to prepare for a normal season.  No one can guarantee what the future will be but a full season seems the most likely outcome to me at this stage
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Re: Will the 2021 season happen?
« Reply #17 on: January 10, 2021, 11:53:38 PM »

So surely that applies for the early friendlies you are planning aswell?

If you are allowed friendlies you'll be allowed league fixtures. Cricket is cricket.

No idea where this imaginary mileage restriction has come from.

Not if you're playing local friendlies. In our league you could quite feasibly play teams whose grounds have 85 miles between them. If those fixtures can't be played due to travel restriction then it obviously impacts on the integrity of a full league season. Whereas with friendly games, it would be perfectly legitimate to restrict your games to clubs within a short distance of your club. Given that sharing cars is also currently not allowed in Scotland, it means that travel is feasible for everyone and not just those with their own transport.

The imaginary mileage restriction, as you put it, is based on the fact that the Scottish government has restricted travel between local authority areas for quite some time now. If I can't travel outside of my local authority area then I can't go to any clubs further away than about 5 miles. Hope that clears things up.
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Re: Will the 2021 season happen?
« Reply #18 on: January 11, 2021, 07:09:48 AM »

The honest answer is no one knows, this whole situation has had many peaks and troughs, not least the new variant. The best thing to do is to stay positive, stay safe, follow the rules and leagues/clubs plan well for the different possibilities so we are ready.

For me personally, I hope we at least are allowed our clubhouses open and full colts cricket played, they are the lifeblood of club a in terms of the future and income.
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Re: Will the 2021 season happen?
« Reply #19 on: January 11, 2021, 07:16:12 AM »

Not if you're playing local friendlies. In our league you could quite feasibly play teams whose grounds have 85 miles between them. If those fixtures can't be played due to travel restriction then it obviously impacts on the integrity of a full league season. Whereas with friendly games, it would be perfectly legitimate to restrict your games to clubs within a short distance of your club. Given that sharing cars is also currently not allowed in Scotland, it means that travel is feasible for everyone and not just those with their own transport.

The imaginary mileage restriction, as you put it, is based on the fact that the Scottish government has restricted travel between local authority areas for quite some time now. If I can't travel outside of my local authority area then I can't go to any clubs further away than about 5 miles. Hope that clears things up.

Ah I see. I had no idea you were in Scotland and no idea there was any mileage restrictions up there. I couldnt be further from you so dont pay much attention to the rules up there. No such restrictions so far where I am fortunately! I didn't know you weren't allowed to share cars either. Sounds closer to the rules enforced in Spain than over the border in England

Maybe if they had done that in England aswell the tier system might have worked
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Re: Will the 2021 season happen?
« Reply #20 on: January 11, 2021, 10:28:59 AM »

Ah I see. I had no idea you were in Scotland and no idea there was any mileage restrictions up there. I couldnt be further from you so dont pay much attention to the rules up there. No such restrictions so far where I am fortunately! I didn't know you weren't allowed to share cars either. Sounds closer to the rules enforced in Spain than over the border in England

Maybe if they had done that in England aswell the tier system might have worked

That's fair enough, can't say I have much of a grasp of the English rules other than the cross-border travel rules I deal with at work!

It's all been a bit of a mess but fingers crossed it gets resolved in time for a full cricket season. We had a really promising group of new players last year and would be gutted if most of them lost interest with no cricket available.
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Re: Will the 2021 season happen?
« Reply #21 on: January 26, 2021, 11:18:45 AM »

Just wondering if anyone has heard any more news on whats going on with the season ? Weve been told sanitizing breaks and no teas and likely end of may start with only half a season to be played depending on numbers, Also believe football hasnt been played for over 2 months now.
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Re: Will the 2021 season happen?
« Reply #22 on: January 26, 2021, 11:44:00 AM »

Just wondering if anyone has heard any more news on whats going on with the season ? Weve been told sanitizing breaks and no teas and likely end of may start with only half a season to be played depending on numbers, Also believe football hasnt been played for over 2 months now.

I sit on the Wilts league committee @it's_a_pudding - WEPL and all the associated feeders leagues (Wilts/Gloucs/Somerset/Bristol) are still being told to prepare for a full season so we're not expecting anything else just yet.

It's all going to depend on the vaccine rollout, ultimately if they can bring the current numbers down through this lockdown then in theory by May we should be in a better state than what we played through last season (low numbers but no vaccine etc).
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Re: Will the 2021 season happen?
« Reply #23 on: January 26, 2021, 12:09:27 PM »

Just wondering if anyone has heard any more news on whats going on with the season ? Weve been told sanitizing breaks and no teas and likely end of may start with only half a season to be played depending on numbers, Also believe football hasnt been played for over 2 months now.

In Cheshire all senior and junior leagues are preparing on the basis of all full season starting in mid-April.  Some fixtures are already out and the rest are in progress.

I think it is more likely likely not that sanitising breaks will remain and teas will be suspended for another year, but I am fairly confident that we will be playing. 
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Re: Will the 2021 season happen?
« Reply #24 on: January 26, 2021, 12:10:27 PM »

In Cheshire all senior and junior leagues are preparing on the basis of all full season starting in mid-April.  Some fixtures are already out and the rest are in progress.

I think it is more likely likely not that sanitising breaks will remain and teas will be suspended for another year, but I am fairly confident that we will be playing.

Mid-april feels pretty optimistic but fingers crossed!
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Re: Will the 2021 season happen?
« Reply #25 on: January 26, 2021, 01:31:14 PM »

Assuming lockdown through to Easter and continued progress with vaccination, then we should be in a position by mid April where we have warmish weather, low case numbers and ~50% of the population vaccinated, so there's no reason the season wouldn't start on time.

We have a full season schedule organised from mid April to mid September.

However I would plan for the same rules as last summer - wide running lines, no teas or changing rooms and sanitiser in your pocket, and groups of 6 at the pub afterwards.

Scientifically speaking, the sanitation breaks were pointless last year, the virus doesn't really spread via fomites but by directly breathing in exhalations at a critical level that is hard to reach outside anyway unless someone is talking straight into your face from less than 2m for a prolonged period. Cricket is about as safe a group activity as is possible to imagine. Most transmission is within workplaces and households.

The scientific community knew this last summer, even if government guidance remains confused.
 
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Re: Will the 2021 season happen?
« Reply #26 on: January 26, 2021, 01:40:15 PM »

Warmish weather in April, now that is optimistic 😂
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Re: Will the 2021 season happen?
« Reply #27 on: January 26, 2021, 02:08:59 PM »

Warmish weather in April, now that is optimistic 😂

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Re: Will the 2021 season happen?
« Reply #28 on: January 26, 2021, 03:11:49 PM »

Is there a chance they will try and ramp things up rather than open up the season as if it were normal conditions? e.g. Outdoor practice can start in April with limited numbers, no household mixing in nets etc. like we saw last year, team practice starting a few weeks later and then league seasons another couple of weeks after that.

Some leagues seem to be much more bullish/proactive than others so I can see some starting promptly but I can also see some leagues taking a cautious approach until they know the amount of fixtures that can be played. In my league there are a handful of clubs who share grounds and/or facilites with football and rugby clubs, could it be the case that the football and rugby seasons get restarted in the spring and choices about what gets played have to be made? When league seasons start and end aren't as straightforward as it may first seem.
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Re: Will the 2021 season happen?
« Reply #29 on: January 26, 2021, 03:26:57 PM »

Our league is assuming that an April start isn't happening. The assumption is for an end of May start with a reduced 14 week league programme. If games are allowed before then they have said that they'll assist teams in organising friendly pre-season matches.
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