Cricket

Cricket returned to Tipton St John after 285 cricket-less days when Erratics arrived at a splendid looking ground in hot sunshine, writes Phil Hughes.

Last Saturday saw a number of East Devon-based cricket teams take to the pitch for the first time this season, albeit three full months after the weekend when they should all have begun playing.

Kilmington played for the first time on their new Memorial Ground wicket, winning a 35-over friendly with Uplyme & Lyme Regis by 67 runs.

Packed playing calendars and the onset of social distancing means England’s World Cup winning squad are unable to toast the anniversary of last year’s unforgettable Lord’s victory in person, but captain Eoin Morgan plans to get the gang back together sooner rather than later.

Sidmouth players from across the generations have been remembering long-serving clubman Alan Marsh, who has died aged 85, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.

Seaton skipper Ben Morgan cemented his name in the history books of the Court Lane outfit when he claimed the first wicket of the 2020 campaign, albeit taken by him knocking the stumps over with the third delivery of the term, sent down on July 11!

Bob Cope and George Southall-Brown bowled Ottery St Mary to an unlikely seven-run win in the derby warm-up game against Whimple, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.

Local cricket clubs are waiting to hear what plans the Devon Cricket League has for the remainder of the season.

East Devon-based cricket clubs will no doubt be waiting in anticipation for news to come from the Devon League with regard to what remains of the 2020 cricket season.

There will be cricket played locally this coming weekend (July 11 / 12) following news that cricket – albeit observing some strict guidelines – makes a welcome return!

Somerset duo Lewis Gregory and Tom Banton are amongst a 24-strong ‘behind-closed-doors training group’ named by England National Cricket Selectors who will go into camp at the Ageas Bowl next Thursday (July 16) ahead of the Royal London Series against Ireland starting on Thursday, July 30.

East Devon-based cricket clubs will no doubt be waiting in anticipation for news to come from the Devon League with regard to what remains of the 2020 cricket season.

There are lots of guidelines to be adhered to both for players and cricket clubs ahead of a return to 11-a-side matches being played. Amongst the guidelines are players to attend with their own hand sanitiser. Breaks to be had every six overs or 20 minutes for a hygiene break where all players sanitise their hand and the match ball is also sanitised.

Devon Cricket League captains have been having their say with regard to the expected return of league cricket in Devon from July 25 in line with Friday’s announcement from the ECB, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.

Clubs in the Tolchards Devon Cricket League should know by Friday (July 10) or Saturday (July 11) what sort of cricket they will be able to play once competitive action starts, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.

Following the news from the ECB that recreational cricket can return from Saturday, July 11, the Devon Cricket League are advising member clubs that they are hoping to run some form of cricket in what remains of then season, writes Stephen Birley.

With no cricket being played at local level - there is s Test Match being played next week between England and the West Indies - we have to rely on past action for our current cricket ‘fix’, writes Stephen Birley.

Recreational cricket is set to resume next weekend after Prime Minister Boris Johnson appeared to back-track on his earlier claim that issues surrounding communal teas and dressing rooms made the sport unsafe.

England’s final preparations for the long-awaited return of Test cricket were boosted on and off the field on Friday, with Sam Curran testing negative for Covid-19 and a handful of key batsmen spending important time at the crease.

With no cricket being played at local level - there is s Test Match being played next week between England and the West Indies - we have to rely on past action for our current cricket ‘fix’, writes Stephen Birley.

With no cricket being played at local level - there is a Test Match being played next week between England and the West Indies - we have to rely on past action for our current cricket ‘fix’, writes Stephen Birley.

Dom Bess is fully focused on locking down the title of England’s number one spinner but admits he first had to shake off some lockdown nerves, writes Rory Dollard of the Press Association.

The final day of June marked another birthday for a very special Tipton St John CC player.

Newcomers James Bracey and Dan Lawrence stole the spotlight as England’s leading red-ball players went head-to-head on day one of a rare intra-squad clash at the Ageas Bowl.

Ben Stokes will captain England for the first time in next week’s opening Test against the West Indies, taking over from regular skipper Joe Root as he takes time out for the birth of his second child.

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