Garstang CC players get set for their return to training

Garstang CC chairman Michael Walling believes this week’s return to sport will be a boost for everyone ahead of the new season.

Monday, 29th March 2021, 4:45 pm
Garstang CC's Michael Walling Picture: Tim Gilbert/Preston Photographic Society

The Garstang players had been due to meet up on Monday, which saw the next step on the road out of lockdown.

That allows them to start preparations for the upcoming Northern Premier Cricket League campaign, due to begin on Saturday, April 17.

Walling said: “We can practice in certain group sizes but it will just be good to see people again.

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“In a selfish way, it’s going to work well for cricket because it’s the next stage of lockdown being lifted and cricket is starting.”

The England and Wales Cricket Board had published a roadmap earlier this month for the sport’s return.

The next step, which is due to be decided next Monday, April 5, includes whether teams will be able to play matches in front of spectators.

If allowed, that wouldn’t happen earlier than April 12: perfect timing for the start of the new season.

Walling believes that there shouldn’t be any issue given that spectators could easily spread out around grounds.

He said: “Whether we can have spectators, I obviously don’t know yet.

“People can go and sit in a park while we don’t get that many spectators down to cricket – on a good day it’s about 50 or 75.

“At cricket, people can sit around the ground in a socially-distanced way and, hopefully, it will be a bit of normality.”

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