Cricketers will have to wait to pad up as early matches are cancelled due to coronavirus

Cricketers in the Thames Valley Cricket League are going to have to wait a while longer to pad up due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Sides in all nine divisions were due to return for the start of the league season on May 9, with net sessions and practice matches likely to have already been well underway.

However, those preparations have had to be put on hold due to the arrival of COVID-19 and stricture government rules on social distancing.

In line with ECB advice the league has take the decision to cancel the first three rounds of matches on May 9, 16 and 23.

It’s a similar story for clubs playing in the Home Counties Premier League where all cricket activities have been postponed until further notice. Further updates on the matter will be posted by the league when necessary.

A statement from the ECB said: “It is with sadness and reluctance that we recommend that all forms of recreational cricket are for now suspended. This extends to all training, pre-season friendlies and any associated cricket activity.

“It will be critical that any decisions we do make are medically-led. And we will continue to work with Government and their advisors to ensure we are informed by science in our decision making.”

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