Hi everyone,

Firstly I hope that you and your families are safe and well. My apologies for the slight delay in this months Chairman’s Update but I was waiting on some good news from the Government and the ECB about recreational cricket which finally came yesterday (Friday 3rd July) announcing the restart from 11th July meaning competitive matches with adjustments to respect both hygiene and social distancing can start. What FANTASTIC news!

As I write there still remains some uncertainty around what this ‘adapted play’ in this new world of ‘social distancing’ will look like and we are awaiting detailed ECB Guidance to clarify this. Similarly we are also awaiting news from the League on likely playing structure for the remaining months of the season and this is not easy with consideration needed around travel and any ground or volunteering issues clubs may be facing into. The likelihood is that what ever is agreed will commence from the 25th July. I will of course keep you all updated on this.

As a Club I am pleased to say that your committee have plans well in hand to be able to allow matches to commence from the 11th July, subject to reviewing and implementing the additional ECB Guidance once received, and this will include the opening of a ‘restricted’ bar service. Rick, Jake, Stacey and George will now be proactively reaching out to mobilise all our players so that we are ready to go. Positively we have also agreed with our friends at Dorset CCC (Nick Eckland) to host a potential 50 over match against Devon CCC on Sunday 26th July.

Having said that plans are well in advance we still have a few jobs to sort around the ground like putting the sight screens back up and unrolling the boundary rope, so if any of you are available to support we are looking to pull a working party together on Sunday morning (5th July) to get these done. Mark will post further details on SPOND to canvass your support.

Away from Willis Lane the committee met ‘virtually’ again this month to ensure the safe and secure running of the Club. Here is an update on a few of the discussion points this month that I’d like to share to keep you all informed:-

1) Membership subscriptions – thanks again to those that have already paid. I’d particularly like to acknowledge and thank the large number of VPs that have paid their subscriptions. Your support is greatly appreciated and has helped keep the Club going over this difficult period. The Committee and I are working hard to arrange an event, a socially distanced one of course, at some point over the coming weeks to publicly thank you all so watch this space! With our membership remaining at the reduced sum of £20, to reflect the times and the availability of cricket, for the time being I would ask that those still to pay do so at your earliest convenience please so that you are fully covered by the Club’s insurance whilst at the ground. Also as I have previously referenced it will go some way towards supporting the Clubs on going costs at circa £600pm. A membership form and ways to pay can be found on our website.

2) Outdoor ‘all weather’ net facilities – with planning agreed and a sub committee set up we have agreed on a potential supplier/installer and are working through the final few details on funding before confirming a start date which we hope will mean it see’s some use maybe at the very back end of our extended season. A copy of the plan can be found on our website.

3) Youth Cricket – it was great to see some sessions with our younger members start a couple of weeks ago and build on the popular adult sessions that had been available.

4) Pavilion & grounds – with our lovely Pavilion now having been in situ since 2000 it’s become apparent that some TLC is needed and work has started on the replacement of broken roof tiles plus the removal and cleaning of the guttering to allow the painting of wood work. Similarly the magnificent Turkey Oak in the car park needs a trim, following the falling of some branches over the last couple of months, to keep it safe which is not as straight forward as you might think given it’s size and that we are in a conservation area. The committee have also been undertaking a review of the Pavilion Management Plan and supporting Risk Assessments to reflect the current COVID-19 position which will allow us offer a restricted bar service whilst ensuring the safety of our members.

Anyway I hope you’ve found the update useful and let’s keep our fingers crossed that the good weather returns to support our return to ‘adapted’ cricket. I will write out with further updates as they are known.

Thanks

Jules

Jullian Marshall-James
NPCC - Chairman

Following the recently updated Government and ECB advice about use of outdoor practise facilities as of Tuesday 9th June NPCC members will be to take part in both expanded net sessions and limited training or fitness sessions in groups of no more than six. Willis Lane will be continue to be available for these member sessions, which will need to booked, on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 4.30pm and 8.30pm. Outside of these days and times all outdoor practise facilities remain closed.

Below are the strict set of guidelines which must be adhered to, please read in full. Failure to follow these strict guidelines agreed by the ECB and the Government, plus the protocols put in place to support them by NPCC will result in opportunity to use the nets and take part in training or fitness sessions being withdrawn until further notice. Two nets and two training/fitness areas will be made available.

1. You must book a time slot at least 1 day before providing names and contact details of those members taking part wit. You will not be able to simply turn up as these session need to be recorded and managed within the ECB guidelines.
2. To book a slot please text or WhatsApp Rick on 07989 852798. Rick will then respond confirming your booking with a copy of the ECB guidelines as a reminder for your session and to check/confirm that no Covid-19 symptoms are evident.
3. You can undertake small group cricket activity, training or fitness in groups of no more than six (6) but must maintain social distancing at all times (2m apart) and use your own equipment.
4. You can net with a maximum of 5 other members (total 6 per net) from outside your household as long as you maintain and follow social distancing rules remaining 2m apart at all times.
5. You must use your own equipment including your own ball. Do not share. NPCC will not be providing any equipment as this would need to be sanitised after each individual session.
6. The Pavilion will not be opened but toilet facilities are available to enable you to wash your hands after each session along.
7. Initially net slots will be 50 minutes in length which allows a 10 minute break between sessions for the net to be sanitised by the users before the next session starts. Specifically users need to ensure they have sanitised any points of transmission, so contact points, like stumps for example. It does not mean the whole net area.
8. The gate to the club will be unlocked at 4-15pm and locked shortly after the last session.
9. A club official will be present to ensure adherence to the ECB guidelines.

For more details, please check information page

Please understand that this is the only way we can continue to safely provide some form of cricket at this present time. Thanks.

Jules

Jullian Marshall-James
NPCC - Chairman

Statement regarding the use of cricket nets

As of Tuesday 26th May the cricket nets at Willis Lane will be available for use by members of NPCC on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 4.30pm and 8.30pm. This availability may extend depending on popularity.

Below are the set of guidelines which must be adhered to, please read in full. Failure to follow these strict guidelines agreed by the ECB and the Government, plus the protocols put in place to support them by NPCC will result in opportunity to use the nets being withdrawn until further notice.

  1. You must book a time slot at least 1 day before. You will not be able to simply turn up as these session need to be recorded and managed within the ECB guidelines.

  2. To book a slot please text or WhatsApp Rick on 07989 852798. Rick will then respond confirming your booking with a copy of the ECB guidelines as a reminder for your session and to check/confirm that no Covid-19 symptoms are evident.

  3. You can net with a maximum 1 person from outside your household as long as you maintain and follow social distancing rules remaining 2m apart at all times.

  4. You can net in a group larger than 2 if every person is from your household. One person from outside your household cannot join this session

  5. You must use your own equipment including your own ball. Do not share. NPCC will not be providing any equipment as this would need to be sanitised after each individual session.

  6. The Pavilion will not be opened but toilet facilities are available to enable you to wash your hands after each session along.

  7. Initially slots will be 60 minutes in length which allows for the net to be sanitised by the users before the next session starts (wipes will be provided for use). Specifically users need to ensure they have sanitised any points of transmission, so contact points, like stumps for example. It does not mean the whole net area.

  8. The gate to the club will be unlocked at 4-15pm and locked shortly after the last session.

  9. Outside of these agreed times the nets should not be used and a ‘net closed sign’ will posted at the ground to highlight this to members.

Please understand that this is the only way we can safely provide some form of cricket at this present time.

For more information, check on the information page

Thanks

Jules

Jullian Marshall-James

NPCC - Chairman

The Association of Cricket Officials have launched online courses for anyone involved in cricket that are free of charge. In addition, scorers can follow Gloucestershire’s Sue Drinkwater deliver a series of live scoring demonstrations on a range of topics on YouTube.

It includes

Basics of Umpiring

This course is aimed at club umpires who just need to know the key laws and basic field craft and those players who umpire 5 or 10 overs at the weekend. For ages 13 and over.

Why not sign up by visiting

https://www.somersetcricketboard.co.uk/free-online-officials-training/

NPCC training sessions postponement

In line with the Government announcement asking everyone to limit unnecessary social contact it has been decided that we will be postponing all training sessions at Perrott Hill school until further notice and for the foreseeable future

100 Club Results

The June draw took place and as follows. It was Marks birthday as well

June    
£50 Mark Oppe 43
£25 Alan White 49
£10 Chris Ellis 17

Congratulations to all the winners and the disinfected cheques are in the post.
Hopefully some of the restrictions will be eased soon and we can get back to some form of normality (Socialising at Willis Lane)
Stay safe and happy social distancing.
Phil and Belinda Munden

May

  • £50 John Haines
  • £25 Geoff Restorick
  • £10 Neil Robinson

Previous winners

The monthly results will be published here and on the Spond members app. There will also be printed copies on both club notice boards.

There will be a campaign to attract new members.

If you are interested in joining, please contact Phil Munden for further details 07890 846166.

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100 Club winners

April

  • £50 Don Bird
  • £25 Wendy Ireland
  • £10 Phil Munden

March

  • £50 George Retter
  • £25 Mat Turner
  • £10 Will Frost

February

  • £50 Mark Downing
  • £25 Kevin White
  • £10 Brian Dening

January

  • £50 Darren Taylor
  • £25 George Johnson
  • £10 Cecelia Szczepanski

December

  • £50 Lorraine Szczepanski
  • £25 Mike Fagg
  • £10 Baz Retter