Following extensive negotiations with Jersey Sport and the Government of Jersey, Jersey Cricket are happy to report that their Return to Cricket document has been approved and the return to training and modified games in groups of up to 40 will be allowed to commence from tomorrow 12th June 2020, with strict physical distancing and hygiene measures in place.
The Return to Cricket document included guidelines that allow for a return to full squad training and a return to a modified game at all age levels, under the Government Level 2 Safe Exit Framework. Jersey Cricket have received approval from the Government that these guidelines adhere to the Framework and are pleased to announce a proposed date for the official return to Cricket on the island.
Jersey Cricket have plans for the return to cricket educational - trial games which will take place on 20th June 2020 for the Jersey Post Weekend League teams and the 23 rd June 2020 for the Jersey Post Evening League teams.
These events will be all inclusive with two mixed sides formed by representatives from all five Jersey Post Weekend League clubs on the 20th June and two mixed teams formed from representatives from all Jersey Post Evening League Teams on the 23rd June. Both games will be specifically designed to educate the players, clubs and umpires in the new strict safety measures that are in place.
Following these two educational trial games, Jersey Cricket aim to commence the Jersey Post domestic leagues from the first weekend in July 2020. Craig Meredith, Jersey Cricket CEO, commented "We have been working extremely hard behind the scenes with our stakeholders, facility providers and Government to allow this safe return to happen, our priority is, and always will be, people's health and wellbeing. We will continue to liaise closely with Jersey Sport and react swiftly to any material changes made by the Government of Jersey as soon as they happen".
Jersey Cricket would like to thank Jersey Sport and the Government of Jersey for all their time, effort and help as well as all the key workers that are keeping our Island community safe in these difficult unprecedented times.