Pleased to be playing again after cricket's resumption

  • Tuesday, 28 July 2020 10:24
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Longridge CC’s Ian Simpson is happy to be back in action after they started the new season with consecutive wins.


Nick Wilkinson’s players have posted comfortable victories over Preston and Kirkham and Wesham in the one-off competition replacing the Northern League and Palace Shield for 2020.

It sees them second in the early Group B table, behind Fulwood and Broughton, ahead of this Saturday’s trip to Garstang.

“It hasn’t been a bad start,” Simpson acknowledged of the first two outings.

“However, when the fixtures came out, I think we kind of expected to be where we are at this stage.


“It’s been good to blow the cobwebs off and everyone has chipped in over the past two games.

“We’re all enjoying being back and it’s a lot better than being sat at home doing nothing so fair play to the administrators for sorting something out – even if I don’t agree with one particular protocol.”

The guidance laid down for a return to cricket includes a lengthy list of what clubs can and cannot do.

It includes players remaining socially distanced while on the field, using their own equipment where possible and avoiding the use of saliva or sweat to polish the ball.


Simpson said: “I don’t agree with not opening the changing room because we know about social distancing – and getting changed on the side of the pitch away from spectators is awkward!

“The umpires have been pretty good at reminding us about sanitising but the guidelines seem to change every week and they might say we can change.

“I hope they do because not being able to shower is horrible.

“The only other thing we’re struggling with is, especially at home, is staying in your ‘bubble’ so no-one can socialise with you.

“We have people who want to chat with you so that’s tough to deal with but, so far, the playing side of it has been absolutely fine.”

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