A message from Dan Feist, Head of Cricket Operations, Essex Cricket
As we enter the final few hours of waiting for the first ball to be bowled on the Cricket grounds of Essex, I think we can all take this final moment of waiting to reflect on the journey that we have all been on as Volunteers, Players, Officials, Coaches along with the communities that the game is a key hub for.
I don’t think it needs many words at this time but to ask you all as you enter the field of play over the weekend, to take a moment and remember again the reasons that you all are so passionate for the game we all treasure. As the first of the team sports returning and building on the success that the game had in 2019, we all now have a responsibility to follow the guidelines that the ECB and Government have agreed but to also look at the ways we can encourage as many opportunities of play for all people.
Sports such as Golf and Tennis have seen an increase in members so it shows the potential we have over the next few weeks if we continue to work together as the cricket family. This is an ideal moment to thank the hard work of all the league volunteers who have worked tirelessly to keep clubs updated and look at the options for the return to play.
Along with this all of the club volunteers and grounds staff who have and will be working hard to support getting the game back up and running.
All it takes now is for me to wish you all the best and thank you again for your patience and support for the game, remember that the team is here to support you so please get in touch with any questions you may have.
A message from Anthony McGrath, Head Coach, Essex Cricket
It is fantastic news that we are allowed to start competitive cricket again. I know it has been frustrating but there is still plenty of time to make it a great cricketing summer.
I want to wish everyone the very best of luck for the coming weekend, I really hope you enjoy your return, but most importantly, please do stay safe and follow the guidelines.
NatWest Cricket Force 2020 returns
Just like previous years, NatWest Cricket Force is all about working towards a common goal but whilst the weather has been our main barrier in the past, this year we’ve got social distancing to contend with! As a result, NatWest Cricket Force will look a bit different this year as we and NatWest support you clubs in their return to cricket, and celebrate the moment when we can all come together as a community.
NatWest Cricket Force will take on three parts this year;
1). Equipping Clubs with PPE
2). Celebrating the Cricket’s return
3). Bringing the Community Together
Register for NatWest Cricket Force here.
Following the Guidelines
Guidelines on the following can be found on our COVID-19 Support and Resources web page.
– Match Guidelines
– Clubhouse Guidelines
– Umpire Guidelines
Click here to view the guidelines
Holding & Rainford-Brent share experiences of their struggles
Following the Black Lives Matters protests across the UK, both West Indies and England took a stance to show their support for the movement prior to the start of the first test. Michael Holding and Ebony Rainford-Brent speak passionately about ending institutionalised racism.
ECB take up Essex Cricket, Alternative Cricket tea scheme for the West Indies test.
Together in this Test
Second Test: 16 July
During the second Test, with the help of cricket clubs and local community groups, we will be raising awareness of, and helping tackle, food poverty in the UK through a Cricket Tea-A-Thon campaign in partnership with the Trussell Trust, a leading food poverty charity in the UK.
We will be hosting a virtual cricket tea event at ‘tea’ on day two of the second Test to get clubs, volunteers and families across the country sharing their own cricket teas on social media and encouraging them to donate products to clubs that have signed up as collection points.
• What do clubs need to do?
Clubs have the opportunity to register as Trussell Trust food collection points for food banks and we would love for as many to get involved as possible. All they need to do is sign up here.
During the match itself, we hope that clubs will encourage their members to host their own cricket teas, share pictures and videos across social media using the #CricketTea and encourage members of the cricket family to donate food to their local cricket club collection point.
If you have questions please contact the ECB by emailing here.
Ideas for Activating your Members
Playing and coaching, see the link to the ECB icoachcricket
Umpiring Inter League Challenge Launches
Essex Cricket in the Community have been working closely with the ECB and Essex Association of Cricket Official (ACO) to create a brand new recruitment drive for budding umpires across the region – Here
Umpires Inter-League Recruits Table
The Safeguarding section on the Essex Cricket Community website has been updated should there be any queries particularly around obtaining a DBS, Social Media, CWO training and support.
Covid-19 Webinar Series
These webinars can be viewed on the COVID-19 Club Support & Resources page of the website by clicking here.
All Webinars can be viewed on YouTube by clicking here.
Return to Cricket Webinar
You can view the Return to Cricket Webinar here.
Current Government Advice
All the latest details can be found via: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus