After a long wait, the ECB finally allowed recreational cricket to commence from the middle of July subject to strict guidelines. Suddenly a normal Wisborough Green summer began to emerge although strict rules of distancing, sterilising the ball after every over, cleaning hands after 6 overs, and ‘bring your own tea’ added a new dimension for our first intra club game of the season.
The relaxation of the lockdown rules unfortunately came a week too late for a League season to be organised for junior or senior teams, but competitive cricket will return in August with a Cup competition for the senior teams and matches for our colts being arranged for most age groups.
As ever the Club welcomes new members, even though we may only have 6 weeks of cricket left, opportunities to play will be there for juniors and senior players alike. Training sessions within the guidelines allowed will continue through the holiday period to the end of August so please visit our website wisboroughgreencc.co.uk for more details.
Stoolball season is cancelled!
Unfortunately due to the current situation Stoolball England decided to cancel the League Season and therefore no league matches will take place. The West Division decides that Stoolball clubs could take part in friendly matches – however with the restrictions in place it is challenging. The team members have roles in the NHS on the front line, in wards and as care workers. In addition many have continued to work in schools and colleges – therefore there is a need to self distance. The team will continue to monitor the situation and if there is an ability to play we will do so – however currently the Stoolball England guidelines only allow for a maximum of 30 players at a tournament. As many of you will have witnessed, we have over 110 players to our tournament – therefore with the restrictions it is not feasible for us to have our tournament this year.
We hope that we will be able to play later in the autumn.
Like many other walks of life and sports, football is one adapting to the current situation while trying to get back to some sort of normality.
We have been socially-distanced training for a number of weeks – earlier in fact than pre-season would normally start and numbers have been just as good if not better than in previous years, no doubt a reflection of being stuck indoors for weeks.
Next season the club will have a new look with the focus of getting back to basics. For the first time in many years, we will be running just one side, which will play in West Sussex Football League Championship Division North. For a few seasons, we have battled to put a second XI together and last year, while hugely successful, the team towards the end of the campaign – which was cut short due to the pandemic and awful weather – had very few players from the village.
For the upcoming season, we are looking to get a better community, local and social feel to the club and bring back the focus of enjoying our football again. We have a number of exciting new ideas in the pipeline as well as a new major sponsor on board – with more to be announced soon on both counts.
Currently we are back training on the Green from 6.30pm on Wednesday, followed by a drink at either The Cricketers Arms or the Pavilion. All new and old players welcome.
Contact Ollie Berry on 07753 392891 for more details.
Clare Steere, WGS CIO Secretary