Resumption of recreational cricket practice

The Christleton Cricket Club committee have given a cautious welcome to the ECB announcement that, in line with the latest HMG guidelines, outdoor exercise to include cricket net practice can now be undertaken. Club volunteers have worked hard to make sure our facilities are ready and safe for members who wish to exercise in nets, and the booking system is now setup and open for members to book their session.

The nets can only be used by Cricket Club members who have paid the current nominal subscription for 2020 – subscription details and an online payment method are available here: Membership 2020

As you will undoubtedly expect, there are stringent rules in relation to hygiene and social distancing and these rules MUST be followed at all times for the health and safety of everyone.

ECB Guidance

HMG’s adjusted lockdown restrictions provide an opportunity for the use of outdoor cricket nets for the purpose of undertaking, subject to the following conditions

  1. You can exercise outdoors with members of your household or with one other person from outside your household while keeping at least two metres apart at all times. You must only exercise in groups of no more than two people, unless you are exercising exclusively with members of your household.
  2. Social distancing of at least two metres must be maintained at all times (unless all participants are members of the same household)
  3. Only one to one coaching is permitted per session.
  4. Net lanes, should be used on an ‘every other’ basis. At Christleton, only one net will be in use.
  5. The pavilion can be opened in a limited way for operational reasons (e.g. for access to first aid equipment) but all communal areas including bar, changing rooms etc are to remain closed for general use.
  6. Toilet facilities can be made available providing there is sufficient provision to wash hands after use. At Christleton the toilet facilities will NOT be open so please ensure you use your own facilities before attending your practice session.
  7. No indoor activity can take place at all.
  8. We recommend using your own equipment. if possible. If equipment is being shared, please follow UK government guidance on the sharing of equipment.
  9. No saliva or sweat should come into contact with the ball at any time. Do not spit at any time.
  10. Wash hands at home before and after using outdoor facilities. Bring your own hand sanitiser where possible.

The full guidance can be accessed here:

ECB Full guidance on the resumption of cricket practice

ECB FAQ’s on the use of facilities

To comply with the ECB’s requirements CCC has:

  1. a booking system for outdoor space (nets only). There needs to be 15 minutes between bookings;
  2. the capability to advise individuals when booking that to check for symptoms of COVID-19 and in turn to advise individuals when booking that – in line with current Government guidance – if they are symptomatic, living in a household with a possible COVID-19 infection or if they are classified as extremely vulnerable on health grounds, they should remain at home and follow Government guidance;
  3. a representative of the club on site during the hours that the outdoor facilities are open for use;
  4. clear signage to show when he facilities are not open; and
  5. updated signage to show current bookings and whether nets are open or closed.

By wishing to go ahead and use the net facilities you MUST ensure that:

You have paid the 2020 nominal membership fee;
you have made a valid booking;
you have checked for symptoms of COVID-19;
you have avoided public transport if at all possible; and
you undertake to comply with the ECB Guidance set out above

Initial opening times are Mon-Fri 4pm till 8pm (last booking 7.00pm) and Saturdays 10.00am till 6pm (last booking 5pm).  There are some adjustments to these timings on certain days to allow essential grounds maintenance to be done.
There can be no unauthorised use of the nets at any other time.

Check availability & make a booking here