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Clash Of Roses Cricket Match Won't Be Played At Scarborough

Scarborough Cricket Club

Published at 10:33am 24th April 2020. (Updated at 2:02pm 24th April 2020)

The clash of the roses county championship match later this year will not be played at Scarborough Cricket Club.

The England Cricket Board announced today that all professional games will not be played in England and Wales until at least 1st July.

North Marine Road has been closed in accordance with the government’s ongoing advice during the nationwide lockdown.

Scarborough Cricket Club say they have taken the decision to ‘furlough’ its administration staff due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The club say volunteers will carry out only necessary tasks during this lockdown period.

In a statement on its website, it said:

"At this unprecedented time, we have taken this positive step to protect Scarborough Cricket Club at a time when it has no income stream.

By taking advantage of the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, we are able to preserve jobs at the club during such a difficult financial period.

The Club’s Ticket Office and Club Shop (including online sales) will not be in operation until further notice.

Hospitality sales and queries will not be taken during this time.

Difficult decisions have been made to protect the long-term well being and stability of the club.

The latest information that we have from the ECB is that professional cricket will not be played in England and Wales until at least 1 July.

This means that the first county championship match scheduled to start on 14 June between Yorkshire and Lancashire will now not take place.

We have no further updates on the other county fixtures scheduled for the remainder of the summer at this point in time.

Refunds for cancelled games and other events will be made once the staff are back at work.

Thank you for your patience and understanding at this unprecedented and traumatic time for our business and our country.

Stay safe, and we will contact you once there has been a successful resolution to this awful pandemic."

Bill Mustoe, Vice President of Scarborough Cricket Club, said:

"I think it's a great shame the Roses game, the first for decades to be held at Scarborough and the interest was phenomenal, bookings were great. 

But we have to accept that we're in a very much unprecedented situation and the safety of everyone is paramount; players, umpires, spectators are everybody in the community.

We've been given an indication by Yorkshire that they will look to give us the Roses game next year, which is obviously great news because I just think it's a fabulous venue to hold that kind of fixture.

Certainly the initial interest that we were getting, way back in February, I've never seen anything like it."

Bill has been speaking to Yorkshire Coast Radio's Matthew Pells:

 

ECB Chief Executive Officer, Tom Harrison, said:

“Our role as a national governing body during a crisis of this scale requires us to carefully plan alongside cricket’s stakeholders and supporters to attempt to overcome COVID-19’s impact on this season.

As much as we remain hopeful that we can deliver some cricket this summer, we are in the midst of a worldwide crisis and our priority – over and above the playing of professional sport – will be to protect the vulnerable, key workers and society as a whole. 

That’s why, simply put, there will be no cricket unless it’s safe to play. Our schedule will only go ahead if Government guidance permits.

Our biggest challenge, along with other sports, is how we could seek to implement a bio-secure solution that offers optimum safety and security for all concerned.

The guidance we receive from Westminster will help us shape how we deliver this.

Our plan is to reschedule international matches as late as possible in the season to give the best chance of play.

The Vitality Blast will also now occupy the latest possible season slot to offer as much time as possible to play a County short-form competition.

I want to thank everyone involved in this complex and sensitive work.

There have clearly never been times like this and my colleagues at the ECB and across the game have been exemplary in this period.

It has been refreshing, but not surprising, to see how cricket has come together.”

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