Although the opportunity to play competitive cricket remains uncertain, clubs were handed a boost when they were given the green light to commence outdoor training, subject to measures put in place by the Government along with the England and Wales Cricket Board.
Newly-promoted Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One outfit, Old Southendian & Southcurch, wasted little time in welcoming their players back to the nets, albeit in small, pre-organised groups at their Garon Park Ground.
Heading up the clubs return to training is Club Captain, Sam Hodgson: “It’s great news that we’ve been able to get back out there,” he told Yellow Sport.
“Our members have remained loyal to us during this difficult time – with many having already paid their annual membership fees in advance to help secure the clubs future – so it’s fantastic to now be able to offer them the chance to turn their arms over and feel bat on ball once again.
Hodgson added: “We’re particularly pleased because this allows us to resume working with our large youth section, for whom the absence of recreational sport, coupled with the closure of schools, has no doubt been particularly frustrating.
“These training sessions represent a positive first step in the right direction towards, hopefully, playing competitively again at some point later this summer.”