Possible effects of CORVID 19 on the 2020 season

History

Following the formation of the Southern League (SL) in 1969, a general inquiry in 1970 initiated by Noel Fisher showed a widespread interest among clubs tired of the surfeit of draws in ‘friendly’ cricket and looking for a competitive edge with rewards, in the form of promotion, for success.

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The Hampshire Cricket League Management Committee met via a video conference last night to discuss the 2020 cricket season.  The ECB statement regarding the 2020 season suspended all cricket for the foreseeable future.  We have decided that if restrictions are lifted and sport is given the go ahead to resume by the end of June then the HCL will complete the rest of the 2020 League season with promotion and relegation being administered.  Division 1 promotion to SPCL would have to depend on the SPCL 2020 arrangements.

If the restrictions are lifted after the 30th June there would be no competitive League matches with no promotions or relegations and the same format would go to 2021 season.  We would then recommend and ask clubs to play their remaining fixtures as friendlies and bring some normality back to a devastating period.

We propose to store the match balls that you have ordered securely, and details of how these will be distributed will follow.  The handbook is ready  to go to print  but we will delay the printing of it until we know more.

I wish all players and officials, and their families keep safe and well during this next few uncertain months and hopefully get back to cricket before too long.

Denis Emery

Chairman