Spectators will be missing tomorrow when the opening matches in the 2021 Gordon Rigg Bradford Premier League are played.
Sadly, those hardy cricket followers who populate the benches around club grounds, sit on their own chairs or even the grass, plus those who watch from cars, are forbidden to attend matches played on private land at Step Two of the Government's Covid roadmap.
The only people who can watch are those patrons or customers who are in receipt of hospitality and are seated at a table and receive table service.
The Government approved guidance issued by the ECB this week came into force from April 12 and is not expected to be reviewed until May 17.
It means the first five rounds of league fixtures plus the first rounds of the cup competitions will all be played under the “no spectators” guidance.
League chairman David Young said: “I know people will be disappointed by this advice as spectators are very much part of the Bradford Premier League community."
“However, it is important that clubs get to grips with the guidance and understand how they can comply with the hospitality regulations which will enable a limited number of people to enjoy Bradford Premier League cricket."
“Let’s hope that by May 17 we can welcome back those people who derive great enjoyment from watching Bradford Premier League cricket. I will be lobbying both the Government and ECB to that effect”