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Joe Lumb and Yorkshire Junior Cricket Festival Competitions CANCELLED for Season 2020

Joe Lumb and Yorkshire Junior Cricket Festival Competitions CANCELLED for Season 2020

It is with regret that we have been notified today that the Joe Lumb and YJCF competitions have been cancelled for season 2020 due to Covid-19


Statements from Chairman and Secretary of the Competitions are below

After much deliberation it was felt that the time has come to make a decision on this year's competitions. As outlined in the communication below from the Competitions' chairman, Derek Gregersen, the Management Committee has reluctantly  decided to cancel the 2020 festivals.




Andrew Clegg

Executive Secretary

Joe Lumb Cricket Competition

Yorkshire Junior Cricket Festival




I am sure that everyone knows of the disruption that the corona virus has had on our lives and sport in general.  It will therefore come as no surprise that reluctantly we have to inform you that the 2020 seasons Yorkshire Junior Cricket Festival and Joe Lumb competitions have been cancelled.


This decision has not been made without a great deal of thought.  Alternatives have been considered but at the basis of making this decision is the fact that we as a Committee have a duty of care towards not only the children participating but the parents, competition officials, umpires and others being involved in the games some of whom are in the vulnerable class themselves.


The ECB continue to advise on when the recreational game will start and the position is at present that it will continue to be suspended indefinitely until further notice.  This advice is to be reviewed on 28th May.  It is our opinion that the key to any advice on the covid19 virus centres on social distancing .   This certainly gives problems towards running the YJCF and Joe Lumb competitions in so far as  parents have to give lifts not only to their own children but others within the team also.  This makes travelling impossible without contravention of the social distancing advice.  In addition it is likely that the availability of grounds may be problematic as well as the availability of players due to parential concerns or club commitments.


For those who might doubt our decision below is an extract of the advices being given.  This is not a comprehensive list of the problems we face and we have not even considered the implications of weather.


“In summary:

  • You can exercise outdoors on your own, with members of your household or with one other person from outside your household while keeping 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.
  • Social distancing of at least two metres must be maintained at all times (unless all participants are members of the same household).
  • Only one-to-one coaching is permitted per session.
  • Nets should be used on an ‘every other’ basis, leaving one net free between nets.
  • Clubhouses can be reopened in a limited way for operational reasons (e.g. for access to first aid equipment) or for toilet access (see full guidance) but all communal areas including bar, changing rooms etc are to remain closed for general use.
  • Toilet facilities can be opened if the venue wishes, but particular care should be taken by those using them and those cleaning them. Where they are open, venues must ensure soap and water is provided.
  • No indoor activity at all.
  • We recommend using your own equipment if possible. If equipment is being shared, please follow UK Government’s guidance on the sharing of equipment.
  • No saliva or sweat should come into contact with the ball at any time.
  • Wash hands at home before and after using the outdoor facilities. Bring your own hand sanitiser where possible.


ECB is clear that outdoor facilities should only reopen if those responsible for them are ready to do so and they can do so safely, following public health guidance: no club should reopen their outdoor facilities if they feel unable to meet the requirements.


For clubs, you will need to have the following in place:

  • Properly maintained facilities.
  • A booking system for outdoor space or other means to manage access and demand.
  • The capability to advise individuals when booking 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.
  • A sanitation procedure between use/booking.
  • A representative of the club on site during the hours that the outdoor facilities are open for use
  • Closed signs should be displayed when facilities are not open (including where a club does not wish to or is not ready to reopen) to deter use by general public particularly where there is open access.
  • Updated signage and access points.


For individuals, you will need to:


  • Seek confirmation from the club that it has reopened and make a booking.
  • Check for symptoms of COVID-19. In line with current Government guidance, if you are symptomatic, living in a household with a possible COVID-19 infection or if you are classified as extremely vulnerable on health grounds, you should remain at home and follow Government guidance.
  • Avoid public transport if at all possible.”



I am sure that you will understand our decision which is based on looking after everyone involved in the game.  We will progress and hopefully we will be able to enjoy cricket next year.


Kind regards




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