Following tonight’s statement from ECB that there will be no First Class cricket before May 28 the league has moved to Stage Two of its contingency plan.
That means all meetings cancelled and no cricket in April. I must add that I expect that there will be no cricket in May either.
In a letter to all clubs, chairman David Young said : "We will continue to review the situation on a daily basis.
"Our aim is to have cricket as soon as possible and go this end we will continue to plan for all scenarios.
"Following tonight’s announcement from the Prime Minister we are aware that bars will now close and this will put increased stress on clubs finances.
"I am pleased to announce two pieces of financial assistance. Firstly, the league will not be imposing an annual subscription charge of £50 this year and the Yorkshire Cricket Board is removing its deadline for Club Affiliation.
"Due to the rapidly developing situation, the YCB will review the issue of subscriptions and may set a new time frame when the picture becomes clearer. In view of the YCB announcement there are two options.
1 If you have already paid you can claim a full refund for your league subs and YCB affiliation fee by emailing your club’s bank details to firstname.lastname@example.org and Mick Varley will transfer the money back into your account.
2 If you haven’t already paid you have no need to take any action.
"We hope the two measures will assist with club cash flows at this testing time.
"Finally please make sure that you are up to date with the government’s assistance packages as you should be eligible for a 100% reduction in business rates and possibly an assistance grant. "
Sport England are also providing regular informationm for clubs through their website.