Scarborough Beckett League cancel league schedule after latest ECB announcement

The 2020 Scarborough Beckett League campaign has been cancelled after the latest guidance was released by the ECB.

Monday, 15th June 2020, 4:35 pm
Updated Tuesday, 16th June 2020, 9:52 am
The 2020 SBL league campaign has been cancelled

The SBL were hoping to play half of their scheduled league fixtures from Saturday July 4, but that is no longer possible.

The SBL committee still hope to run some kind of cricket competitions this summer, pending more information from the ECB.

An email to member clubs said: "All of you will be aware of the recent ECB 'Roadmap for the Return of Recreational Cricket' (picture below).

The ECB's road map to a return to cricket

"As it is indicated that a move to Step 5, of the roadmap, will be dependent on the removal of social distancing measures, it can now be confirmed that it will be almost impossible for any League and Cup Competitions to go ahead in the traditional formats.

"This now means that no League programme can commence on Saturday 4th July, however the League Committee will readdress the situation if it changes and social distancing measures are removed.

"A move to Step 4, of the Roadmap, indicates the possibility of 'Adapted Gameplay' taking place, but this can only take place when Government guidance allows and it is medically safe to do so.

"The League are aware that further information from ECB, detailing Step 4, will be communicated toward the end of next week, so await to see what is detailed and what forms of 'Adapted Gameplay' can take place, along with potential timescales.

"Once exact details are confirmed all Clubs will be contacted requesting feedback and information, so it can then be ascertained Clubs, and players, views as to what structured cricket, if any, can possibly take place."