Over recent weeks the Wiltshire Youth Cricket League has been readying itself for the return of recreational Cricket, including conducting surveys to gauge interest in organised competition and holding meetings with the Cricket Board to discuss ideas and formats for a shortened 2020 season.
All of this preparation has meant that the WYCL has been able to spring in to action since the Government's announcement on 3rd July that recreational cricket could return. The result of this is that the League has now confirmed its entrants for league divisions that will run at Under 11s, 13s and 15s age groups. At each age group the league has set up new localised (where possible) divisions with fixtures due to commence as early as this coming Sunday, 19th July for some age groups.
Much praise and thanks must go to the League committee and in particular Paul Rowson who has led on the dialogue with clubs and has created the new divisions and fixtures in an incredibly short period of time so that young cricketers across the county can benefit from as much Cricket as possible this summer.
Message from WYCL issued to clubs on 12th July 2020:
WYCL Return to Cricket League 2020:
Divisions and the initial version of the fixtures are attached.
The fixtures are also now shown on the league’s website https://www.wycl.org.uk/ .
Please note the following:
- Clubs can rearrange any fixtures they wish including any lost to the weather.
Matches can be played at any time.
After agreeing a rearrangement with the opposition, please update promptly the date and venue using the ‘Reschedule fixture’ link in the ‘fixtures’ tab of the website.
There is no need to contact the WYCL Administrator (Paul Rowson).
Please use the website to view the latest version of the fixtures including rearrangements.
- The default format for all games is 11 a side T20.
However, by mutual agreement, different formats can be played (e.g. U11 8 a side ECB Hardball, 10 a side, and longer limited over games in the U13 and U15 age groups).
- All matches must operate within the ECB guidelines on playing cricket in a COVID-19 safe manner.
- The primary objective is to get the game on and give as many youngsters as possible the opportunity to derive enjoyment from playing cricket again in a safe and secure environment.
- Match points are 2 for a win and 1 for a tie with positions determined by average points per game; no bonus points are available.
If two or more teams are level on average points, the total number of wins will determine their position. If still equal the result between the teams will be the determinant.
- Please ensure that all relevant youth coaches/managers have user accounts for the website and are familiar with entering results, rescheduling fixtures, and looking up contacts’ details for other clubs.
Please also ensure that the contacts shown on the website for your club are up to date and amend if necessary.
- Please enter results and rescheduled fixture dates promptly on the website.
- If any clubs require cricket balls then please get in touch.