Devon County Seniors Cricket Club

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Could County Cricket be the first to allow spectators to attend live matches?

Director of Cricket at Sheffield Collegiate, Nick Gaywood asks "If the BARS can open on the inside, why can't we play CRICKET on the outside"... fair point?

Or has it been tarred by the Prime Minister commenting that a cricket ball is a "vector for disease" ...

Bring back club cricket!

On a normal summer Friday night, Sheffield Collegiate, the club which produced England batsmen Joe Root and Michael Vaughan, would be packed full of about 130 boys and girls trying to imitate their heroes. Instead the scene is a very different one, the coronavirus pandemic having brought about a peculiar-looking summer and the Government deciding, for now, to keep recreational cricket's return on ice.

“It's really frustrating,” Nick Gaywood, the club's director of cricket, says. “Kids are missing out on a year - maybe their last year in an age group or before they go away to university. It is just a real shame.”

Like other cricket clubs throughout the land, Sheffield Collegiate have adapted as best they can. The club has run regular quizzes; WhatsApp groups have shared fitness and cricket practice tips....

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Peter Shephard & Dave Gambie with Keith White MBE, Managing Director of 'Michael Spiers', Devon County Seniors Cricket Club's major sponsor 2018 and onwards.