Update on use of facilities at The Strand

Update on use of facilities at The Strand

Use of the Artificial Net and Outfield facilities at the Strand

Following the ECB guidance (Roadmap for the Return of Recreational Cricket issued on 10 June 2020 – click here to view), we have reviewed the provision of cricket facilities at the Strand and are now able to offer the opportunity for small groups (of no more than 6 people) to train together.

This option will be available for booking from today.

The ECB have reiterated that they have an absolute ambition to get cricket played as soon as it is safe to do so. The safety and wellbeing of the cricket family is their number one priority and that is why they are being led by government and medical advice at every point. Therefore, they will only
move forward when it is safe to do so and supported by government and medical experts.

We have made changes to the previous arrangements to enable those using the facilities at the Strand to comply with the Government guidance and maintain social distancing. This includes marking in the nets to allow players waiting to bowl to social distance and updating the signage.

One of the outdoor artificial nets at the Strand and the use of the outfield are currently available for use. We expect to have a grass wicket available soon once the weather has improved.

More than one group of 6 can train at the same time provided they are kept separate, and ensure that they maintain social distancing and observe the strict hygiene measures.


The use of the nets and outfield to play cricket is for members only and they must be booked in advance.

The sessions can be booked between 9am and 8pm

Bookings will start on the hour and run for 50 minutes, to allow for a 10 minute change over period before the next session starts.

Bookings can be made by contacting Neil Stentiford on 07957 828 891

The bookings will be available for all members – soft and hardball

We will monitor demand to consider whether any changes need to be made to the arrangements.  We will let you know of any changes in advance of making them.

Use of the net

Access to the net is blocked off and it will only be opened up during the advertised times

Only one net can be used

A maximum of six people from different households can use the net at the same time.  There is no restriction for people from the same household

Rules for using the nets are on display.  This includes ensuring that the users follow social distancing

We will not open the pavilion and no changing facilities are available

A first aid kit will be available

Volunteers will be on site to supervise the use of the nets during the designated times.  If you would like to volunteer to help, please contact Neil Stentiford

The rules must be followed, otherwise there is a risk that the use of the net will be withdrawn

Use of equipment

Players must use their own equipment.  The Club will not be providing it

We can source net balls and slingers, so please let us know if you are interested in purchasing these items

No saliva or sweat should come into contact with the ball at any time

Safeguarding message for junior members

Helmets with a faceguard must be worn when batting against a hard cricket ball in the nets

An abdominal protector (box) must also be worn when batting, together with pads and gloves

With only 2 players in the nets please be sensible about how much fast bowling you do

The ECB fast bowling directives are as follows

 up to u13s max 5 over spells and a total of 10 overs in a day maximum;
 u14s and u15s its 6 over spells and a total of 12 overs a day maximum.

Make sure you take breaks and stay hydrated

Coaching and squad training

The recent changes mean that we are able to open up coaching sessions for our junior, women and girls and senior players.

More details will be issued by the coaches once the arrangements have been finalised.

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