Garstang CC captain hopes questions can be answered

Garstang CC's Mark WallingGarstang CC's Mark Walling
Garstang CC's Mark Walling
Garstang CC skipper Mark Walling believes there are issues still to be addressed before Northern League clubs can contemplate any return to action.

The gradual easing of lockdown restrictions means Garstang, along with other clubs, have started to trial outdoor nets for members.

Even if clubs can play any kind of truncated season, perhaps focusing on cups rather than leagues, Walling does have some concerns.

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Having spoken before about what the make-up of the 2020 season would look like, he has a more basic question.

“One of the main issues is how are they going to umpire games?” he asked.

“Even if the lockdown regulations do get lifted, the majority of umpires are in that age bracket; the older ones who are more at risk.

“Are we going to have to umpire our own games? I don’t know how they are going to resolve that.

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“I don’t know what the league are thinking in that respect but it’s something they’ll have to address.”

Last week saw the England and Wales Cricket Board advise that domestic cricket will not be played before August 1 with the recreational game remaining suspended until further notice.

The ECB aims to keep talking with the Government on mapping out the future, including the chance of an earlier return for junior cricket