Sussex Cricket League has had 'massive response' to the August Cup - here are all the details

The Sussex Cricket League has had a 'massive response' to the August Cup.

Thursday, 9th July 2020, 2:11 pm
Updated Thursday, 9th July 2020, 2:12 pm

The cup has been introduced after the league season was cancelled with no relegation or promotion.

The format of the August Cup, following the release of the ECB playing guidance, will be 40 overs per side win/lose. Groups will be six teams and each side will have five Saturday fixtures between August 1 and August 29, either two or three of those being at home.

You can read the ECB guidelines for recreational cricket hereAll matches will begin at 1pm to allow for junior cricket to be played on Saturday mornings.

Sussex cricketers are looking forward to the August Cup

In an email to all clubs, Gary Stanley chair of the 1st Central Sussex Cricket League, said: "As the many clubs who were represented on the SCF webinar last night will have heard, we have had a massive response to the August Cup. Of the 143 clubs in the league, only 22 have yet to declare their intentions.

"At the time of writing, 214 of our 342 teams have entered, with a further 63 confirmed as not entering.

"These are a mixture of clubs who have decided that they will not play cricket this summer, clubs who have entered some but not all teams due to expected availability and clubs who didn't want to play what was expected be a short form tournament. Therefore, those 22 clubs I mentioned represent 65 total teams. IF YOU ARE ONE OF THOSE CLUBS AND WISH TO ENTER, PLEASE DO SO VIA THE SURVEY BY THE CLOSING DATE, WHICH IS NOW SUNDAY 12th JULY. We have extended this by two days to ensure we get everyone in. The link is here"If any club envisages problems hosting matches but has not advised this via the survey, PLEASE TELL US NOW. All matches will begin at 1pm to allow for junior cricket to be played on Saturday mornings.

"If you are a club that had decided not to enter the August Cup in favour of playing friendlies, you may have worked out by now that there will not be too many clubs available to play friendlies against! The last thing we want is clubs to get caught out by this and find themselves with no opponents for cricket in August. Therefore, if any club now wants to enter, PLEASE LET US KNOW BY SUNDAY.

"Before entering, please carefully gauge availability within your club. Whilst we want as many teams to have cricket as possible, the worst thing for anyone will be to have a match conceded meaning a precious Saturday lost. Please be considerate of your potential opponents when entering teams.

"Matches will be played with red league balls and you should have received the e-mail sent a few days ago by Daniel Oliver regarding ordering from Gray-Nicolls. Please order the grade of ball you would ordinarily have been playing with this season. All matches will be played in whites, so no coloured kit.

"We are currently considering the issue of registration and also the rules that the August Cup will be played under. These will be distributed in due course, the main immediate priority is finalising the entries and deciding the groups so that fixture making can begin."

Clubs are preparing for competitive fixtures with a host of friendlies and inter club matches this weekend. Please send us photos and reports from your matches to [email protected]