As yet we have no start date for the 2020 season from the ECB and as clubs know there will be no chance of any cricket until 1st July. The situation should be clarified by the Prime Minister in his Press Conference this Sunday.
Due to the decision by the Southern Premier League to stop promotions etc from 4th June, the Hampshire League has had to change its stance.
If there is a start to recreational cricket by Saturday 4th July, the HCL will continue with the League fixtures until the end of August and the winners will win the trophy for their League.
However, there will be no promotion and relegation from each League. The start will depend on Government and ECB advice. If cricket can only start with certain restrictions then the HCL will probably resort to friendly matches using the 2020 fixtures predominantly.
September would not be an option for League cricket as many clubs would not have access to the ground as football takes over. We could not have some clubs available and others not.
The HCL has all the League balls for 2020 season in storage with Dukes, the manufacturers, and if they are not required for 2020 season they will be kept until 2021 season. If clubs do manage to get some cricket in, the HCL can arrange with the manufacturers to supply them.
If there is no cricket this season, then the entry fee may rolled over to 2021 season, as will be the Handbooks although we have promised that all Clubs will be given 12 handbooks free. There will be no handbooks for 2020 (the HCL will post part of the handbook on the website) if there is no cricket and all the statistics etc will be in the 2021 issue.
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