Dear members, please see latest cricket update below.

I look forward to meeting up with you again in better days with a new appreciation for the great game we play and our great club.

The committee will continue to work to get us back playing cricket when it is safe to do so and not before. In the meantime, the club is closed, and members should not be there under any circumstances. We will let you know when this changes.

We accept that for a variety of reasons, members may decide not to play this season. We are asking players to make a commitment as soon as possible. This will allow us to plan as effectively as possible for the return to practice and participation in leagues. Sadly, in these times we will need to schedule attendance at nets.

We are asking members to pay the full annual subscription if it is at all possible. We completely understand that many may not be able to do this. We will set a reduced minimum subscription when we have full sight of the plans for the 2020 season. In the meantime, we are actively reducing costs wherever we can.

Many of the costs of running the club remain the same regardless of how much cricket we play. Even though the club is closed, we still have financial commitments including affiliation fees, ground expenses, etc. To ensure our facilities are ready to go when the opportunity arises, we need to maintain them throughout the summer. All this at the same time as our fundraising activities have been hugely curtailed, and some may not happen at all.

All going well, we will have a truncated cricket season of seven or eight weeks with nets beginning before that.

We expect that practicing and net sessions can take place from an earlier date subject to adherence to protocols (e.g., small numbers of people). Cricket Leinster and Cricket Ireland are working to provide clear guidance for us on when and how this can happen. Our cricket committee have been meeting online to work out how we will implement the guidelines when they come.

In response to the ‘reopening phases’ published by the Government last Friday, it is now hoped that club cricket in Leinster can commence from ‘phase 4’ onwards which has been defined as being from 20th July. Of course, we understand that this will remain subject to uncertainty as it relies on the successful implementation of the prior phases.

We hope all of you are keeping safe and well in these challenging times. While more fundamental concerns are dominating our thoughts right now, I would like to offer you some hope that we will be together (although perhaps at a safe distance) on Park Avenue in the coming months.

Keep safe.

The Cricket Committee