NCCA cancel Twenty20 competition

NCCA cancel Twenty20 competition

By Dave Wright
25 March
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Berkshire plan for 50/50 games


The 2021 National Counties Cricket Association's Twenty20 competition has been cancelled.
Berkshire were scheduled to play Wales at Henley and Buckinghamshire at High Wycombe in April, followed by Bedfordshire at Wargrave and Oxfordshire at Challow & Childrey in May.
A statement from the NCCA read: “The National Counties Cricket Association has reluctantly decided to cancel this season’s Twenty20 Cup competition.
“Among the logistical issues, overnight stays, which would be necessary for some fixtures, plus lengthy travelling distances, are not, in the NCCA’s view, ‘essential’ at this moment in time.
“Alternative options, including potentially playing the T20 competition later in the summer, were looked at, but not found to be workable.
“The health, well-being and safety of all players, officials and spectators is of paramount importance to the NCCA, which is why this decision has been taken.
“The NCCA remain positive that the 50-over format, due to start in late May, and the Championship programme, scheduled to begin in July, will proceed as normal.
“However, we will continue to work closely with the ECB to ensure that any Government advice is fully adhered to.”
Berkshire's first 50-50 game is scheduled for May 30th against Bedfordshire at Dunstable.
No matches at this level of cricket have been played since Berkshire beat Staffordshire in the Championship final at Banbury in September 2019.
The Marlborough Cup fixture with Wiltshire which was due to have been played at Thatcham on April 11th has been called off and re-arranged for May 23rd. Another friendly will see Berks take on Oxfordshire at Challow & Childrey on May 9th. Both will be 50 overs a side.
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