Dartington & Totnes’ s cricketers have welcomed the Government’s decision to allow the return of recreational cricket. Behind the scenes the England Cricket Board has been working very hard to make cricket safe, with extensive guidance being issued to clubs, regarding safety on and off the pitch.
The game itself looks exactly the same other than for breaks every six overs to sanitise the ball and players’ hands, in addition to the non-striking batsman keeping a wider berth.
Dartington & Totnes CC’s season started with a very enjoyable first fixture last Wednesday evening against Harberton CC. The outstanding feature of the match was a beautifully crafted 95 not out from D&T’s Harry Baxendale which, along with some accurate bowling, put the game just beyond Harberton’s reach.
The modified Devon league season begins on 25th July with the first team away to Ipplepen and the second eleven hosting Yelverton seconds at Foxhole. The Club practices at Foxhole on Tuesday evenings from 6pm and new players are welcome.
Club Chairman, Mick Rusling welcomed the return to cricket, said “we’ve had to work really hard in a short space of time to put the new guidelines into place. Being unable to play cricket has inevitably had a big financial impact upon the Club and we estimate we have lost around £5000. Fortunately this has been mitigated by a grant of £1900 from Sport England, to whom we are extremely grateful.
We’re also pleased that the Tamarind Tree has agreed to sponsor match balls for our home matches. The Tamarind Tree is based on the Industrial Estate and produces authentic Indian Food to take away. We’re delighted to be associated with a quality local product”