Cricket

Packed playing calendars and the onset of social distancing means England’s World Cup winning squad are unable to toast the anniversary of last year’s unforgettable Lord’s victory in person, but captain Eoin Morgan plans to get the gang back together sooner rather than later.

Somerset duo Lewis Gregory and Tom Banton are amongst a 24-strong ‘behind-closed-doors training group’ named by England National Cricket Selectors who will go into camp at the Ageas Bowl next Thursday (July 16) ahead of the Royal London Series against Ireland starting on Thursday, July 30.

Despite being in lockdown for the past three months or more, Uphill Castle Cricket Club have benefited from a variety of work being done in and around the club.

Recreational cricket is set to resume next weekend after Prime Minister Boris Johnson appeared to back-track on his earlier claim that issues surrounding communal teas and dressing rooms made the sport unsafe.

England’s final preparations for the long-awaited return of Test cricket were boosted on and off the field on Friday, with Sam Curran testing negative for Covid-19 and a handful of key batsmen spending important time at the crease.

Weston head coach Sam Trego has hailed the “fantastic effort” shown by club in getting training on for all the teams.

Dom Bess is fully focused on locking down the title of England’s number one spinner but admits he first had to shake off some lockdown nerves, writes Rory Dollard of the Press Association.

The England and Wales Cricket Board have made plans of an “imminent and safe return” of recreational cricket around the weekend of the 4 July.

Newcomers James Bracey and Dan Lawrence stole the spotlight as England’s leading red-ball players went head-to-head on day one of a rare intra-squad clash at the Ageas Bowl.

Ben Stokes will captain England for the first time in next week’s opening Test against the West Indies, taking over from regular skipper Joe Root as he takes time out for the birth of his second child.

The 18 first-class counties will debate the structure of the domestic season at a meeting early next month after being given the go-ahead to start on August 1 by the England and Wales Cricket Board.

“It caught the imagination, no doubt about it, for Weston to be playing at Lord’s was a fantastic occasion,” recalled current club president John Scott.

Weston Cricket Club are “determined to come back a bigger and stronger club” ahead of returning to training for the first time since March on Thursday says head coach Sam Trego.

England will pay tribute to the key workers of the coronavirus pandemic during next month’s three Tests against the West Indies, which will be called the £raisethebat series.

The North Somerset Youth Cricket League revealed the winners of its cup and plate competitions at the weekend.

England’s three-Test series against the West Indies will go ahead next month subject to government clearance, the England and Wales Cricket Board has confirmed.

Craig Overton is looking forward to the day he and twin Jamie line-up together in the same England side.

Luke Purnell has said he is “looking forward” to Weston’s upcoming campaign as he looks to carry on where he left off.

The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have confirmed a further delay to the start of the professional domestic cricket season, with no play before August 1.

The International Cricket Council (ICC)’s recommendation of a temporary ban on using saliva to shine the ball could hand batsmen a significant advantage, claims Australia paceman Mitchell Starc.

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