Author: Richard Verrinder

1st games today – restrictions for players and spectators – 11th July

ECB Regulation about playing cricket at Rayleigh Cricket Club

Please see the ECB Guidance about playing cricket at the Club which will apply for the foreseeable future. Please read them carefully and do your very best to comply with them as if we do not follow them you may cause harm to another club member and cricket could be stopped for a long time.

Please note that anyone deliberately ignoring these requirements may be asked to leave the field if the occurrence is whilst playing and the ground if after the game.

Before the game

You should not attend if you think you have any symptoms of COVID-19.

All players to come changed and use own equipment or that of another member of the same household. You will need to bring your own tea and drink for the break between the two innings. You should bring hand sanitizer if you can but the Club has a supply of wipes for everyone who needs them.

If playing on the second or third pitches please park in the Council car park and proceed straight to your own ground. You may wish to bring a folding chair to sit on.

The only toilets which will be open are in the changing rooms of the club pavilion.

If it rains go to one’s own car or put on rainwear.

Regulations when playing the actual game

Social distancing. Players should adhere to UK Government social distancing guidance at all times (including throughout warm-ups) except in the following limited circumstances during competitive play in England only, where 1m+ is permitted: 1) wicket keepers standing up to the stumps and 2) distance between slip fielders. Batters are to run in distinct running lines to ensure they are not within 2m of the bowler or other batter. Lines to be marked on the square on either side of the wicket. See diagram attached.

Social distancing must always be maintained including during post-wicket celebrations, drinks breaks and tactical discussions.

Cricket balls.  No pre-match catching practice.

No sweat or saliva to be applied to the ball at any time.

Minimise sharing the ball during the match by limiting contact as the ball makes its way back to the bowler e.g. ball goes straight from wicketkeeper to bowler instead of around surrounding fielders. A ‘hygiene break’ should take place every six overs or every 20 minutes, whichever is sooner, in which the ball is cleaned with an anti-bacterial wipe (conforming to BS EN 14476) and all participants’ hands are cleaned using a suitable sanitiser. This routine should also be followed at the start of any drinks break or the close of an innings. The responsibility for sanitising the ball during the match will lie with the fielding captain, not the umpire. Umpires should refrain from any contact with the ball, it should be returned to the base of the stumps at breaks and at fall of wickets.


Bowlers should not hand any personal items to the umpire. Bowlers should place these items at the boundary themselves.

Batters to sanitise their bat when leaving the field of play and wicket keepers their gloves.

Officials and Spectators

Umpires should be responsible for the stumps closest to them and should be the only person replacing the bails if dislodged.

If two scorers are required, social distancing must be maintained with only one official inside the scorers’ box and no players to be allowed in the scorers’ box. The scorers’ box should be well ventilated. Communal scorebooks passed from one player to another should be avoided. Separate pages will be supplied for the games on pitches 2 and 3.

Spectators should remain socially distanced at all times and refrain from all contact with the ball e.g. returning it to the field of play. Spectator groups must be restricted to discrete six person gathering limits and spread out, in line with wider UK Government guidance.

After the game

The bar will be open after the match ends but drinks will be served outside the pavilion and drunk on the field with proper social distancing. Please do not congregate in groups of more than 6 and the overall group should not exceed 30. If this happens players for pitch 1 should congregate in front of the pavilion, pitch 2 to the west (Wickford end) and pitch 3 to the East by the net.

Richard Verrinder
Secretary, RCC
on behalf of the management committee

Good news – cricket is back from 11th July

As you will see from the email below we have finally been given the green light to start playing recreational cricket again from Saturday 11th July.
The first thing that we need to do is to find out how many of you are interested in playing from that date so that fixtures can be arranged.
If you do want to play then send an email to
Preference will be given to those who have already paid their membership subscriptions (either as a one off payment or via standing order) and match fees will be charged at their usual rate (£10 adults, £5 colts). Those who have not paid must also pay a minimum of £20 towards their annual subs before playing on 11th July. The number of games played during the season will dictate the amount of the subs for the year (up to £50).
At the present time the Covid-19 requirements have not been finalised but you should come to the game changed and ready to play, with your own tea and drink and be aware that the changing rooms will not be open for use. However, the toilets will be available in the clubhouse. Once final guidance is available from the ECB we will issue further information.
Drinks will be available from the bar after home games but they will need to be drunk outside the pavilion with proper social distancing as will be happening tomorrow.

Richard Verrinder
Secretary, RCC
on behalf of the management committee

Sad news

It is with considerable sadness I have to inform you that Ken and Joan Merchant, the father and mother of Sue Walker and Mark Merchant and grandfather and grandmother of Matthew and Daniel, passed away in Southend Hospital last Thursday.

Ken was a benefactor to the Club in the 1990’s and took a great interest in the Club particularly because Mark was a stalwart of the 1st XI at that time and of course Bradley and Matthew have been playing at the Club and doing a massive amount of work of all types there for many years and Sue as you will know has provided teas at the Club for almost all of that time.

Our heartfelt condolences go to Sue, Mark and their families at this very difficult time for them. Sadly, attendance at the funeral will not be possible due to the ongoing Government guidelines.

Brian Dawbarn

Letter from the Committee – 26th March 2020

To: All members, players, parents, carers

We are all living through unprecedented and uncertain times and that is also true as far as cricket is concerned at the Club.  The Club Management Committee have been reviewing the situation and this message is sent to you to let you know what may or may not happen at the Club this year.

You will be aware that all nets and coaching have been cancelled at Fitzwimarc School for the rest of the year up to Easter.   All friendly games in April prior to the League season have been cancelled and the probability is that many League games will have to be cancelled too with a distinct possibility there may be no League games at all this season.

The pavilion is closed for all activities until further notice.

As regards the financial situation it will be a difficult year for the Club with potentially heavily reduced income but we have been able to negotiate reductions in quite a number of the larger areas of cost and are taking measures to reduce costs in other areas.

The Club should remain financially solvent and we thank those of you who have paid your subscriptions already and those of you who are paying by standing order.   To those of you who are paying in this way we would ask that you continue to do so if you can afford to, but if you need or wish to stop these payments temporarily please advise Richard Verrinder.   In addition, if you have lost your job you may wish for any payments made to date to be repaid so please advise Richard of this as well.    These requests will be treated in confidence.

With regard to the amounts of membership subscription payable for the season the Club Management Committee will decide how much should be paid when it is known how many games, if any, have been played in the season.   In the event of the season being a total washout, the expectancy will be that the subscription will be repayable less a token membership fee of say £10 or £20. Alternatively, the balance could be carried forward in respect of the 2021 subscription at the member’s choice.

The Club Management Committee is also very grateful to those members who have offered to make additional financial donations to the club – they are very much appreciated.  However, we are not sure they will be necessary at the present time but will advise those of you who have contacted us about this when we know more about our financial situation.  

Please note if there is any indication that playing cricket can be resumed we will be in touch about what is going to happen as soon as practical afterwards.

Finally, we would like to give our best wishes to all of our members and their families and that they will keep safe and be well throughout this difficult time.

Richard Verrinder

On behalf of the Club Management Committee

Coronavirus – Covid:19 – Updated 17March20

To: All members, players, parents, carers

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement last night regarding various precautions to deal with the Coronavirus (Covid:19) outbreak we will be ceasing all coaching and nets with immediate effect.

We will, of course, keep you informed of developments and any changes which affect Rayleigh CC via emails, the website and facebook as soon we know them.
In the meantime please keep yourselves safe by following the latest Government advice, NHS website and the news bulletins.
on behalf of the RCC committee

2020 Top Run Scorers

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