Cricket is returning to Broadleys

socially distanced cricket

Players, Parents & Supporters of Marshfield Cricket Club,

The 1901 edition of the Marshfield Illustrated Parish News described how the youths of the Village would ‘desport themselves in the playing of cricket on the Broad Ley’. By the time you read this, the first pint for 10 long months may have been poured from the Broadleys bar and the youth of the area will be desporting themselves once again!

Whilst we’re all delighted that competitive cricket is returning to Broadleys with an intra-Club friendly this Saturday afternoon and a mini Girls’ Festival on Sunday, things are going to look and feel a bit different.

Please can all players and supporters familiarise themselves with the ECB guidance contained in this Newsletter before they arrive at the ground and also the club-specific info below on how the Clubhouse/Bar is to operate for the time being. There’s a lot to take in. Please take the time to read the main points so that things can run smoothly and everyone enjoys their cricket.

Captains, please ensure that all your players are aware of this information PRIOR to arriving at the ground.

We are still in the process of sorting the details of our competitive fixtures. Details of League, Womens and Junior fixtures to come in the next few days.

A lot of time and effort has been put in behind the scenes to get to this stage. Let’s make the most of what remains of this unforgettable Summer and, most importantly of all, enjoy your cricket!

Operation of Bar/Clubhouse

In response to the Government announcement that sports club bars can now be reopened, and having read the new guidelines for operating bars during the ongoing Coronavirus crisis, it has been decided that we are able to reopen the MCC bar with the following restrictions in place.

  • The clubhouse will remain closed other than for access to the bar. i.e. There will be no drinking or sitting in the clubhouse.
  • Access to toilets will be from the outside through the fire escape doors, not through the clubhouse.
  • There will be a queueing system in place in the clubhouse. Please observe this to ensure social distancing is maintained.
  • Only one person to queue for each round to keep numbers inside the clubhouse to a minimum. Trays will be provided to carry out drinks.
  • Please return all glasses to a collection point by clubhouse door. Clean glasses will be provided for each drink.
  • Operating hours will be from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm on Friday evenings and 4 pm to 8 pm on Saturday afternoons.
  • A “visitors book” will be in operation to comply with “track and trace” requirements. Please make sure that you sign in and out on arrival and departure with your contact details.

These changes effectively turn the bar into a “beer garden”, which seems to be the only way the bar will be able to operate under the present restrictions when taking into consideration the layout of the clubhouse.

All of the above will be constantly reviewed as guidance changes.


We are a membership Club and everyone is required to be a member to use Club facilities. If you are not a member and wish to use the bar please take out a membership. Many thanks to everyone who has already paid their membership subs (or part) for 2020. We have a new category of Social membership for non-playing visitors at a concessionary rate of £5 until 31/12/2020 - please enquire in Clubhouse. N.B Parents of Junior members are automatically Club members themselves. Please note that the Club are likely to implement new membership categories next season to include a Family Membership and Social Membership.

Track and Trace

Everyone visiting the Club will be required to leave their contact details in the Track and Trace register just inside the Clubhouse entrance upon arrival at the ground. NO EXCEPTIONS. This applies to players/visitors/spectators/officials i.e everyone! This is important for public health purposes in the event we have any local reoccurrences of CV-19.

🏏 Match play

There are numerous adaptations to respect social distancing and hygiene:

👨‍👩‍👧‍👧 Players & Umpires to arrive at the ground ready-changed and to bring food and refreshments and hand-sanitiser with them
🍰 No cricket teas will be provided this season
👕 Changing rooms will not be in use. Kit to be left in cars if necessary.
🏃🏼‍♀️Running lanes will be marked either side of the wicket to keep running batsmen/bowlers apart
🧴Sanitising breaks every 6 overs or 20 minutes during play
🖐🏻Stumps and bails to be handled by the umpire only
🌧 In the event of a rain delay there will be no access to Clubhouse. Players to return to their cars/find other shelter (gazebo).
⛔️ There will be no access to the scorebox during games except for home scorer.
🚹↔️🚺 Usual Social distancing rules at 1m+ apply to everyone everywhere at the club for the time being. Players to remain socially distanced on the field of play. Follow government guidelines on group sizes.

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