Cricket club confirms they have had two players test positive for coronavirus



Barlaston have confirmed that they are the club who have had two players return positive coronavirus tests.

Staffs Cricket announced during the week that two local cricketers, who played for the same club in both the North Staffs and South Cheshire League and Stone and District League, had contracted the virus.

Barlaston’s scheduled fixtures for this weekend have been called off.

A club management statement read: “As you may be aware, we were notified of two members testing positive for COVID 19 over the course of last weekend.

“We apologise for the wait in publishing a formal statement in response but, following the guidelines of Staffordshire Cricket and Public Health England, it was necessary to inform those present at the club or club’s matches through our track and trace protocols before commenting publicly.

“We voluntarily cancelled the match on Sunday afternoon as soon as we were made aware of a positive test, in order to ensure the safety of our members and the wider community.

“Our EvePass system and track and trace sign in worked efficiently and the COVID safe protocols and signage minimised the chance of transmission for those at the club.

“We believe that the cases were contracted away from the club and after subsequent testing, no further cases have arisen as a result of the club’s matches or events.

“We are proud of our COVID planning and were commended by both PHE and Staffs Cricket for our diligence, match day arrangements and response after the cases came to light.

“We would like to thank Staffordshire Cricket and the NSSCL for the fantastic support we have received in dealing with the issue and also our members who have promptly received COVID tests, where required, and communicated their results quickly, including several who have undertaken the necessary self-isolation.

“We would also like to thank our opponents from last weekend for their understanding and patience in dealing with this and support in maintaining confidentiality.

“It has been an unprecedented and stressful week and the club’s volunteers have worked extremely hard to trace and contact those who visited the club. Thank you to all for the hard work put in.

“The club has been thoroughly deep-cleaned and, although games this weekend will not go ahead as planned, we look to reopen in the near future.

Thankfully, we are pleased to report that those who have recorded positive tests have experienced only mild symptoms and are expected to make full recoveries.”

Barlaston’s first team were due to visit Bignall End in NSSCL Division Two on Saturday, while their seconds were due to entertain Bignall End’s second string in Division Four.

It is not known whether the scheduled matches will be replayed.

The cases are the first reported in local cricket since the recreational game was given the green light to return in July.





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