Phoenix 15 Cricket League provide update on this summer’s competition



The Phoenix 15 League are keeping their fingers crossed that they can continue to raise funds for good causes this summer.

With the coronavirus pandemic putting all sport on hold, it remains to be seen whether any cricket will be played this season.

The midweek competition has been a huge success over the years, marrying eight-a-side, 15-over cricket with helping charities.

The Phoenix 15 has handed over more than £15,000 to good causes since its inception in 2006.

And despite the huge uncertainty surrounding sport at all levels, officials are trying to adopt a positive outlook.

Competition secretary Roger Machin has updated participating clubs on the league’s latest stance.

He said in a statement: “Due to the uncertainty regarding cricket being possible this season the league officers have discussed the situation.

“We will not publish league handbooks this season as the uncertainty that they will actually be used does not justify the cost of printing them. A version WILL be available either by email and/or on the league website.

“It is not known when or if games will be possible, but the officers feel that as long as teams in the zones are able to play each other at least once we can have zone winners and a finals day.

“However, this IS a “play it by ear” situation and we will continue to assess the progress of the virus.

“Also due to the uncertainty and being mindful of our clubs’ own finances and how they will be hit by the current situation the league treasurer will not at this time be raising invoices to clubs for league fees.

“These are difficult times for all and we hope that we can continue to provide our type of cricket and benefit our chosen charities when this emergency passes.”

Nantwich are the current champions after beating Porthill Park in last year’s final at Ashcombe Park.

However, it remains to be seen whether the competition will run this summer.

All first-class cricket has been suspended until May 28 at least, while local leagues will continue to heed advice from both the government and ECB.





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