COVID-19: English County Cricket Match Abandoned After Non-Playing Member Tests Positive

The Bob Willis Trophy is changing the County Championship through the virus-shortened season.© AFP

An English county cricket match between Gloucestershire and Northamptonshire was deserted on Sunday, after a non-playing member of Northamptonshire’s squad examined constructive for coronavirus. The gamers took lunch on the anticipated time of 12.30 pm (1130 GMT) however an unexplained delay to the restart was introduced, and it took an hour till the umpires, captains and floor supervisor have been seen on the sphere. Umpire Jeremy Lloyds lifted a stump to indicate the top of the Bob Willis Trophy match, and a press release from each counties confirmed the abandonment.

“Within the pursuits of participant welfare, it has been agreed between Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) that the Bob Willis Trophy match, at present being performed on the Bristol County Floor, has been deserted,” it stated.

“Simply earlier than lunch of the primary session of play, it got here to gentle {that a} member of the Northamptonshire taking part in squad has examined constructive for Covid-19.”

“Though the participant was not a part of the group that travelled with the squad to Bristol (and has been self-isolating at residence), additional members of the Northamptonshire squad have been in touch with the participant inside 48 hours of the participant growing Covid-19 signs.”

The ECB stated in a separate assertion that “the well being and security of the gamers, workers and officers is the primary precedence of the ECB and first-class counties”.

Residence aspect Gloucestershire have been struggling at 66-6 of their first innings at Bristol, on day one of many fixture. The match was deemed a draw.


The Bob Willis Trophy, comprising four-day first-class matches, is changing the County Championship through the virus-shortened season.

The England workforce, at present in Twenty20 motion towards Australia, look set to finish their worldwide season, with all matches happening behind closed doorways.

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