Howzat for Covid secure? Club cricket returns with restrictions

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Club cricket in East Anglia has resumed with new coronavirus restrictions.

It comes after the Prime Minister said cricket could restart from July 11 - an announcement which came just hours after he'd said that it wasn't yet safe to play the sport at grassroots level because of issues with tea breaks and dressing room access.

"I sought scientific advice and medical opinions, the third umpire has been invoked," the Prime Minister said.

Restrictions for recreational cricketers include social distancing, regularly sanitising the ball, not using the changing rooms and not having the trademark "cricket tea".

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"What I can say is that we do want to work as fast as possible to get cricket back, and we will be publishing guidelines in the next few days so that cricket can resume in time for next weekend."

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said it was "delighted" with the government u-turn.

Norfolk village side Swardeston, who won both the national one-day and T20 titles last summer, were among the local clubs who took to Twitter to welcome the news.

Chief Medical Officer Chris Witty added that he believed it would be safe for the sport to return - as long as those playing don't do things like hugging the bowler or drinking in the clubhouse after matches.

In the professional game, England face West Indies in a test series behind closed doors from July 8, while the County Championship will get underway on August 1.