Surrey , England UK

Resuming Cricket ?

Results of the Surrey Downs League Resuming Cricket Survey : June 2020

The Surrey Downs League Resuming Cricket Survey was to allow the respective committee to understand the shape of a return to cricket should it be likely during or post the Global Pandemic that is CoronaVirus (Covid-19).

All Surrey Downs League Member Clubs (n=28) responded and answered every question. thank you.

How Long to Get Ground Ready?

FrequencyPercentValid PercentCumulative Percent
Valid1 week12.0042.9042.9042.90
2 weeks13.0046.4046.4089.30
longer than 2 weeks2.007.107.1096.40
Our Club has decided not to play in 20201.003.603.60100.00

The clubs who use a school ground (Old Sutts, Ashtead) were uncertain whether their grounds would be available.

Ockley and Cranleigh* (who also *use a school ground) felt they would need more than 2 weeks.

Burgh Heath have decided not to play cricket in 2020.

If we were able to get a half-season of games, the majority 16/28 wanted to play league games but without promotion and relegation.

Half Season Match Preferences?

FrequencyPercentValid PercentCumulative Percent
To play the scheduled fixtures as league matches WITHOUT end of year promotion and relegation1657.157.157.1
To play the scheduled league fixtures as friendlies.517.917.975.0
To play the scheduled league fixtures as league matches WITH end of year promotion and relegation621,421,496.4
To scrap all the scheduled league fixtures and sort out our own friendlies with other clubs13.63.6100.00

If fewer games than half a season were possible then the vast majority (26/28) wanted to play the remaining fixtures as friendlies.

On the questions about whether the clubs wanted to play the SDL matches under various conditions

  • Play matches with smaller sides : 21 / 28 clubs said Yes
  • Play matches with reduced overs : 26 / 28 clubs said Yes
  • Play matches with no teas provided : 27 / 28 clubs said Yes
  • Play without clubhouse facilities : 27 / 28 clubs said Yes

On playing other days, than Saturday, most 15/28 (53.5%) said it would depend on which other days, only 6/28 (21.8%) were definitely happy with this possibility.

Want to play days other than Saturday?

FrequencyPercentValid PercentCumulative Percent
It would depend upon what other days were proposed1553.6053.6053.60
We’d rather sort out our own games in this case, setting our own playing conditions (in accordance with ECB advice)725.025.078.60


The Surrey Downs League and SurreyDowns.Org wish to thank Alan Pickering Honoury League Secretary for organising this. During a busier than normal marking Season!!

Thank You Alan.

and Thank you to all Member Clubs for submitting their respective thoughts on Returning to Playing Cricket.

this page was last reviewed and updated 1 July 2020