If you are a player or spectator, you will need to abide by the following protocols during a match day
at HCC while the Step 4 ECB playing regulations remain in place:


  • Undergo a symptom check prior to a match. Do not take part if your demonstrate Covid-19 symptoms.
  • Do not car share with any other team member unless they are members of your household or support bubble.
  • The changing rooms will not be in use. Arrive ready to play or warm up. Meet times will reflect this.
  • No food will be provided. Bring your own teas and drinks for intervals.
  • Sanitise your hands before the match, and at intervals for drinks and between innings. Keep hand sanitising gel within reach during the game (eg. leave with your drinks bottle on the boundary).
  • There will be a break every six overs or every 20 minutes, whichever is sooner, in which the ball is cleaned with an antimicrobial wipe and all participants’ hands are cleaned using a suitable sanitiser. The responsibility for sanitising the ball during the match will lie with the fielding captain, not the umpire.
  • Use your own equipment. Batsmen must sanitise their bats after their innings and wicket keepers sanitise their gloves after play.
  • No personal items (eg. Caps or sweaters) should be given to the umpires. They should be left on the boundary.
  • Social distancing of 2m must be maintained at all times where possible. At wickets and drinks and end of play players should not congregate as normal or 'huddle'.
  • Batsmen - there will be marked lines either side of the wicket to ensure they are not running within 2m of each other or the bowler.
  • Wicket-keepers - can stand up to the wicket but no closer than 1m to batsman.
  • Bowlers - no sweat or saliva to be applied to the ball.
  • Fielders -  the ball should ideally pass direct from the wicket-keeper to the bowler. Ideally not thrown between fielders back to bowler. Slip fielders can be 1m from each other.
  • Umpires - should not touch the ball. Only the umpires should restore bails/rearrange stumps
  • Scoring - scorebooks should not be handed between players. A designated non-playing scorer must be appointed for each match.
  • Use of score box - Only 1 person can be in the score box at any one time. We will confirm asap whether we will be using the score box or the flip number board.
  • Boundary flags and fielding discs will not be used
  • At the end of the game - no showers obviously. Bar will be open for limited selection of cans/bottles until 8pm on a match day.
  • Maximum of 15 people inside the clubhouse. Ideally socialise outside.
  • Opposition clubs may issue their own protocols which HCC players should fully observe as the visiting team.


  • Please observe the social distancing of 2m at all times unless with members of your household or support bubble
  • Seating around the ground - only 1 person per seat (unless you are sitting with members of your household or support bubble). If possible please bring your own chair to the ground
A 1-way system will be in force in the pavilion: to enter, use the main door
  • If using the bar, exit through the side door next to the bar
  • If using the toilets, exit through the changing room block main door (next to home changing room)
  • No more than 15 people will be allowed within the main room of the pavilion at any onetime. Primarily it should only be used to access the bar and toilet. Socialising should be done outside.
  • If rain stops play spectators should return to their cars and only come inside the pavilion as a last resort, if they have no other form of shelter.
  • Toilets - the only toilet in use will be the disabled toilet.
  • Bar - the bar will be open from 3-8pm on Saturdays (if there is a match) and, pending staff availability, the same on Sundays
  • If you order a drink, you can do so at the bar, but if there is a queue please do so at a 2m distance, if necessary queuing outside on the veranda
  • To support NHS Test and Trace, the bar person will take your name and contact number if you are a non-player on that specific day. These will be kept for 21 days. If you are unwilling to do this, then unfortunately we will not be able to serve you.
  • Walking around the ground - this should be done clockwise to minimise unnecessary contact with others

If you have any queries or questions regarding these protocols, please contact Club Chairman Dave 
Mann, Secretary Gary Wiles or Head of Cricket Simon Manthorpe. We will update all members if any change in these regulations are made during the remainder of the 2020 season.


Even though all recreational cricket remains suspended until further notice, the ECB have provided us with an opportunity for the use of outdoor cricket facilities (nets and pitches) for the purpose of undertaking exercise, since the adjusted lockdown restrictions. Please read carefully our guidelines that
MUST be followed and agreed to if you wish to use the playing facilities at HCC.

Opening Times

The club’s practice facilities (one permanent & one square net) will be open on the following times,

Senior members 2019 season – Tuesday & Thursday (6:00pm - 8.00pm)  

Junior members 2019 season (U18) -

Monday U13s = 5:30pm – 6:30pm & 6:45pm – 7:45pm  

Wednesday U15s = 5:30pm – 6:30pm & 6:45pm – 7:45pm

Friday U11s = 6:00pm – 6:55pm & 7:10pm – 8:00pm

Sunday Junior One to One’s (subject to demand/coaches availability)

Allowing 15 mins between each booking.

Please note the facilities will not be available at any other times.

During COVID-19 the practice facility are only to be used by Hadleigh CC members (2019), this is for the safety of the community (sign up on nets)

Hazzard tape up when nets are out of use


Limit on Participants

- A maximum of six people per group maintaining social distancing measures.

- No more than two groups of six people are to be on the ground at any time.

- Senior members are permitted to train as a group of 6 maintaining distancing measures

- Junior members must be a 1:2:5 with a Level 2 or above coach maintaining social distancing measures (coach is provided as part of the booking)

- Only one of the permanent nets to be used at any time, the caged net will be used on either a grass wicket or the artificial pitch on the square to allow for two group sessions to take place at the same time.


Booking Procedure

Any member wishing to use the facilities must request a practice time 24hrs in advance with,

Ben Wallis - 1st Xl

Steven Tampion - 2nd Xl

Claire Levitt junior via email - clareylou81@googlemail.com

You will then receive booking conformation email reply confirming your session time and date. By booking a practice time you will be agreeing to abide by the rules listed in this guide.

All sessions MUST be booked using this process


The Club

The club representative will be fully conversant with the ECB guidelines and ensure that those present adhere to them. The club representative will be present for the entire session and will be responsible to wipe the stumps with anti-bacterial wipes after each session. The coach will provide first aid where needed.

There will be no access to the clubhouse, balcony area or benches



Rules for Participants

- If you or anyone in your household are displaying any symptoms of COVID-19 you MUST stay at home.

- Personal hygiene measures should be carried out at home before and after use of the facilities

- Bring your own hand sanitiser to each session and wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after visiting the club.

- Avoid public transport.

- Do not arrive more than 10 minutes before your scheduled practice time 

- Players must arrive and leave via the entrance next to the cemetery and ALWAYS walk to the left of the square when instructed to by the coach to maintain a one-way system.

- Junior players parents/guardians MUST park 2m apart and remain in their cars during the session.

-Players must avoid contact in line with social distancing guidelines and avoid touching equipment (nets, net poles, stumps)

- Player MUST bring their own playing/training equipment including balls.

- Each player will be allocated a coned-out area that they MUST place their equipment inside during the session. They will use this as their “changing area”.

Each player will be allocated a ball at the start of the session and MUST be the only person to handle that ball.

- Bowlers are the only ones allowed to handle the ball – batters gently knock or kick the ball back to the bowler after playing shot, do not throw it back in the usual manner

- Bring your own filled drinking bottles.

- Do not overstay your allocated time slot, you should be clear of the area by the time the next users arrive. Do not stay to socialise.

- Do not leave private property behind.

- No saliva or sweat should come into contact with the ball at any time.

- As always, the health and safety of participants is paramount - please ensure those using the nets minimise the risk of injury (wear helmets, pads etc.). as well as response times being delayed this is vital to avoid any additional stress on the NHS.

- Encourage all users to report any infection of their household following use of the facility to allow effective contact tracing and to limit the spread of the virus.