DOMESTIC cricket moved one step closer to resuming with the news that team activities of up to 30 people are now permitted by the Welsh Government.

This is a welcome boost for the region’s sides, who now look set to get in at least some play during the summer after a frustrating few months.

Teams have been able to meet over the last fortnight in an outdoor training capacity, but the new measures from First Minister Mark Drakeford could see fixtures take place in the coming weeks.

Cricket Wales welcomes the First Minister’s announcement at lunchtime today, Friday 10th July, which stated that organised, outdoor activities, including cricket - for up to 30 people - will be permitted in Wales from Monday 13th July.

Leshia Hawkins, Cricket Wales CEO, said: “We are absolutely thrilled with the news, and as I know the cricket family in Wales will be.

“There has been an extraordinary amount of work by Cricket Wales staff and club and league volunteers behind the scenes over the last few months and I must say a huge thank you to them.

“My team and I will now urgently work with colleagues at the England & Wales Cricket Board, to analyse the detail of the written guidance from Welsh Government on sport’s return, when it is issued, and ensure that the guidance for Cricket in Wales is signed off and published as soon as is possible.”

Recreational cricket matches and outdoor practice sessions can take place, but with some adaptations in place to mitigate the transmission risk of COVID-19.

Individuals should undergo a personal symptom check prior to matches and not take part if they demonstrate any COVID-19 symptoms. All groups will be limited to a maximum of 30 people, including coaches and officials.

Club representatives should ensure that their facility is compliant with current Welsh Government legislation regarding social distancing measures, and they will also have to keep a record of attendees to support the track and trace scheme.

Players should minimise handling of the ball during a match by limiting contact as it makes its way back to the bowler. No sweat or saliva should be added to the ball at any time.

Teams should limit the sharing of equipment where possible. Batters will be tasked with running in distinct running lanes to ensure they are not within two metres of the bowler or their batting partner.