The 2021/22 Molong Cricket Association (MCA) Senior Cricket Competition will commence on October 30, with the easing of COVID-19 lockdown laws allowing community sport to return next month.
Sport teams can practice from October 11. MCA President Greg Pringle said the date is in line with Cricket NSW mandates and plays it safe, given space at the end of the draw.
“At this stage there are no plans for cancellation or forfeits,” he said.
“We have room to move so it is not imperative that we start in October as we can go through to April if required.”
The NSW Government announced their roadmap to COVID-19 recovery on Monday, confirming that many restrictions will be eased or lifted as the state looks to reach the 80% double dose vaccination target.
All players over 16 will have to be fully vaccinated to play, unless they have a medical certificate. If they’re not, players will have to wait until December 1 to take the field.
At this stage, all 2021/22 games will be played according to COVIDsafe rules.
“The Association has a COVID-19 plan that has been circulated to all team captains. The plan is based on current NSW Health advice,” Mr Pringle said.
“As per the NSW Health guidelines, there will be no sharing of equipment, keeping the 1.5 metre distance and using available hand sanitiser. For those practicing indoors, face masks are to be worn.”
All grounds will be required to have a ServiceNSW QR code in place for players and officials to check in.
All registered players and officials will be expected to check in using the Service NSW app as a requirement to play.
“The NSW Health instructions of the day for attending parks and grounds will apply to people attending the grounds when cricket is playing whether they are there to watch or use other facilities in the individual ovals or parks,” said Mr Pringle.