Dales Council League chairman credits premises personnel for ‘beavering away’ in 2020
In his yearly report to the league, White wrote: “Unknown to 99 percent of gamers, groundstaff were beavering away, particularly on personal grounds, trying to prepare facilities so that 99 per cent might turn up when and if the season was to start; to discover six stumps and 2 sets of bails insitu ready for play to commence.”
Having been also hindered in quick succession early doors by storms Ciara, Denis and Jorje, White included of the groundstaff’s problem scenario: “All praise needs to go to these hardy folk who keep premises in good order when no prospect of play was in the horizon.
” I need to guess that players were asking ‘When are we going to start?’ and not asking the concern ‘Can we assist to get things ready?’ so we are up and running when Boris says “yes”.”.
White, who confessed that neither Old Mom Shipton nor Old Moore’s Almanack might have forecasted the unfolding crisis, likewise applauded league components secretary Ken Firth for his deal with the fixtures and handbook, Ron Mackenzie for keeping things ticking over as league secretary and Maria Vasudev for ensuring that umpires were appointed to each match when much of them chose to not put on their white coats due to them being over 70 and for that reason more vulnerable to Coronavirus.
League chairman White likewise applauded the clubs themselves, stating: “Well done to club committees who have actually managed to keep their clubs ticking over physically and economically.
” Grants have actually been offered from city (town) councils, Sport England, the ECB etc, specifically for clubs who have their own centers or a long-term lease on the facility they operate from.”.
White concluded: “We can only hope that 2021 is a better year which by the end of April we can begin a full season.”.