Phil Merryweather fends a delivery away in the artificial net.
Phil Merryweather fends a delivery away in the artificial net.

ACTION on the field may still be some way off, but Barnard Castle CC’s players have begun practice sessions at the club.

After the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) issued guidelines stating that groups of up to six players could train together, a system using two nets has been introduced for practice.

One group uses one of the club’s two artificial surfaces is in use, while a net has been set up on the edge of the square for the second group.

The club has introduced a number of measures to en-sure the safety of all involved. Players have been asked to bring their own hand sanitiser and must use their own equipment.

They cannot share cricket balls and must not use sweat or saliva to shine them. Senior net practice takes place on Tuesday and Thursdays and players attending must book their place with skipper James Quinn, who is also a qualified coach. Saturday nets are also avail-able for juniors and senior players, but only for two players at a time, with sessions booked through chairman Dave Sparrow. He said the club and field currently re-main closed to the public.

A meeting of officials was due to take place this week to look into how the clubhouse and other facilities may re-open, subject to Government guidelines.