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Junior Leagues & SJCF Update - 9th July 2020

Dear all,

As you will all of seen, the government have now given the green light to start recreational cricket from Saturday the 11th of July. This in turn will mean junior matches can be organised and played, along with a full calendar of SJCF competition. 

As we've always said, Sussex Cricket, all four Junior Leagues and the SJCF are committed to providing a safe, enjoyable and well run opportunity for all young players of all abilities to both enjoy and learn the game. 

Each of the four area set ups will look to act as mini fixture bureaus, aiming to help line up clubs with other suited contacts so that those two clubs can organise as many fixtures as they desire. The aim for the rest of this summer is for all our clubs to be able to get as much cricket as they both want to play and feel safe organising.

Each area set is keen and willing to support any club in making contact with other clubs to organise fixtures so please feel free to touch base with your junior league rep below who will be only too happy to help:


East Area - Alastair Neill and Chris Fox

Alastair - - 07415 695379

Chris - - 07885 706809


West Area - Bob Murtagh - 07885 647314


North & South Area - Matt Parsons - 07702 246758


The SJCF will operate as it does every summer and will run age group competitions for all the normal age groups from U11 upwards and for the first time will include a T20 week for U13 and U15 girls with the U13's being softball and the U15's hardball. 

Entires for both the girls competitions and any of the boys age groups will open imminently (this week) and full correspondence will be sent out by competition co-ordinator Richard Drake. Details and entry forms can be found on the SJCF website: 

Despite the governments green light for cricket to get going, it's absolutely crucial that all clubs ensure they're fully compliant with all Covid guidelines and look to prepare and maintain their grounds and facilities according to all ECB guidance. Attached is the clubhouse/pavilion guidance, along with the Junior 1-pager which is very similar to that of the main guidance (also attached).

The guidance allows clubs to play 11-a-side matches, with no restriction on length of games. Younger age groups can look to play 8-a-side or 10-a-side 'pairs' games as they usually would and there is scope to consider double headers as and when appropriate. Again, your league rep can help support you with any of this, but I must re-iterate the non-negotiable fact that clubs must ensure they are fully compliant with all guidelines. 

I appreciate all clubs will take their time to read through the guidance on how matches can be run but it's important clubs clearly communicate with their opposition to ensure both sides are fully aware of what to expect. 

Arrangements around toilet facilities, social distancing at venues, where to go on arrival and how to manage movement around the ground are crucial discussions to be had in advance of any game. The maximum number of people involved in the game on site must not exceed 30 and this number must include coaches, players, umpires and scorers. 

Although not always used at junior age group cricket, changing rooms must not be opened and clear concise instruction and direction to visiting teams must be given on where they can set themselves up for the game, ensuring that they continue to observe the social distancing guidelines. 

Players need to ensure they take their own individual water bottles and any snacks/food with them. Clubs may offer to replenish water bottles but again, this must be done under the strict guidelines around indoor facility use.

During the games themselves, players must have breaks after 6-over to sanitise their hands, but may I suggest in 'pairs' matches that this is done after each pair of batsmen, to save time and ensure an easier 'break' in the game. 

Unlike senior matches, the responsibility to adhere to the guidance will lie with the coaches, managers and parents on the day. It's crucial all clubs communicate these guidelines fully with their managers and parents and take responsibility for the safe and compliant delivery of all matches.   

On top of the specific Covid guidance clubs must ensure they are fully up to date with the Club Welfare responsibilities and have fully stocked 1st aid facilities. Coaches/managers responsible for the matches must ensure DBS' are in date and the clubs liability insurance is valid. 

I know this period has been exceptionally frustrating from a cricketing sense but now we're able to get matches going I urge you all to continue being mindful of all the guidelines and take time to ensure your fully ready to host any matches and offer any fixtures. 

I'm here to help as and when needed and I hope you all manage to get some cricket played this summer across all your club and in particular your junior age groups. 


All the best,

Matt Parsons

Territory Manager (North)

Area and District Programme Co‑ordinator

Junior League Ball Purchasing

It is mandatory for clubs participating in the South, East and West League to use Newbery cricket balls this season.

Options :-

a) 4.75oz (junior) size cricket balls

b) 5oz (U12 & U13) size cricket balls

c) 5.5oz (full size) cricket balls

d) Incredi-balls (junior size)



National competition which is 20 overs aside. Clubs entering will be put into to a draw with the early rounds be based on North/West & South/East divide to save on travel time. Games are arranged by clubs and to be played by deadlines set by the Sussex Cricket Foundation, traditionally played during the week though can be played at weekends.  

The club that wins Sussex competition will go into the regional rounds which leads into the national competition. The competition is FREE to enter.



There are five Junior Cricket Leagues in the County, each offering a range of competitive opportunities from U9 to U16.  

Please click on the league to visit their website.


The SJCF is a hugely well respected competition for clubs to enter in the summer holidays. 

The format aids the transition from junior to senior cricket, getting the young people used to playing a longer format. 

Each age group plays during one week of the Summer holidays, culminating in a final on the following Sunday. 

There are two tournaments to choose from, to cater for different abilities, ‘The Bowl’ for the higher standard & ‘The Shield’ for less experienced. 

It costs a club just £30 to enter plus £5 per team. 

For more information on the SJCF visit their website or contact Mike Burton-Durham at

For more information on the Sussex Cricket run competitions, please contact your Territory Manager.