Lee makes the most of cricket's return

July 28 2020
Lee makes the most of cricket's return

LEE Walters wasted no time in making the most of club cricket's long awaited return with an unbeaten century for Chipping Sodbury.

The opener retired on exactly 100 from 110 balls (one six and 15 fours) as his side overwhelmed Cardiff visitors Lisvane by 163 runs on the much-delayed opening weekend of the season.

For many weeks there were fears that no cricket would be played at all this summer because of the coronavirus crisis, from concerns over the ball being a "vector of the disease" to worries over social distancing.

But guidelines put forward by the England and Wales Cricket Board to mitigate COVID-19 infection risks were approved by the Government, ensuring that cricket became the first recreational team sport to make a comeback.

Sodbury also fielded a 'B' team on an adjoining pitch against Bedminster.

Chairman Andy Shield said: "After so much uncertainty it was fantastic to have cricket back and to be able to put on two home matches. There's been great eagerness from our players to take part and both games attracted good crowds, demonstrating the important role cricket plays in community life."

Head groundsman Ben Waldron said: "A lot of people put in a lot of hard work over many weeks, particularly on Sunday mornings, to ensure both of our grounds were ready when we got the green light to play, and the reward has been being able to host these two games."

Players followed special new rules, including maintaining 2m social distancing while fielding and celebrating the fall of wickets, while there were also regular hygiene breaks to clean match balls.

Walters' ton propelled Sodbury to 242-4 from 40 overs, Josh Morris plundering an unbeaten 69 before Lisvane were rushed out for 79, with Waldron capturing 4-9 from five.

There was also a return of 3-2 from fellow seamer Ollie Morris and two wickets for spinner Dan Brown in a comfortable win.

Sodbury B suffered a seven-wicket reverse against Bedminster before recording a 46-run win in a 15-over per side encounter, Adam Febry crashing 69 from only 33 balls.

Shortened league programmes were due to begin on July 25: for more details search for chippingsodburycc on Facebook.

Steve Hill