Outdoor nets at the Windmill Centre in Deddington have started and will run at 5.30pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays at least until the start of the playing season next month.  The ladies nets are at 6.30pm on Fridays.

The rules around using nets are different from last season, so please take a bit of time to read through these notes as it will make sure all participants are able to use the nets in a safe and secure way, without increasing the risk from mixing in wider groups than we have been doing for several months.  

1) Please do not attend nets if you have been asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace, have any of the prescribed COVID-19 symptoms, or generally feel unwell.  Details of Government guidelines regarding these can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/

2) Please come changed and ready to play.  There is no access to changing rooms and only emergency access to toilets in the Windmill.

3) Please bring your own equipment including a ball and if at all possible do not share or mix equipment.  If equipment is shared, it should be sanitised between users.  Sanitising wipes and hand sanitiser will be available. 

4) Please maintain social distancing wherever possible when in and around the nets.  Face masks are not a requirement provided appropriate social distancing is maintained.

5) Do not put sweat or saliva onto the cricket ball and avoid touching or contact with cricket balls other than your own.

6) Please wash, or sanitise your hands at the end of the session and if you help put the common equipment, such as stumps and bowling machine away, or touch, or use the equipment during the session.  

7) If you use the bowling machine, please sanitise your hands after touching the balls used in the machine. 

Unlike last year, there is no restriction on the number of people who can participate at nets provide the above controls are in place. The info graphic below can be referred to help remind you of the key elements. The full current ECB directive on organised play can be found here: https://resources.ecb.co.uk/ecb/document/2021/03/26/c1d0973a-94d1-410b-a400-826f6a71feb5/Recreational-Cricket-COVID-Guidance-in-England-26.03.21.pdf

The general safety rules for the nets are:

1) All U18s must wear a helmet in line with ECB rules when batting in the nets.

2) Only one batter per net.

3) Avoid hitting the ball aerially out of the nets.  It is not range hitting!  Repeated balls clearing the nets will result in you being asked to leave them.  Balls that hit cars or other users of the Windmill in the car park, or on the playing field are at your risk and liability. 

4) When leaving the nets after bowling and when waiting to bowl, please face toward the batters even if it means reversing out of them, so you can see and react to balls being hit from the nets.

5) Do not feed the bowling machine before the batter is looking at you.

6) Adjust the speed and swing of the machine only at the batters request.

7) When retrieving balls from the side netting, be aware of the batter, bowler and ball in the other net  

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