Diss Cricket Club chairman staying upbeat despite coronavirus uncertainty
Amidst all of the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, optimism continues to reign at Diss Cricket Club.
As it stands, a ruling from the England and Wales Cricket Board has suspended all forms of cricket indefinitely.
There have been suggestions that the 2020 campaign could end up being completely wiped – something that could cripple clubs at all levels up and down the country.
From a Diss perspective there is a confidence they would be able to survive financially from a year without any play, although chairman Douglas Young is still hopeful some cricket will be possible before the summer is out.
“We are preparing the pitches as though there will be some play this year,” said Young.
“The first half of the season would have been done by the end of June, so hopefully we might be able to get started in July and rescue half of the season.
“If we do lose a whole season then we are going to lose a lot of our income. We rely on the social side of things like the bar takings and fund-raisers.
“But we have cut down on our expenses and we don’t employ anyone or pay the players.
“We will not be as hard hit as those clubs with overseas players or on contracts.
“We are confident we will survive financially whether there are matches played or not. It certainly isn’t dire straits, but it will be tough.”
One particular aspect Young is keen to protect is the youth side of the game.
Diss had a number of youngsters signed up to take part in the ECB’s All Stars programme, which is designed to provide five to eight years olds with their first taste of cricket.
“The juniors are our major worry because we do not want to lose them,” he added.
“We had a decent number signed up for the All Stars and I think the ECB are working to put some bits online to keep them interested.
“We can always extend it into August and September because weather-wise they are normally good, or we could also move it indoors if that is what needed. The junior players are the future of all clubs.”