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2020-06-08 - 16:08:01  SPORTS | 

EASTERN COUNTIES CUP FALLS VICTIM TO COVID-19


There will be none of the customary revelry that annually coincides with the sound of bat striking ball during the Eastern Counties Cup with the competition being officially cancelled for this summer.

Such was revealed today by Eastern Counties Cricket Association (ECCA) as they announced that the 116th version of the classic would not take place this year at Sea Breeze Oval as originally scheduled due to the Covid -19 pandemic.

“The Eastern Counties Cricket Association regrettably announces that the 116th Eastern County Cup Series has been cancelled due to the global Covid-19 pandemic,” said ECCA president Steven Douglas in a press release. 

“After much deliberation, the association has decided that it is in the best interest of Bermuda to suspend our competition scheduled for 2020 and to immediately commence with preparations for 2021.

“The association acknowledges the disappointment of our loyal patrons, fans and community. However, we recognise our duty to ensure the safety and health of all spectators. We acknowledge the sacrifices all Bermudians have made during this pandemic and ask that you continue to practise social-distancing, along with the recommended safety and health protocols outlined by the Government.

“The Government of Bermuda, Bermuda Health Council and other healthcare agencies have done a fantastic job in limiting the spread of the virus. The ECCA, taking a leadership role in our communities, has decided to place the lives and welfare of all Bermudians above holding the competition this year. 

We hereby announce that the 2021 series will be held at the Bailey’s Bay Cricket Club, Sea Breeze Oval, and wish to thank the ECCA member clubs and fans for their understanding and support during the Covid-19 pandemic.”
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