The LV = Insurance County Championship match between Derbyshire and Essex in Derby had to be postponed before the second day’s game. The reason for kicking off the match is that an unnamed player from the Derbyshire group tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, the rest of the members went into isolation because they were identified as close contacts.
The quarantine protocols and the impact on the remaining members of Derbyshire led to referees abandoning the match. The English Cricket Board (ECB) has issued a statement saying it is working closely with the health experts to keep the players and the health of the staff a priority. Furthermore, the decision on the allocation of the points will be made in due course.
‘The ECB has worked closely with Public Heath England and both Derbyshire and Essex County Cricket Club, with the health and safety of players, staff and officials a top priority. Confirmation of the awarding of points from the match will be announced in due course, ” the ECB issued a statement.
Derbyshire chief executive Ryan Duckett has stressed that they have set strict test rules for the players and also have safety regulations for the fans. Duckett thanked the medical staff of the club and the ECB for their immediate action. He further claims that while it is disappointing for the game to see it go abandoned, Duckett stressed that the safety of the players and fans comes first.
‘As a club we have had a strong test management among all staff throughout the return to cricket and we have clear safety regulations for fans. This isolated incident highlights the fact that sport has not been released from the pandemic, and I would like to thank the club’s medical staff and staff, as well as Derby and the ECB for their immediate response to deal with the matter safely. It is of course a great disappointment to see the abandonment of a match, but the safety of all players, staff and fans must always come first and the club is grateful for the understanding of fans, ” Duckett said as quoted by ESPN Cricinfo.
Derbyshire bowled out for 146 when Shane Snater took three wickets:
Meanwhile, Derbyshire stayed behind in the match anyway, as Essex tied them together for 146. Leus de Plooy scored the best with 43 and Shane Snater picked up three scalps. In response, Essex reached 86-3 at the end of the first day. Former England captain and opening batsman Alastair Cook scored 30 as he opened the batting line-up. Nick Browne, with the opening of Cook, remained undefeated alongside Kiwi versatile James Neesham.