Dear Members & Supporters,

I hope that this message finds you all safe and well and that everyone is managing the best they can with all that is going on at the moment. It really is strange to think that this week we should have played our first County Championship game at Lord’s and we should now all be eagerly looking forward to our first home game of the season against Sussex. We are going through such an unprecedented event and it obviously goes without saying that the sooner we can safely return to normality the better.

After going through the rigour of the winter and all the physical training that it entails, the players were desperate for the season to start and there would have been no better reward for the hard work of the off-season than a trip to Lord’s for our first game. Alas, this has not transpired and instead we must concentrate on the “national effort” and playing our part in the best way that we can. I would like to express my true admiration for all those who are tackling this pandemic on the frontline, in particular the wonderful NHS and all other key workers whom we cannot thank enough.

I imagine it is not just the players who are yearning for a return to action. A new season offers the chance to catch up with those who we have not seen over the winter months. The “cricket family” is a tight-knit one and I know that I speak for all the players when I say that we are looking forward to seeing you all again at Blackfinch New Road as soon as possible. It is times like this that make us realise how lucky we are and I’m sure that no one will be taking a day at the cricket for granted once this is all over.

In the meantime, I would like to offer my personal thanks to the skeleton staff at WCCC who continue to work hard in order to give us a place to come back to when this is over. It has been nice this week to see some greenery at our ground after what has been an extraordinary beginning to 2020 with the floods. We sincerely hope that cricket will return as soon as possible and for now the players continue to stay as ready and as fit as they are able, eagerly awaiting a return to action.

Until then, I wish you and all your families all the best and I hope to see you all soon. Please stay safe.

With best wishes

Joe Leach

WCCC Captain