County Championship game between Derbyshire and Essex suspended because unnamed player tests positive for COVID-19

The LV = Insurance County Championship match between Derbyshire and Essex at Derby had to be postponed before the match on day two. The reason for the match being canceled is that an anonymous player from the Derbyshire squad has tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, the rest of the members went into isolation as they were identified as close contacts.

Quarantine protocols and the impact on other members of the Derbyshire squad caused the referees to abandon the match. The England Cricket Board (ECB) issued a statement saying they are working closely with health experts to keep the health of players and staff as the top priority. In addition, the decision on the allocation of points would be taken in due course.

“The ECB has worked closely with Public Heath England and Derbyshire and Essex County Cricket Clubs, with the health and safety of players, staff and officials being the top priority. Confirmation of the match points will be announced in due course ”, the ECB issued a press release.

Derbyshire general manager Ryan Duckett stressed that they had imposed strict testing regimes for players and also had safety rules for supporters. Duckett thanked the club’s medical staff and the ECB for their immediate action. He further claimed that while it was disappointing for the game to see him undergo a retirement, Duckett stressed that the safety of players and fans comes first.

Ryan Duckett. (Credits: Twitter)

“As a club we have put in place a robust testing regime among all staff throughout the return to cricket and have clear safety rules in place for supporters. This isolated incident highlights the fact that sport is not immune to the pandemic, and I would like to thank the club’s medical and site staff, as well as Public Health Derby and the ECB for their immediate response in dealing with the matter safely. It is of course a big disappointment to see the abandonment of a match, but the safety of all players, staff and supporters must always come first and the club are grateful for the understanding of the supporters ”, Duckett said, as quoted by ESPN Cricinfo.

Derbyshire took 146 points as Shane Snater takes three wickets:

Meanwhile, Derbyshire was lagging behind in the game anyway as Essex regrouped them for 146. Leus de Plooy scored the best goal with 43 and Shane Snater picked up three scalps. In response, Essex reached 86-3 by the end of day one. Former England captain and opener Alastair Cook scored 30 when opening the stick. Nick Browne, opening with Cook, remained undefeated alongside the versatile Kiwi James Neesham.

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