WITH not many Saturdays left until wickets are pitched on April 17, two clubs in the Dales Council League are still seeking to nail down some or all of their venues for home fixtures.

League secretary Ron Mackenzie revealed at a league executive committee meeting, held by Zoom, that Bradford Moor and St Chads Broomfield were the two clubs concerned.

He said: “Bradford Moor are still investigating playing at Redrow, while St Chads’ sixth team are still looking for an alternative home ground to Richmond House for five matches.”

Another potential issue was how well council pitches will be prepared.

Mackenzie said: “Savile Stars had an issue with Kirklees Council last season, there are possible issues with Bradford Council and Leeds Council, and there are also school pitches at Sandal Primary School, Fulneck School and Richmond House to consider.”

The league are expecting to start the campaign under the same strictures as for the 2020 season - i.e. 40 overs per innings, sanitisation breaks every six overs and closed clubhouses – but will make a definite decision on whether to play 40 overs per innings or 45 after March 29.

It is possible that clubs will be able to have cricket teas and to open their changing rooms again after June 21.

Mackenzie added: “It is also possible that older umpires could mentor younger umpires by standing on the sidelines.”

He confirmed that Steve Wilkes had resigned as president of the Dales Council League’s Umpires’ Association for personal reasons, with league chairman Colin White sending him a letter of thanks.

The league have booked their annual dinner for the Midland Hotel on Saturday, November 27.