MP Robert Halfon calls for return of cricket in Harlow and the villages

MP ROBERT Halfon has gone in to bat for the return of cricket in Harlow and surrounding villages.

There are a number of teams that play in the town including Harlow CC, Harlow Town CC as well as teams in the villages including Matching, Sheering and Lower Sheering

Mr Halfon was one of a group of Tory MPs calling for an end to the coronavirus ban, saying “the game of cricket itself is non-contact and players are spread out in wide fielding formations exclusively outdoors where the risk of transmission is already vanishing small”.

Mr Halfon added: “Cricket is one of our most loved sports and I thoroughly enjoy visiting our cricket clubs on a summer’s afternoon to watch a game.

“Over the past few months, I have been working hard to ensure that our clubs have the support they need through this difficult time.

“It has been remarkable to see the incredible work from volunteers and club officials to keep our clubs above water and I pay tribute to everyone who has worked tirelessly to do so.

“Nevertheless, the most important thing now is to allow clubs to resume playing and I hope that the minister will outline guidance for this immediately.

“If any resident or club has any concerns or questions, I would encourage them to contact me directly and I very much look forward to visiting our brilliant clubs soon.”

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7 Responses to "MP Robert Halfon calls for return of cricket in Harlow and the villages"

  1. HardWorkingMan   June 23, 2020 at 5:20 pm

    How about the return of freedoms to the UK ? Peak was before lock down, NHS was never over run or in danger of being.

  2. kthe5   June 23, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    The subject of cricket starting was asked by Greg Clark MP for Tunbridge Wells. “The problem with cricket as everybody understands, that the ball is a natural vector of disease,…” said PMINO.

    Which is completely different to football (that also uses a ball) that restarted last week. Somehow that ball is not a “natural vector” of Covid-19.

    My guess is that Dominic Cummings doesn’t like cricket but likes football.

  3. jhumphreys84   June 24, 2020 at 8:37 am

    Or that football is played with multiple balls that are constantly cleaned and most of the contact is with parts of the body where the virus isn’t passed through, such as hands, mouth, eyes etc. Equally, it has only started at the higher levels where testing and proper cleaning can be afforded. Whereas cricket uses one ball as it has to be the same level playing field for all, it constantly comes into contact with the hands, which have touched people’s mouths and eyes. It also doesn’t have the funding in the game, to restart yet. Ultimatley the risk is also low because it is played outside and in strong UV light. So it probably can restart.

    So it’s got nothing to do with Dominic Cummings, what a stupid statement to make and has nothing to do with political leaning.

  4. kthe5   June 24, 2020 at 7:29 pm

    Hey, JH, good comments as always
    “what a stupid statement to make ”
    Of course it was a stupid statement. I sometimes aspire to second rate satire. I continue to aspire as my stupid efforts fell flat once again.
    “has nothing to do with political leaning”
    Of course it has everything to do with politics, and very little to do with science. Everything Alex says & does is to do with politics. Alex gives out “good” news saying that certian business can re-open, but doesn’t like explaining what the science is behind it. Alex stops the daily H-H-Hancocks Half Hour Covid-19 update just as journalists start asking awkward questions. Obviously the burden of sharing information has got just too much.
    The relaxation of the 2m (6 feet and 6.7402 inches for the brexiters) down to maybe 1m and-a-bit-if-you-feel-like-it is an entirely a political descision.

    I know, nor care about football or cricket, so I’ll assume you know much more than I do. But some things don’t make sense.
    “Or that football is played with multiple balls that are constantly cleaned”
    Cannot cricket balls be cleaned between turns at throwing at the bloke with the wooden stick? And is there a rule in cricket that states that only one ball can be used?
    “most of the contact is with parts of the body where the virus isn’t passed through, such as hands, mouth, eyes etc.”
    So when footballers throw the ball in from the sides they don’t use their hands? And the guy at the back never uses his hands to stop the ball to prevent a try? (no, wait, ‘try’ is rugby. I’m not good at sport technical terms).
    Also, do cricketers catch the ball with their eyes? If so, please let me know, it might make something that lasts the best part of a week a bit more interesting.
    “Ultimatley the risk is also low because it is played outside and in strong UV light. So it probably can restart.”
    I strongly advise you to investigate how much UV light is required to kill a virus.
    I found this:
    https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200327-can-you-kill-coronavirus-with-uv-light
    ““You would literally be frying people,” says Dan Arnold, laughing in disbelief. ”
    Frying footballers and cricketers with UV death rays may make the “sport” interesting enough that I may pay the slightest attention, but it doesn’t sound very safe.

  5. jhumphreys84   June 24, 2020 at 8:03 pm

    I may have been over sensitive saying it’s a stupid comment, but I do stand by it’s really not a political issue. I think it’s more returning to normality.

    To answer some specifics you raise. Football, the ball is being swapped at throw ins etc and then disinfected so transmission risk is low. Also the top league have put in place weekly and by weekly testing so they’ll catch anyone testing positive so they shouldn’t be on the pitch, very different to the real world setting.

    As for cricket, yes you should only use one ball or something or similar age in better condition. The ball is a lot more porous and things like sweat and dirt can be used to manipulate the movement of the ball at certain stages of the game, so changing it regularly just gives a big advantage to one side. Equally with the number of people picking up a ball like that the transmission rate is higher. Also there is no testing in place locally so it is higher risk.

    As for UV light, I work in vaccines so know how this works. You’re right in that pure UV is not enough to kill a virus but it affects a number of other factors. Think of it like fungus, loves dark, warmish and damp conditions. So do viruses. Introduce dry and heat, they don’t spread so well. It’s the same for many other Covid, flu and chickenpox viruses. Chickenpox is a good example as the version they have in hotter countries is so different to what we have here, isn’t as easy to spread and not as potent. It’s why any who comes to this country to work or be in healthcare sector needs to be vaccinated against it as the version they have won’t provide protection. Also UV light gives a bit of a natural boost to vitamin d levels which help your overall immune system fight things off better. It’s why we don’t get so sick during summer months generally

  6. jhumphreys84   June 24, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    Additionally the 2m thing. Across the world this varies. Most of Europe is operating 1m. In Asia they’re naturally good at this anyway with fewer handshakes etc. The science behind it is pretty weak, but it’s generally thought in enclosed spaces further away is better. Outdoors I don’t think there is much need for a 2m restriction. But indoors, where do you stop really, could even go to 5m to be completely sure but if airborne well it could travel further. So it’s all a bit finger in the air. Not the governments fault though, no government would do well implementing such unclear guidance…

  7. MickyB77   June 28, 2020 at 3:28 am

    What a load of rubbish written about, cricket, haven’t you lot got better things to occupy yourselves with ? obviously not.

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