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East Kilbride Cricket Club captain Stewart Kampman hopes his side will soon take to the crease for the first time this season.
The Covid-19 crisis has wiped out any chance of a competitive cricket season – which normally runs from April to September – but with restrictions on outdoors sports lifting, the club has returned to training.
Now, they hope to play friendly matches next month if the country moves into phase four of the Scottish Government’s routemap out of lockdown.
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It would be the latest signing coup for the fifth tier side if a deal could be completed. Kilby have been on a huge recruitment-drive in the fifth tier of Scottish football bringing in the likes of Chris Erskine and Paul Paton so far this summer.
Kampman said: “It’s the Scottish Government who provide the guidelines for when we start back and we haven’t heard anything on that yet, but we have had confirmation we can play inter-club games, which is a good start.
“Training has started, it’s been positive and it’s been really good to be back.
“At the sports club we have had risk assessments done, we’ve got hand sanitiser, there’s posters up on social distancing and there’s limits on how many people and how many households we can have in at one time, so we are doing all we can.
“Clubs have come together to get as much cricket played as we can when we get the green light. There’s no dates yet, but in the next couple of weeks we hope to have potential games lined up.
“They won’t be competitive games.
"Hopefully it will be friendlies with a competitive feel about them.”
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