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Harlow MP Robert Halfon calls for return of village and amateur cricket

MP Robert Halfon has gone in to bat for the return of village and amateur cricket.

In a letter to sport minister Nigel Huddlestone, the Conservative, whose Harlow constituency includes the villages of Matching, Sheering and Lower Sheering, has called on the Government to allow the "immediate resumption" of matches.

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".

Robert Halfon (37127996)
Robert Halfon (37127996)

Mr Halfon said: "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've 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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