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7 Sep 2020
A four day game of Bob Willis Trophy taking place at Bristol ground, between two counties of English cricket, Northamptonshire and Gloucestershire has been called off as an unnamed player from the Northamptonshire squad tested positive for the covid-19. The county released a statement calling off the game, citing the health of the players and officials as being the biggest priority.
"In the interests of player welfare, it has been agreed between Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire and the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) that the Bob Willis Trophy match, currently being played at the Bristol ground has been called off,” the Northampton's release read.
The player though was not travelling with the squad for this game as he had reported for symptoms of covid, two days ago and was therefore in isolation, waiting for his results after getting tested.
"Just before lunch of the first session of play, it came to light that a member of the Northamptonshire playing squad has tested positive for the covid-19,” the releases detailed.
Further impressing upon the point that health of the players and staff is more important, the release ended with, “We all are unified in the belief that player welfare is paramount and that no risk should be taken with the health and safety of players, officials and administrators involved in this match."
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