County Championship match between Derbyshire and Essex abandoned after Derbyshire player tests positive for Covid-19

Derbyshire’s LV= Insurance County Championship match with Essex has been abandoned after a Derbyshire player tested positive for Covid-19.

The England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed on Monday morning that the game at Derby had been called off, with the unnamed Derbyshire player self-isolating and further members of the hosts’ squad identified as close contacts.

The ECB also said that the awarding of points for the match would be announced in due course.

Essex had bowled out Derbyshire for 146 on day one before closing on 86-3.

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The ECB statement read: “The LV= Insurance County Championship match between Derbyshire and Essex at Derby has been abandoned ahead of the second day’s play.

“The decision was made after it was confirmed this morning that an unnamed member of the Derbyshire playing squad tested positive for Covid-19 and has begun to self isolate.

“Further members of the Derbyshire squad have been identified as close contacts.

“Due to the isolation protocols and impact on Derbyshire’s available playing squad the umpires have abandoned the match.

“The ECB has worked closely with Public Health England and both Derbyshire and Essex County Cricket Clubs with the health and safety of players, staff and officials the first priority.

“Confirmation on the awarding of points from the match will be announced in due course.”

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