Lancashire Cricket thank MRG for COVID-19 help
The Members' Representative Group have contacted around 200 Members during the coronavirus pandemic
Lancashire Cricket’s efforts to contact Members during the coronavirus pandemic have been aided by the support of the Club’s Members’ Representative Group (MRG).
Players, staff and the MRG have all been involved in the initiative since the start of lockdown in March, calling elderly Members for a catch up and check on their welfare in light of the postponement of the cricket season.
Led by Chris Bent and Phil Clarke the MRG alone have contacted around 200 Members, talking all things cricket past and present, including the potential for a shortened county cricket season at the back end of the summer.
Lancashire’s players have also participated in the initiative, each contacting a number of Members before returning to training at Chester Boughton Hall CC recently.
Lancashire Acting Chairman, Les Platts, said: “It’s been a true Club-wide effort to reach out to Members over the last three months and the MRG have played a huge role in the process, allowing us to contact many more who are missing being at Emirates Old Trafford this summer.
“I would like to place on record my overwhelming appreciation for Chris, Phil and the rest of the MRG for their help.”
Phil Clarke, added: "We’ve had some lovely stories and anecdotes about cricket, including the Member with a mammoth cricket tie collection and another who recalled his pursuit of Don Bradman to get his autograph! Some of these stories will feature in more detail in the next edition of Spin.
"Invariably Members have thanked us for the call and welcomed the opportunity to chat about cricket in general and all things Lancashire Cricket in particular. Many have expressed great sadness at the untimely passing of David Hodgkiss, including some who knew him personally”.
Chris Bent points out that the calls have had a practical purpose too.
"Whilst we have been talking with Members, they have taken the opportunity to raise queries with us. These have been really varied and not surprisingly included current topics such as tickets and membership. We were able to discuss them with the Club and help at a time when Lancashire Cricket have clearly been operating on reduced staffing numbers.
“As well as recalling past memories, it’s also been great to hear from Members about current topics and their thoughts on tickets, Membership and other aspects of the Club’s operation. All of the feedback has been greatly appreciated and will form part of our discussions with the Club in future MRG meetings.”
When the happy day comes that Members can all return to Emirates Old Trafford, Chris is hoping they will be able to meet up with many of the Members he and Phil engaged with.
"It has been really brilliant to chat to so many lovely people and we have often finished calls saying how good it would be to meet up in the Pavilion in the future. I am already planning how we could make that happen!”