Tuesday 24 November 2020 10:11 PM UTC
LONDON Nov 24: Village cricket clubs have voted to end the mandatory serving of refreshments during matches after gripes over the standard of food on away trips.
The Sussex Cricket League – widely regarded as the world’ largest recreational league with 140 clubs and 335 teams – last night agreed to give teams the option of scrapping the spread that has become synonymous with the sport.
Clubs are now only obliged to provide hot and cold drinks after 114 votes were recorded in favour of the motion at the league’s AGM, compared to 89 who voted against it or abstained.
However, those who still wish to provide the full tea experience can do so, and some clubs took to social media to pledge exactly that.
The changes mean umpires will see their match fees increase slightly in order to be able to cover their own tea during the 30-minute break between innings.
It comes after the impact of the Covid pandemic saw the cricket season cut short, with no option to provide teas at matches that did go ahead, meaning everyone had to bring their own food.
Although considered quintessentially English, the cricket tea break was actually an idea imported from Australia nearly 120 years ago.
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