SWANAGE Cricket Club’s campaign could be left in doubt after all forms of recreational cricket were suspended amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The measure has come into place after the government banned mass gatherings in the UK - effectively cancelling all remaining sporting events.

"Following the government's advice around social distancing, it is with sadness and reluctance that we recommend that all forms of recreational cricket are for now suspended," an ECB statement said.

"This extends to training, pre-season friendlies and any associated cricket activity.

"Sport plays an absolutely vital role in the nation's mental and physical well-being, and it helps people find meaning where there is fear and uncertainty, so one of our goals in the coming weeks will be to explore ways that we can support some levels of physical activity in communities - particularly at junior levels.

"Using our cricket community to support others could be one of the most important services we can offer during the difficult next few months.

"It will be critical that any decisions we do make are medically-led. And we will continue to work with government and their advisors to ensure we are informed by science in our decision making."

Swans’ first team were set to compete in Dorset Division One this season, while the seconds were preparing for Division Four.

The Dorset League campaign had been set to begin on Saturday, May 2.