RECREATIONAL cricket remains on hold throughout the coronavirus pandemic – but the ECB are still hopeful they will see the game commence this summer.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday announced new guidelines relating to exercise amid COVID-19, with the public permitted to play sport alongside other members of their household.

The new lockdown rules do however mean grassroots cricket, including the Dorset League, remain suspended.

A statement from the ECB read: “ECB is aware of the government’s announcement pertaining the next steps of this crisis and we will continue to be led by their advice.

“While our recommendation to suspend all forms of recreational cricket remains in place at present, everyone across the sport is hoping that we will see cricket played across England and Wales this summer.

“We’re working closely with the government to establish when and how it will be safe to resume play and we look forward to sharing our plans as they progress.”

Swanage had been set to begin their respective Dorset League campaigns this month.

The first team had been prepared to host Shillingstone in their Division One opener on May 2.

The second team, who are in Division Four, had been scheduled to make the trip to Ashmore.