BROMSGROVE and Barnt Green Cricket Clubs can look forward to a summer and autumn of derby days after grassroots cricket was given the green light to restart by the Government.

The Birmingham League intends to begin playing matches as quickly as next Saturday (July 18) as long as its member clubs are in agreement.

Unable to play a full season due to the coronavirus pandemic, league chiefs have decided on a group and play-off format.

Clubs have been placed in regional groups of six and will play 10 fixtures, playing every other team in the group at home and away.

The four group winners will go forward to the semi-finals to be played on Saturday, September 26 and then the final on a neutral ground on Sunday, September 27.

The Cricket Committee has recommended that the competition will be a 40 over competition and will be played under the current rules and playing conditions for the Graham Williamson Trophy competition.

Bromsgrove and Barnt Green have both been placed in Group 4, along with Barnards Green, Halesowen, Kidderminster and Ombersley.

All clubs were due to attend meetings to discuss the minutiae of staging games.

A league statement said: "There are still many issues to be resolved regarding fixtures and clubs’ desire to fully open their clubhouse facilities, while Government (ECB) guidance on the playing and staging of matches is not expected until the end of next week.

"It is essential that BDPCL considers the safety and well-being of volunteers and players at member clubs, as well as their families and other stakeholders in the game, such as umpires, before a final decision is made.

"This will allow everyone to prepare for a successful return of the game following the publication of the guidance.

"Clubs will not provide teas for players, umpires or scorers who will, all, be expected to bring their own refreshments. Dressing room facilities will, only, be available in line with the guidance."