Team cricket is set to return tomorrow as the government eases coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

From July 11, competitive 11-a-side cricket matches can take place adaptations in place to mitigate the transmission risk of Covid-19.

Players are no longer permitted to polish the ball with their spit or sweat and the overall group size involved in a match (including coaches and officials) is limited to 30 people.

Batters have been instructed to run in distinct running lanes to ensure they are not within two metres of the bowler or their batting partner at any time.

East London and West Essex Guardian Series:

An ECB diagram illustrates how batters should keep their distance while playing.

Organisers must also ensure hygiene breaks for participants to disinfect their hands and the ball every six overs or 20 minutes.

Further guidance for cricketers includes:

• Individuals should undergo a personal symptom check prior to all activity and not take part if they demonstrate any Covid-19 symptoms.

• Club representatives should ensure that the facility is compliant with current government legislation, including legislation and guidance related to Covid-19.

• Clubs should keep a record of attendees at a match/session, including contact details, to support NHS Test and Trace.

• Players should remain socially distanced at all times (Only wicketkeepers and slip fielders at 1m+).

• Players should minimise handling of the ball in all activity, by limiting contact as it makes its way back to the bowler and using small groups in training.

• Limit the sharing of equipment where possible. Where not possible, practice strict hand hygiene.

• Clubs and groundskeepers should mark running lines on the square in line with the popping crease at 2m+ intervals on either side of the pitch.

Sports minister Nigel Huddleston said: “This is fantastic news for the millions of people who miss playing sport with their friends and teammates.

“This guidance sets out how community sport can be done safely, so many more sports can get going again.

“Sports governing bodies are now putting stringent measures in place so that the millions of people that play, officiate and volunteer can keep safe while enjoying all the benefits that grassroots sport brings.”

On July 9, the government announced people can now exercise with up to five other people from outside their household.

Up to two households are permitted to gather in groups of more than six, provided members of different households can follow social distancing guidelines.