THE Bolton Cricket League have confirmed the start date of their 2021 season.

Given the Government’s road map out of the latest national lockdown, cricketers are hoping they are set for a full summer of cricket.

The BCL will start on Saturday, May 1, and have extended the season to September 18.

The league explained their reasoning in a statement released following a meeting of its executive committee, citing more training time as one factor.

“The Bolton Cricket League have decided to delay the start of the season until May 1 and extend the season one week to September 18,” it read.

“The executive felt there were a number of reasons this would benefit clubs, players and umpires.

“More of the participants would have had their first or second inoculations and hopefully the England and Wales Cricket Board restrictions will be reduced as the season progresses, along with restrictions on the serving of alcohol and refreshments.

“During the close season, players have not been able to train indoors and the delay will provide greater opportunities for outdoor practice as the weather improves so players are better prepared for the start of the season.”