Three cricket clubs have been temporarily closed after two spectators tested positive for Covid-19

Clubhouses have been shut and 'all activity' suspended for seven days at Droylsden, Ashton and Denton West cricket clubs, the Greater Manchester Cricket League announced today.

It comes after two fans at Sunday's Denton West versus Droylsden match informed the league they had contracted the virus.

The same two people had also been present at Saturday's Ashton versus Droyslden game, it later emerged.

Contact details are being taken for all attendees at GMCL fixtures and anyone present at the two games will now be contacted by the NHS Test and Trace system.

League spokesman Mike Hall said: "We learnt this afternoon that two spectators had tested positive for coronavirus.

"As a precaution we took the decision to postpone all fixtures at the three clubs for seven days.

"We've had advice from Tameside council and all clubhouses will also be deep cleaned.

"We had discussions with all three clubs this afternoon and they all support the decision.

"We are being very cautious, we're following all the protocols set out by the English Cricket Board.

"We are keen to keep playing cricket, not just for the players but also because of the benefits it brings to communities, so we are doing as much as we possibly can."

Earlier today the league tweeted: "Due to a positive test all activity at Droylsden CC, Ashton CC & Denton West CC will cease with immediate effect for 7 days from today.

"No matches, no practice, junior or senior and clubhouses to be closed. This is upon instruction from ECB

"Test & Trace will contact those recorded as present by the home clubs involved.

"Matches can be rearranged to later dates where venue and teams available. We are finalising the situation regarding clubs connected to other participants in those games."

"We will attempt to rearrange, but as always our immediate priority is the safety of all concerned.

"Stay safe!"