Cricket Wales has criticised the Welsh Government’s roadmap out of lockdown restrictions.

The sporting body joined a chorus of criticism of the Welsh Government after the return of sport was put behind the opening of pubs in the easing of restrictions.

It means Welsh cricket clubs will not be able to travel across the border for early Henshalls Shropshire League fixtures.

Meanwhile sports clubs will find themselves in a position of being able to welcome fans to grounds for alcohol outdoors but the same fans will not be permitted to watch the sporting match.

Adult Cricketers should be legally permitted to cross the border when it is re-opened on April 12

Outdoor hospitality permissible in cricket clubs with such facilities from Monday, April 26.

Organised adult outdoor activity, in groups of up to 30, scheduled to re-start on Monday, May 3 subject to public health conditions remaining favourable and confirmation by Welsh Government

Cricket Wales CEO, Leshia Hawkins urged the Welsh Government to review its stance on sport and bring it in line with the restrictions in England which have progressed at a far more advanced rate despite having more virus cases.

However the body remained confident the sport would recover from the latest set-back and urged clubs to remain upbeat and start organising for the forthcoming summer cricket season.

Last season clubs were unable to cross the border but the usual format is expected to be in place.

She said: “While we have been left extremely frustrated and deflated by the news today, Cricket in Wales has demonstrated time and again over the last year its resilience, agility and commitment to getting the game on safely - and the next few weeks will be no different, I’m sure.

“We have already begun the process of proactively engaging with league administrators in both Wales and England, and our clubs, to work through the implications of the news and to ensure minimal or no loss of competitive cricket for adults in the short-term.

“I want to assure the Welsh Cricket family that we will get through this latest bump in the road together and we will come back stronger.

“In the meantime, I respectfully urge Welsh Government colleagues to consider re-instating equitable participation opportunities for recreational sports people, either side of the England-Wales border, as many other industries’ customers have been afforded by the most recent review.”