The Westmorland Cricket League season could be curtailed or even cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The campaign was due to get under way next month but, following a recommendation from the England and Wales Cricket Board that "all forms of recreational cricket are for now suspended", the league admitted the season would not start on time and may not go ahead at all, depending on how the outbreak develops.

A statement from the league's honourary secretary, Tim Mansfield, said: "I think we can now say with some certainty that the 2020 season will not start on time, and it is possible that there will be no cricket in 2020.

"However, we intend to keep the fixture list as circulated so that we are ready to go if and when the guidance changes as we move into the summer.

"We agreed at the last league management committee that if the first month of the season was affected then all cancelled games would be treated as if they were rained off.

"That now looks wildly optimistic and if it becomes clear that there will be just a short window in the calendar for cricket then we’ll look at what can be arranged."