Lewis Gregory forced to pull out of Somerset’s County Championship match against Middlesex after his girlfriend became unwell; despite her negative test result for Covid-19, he will miss the rest of the game, with Jack Brooks brought in as a replacement
Somerset’s Jack Brooks is the first player to be used as a Covid substitute in county cricket
Somerset’s Jack Brooks has become the first Covid substitute in English domestic cricket after being drafted in to replace team-mate Lewis Gregory for their LV= County Championship clash against Middlesex.
All-rounder Gregory was forced to withdraw on Saturday morning when his girlfriend – who is part of his social ‘bubble’ – felt unwell and took a lateral flow test for Covid-19.
Although the test came back negative, public health requirements mean that both must remain in isolation until a second negative test result is returned – ruling Gregory out of the rest of the match.
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Lewis Gregory had to withdraw from Somerset’s game against Middlesex due to Government regulations on Covid-19
Brooks batted in his place during Somerset’s first innings at Taunton, scoring one, and was then called on to open the bowling later in the day.
Somerset confirmed in a statement: “Protocol dictates that until the results of a further test have been received, Lewis will remain in isolation as per Government guidelines.”
ECB regulations permit like for like substitutions – with the approval of the match referee – when a player either tests positive for Covid-19, shows symptoms or is required to isolate as a possible contact.