PLANS for spectators to attend Yorkshire's Vitality Blast match against Durham next week have been scrapped due to the rise in coronavirus infections in the local area.

The match on September 16 at Headingley had been earmarked as a pilot event for the safe return of spectators to sports venues by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

It was announced on Wednesday that pilot events already pencilled in would be limited to 1,000 spectators, while the scheduled wider return of spectators to sports venues on a socially-distanced basis from October 1 is under review due to a rise in cases nationwide.

The pilot events, DCMS said, could not take place even with 1,000 people in attendance if the area had high prevalence of coronavirus infections, and the decision has now been taken to play the Yorkshire match behind closed doors following consultation with Public Health Leeds.

"All parties believe that this is the appropriate action to take due to the recent rising infection rates in local areas. The safety of our communities is paramount as we strive to prevent the spread of the virus," a county statement said.

Meanwhile, the EFL has updated its clubs following Wednesday's announcements from government.

League Two club Cambridge confirmed no spectators would be able to attend their match against Carlisle on Saturday.

The club had planned for a crowd of 2,000 but after the government halved that figure, it was decided the pilot could not go ahead because of invalid tickets in circulation.

A club statement read: "This is no one's fault - and everyone recognises that the national situation has changed - but it was felt that we would have been left with too many invalid tickets in circulation for a game where safety has to be the number one priority.

"Even with re-ticketing and regular direct communication to all fans over the next 24 hours, the short timeline means that the club cannot entirely mitigate the risk to fans and stewards of people arriving in good faith for the game with tickets that are invalid and being unable to attend given the reduced capacity.

"Therefore, whilst it is a difficult decision to cancel the pilot, it is the right one in circumstances where we must all prioritise public health and safety."

Cambridge did admit spectators to their EFL Trophy match against Fulham's under-21s on Tuesday night.