Sunday’s WBBL Cup final is off due to a Covid-related stoppage at Leicester Riders.

In accordance with the league’s Covid-19 rule amendments and Secure Play Protocol, the final – slated for the University of Worcester Arena – has been postponed following the requirement of players and staff at the Riders to self-isolate.

Cardiff Met Archers, the team Leicester met in the semi-finals, were unable to step in a a replacement team despite having a fixture in the schedule for the previous day, the WBBL confirmed. With sources insisting no other sides would travel to Worcester, that left the league with no option but to push back the showpiece, which was due to be televised on Sky Sports.

The Riders’ opponents, Nottingham Wildcats, belatedly earned their spot in the final when Sevenoaks Suns – their conquerors in the semis – opted not to play due to concerns about travel during current rises in cases of the virus. It has not been confirmed whether Sevenoaks will now be reinstated if it is held later in the season.

The rearranged date is to be agreed as soon as possible by the WBBL member clubs, a statement said. The impact has also extended elsewhere with Caledonia Pride, who hosted the Riders last weekend, also now entering a ten-day self-isolation period.

MVP understands Sunday’s 1pm slot on Sky will be filled by the BBL clash between Leicester’s men and Glasgow Rocks, which had been scheduled for the Morningside Arena that evening following a date switch last week.

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