Grounds reports from Umpires so far this season have identified some issues that come up from time to time. The Grounds committee will contact some individual clubs with specific issues but there are two categories that need to be highlighted as they are relatively easy to solve.
The umpires reports have highlighted several occasions where pitches have not been marked correctly.
The diagram attached lists the essential markings and the measurements to be used.
In addition 17" lines are required, in from the outside lines, on all pitches down to Div 7.
All these markings apply equally to grass and artificial wickets. This includes the 12" mark either side of middle stump and the 5' mark on the pitch, up from the popping crease. This creates a protected area which bowlers need to avoid in their follow through.
Useful equipment / tips required when marking:
Check and ensure all lines are visible from umpire positions.
Lines may need to be touched up between innings or at umpires request so access to materials before and during games is essential.
Extending the popping crease lines by 10' is very useful for umpire/batsmen/fielders when judging potential run outs etc.
Clubs should appoint appropriate persons to carry out this work. Training and practice will improve technique.
It may help clubs who use volunteers to create a pre match list of duties that need to be carried out prior to starting a game.
Always good to have a chat with umpires re any ground queries or concerns.
All grounds are required to have adequate markings.
This requires either a boundary rope or White line with flags. ie flags on their own is not sufficient.
In reality for white line option you will need a line marker and line marking paint. This will need to be applied regularly. Again, ideally clubs should appoint a responsible person to carry out these duties.
Adequate sheet covering is required for all pitches down to Div 4.
This includes applying covering to Artificial Pitches either before or during matches to protect from rain when appropriate.
If any club needs further information on any aspect of Grounds Work please just get in touch.
On behalf of the Cricket Leinster Grounds Committee