GROUNDS NEWSLETTER APRIL 2010

 

 

PQS  -  ECB Pitch Quality Standard Consultations

 

 

Last year Premier League and other clubs were offered Pitch Consultations by the ECB trained consultants Nick James (Heaton Mersey) and Paul Agar (Warrington).

 

Consultations for 14 clubs will have been completed by the end of April and detailed reports issued.

 

Consultations are being offered for a further 10 clubs in 2010 – 2011.

 

Applications should be made in writing by email asap and not later than 30th April to:

 

john @bygate.fslife.co.uk

 

name, email address and telephone number of who should be contacted.

 

Applications will be considered in order of receipt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Details attached of:

 

Ist Xl  ECB PITCH MARKING 201l

 

GROUND CRITERIA

 

2ndXl  PITCH MARKING

 

WICKET ROLLING RESEARCH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UMPIRES PITCH MARKING  page 2 follows

 

 

 

 

Cheshire County Cricket League – Umpires Pitch Marking Table 2010

Grading Criteria

Inconsistency

Seam Movement

Carry & Bounce

Turn

Mark

 

Very Good

None

None

Good

None

5

 

Good

Little

Little

Just lacking

Little

4

 

Above Average

Occasional

Occasional

Lacking

Occasional

3

 

Below Average

More than occasional

More than occasional

Minimal

More than occasional

2

 

Poor

Excessive

Excessive

Very minimal

Excessive

1

 

Unfit

A pitch is only rated unfit if it is dangerous

0

 

Marks

5

4

4

3

16

 

·         Add up the scores for each of the Categories to provide the Total Pitch Score.

 

·         In the event of a ‘spinner’ not bowling in the match and it is not possible to score ‘Category  – Turn’, A mark of 3 should be given to enable the calculation of the Total Pitch Score

 

Comments

YES

NO

Did the pitch appear dry before the match?

 

P

Did the pitch have a uniform covering of grass along its length?

P

 

Were pitch markings correct and clear?

P

 

Were old footholes filled/repaired before the match?

P

 

Please add any other comments where relevant

 

Damp pitch due to heavy rainfall in the week but had no effect on the game 

 

 

 

Please rate the pitch and issue a mark as outlined in the guideline table

 

Very Good

17-20

Good

14-16

Above Average

10-13

Below Average

7-9

Poor

1-6

Unfit

0

 

Umpire 1 Name:

 

Signature:

 

Umpire 2 Name:

 

Signature:

 

Teams:   Home:

 

Away:

 

Competition:

 

Date:

 


 

Criteria –

·         These criteria are to be used for marking pitches for a one day league game. Always take into consideration the quality and ability of the bowlers, newness of the ball, and prevailing atmospheric conditions that may influence the amount of movement.  

·        Any variation in performance should be as a result of the quality of the pitch only.

Categories

Grade

Criteria

Very  Good

5

·         Good carry, limited seam movement and consistent bounce throughout, little or no turn,  recognising  that the  quality and ability of bowlers may influence amounts of pace, bounce and turn when assessing the pitch

·         But natural wear sufficient to be responsive to spin later in the game.

Good

4

Average carry, limited seam movement, consistent bounce throughout, natural wear sufficient to be responsive to spin later in the game, though not quite meeting the criteria for carry and bounce for a "very good" pitch

Above Average

3

Lacks carry, and/or bounce and/or occasional seam movement, but consistent in carry and bounce. A degree of turn, but with average bounce for the spinner. Falling significantly short of "very good" with respect to carry, bounce and turn.

Below Average

2

Either very little carry and/or bounce and/or more than occasional seam movement, or occasional variable (but not excessive or dangerous) bounce and/or occasional variable carry. If a pitch demonstrates these features, then the pitch cannot be rated in a higher category regardless of the amount of turn the pitch displays at any stage of the match.

Poor

1

If any of the following criteria apply, a pitch may be rated "poor":

·         The pitch offers excessive seam movement at any stage of the match

·         The pitch displays excessive unevenness of bounce for any bowler at any stage of the match

·         The pitch offers excessive assistance to spin bowlers, especially early in the match

Unfit

0

The pitch is rated as dangerous if:

·         The pitch is excessively wet and slippery whereby players cannot gain a safe foothold. Wet areas may be localised to bowlers run-ups and/or areas on the pitch where the ball is likely to land, or in patches on the outfield

·         The pitch surface may be or become so dry or looses that the ball “explodes” through the surface and may fly unpredictably and dangerously

·         Bowlers  footholds have not been properly and safely repaired

·         The Pitch/outfield has been vandalised in any way and is unfit for use


 

Cheshire County Cricket League – Umpires Outfield Marking

Grading Criteria

Unevenness

Appearance / Grass

Length

Boundary markings

Sightscreens

Marks

Very Good

None

Cut & striped

Below 3/4" (20mm)

No Grass Cuttings

Rope or Fence in good condition

Very  clear line with marks at 20 yd Intervals

Good condition.

In place

Height / Width OK

Easy to Move

5

Good

Little 

Cut

Below 3/4" (20mm)

No Grass Cuttings

Rope or Fence in good condition

Clear line 

Clear marks at 20 yd Intervals

Good condition

Height / Width OK

Easy to Move

4

Above Average

Slightly uneven

Cut &/or striped

Below 3/4" (20mm) Some cutting left

Rope or Fence in reasonable Condition

Clear Marks

Adequate Size

Reasonable Condition

Easy to Move

3

Below Average

Very uneven

Cut longer than 3/4"

(20mm). Impairs ball movement

Condition less than above

Markings not clear

Not large enough.

Hard to move

2

Poor

Excessive  unevenness

Long Grass. Impairs

free ball movement

No Clear Markings

Not Adequate

Poor Condition

Hard to Move

1

An outfield is only rated unfit if it is dangerous

0

Marks

 

 

 

 

·         Add up the scores for each of the Categories to provide the Total Outfield Score.

 

 

 

 

 

                   GROUND MARKING GRID FOR 1ST Xl’s on MATCH REPORT SHEET

 

 

 

 

PITCH

Inconsistency

Seam movement

Carry & Bounce

Turn

Mark /20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wet  /  Dry

Grass cover  Y / N

Markings    Y / N

Repair  Y / N

 

OUTFIELD

Uneveness

Grass etc

Boundary

Sightscreens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Circle

Scoreboard

Good  Ave  BS

Scorers

Good  Ave  BS

 

 

Scorebox

Good  Ave  BS

Umpires Room

Good  Ave  BS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2nd Xl Captains Pitch Marking 2010

 

 

1st Xl matches are being marked by the Umpires using an experimental ECB system which awards marks out of 20 for both pitch and outfield.

 

Please continue to mark as we always have:

 

Good (5marks), Average (3marks), Below Standard (0 marks).

 

The marks for 2nd Xl pitches last year were high indicating a high standard.

 

Extract from 2010 Ground Criteria:

 

PITCHES:  The objective is that the whole pitch should be firm, dry and true, providing good carry and consistent bounce with little seam movement throughout. In all cases pitches will be judged on how they play and not whether they are dry and what colour they look. Pitches should be marked out to current regulations (see handbook diagram). Creases should always be re-marked between innings.

 

WICKET ROLLING

 

The ECB have paid Cranfield University to report on the ROLLING of WICKETS.

The report can be downloaded from the ECB publications section on play-cricket,com and the link below. This also takes you to videos of the research on utube, Please bring this research to the attention of your groundsman.

 

Centre for Sports Surface Technology

Page 29 of 34

www.cranfield.ac.uk/sas/sst

© Cranfield University, 2009

4. A total of 10 passes (with a two drum roller) should do it.

Summer pre-match rolling requires a maximum of 10 roller passes (two drum

roller) to achieve the roller compactive potential. With low clay soil this should be

done in the period 36 to 56 hours after saturation in one or two sessions and with

the maximum roller weight for at least six of these passes. After this time the full

compactive potential of the roller will not be achieved.

For the high clay soil, the drying to optimum moisture content time is more likely

to be influenced by the ambient weather conditions. However the following regime

with a two drum roller is suggested:

An initial rolling of two passes within 48 to 72 hours, preferably with the

maximum roller weight but make sure that it is not too wet as there is a risk

of horizontal soil movement (this depends on the initial pitch density).

A further four roller passes per day for the next two days should be

sufficient to achieve maximum potential.

A total of 10 roller passes with at least the last six roller passes with the maximum roller weight.The timings of these will change according to the weather conditions

however it is important not to leave rolling until the soil has dried below the

optimum.

Further rolling beyond the recommended 10 roller passes is unlikely to

increase pitch density and for reasons discussed previously should be only

undertaken for other playability reasons. For this purpose it would be

prudent to consider using a lighter roller to prevent excessive horizontal

soil stress.