Check the weather forecast
Cricket, at all levels, is dependent on weather. Look at the forecast before a game so you can prepare and plan when help is required. The impact of weather is not just limited to before the game and any weather-related decision should always be undertaken with the most accurate information available. Get more information from the Groundsmanship Guide, in the Tools below.
Keep in touch
Don’t be too quick to call a game off – whatever the challenge, try your best to get the game on. The home team’s captain should contact the person responsible for the ground in the run up to a game – get the players involved in its preparation. If you’re struggling for volunteers, use social media, WhatsApp groups or pick up the phone to rally a team. You can find more information in the Essential Guide to Cricket Groundsmanship, via the Tools below.
Get to the ground early
Getting to the ground early is imperative – especially if there has been inclement weather. It’s the responsibility of the home team to ensure games start on time, or at least to improve the chances of a reduced overs game. Make sure there is easy access to the ground (pavilion, changing rooms, scorebox etc.) and any equipment that will help.
You can find more information in the Essential Guide to Cricket Groundsmanship via the Tools below.
Prepare the ground
Make sure all necessary equipment is accessible and ensure everyone knows how to use it to get the game on. Carefully removing water from covers, taking them off correctly, covering problem areas such as used ends and run ups with matting or saw dust, and mopping up any standing water can all make a difference on game day. Get more advice in the Essential Guide to Cricket Groundsmanship, via the Tools below.
Cover the ground
Covers are an important piece of equipment and are often the difference between getting a game played or not. Even a simple flat sheet cover can save some games. There are many different types of covers available to suit different needs and budgets so you should be able to find an option that’s right for your club. You'll find more information in the Essential Guide to Cricket Groundsmanship, via the Tools below.
Get the basic equipment
Aside from covers, it is important to have some basic equipment to maximise the chances of getting games on. Matting can be used to cover worn ends and sawdust for footmarks, and water hogs/mops and absorbent blankets can remove water from flat sheet covers. Blankets and forks can also be used in the outfield to remove standing water – don’t use forks on the square though!
Know your league rules and regulations
Make sure all those involved in getting games played – such as umpires and both captains – know the laws of the game and their league’s rules. They should know the options available to them if rain delays a start or interrupts play – will the game start on time and what happens if it can’t? Inform the scorers (and those making the tea!) of any decisions made.
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