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Grounds Facilities & Pitches

The Executive Committee has developed criteria for pitches and ground facilities in respect of all member clubs within the League and any future new applicants. This was considered necessary to improve and maintain the standard and quality of cricket available to member clubs and for the League to retain its position within the structure of Surrey Cricket and the associated leagues. In addition it would offer encouragement for Premier Division sides to remain within the League instead of considering a move to another league to access better grounds without necessarily improving their playing level of cricket.

Following a review of all the grounds/facilities used by clubs in the League, each club has been allocated a grading (A/B/C) using a Committee-approved set of criteria (see below) supplemented by personal inspections by members of the Grounds sub-committee.

All Premier Division and Division 1 clubs must achieve a minimum A or B classification to remain in those divisions. Clubs attaining a promotional position to Division 1 will not be granted promotion unless their ground/facilities satisfy an A or B rating. Should a Premier or Division 1 side's ground rating fall below a B grading at the conclusion of any season there will be a significant risk of demotion to the next lower division. If a club changes ground, the new ground will be inspected by the Grounds sub-committee and must be approved acceptable for Premier and Division 1 cricket/promotion to those divisions.

The grading of grounds and pitches is not related or linked in any way to the pitch and outfield markings provided by clubs which is a separate entity.

Ground Criteria

CATEGORY CRITERIA GRADES
 

 

A B C
Pitch & Square
Pitch Able to play 90-over matches Y Y Y

 

True and predictable bounce Y

 

 

 

Correct marked Y Y Y

 

Re-marked during intervals Y

 

 

Square Well maintained and in good condition Y Y Y

 

Cut before each match Y Y Y

 

Previously used pitches repaired Y Y

 

Outfield & Boundary
Outfield Well maintained Y Y Y

 

Closely mown and no noticeable grass cuttings Y Y

 

 

No holes or hazards Y Y Y
Boundary Clearly marked with white line, rope, flags or fence Y Y Y

 

Markers every 20 metres (approx) Y Y Y

 

Normally a minimum of 50 metres from centre of pitch Y

 

 

Sight screens Provided at both ends of the ground Y

 

 

 

Suitable size and in good condition Y

 

 

 

In position before the match starts Y

 

 

Scoreboard or Box
Scoreboard Displays all information required at the end of each over Y Y Y

 

A scorebox, internal area or cover for scoring purposes Y

 

 

 

Numbers unambiguous, accessible and in good order Y Y Y
Scorer Availability of good scorer and good communication with umpires Y Y Y
Ground General
Covers Optional and subject to agreement between club and Ground Committee

 

 

 

Sawdust / towels Sawdust and towels available Y Y Y
Equipment Rollers available for use during innings breaks

 

 

 

Surrounds Well maintained Y Y Y
Exclusive control Private ground or ability to influence high level maintenance standards Y

 

 

Practice facilities Grass nets or artificial nets (optional)

 

 

 

Changing Facilities
Dressing rooms Separate facilities for the visiting team Y Y Y

 

Maintained and in good/clean condition Y Y Y

 

Adequate size and facilities Y Y

 

 

Suitable security and privacy Y

 

 

 

Easy access from playing area Y

 

 

Umpires room Separate and secure room not used for other purposes Y

 

 

Stumps, etc Stumps, bails, bowlers’ marks, umpire coats, etc available Y Y Y
Hot showers Clean hygienic and working with suitable privacy Y Y Y
Toilets Clean hygienic and working with suitable privacy Y Y Y
Pavilion / Clubhouse
Hospitality Meal area is of adequate size and in good condition Y Y Y

 

Teas of good standard and reasonably priced Y Y Y
Kitchen Clean and hygienic Y Y Y

 

Adequate crockery and cutlery in good condition Y Y Y
Telephone Access to working telephone/mobile to originate calls to emergency services Y Y Y
Viewing area Seating for players’ use Y Y Y

 

League Ground Gradings

As at the start of season 2016, the Grounds Committee have awarded the following gradings:

GRADE A

The following clubs/ teams have been allocated an 'A' grade for their current registered home ground. They are eligible to play in the SCL Premier Division and Division 1 for season 2016.

Abahani Norwood Exiles Raynes Park FP  
Balham & Tooting Old Pete's Ploughmans  
Clapham Old Xaverians Old Royalists St Lukes  
Economicals Park Hill Surrey Seamers  
London Welsh Ploughmans Wandsworth  

GRADE B

The following clubs/ teams have been allocated an 'B' grade for their current registered home ground. They are eligible to play in the SCL Premier Division and Division 1 for season 2016.

 Bec Old Boys Ham & Petersham Ottershaw & Hamm Moor  
Bec Old Boys A Ham & Petersham A Reigate Priory  
Beddington Village Morden Spelthorne  
 Croydon of India * Morden A Wimbledon Corinthians  
Croydon of India A * Norbury Green Wimbledon Village  

* Facility inspected undergoing supervised programme of pitch renovation pre-2016 season and ongoing worth thereafter

GRADE C

The following clubs/teams have been allocated a 'C' grade for their current registered home ground. They are eligible to play in SCL Divisions 2 and 3 season 2014.

  Commonwealth 1920  Croydon Lions West Byfleet **
       

** dressingroom facilities not inspected - current overall grading based on the square and outfield alone

GRADE U

The following clubs/teams have been allocated a 'U' grade for their current registered home ground until the ground is inspected by the League. They are eligible to play in SCL Divisions 2 and 3 season 2016.

Woking XI        

Grounds unsuitable for league cricket

  • Tooting Bec Common
  • Haydons Road Rec, Wimbledon
  • Dundonald Rec, Wimbledon
  • Purley Way
  • Manor Park, Worcester Park
  • Beverley Park, New Malden
  • South Norwood Grounds, Auckland Road, SE19 (NOT South Norwood Lakes, Ave Road, SE25)
  • Morden Rec, Farm Road, Morden

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