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GMCL Rules - Grounds & Facilities


GMCL Rules - Reviewed and Updated February 2024

GMCL Grounds & Facilities 
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E (a)

This section of the rules covers details for your grounds and facilities


Ground & Facility Requirements and Standards
(enquiries to grounds@GtrMcrCricket.co.uk)

13 (a)

This section of the rules covers the requirements for your ground and playing area


Ground Standards


Grounds - The venue standard

All grounds must have changing facilities, tea-room facilities and a suitably cut and managed square


Grounds - GMCL requirement from clubs

The League has a Standard Requirement Document for Grounds and Facilities

This document is distributed to clubs separately but is an Appendix to and forms part of these Rules.

GMCL have set out the procedure for setting Ground Standards as Gold, Silver and Bronze

This will form part of the Ground Accreditation Scheme of the League and sets the protocol for improvements at every venue

The standard of venue will ultimately determine the club’s status in the league and the tier the club will be permitted to play at.

The document covers all requirements so here we only cover the basics required.


Playing Area basics


Watering of Grounds

Under no circumstances shall the pitch be watered after 9:00 p.m. on the day but one before the day of the match. (i.e. 9pm Thursday for Saturday)


Boundary Perimeter

Clubs should endeavour to remove overhanging trees and branches

If this is not possible umpires must advise captains of the local rules

Clubs must use a Boundary rope / boards where they have them



Boundaries can no longer be moved to accommodate the movement of a sightscreen during a game

Where sightscreens would normally be wholly or partly within the field of play

all clubs must now place a boundary line in front of the screen and supports

that boundary line must extend wide enough to allow the movement of the sightscreen from side to side to accommodate all bowlers’ actions during the whole game to ensure that the sightscreen remains wholly outside the boundary for the whole of the game.

Where a rope delineates the boundary, this rope must be in position before start of play to allow the sightscreen to be moved without alteration to the boundary throughout the game to accommodate bowlers over and around the wicket

Therefore, any ball off the bat pitching behind the line and within the extremities of the sightscreen will count six runs.


Fielding Circle

A fielding circle shall be marked for all senior games

There should be an area made up of two semi-circles behind the stumps at each end, centred on each middle stump at 5 yard intervals by a plastic or rubber disc measuring around 7 inches in diameter.

Each semi-circle must have a radius of 30 yards and should be joined by a parallel lines at each side of the pitch.

This applies to all League, cup and GMCL20 games


Facilities basics



The scoreboard must be able to display a minimum of

total runs, wickets down

overs remaining, current individual batter’s score, last batter’s score,

total required to win,

Duckworth-Lewis-Stern Revised Target and D/L/S Par score


Visitor Facilities

Clubs should ensure that visitors changing rooms are clean and tidy prior to their arrival

Clubs should ensure that Umpires changing rooms are clean and tidy prior to their arrival


First Aid Kit

Every club must have a fully stocked First Aid Kit

A notice showing the location of the kit must be displayed in the umpires’ room and the visitors changing room


Ground Information

With many clubs visiting new venues for the first time we ask that clubs make information available in changing rooms to inform visitors of such things as the location of first aid kits, local rules, practice areas, neighbour issues etc.