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Greater Manchester Cricket League

Founded 2016

GMCL Rules Section E - Grounds & Facilities


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

13 Ground & Facility Requirements and Standards

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

13.1.Ground Standards

13.1.1.Grounds - The venue standard grounds must have changing facilities, tea-room facilities and a suitably cut and managed square

13.1.2.Grounds - GMCL requirement from clubs Leagues has a Standard Requirement Document for Grounds and Facilities document is distributed to clubs separately but is an Appendix to and forms part of these Rules. have set out the procedure for setting Ground Standards as Gold, Silver and Bronze will form part of the Ground Accreditation Scheme of the League and sets the protocol for improvements at every venue standard of venue will ultimately determine the club’s status in the league and the tier the club will be permitted to play at. document covers all requirements so here we only cover the basics required.

13.2.Playing Area basics

13.2.1.Watering of Grounds 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)

13.2.2.Boundary Perimeter should endeavour to remove overhanging trees and branches this is not possible umpires must advise captains of the local rules must use a Boundary rope / boards where they have them

13.2.3.Sightscreens can no longer be moved to accommodate the movement of a sightscreen during a game sightscreens would normally be wholly or partly within the field of play clubs must now place a boundary line in front of the screen and supports 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. 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, any ball off the bat pitching behind the line and within the extremities of the sightscreen will count six runs.

13.2.4.Fielding Circle fielding circle shall be marked for all senior games 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. semi-circle must have a radius of 30 yards and should be joined by a parallel lines at each side of the pitch. for GMCL20 this should be a 25 yard circle.

13.3.Facilities basics

13.3.1.Scoreboard scoreboard must be able to display a minimum of runs, wickets down remaining, current individual batsman’s score, last man’s score, required to win, Revised Target and D/L/S Par score

13.3.2.Visitor Facilities should ensure that visitors changing rooms are clean and tidy prior to their arrival should ensure that Umpires changing rooms are clean and tidy prior to their arrival

13.3.3.First Aid Kit club must have a fully stocked First Aid Kit notice showing the location of the kit must be displayed in the umpires’ room and the visitors changing room

13.3.4.Ground Information 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.