Grounds Resources


Download the new TS4 document - Recommended Guidelines for the construction, preparation and maintenance of cricket pitches and outfields at all levels of the game. 

Go to: recommended guidelines for the construction, preparation and maintenance of cricket pitches and outfields (PDF) 


Successful Management of Dual Use Cricket and football sites

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This new online tool is a must have companion for club groundsmen everywhere, taking you through all aspects of the job with easy to use guidance and practical tips. Available to use on PC’s, tablets and smartphones thanks to its responsive design — help will always be at hand!


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The guidelines are the result of four years of research by Cranfield’s Centre for Sports Surface Technology commissioned by the ECB, which aimed to develop a scientific understanding of the rolling of cricket pitches in order to optimise pitch preparation. The research marks a significant shift from current practice and understanding in cricket.

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PITCH DOCTOR (Essential Guide To Cricket Groundsmanship)

ECB Pitch Consultant, Chris Wood, has worked with NatWest to provide a series of helpful video guides for recreational club groundsmen covering everything from marking out a pitch at the start of the season to putting the pitch to bed in the winter and general maintenance in-between.

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List of Videos available 

Introduction to Site 


Pitch Repair 1 & 2

Spring Rolling

Pest and Disease Control

Pitch End Repairs 1 & 2

Pitch Preparation


Winter Maintenance of the Square 1 & 2

Squaring the Square

Spring Preparation

Outfield Renovation

Mowing a Pitch

Materials Storage 

Marking a pitch

Creating a Pitch Plan

Equipment Maintenance and Repair 1 & 2

Successful Management of Dual Use Cricket and Football sites



IOG – Institute of Groundsmanship 


IOG regularly run training courses covering a range of turf maintenance and management issues for cricket groundsmen