Mick the Mower - June
|Published: 7th August 2008 21:32|
We are now well into the cricket season, with ground staff working hard to produce playing surfaces for their clubs.
As always, weather conditions continue to dictate the work required on your cricket facility. Every cricket groundsman in the country will be praying for some consistent warmer weather in June, which is more conducive to preparing and repairing cricket wickets.
Cricket pitch preparation can take anything from 5-15 days . Every groundsman's preparations will be different. No two pitches are the same and neither is the equipment each person has availiable .
Some clubs have covering systems whilst others don't , this will have a major bearing on pitch prep .
The size and weight of rollers will also dictate what can be achieved , clubs who only have part time and /or volunteer labour may be restricted in the time they have to prep their tracks .
Scarification should be carried out between the popping creases to reduce the density of grass , using pedestrian or mechanical brush/rake machinery ( not thatch removal or similar type tines ) hand rake or a strong bass brush , care being taken not to disturb the soil surface .
The bowling ends should not be scarified as this will assist in reducing the wear & tear , also aid recovery from the damage caused by players . Scarification should continue until the grass sward has been sufficiently reduced in density. There should be no mat of grass and the surface soil should be visible between the blades of grass .
If possible , a cut the morning of the game and a light roll for 20 mins should get things looking right , happy batting !
A thought about security
Brazen metal thieves stole a 3 ton steel roller from a village cricket ground. The theft of the 7ft wide, 2ft high roller marked the fourth time in less than a month that the club had been targeted by crooks keen to cash in on the rising price of scrap metal .
The thieves are though to have used a crane on the back of a lorry to steal the roller .The groundsman said he could,'t believe his eyes when he discovered it gone . He could see the marks in the ground where the supporting legs had gone in to keep the lorry stable , he said they would need to replace it at around £400 .
Makes one take a good look at ones own club !!