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LANCASHIRE GROUNDSMANíS ASSOCIATION: APRIL ASPIRATIONS

Date: 21st March 2018

LANCASHIRE GROUNDSMANíS ASSOCIATION: APRIL ASPIRATIONS

An update from Paul Tatton (ECB and LCF pitch advisor) about April advice on cricket ground maintenance

Snow at Easter is a distinct possibility with a potentially delayed start to the season. We are almost there and make no mistake we are all on ‘catch up’ and it’s not much consolation to realise we as groundsmen are all in the same boat.
It was with a heavy heart and injured back not to mention the ground conditions that meant I had to cancel the groundsman’s course scheduled for Saturday 24th March at Westhoughton CC. Sincere apologies for this.

ROLLING

Light rolling little and often progressing to an unballasted heavy roller when conditions allow.
12 to 14 passes including the run up in one session on a designated pitch is adequate.
PS : never put a heavy roller on a wet pitch/square.

MATCH PITCH PREPERATION

Reduce the height of grass in gradual stages rather than in one pass. This is kinder to the new grasses and reduces drag on a newly serviced machine engine. Deflector plates on a 10/11 bladed machine may need slight adjustment to make sure the newly cut grass is thrown to the back of the box rather than a build up on the cutting cylinder.

SETTING UP THE SQUARE

I have devised a method of squaring up popping creases with an extension of Pythagoras’
3, 4, 5 principle.  I have done a diagram which explains it far better than words but broadly speaking :
66 ft x 30ft x 72ft 6in will give you a pitch with popping and return creases which are square and adjacent.
Please make sure return creases are a minimum of 4 feet, - a common mistake in my umpiring
exploits.

REPAIRS

Best not to let them accumulate but do them on a match to match basis both for safety and presentation.
Encourage Club Chairmen and benefactors to finance ground machinery, sightscreens, covers and boundary ropes instead of paying ordinary players so called ‘boot money’.

MACHINERY AVAILABLE

2  new Mk 3 Bowdry’s  available, vastly reduced, - speak to me mid April 18.
Also John Deere X300R twin deck, rotary cutters with collection, - available now, contact me.

FINALLY

Congratulations to New Zealand cricket, - the presentation of both ground and square have been stunning.

Paul Tatton

ECB and LCF Pitch Advisor
07977 318406 or 01942 879447 (note my new landline number).

 

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