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Pitch Rejuvenation

13th September 2017 Posted in Grounds and Latest by Michael Weeks

Cornwall Cricket Pitch Rejuvenation Programme

Despite the extraordinary efforts of groundsmen, almost all volunteers, across the Duchy, our pitches have the general reputation of being slow and low. This hampers the development of players: batsmen don’t develop a back foot game; seam bowlers are not encouraged to focus on speed as a weapon.
There have also been a number of recent incidents where pitches, despite the considerable best efforts of the volunteers who prepared them, have been disappointing.

Cornwall Cricket Board (CCB), The Cornwall Cricket League (CCL) and the Cornwall Association of Groundsmen (CACG) have therefore decided to work together to create a Pitch Rejuvenation Programme to address this issue. The CCB has committed £5k to this programme and we are extremely grateful to Penzance CC who have agreed to match this funding.

The initiative will be led by Simon Johnson, our ECB Pitch Adviser, who has recently been appointed Regional Representative for the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG). The initiative will cover:
* Bespoke advice to individual groundsmen.
* Full-day or evening groundsmanship masterclasses by visiting IOG speakers. The first of these will be held at Truro CC on 16th September.
* Opportunity to acquire seed/fertiliser/loam at preferential rates.

For the first year, the main focus will be on the clubs in the Premier League next season and those which host the most senior and youth county fixtures. However we plan to expand the programme across all clubs in the Duchy in future years.

Each ground will have its own specific characteristics, so this will not be a one-size-fits-all programme. Rather, Simon will discuss what could be done with the club. It may be that there is no change to the existing programme. It may also be that the Club and Simon don’t agree on what measures would be appropriate in which case the Club will of course be able to prepare its own pitches as it wants. That said, there will be a clear intention to play County adult and youth games on the most appropriate pitches.

This is not intended to be a finance-driven programme, however there may be cases where support will require investment. The most obvious example of this would be the provision of courses; however it may be that, on the advice of Simon, the programme could decide to subsidise particular work on a Club’s square (e.g. scarification, overseeding, vertidraining). However, were this to be done, this would be on the basis that the club and Simon have agreed a written rejuvenation plan and the money would only be paid once the agreed work had been demonstrably undertaken.

Penzance CC Donates £5,000 to Cornwall Cricket Pitch Rejuvenation Programme

Cornwall Cricket is delighted to announce that Penzance CC has very generously agreed to donate £5,000 to the recently-announced Pitch Rejuvenation Programme. This will allow the Programme to provide more courses and resources to clubs throughout the Duchy.

Simon Menneer, Cornwall Cricket CEO, commented: “This is a fantastic gesture by Penzance CC and we are very grateful to the Club for their support. The pitch at St Clare has been outstanding this summer with both pace and bounce. This donation will allow us to put in place measures to ensure that more pitches in Cornwall share the same characteristics.”

Neil Tregarthen, Executive Chair of Penzance CC, said: “Since I returned from London and got back involved with Penzance Cricket Club in 2016, I have been very focused on the new club mantra of, ‘Club, County, Community’. This donation is a further example of how we at Penzance CC want to provide real and tangible support to other clubs in the Duchy.”