Following the formation of the Southern League (SL) in 1969, a general inquiry in 1970 initiated by Noel Fisher showed a widespread interest among clubs tired of the surfeit of draws in ‘friendly’ cricket and looking for a competitive edge with rewards, in the form of promotion, for success.


Ground Reports are showing that a number of pitches and outfields, particularly in the Regional Divisions, are suffering from the current extreme weather conditions, at least one match having been abandoned when both teams agreed that it was dangerous. A frequent comment from away captains is “something must be done”.

In the case of outfields it is unlikely that anything short of decent rainfall, which does not look imminent, will help. Pitches however should benefit from frequent watering where this is possible.

We ask players to be understanding of the considerable efforts being made by club groundsmen, local authorities and other ground providers. We suggest that clubs concerned about the safety of the pitches they hire, to contact the ground providers and alert them to the risk of injuries from pitches which are unsafe, and ask if more can be done. Clubs and club groundsmen are welcome to contact [email protected] for specific advice, and the Grounds Committee will do their best to help.