Guidelines for Rolling in Cricket

ECB and Cranfield University have launched new Guidelines for Rolling in Cricket. These can be downloaded below as a PDF:

Guidelines for Rolling in Cricket (2.7 MB)

These could save over 700,000 hours of cricket pitch preparation time across the UK through more effective use of rollers.

Guidelines For Rolling In Cricket

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.

Chris Wood, ECB Pitches Consultant, said, “This is research that I’m pleased to say will go a long way to dispel the myths and legends and instil sound and economical rolling practices for the production of quality pitches across all levels of cricket.”

Working with ECB and the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG), over 100 groundstaff across England and Wales were consulted throughout the research process to identify the scope for improvement. Results demonstrated that in first class cricket, the number of roller passes over the pitch ranges from 5 to 280, allowing plenty of scope for optimisation.

Dr Iain James, Senior Lecturer and Head of the Centre for Sports Surface Technology at Cranfield, said: “This research will lead to better pitches and more efficient pitch preparation. We calculated that if all clubs in England and Wales were to target their rolling using these guidelines, the reduction in rolling time with save a total of over 700,000 hours of rolling per year and reduce the carbon footprint of cricket by an equivalent of a small housing estate. In addition, there will be cost savings in terms of fuel.”

The guidelines, aimed at both professional and volunteer groundstaff, are also available to download from the Cranfield website at - where you will also find further information on the research project]

See also a feature 'How cricket outfields and squares drain' by Dr Iain James carried on and the England v India match programmes for the Royal London One-Day Series in 2014

Cranfield University Website