Grounds Facilities & Pitches
The Executive Committee has developed criteria for pitches and ground facilities in respect of all member clubs within the League and any future new applicants. This was considered necessary to improve and maintain the standard and quality of cricket available to member clubs and for the League to retain its position within the structure of Surrey Cricket and the associated leagues. In addition it would offer encouragement for Premier Division sides to remain within the League instead of considering a move to another league to access better grounds without necessarily improving their playing level of cricket.
Following a review of all the grounds/facilities used by clubs in the League, each club has been allocated a grading (A/B/C) using a Committee-approved set of criteria (see below) supplemented by personal inspections by members of the Grounds sub-committee.
All Premier Division and Division 1 clubs must achieve a minimum A or B classification to remain in those divisions. Clubs attaining a promotional position to Division 1 will not be granted promotion unless their ground/facilities satisfy an A or B rating. Should a Premier or Division 1 side’s ground rating fall below a B grading at the conclusion of any season there will be a significant risk of demotion to the next lower division. If a club changes ground, the new ground will be inspected by the Grounds sub-committee and must be approved acceptable for Premier and Division 1 cricket/promotion to those divisions.
The grading of grounds and pitches is not related or linked in any way to the pitch and outfield markings provided by clubs which is a separate entity.
League Ground Gradings
As at the start of season 2016, the Grounds Committee have awarded the following gradings:
The following clubs/teams have been allocated an ‘A’ grade for their current registered home ground. They are eligible to play in the SCL Premier Division and Division 1 for season 2016.
The following clubs/ teams have been allocated an ‘B’ grade for their current registered home ground. They are eligible to play in the SCL Premier Division and Division 1 for season 2016.
The following clubs/teams have been allocated a ‘U’ grade for their current registered home ground until the ground is inspected by the League. They are eligible to play in SCL Divisions 2 and 3 season 2016.
Grounds unsuitable for league cricket
- Tooting Bec Common
- Haydons Road Rec, Wimbledon
- Dundonald Rec, Wimbledon
- Purley Way
- Manor Park, Worcester Park
- Beverley Park, New Malden
- South Norwood Grounds, Auckland Road, SE19 (NOT South Norwood Lakes, Ave Road, SE25)
- Morden Rec, Farm Road, Morden