Serving the small town of Menai Bridge, the local cricket club has a willing team of volunteers led by Keith Hughes. Keith is a secondary school teacher; at any other time, he is the volunteer groundsman at the club. Our square is on a slight slope, so water tends to drain reasonably well. The square, when constructed, was laid on a stone and gravel base then built up with soil and loam.
We have, in the past, had a problem with low clay content in our profile which we have been rectifying over the years by using Boughton County loam. The ground is one of the smaller cricket fields in North Wales and can get a bit flooded, but this is mostly in the winter, and we do get quite a few gale force winds, given our location.
Pitch preparation begins about two weeks before that strip is required though, sometimes, the weather will have a say in how the preparations goes. We may also give each strip a small feed of fertiliser just to give them a little boost prior to cutting/rolling etc.
Our pitches are assessed for PQS by our pitch advisor on a rolling programme of visits year on year. Each ground in North Wales will be assessed and a full report produced for the club, with advice on any actions needed. Soil samples will be taken and sent for analysis and a report sent back regarding its chemical make-up and advising on what fertilising and feeding regime needs to be followed to improve its condition.