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Pitch Reports

Through Kent Cricket there are four levels of Pitch Report available to affiliated cricket clubs. These range from informal, through to a Full Performance Quality Standards (PQS) Assessment, which is a report template put forward by the England and Wales Cricket Board. A Full PQS Report is required by all teams entering the Premier Division of the Kent Cricket League, but can be requested by any club at any time.

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  • Level 1 Report - This will involve a site visit to establish the issues and to explore ways forward. It will result in an onsite verbal report (so clubs should be prepared to make their own notes).
  • Level 2 Report - This will involve a site visit to establish the issues, discussion with ground staff and ground managers on problems, a verbal report giving initial conclusions, followed up by a bullet point (note form) written report. If necessary, core samples for analysis will be taken and processed.
  • Level 3 Report - This will be a full Performance Quality Standard report. It will involve a site visit, soil analysis a full scientific inspection and analysis of playing surfaces, machinery, groundcare procedures and practices (incl Health and Safety Aspects). It will result in a full written report by the KPA with supporting analysis, including Laboratory Report and any pertinent recommendations.
  • Level 4 Report - This will be a follow up report on a PQS report. Usually approximately 2 years after the initial PQS and is designed to gauge progress on issues raised at the original PQS and to offer further advice on arising issues.

The Level 1 and 2 Reports can be carried out by any of our ECB Pitch Advisors or Pitch Support Network, whereas the Leve 3 and 4 Reports can only be completed by an accredited ECB Pitch Advisor.

How to arrange a report

All reports must be booked via Kent Cricket, who will log your request and introduce you to an available advisor. The advisor will then work with you to find a convenient time for visit.

Cost

Clubs will be invoiced by Kent Cricket for the report which can be settled by Cheque, Bank Transfer or a Card payment over the phone. The club treasurer must provide a clear email of instruction in response to the quoted price for a Report before it can take place.
  • Level 1, Mileage Only
  • Level 2, £40 plus Mileage
  • Level 3, £300, plus Soil Analysis Charge, plus mileage
  • Level 4, £150, plus mileage
* Mileage will be charged at £0.45 per mile
** Soil Analysis costs fluctuate as they are carried out by independant laboratories. In November 2017 this cost £70 incl VAT
** VAT will be levied at the appropriate rate to 'vatable' items

Soil Analysis

Soil Analysis provides you with vital information about the soil that you are working with. Typically the analysis sheet will detail:
• Soil classification
• Soil pH 
• Nutrient content

Knowledge of these factors, along with advise from our team of advisors should enable you to make informed and effecient decisions, leading to better wickets.

Soil analysis is a compulsory part of the Level 3, Full PQS Report but can be added to any of the other reports if requested.

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Example extract from a Soil Analysis Report

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The Level 1 and 2 Reports can be carried out by any of our ECB Pitch Advisors or Pitch Support Network, whereas the Leve 3 and 4 Reports can only be completed by an accredited ECB Pitch Advisor.
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