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4.2 Placement and removal of covers It seems obvious that, if the groundsman is not present and the placement and removal of the covers is left to the players, it is essential that they are supervised by the umpires. What is perhaps not so obvious is that it is good practice for this supervision by the umpires to occur even if the ground is staffed by a full-time support team. The umpires are responsible for trying to ensure that covers are placed to maximise their efficiency and that pipes are laid so that the water runs onto the outfield, where it can best soak away, rather than onto the square. Supervision of the removal of covers is also critical to avoid spillage. Particular care is required when flat sheets are to be removed. If possible the water on these should be soaked up with a hopper prior to moving them. It is always helpful to arrange for as many people as possible to assist and to raise the two sides to trap any remaining water on the sheet, before dragging this to somewhere where the water can be drained away without affecting the playing area unduly. 4.3 Frequency of inspections 4.4 Recording your decisions Law 3.9(c) says, when there is a suspension in play, it is the responsibility of the umpires to monitor conditions and make inspections as often as appropriate, unaccompanied by the players or officials. It is therefore helpful to remind the captains of this Law in advance, rather than have half the players troop out after the umpires, who then have to turn them back. Umpires are to remain vigilant when play is suspended or has not started. They are to keep one eye on the weather so that the conditions can be inspected as soon as they look to have improved. The captains and ground authorities should be kept informed of their findings. If they decide the conditions are not fit, a further inspection will be arranged, and the captains and scorers notified of the time. It is helpful that a record is made of the time of inspections, the umpires’ conclusions to those inspections, and the times the umpires decide to commence or suspend play. It is helpful if these records are retained. In the event that the umpires are required to complete a report on the match, this information can also usefully be recorded here. The records can include notes about the relevant views expressed by others, along with clear indication that the deliberations between the umpires and inspections carried out by the umpires addressed such views. In the event that any player is injured during play, and the cause of such injury may reasonably be considered or suspected to have arisen from the ground conditions, it is recommended that, as soon as possible, a record be made by the umpires as to the steps they took in regard to relevant inspections and decisions relating to the playing conditions. 13 92018 ECB Ground Weather and Light.indd 15 15/03/2016 15:58