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3.2.1 Fielding side • • • • • Umpires are satisfied that the bowlers’ run-ups, footholds and follow-throughs appear to be safe, such that a bowler is able to deliver the ball without slipping or other risk of injury. The safety of the areas for the bowler’s feet in his take-off stride, his delivery stride and his follow-through strides are particularly sensitive and important. These areas can be checked by each umpire with his foot, by firmly placing his foot on the ground to see if it slides or is otherwise unstable. The ground conditions do not appear to be such as to deprive the fielders of free movement when fielding, or attempting to field, the ball, ie they are free to move, turn and run at broadly full pace, without slipping or risking other injuries. Ground conditions can be tested in the same way as the areas for the bowler’s feet. There appears to be no surface or standing water anywhere on the playing area. Surface water is defined as water that can be seen on the surface of the ground; standing water is that visible when pressing one’s foot into soft ground. Similarly there appears to be no surface or standing water on the area immediately beyond the boundary over which fielders may need to pass as they endeavour to field or catch the ball. 92018 ECB Ground Weather and Light.indd 9 • Areas of water must be investigated and efforts made to eliminate them and any danger they pose. You might see if the playing area can be modified. Exceptionally, play may be possible if the water is further than 30 yards from the pitch, not on the square and you are absolutely convinced it will not prevent fielders from having free movement, or that any danger it poses can be eliminated. 3.2.2 Batting side • • • • There appear to be secure footholds around the popping crease so that the batsman can receive a delivery and can play shots without fear of slipping or other injury. The ground appears to be firm enough for the batsmen to set off for a run without slipping or other injury. A batsman can run safely between the wickets and turn for subsequent runs. In every case these areas can be tested in the same way as the areas for the bowler’s feet. 3.2.3 Both sides • • There appear to be no areas of unfit ground that might cause a risk of injury to any player or umpire. Used pitches and their creases are often areas of particular concern that require careful attention and review. 7 15/03/2016 15:58