The NCU assessment on whether a ground or grounds are available for play will be made and published on both the NCU website and Facebook page, by Friday evening. All captains are to check this and advise their team accordingly.
Where a match whose ground has been determined to be unavailable for play; and an alternate ground not allocated; then the match will be abandoned. The NCU determination is final; and under no circumstances should the match be played, even if the conditions have subsequently improved overnight.
Where a match whose ground has been determined to be available for play; the captains are to advise their team; and arrange to have all members arrive at the ground ready for play by the scheduled start time.
Captains may contact each other prior to the scheduled start time to make a joint decision on whether play should be abandoned for the day. Any such agreement should be confirmed in writing either by email or SMS by both captains. In circumstances, where the joint decision was not reached, and the match is determined to be available for play, then both teams are to arrive at the ground ready for play by the scheduled start time.
Even when the NCU has determined the ground to be available of play; the appropriate safety checks as per Section 3.1, must be conducted. Safety of all players is paramount. If the ground, pitch or light conditions is considered unsafe for play by the official umpire(s) or if no official umpire(s) are appointed, by both captains; then the match shall not proceed.
Where the conditions are considered unsafe; the captains must agree to wait an agreed period of time allowing for conditions to improve; or agree to abandon play for the day.
All players are to be proactive in addressing any safety concern in order to have the match proceed. The use of sawdust, or grass clippings may be used; however, under no circumstances may any other materials, e.g. woodchip, wood shavings, non-organic materials such as kitty litter, gravel etc to be used. Equipment such as blowers and dryers may be used to increase the evaporation of moisture; but absorbent objects such as towels and sponges must not be placed on turf wickets.
The NCU assessment on whether a turf ground should have covers placed on it will be made and published on both the NCU website and Facebook page, by Friday midday. All captains whose match is scheduled to be played on turf wickets that weekend are to check this and advise their team accordingly.
Where the NCU assessment is for covers to be placed; the Home team should at their earliest convenience; and by 6pm Friday at the very latest; place covers (and if applicable hessian) on the pitch. The Home team is the team listed first on the MyCricket Fixture.
For grounds where the covers need to also be removed on the morning of the match (as indicated on the NCU website and Facebook page); the covers should be removed before 8am on Saturday morning and subject to weather conditions.