Based on research and experience in the construction, preparation and maintenance of pitch and outfield, this is a guide for improving the general standard of cricket surfaces at all levels of the game, from school level to national level. The pitch and field form the basis of a good game of cricket, but of all sporting surfaces, the cricket pitch is one of the most demanding to manage. The first challenge is to grow grass on heavy clay that is compacted and denied water for days on end until it resembles a strip of concrete. This is then subjected to the pounding of rock-hard cricket balls and the wear of bat and boot. The next challenge is to get the battered turf ready in time for the next game. The authors are currently cricket pitch consultants to the United Cricket Board of South Africa, and are actively involved in the preparation of fields for the Cricket World Cup in 2003. This book is a reference for all those involved in the game of cricket, from primary school to professional.