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According to Law 19.1 of ICC Test Match Playing Conditions “The playing area shall be a minimum of 150 yards (137.16 metres) from boundary to boundary square of the pitch, with the shorter of the two square boundaries being a minimum 65 yards (59.43 metres).” The law also states that the straight boundary on both ends of the pitch are supposed to be no less than 70 yards (64.00 metres) in length. The centre of the pitch is the starting point for measurements.

The measurements are designed so that the playing area is as large as possible while still staying within the guidelines of no boundary being more than 90 yards (82.29 metres) from the centre of the pitch. For youth matches these boundary measurements can be lessened as per your Cricket Board guidelines. The boundary line is usually marked out with white paint (whitener) and a line marking machine.

The Pitch

The pitch is usually near the middle of the cricket field on the ‘square’. The pitch is a rectangular area 22 yards (20.12 metres) in length and 10 ft (3.05 m) in width. It is bounded at either end by the bowling creases and on either side by imaginary lines, one each side of the imaginary line joining the centres of the two middle stumps, each parallel to it and 5 ft (1.52 m) from it

Bowling Crease

The creases are areas that are marked usually with white line marking paint or aerosol. There are four creases drawn at the ends of the pitch. The crease that goes underneath the wickets is called the bowling crease. The bowling crease needs to measure 8 ft 8 in (2.64 m) in length. The crease is centred at either end by the stumps. The bowling crease will end when it hits a return crease.

Popping Crease

The popping crease, which is the back edge of the crease marking, should be in front of and parallel to the bowling crease and shall be 4 ft (1.22 m) from it. The popping crease should be marked to a minimum of 6 ft (1.83 m) on either side of the imaginary line joining the centres of the two middle stumps.

Return Creases

The return creases, which are the inside edges of the crease markings, should be at right angles to the popping crease at a distance of 4 ft 4 in (1.32 m) either side of the imaginary line joining the centres of the two middle stumps. Each return crease should be marked from the popping crease to a minimum of 8 ft (2.44 m) behind it.

The creases are usually marked out with white paint or aerosol using a crease marking frame for added accuracy.

T20 Lines

Our crease marking frame now features T20 lines (picture coming soon)