Ground (cricket)

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In cricket, a ground is a location where cricket matches are played, comprising a cricket field and any associated buildings and amenities.

A batsman's ground is the area behind the popping crease at their end of the pitch.

Location for matches[edit]

In addition to the cricket field, the ground may include a pavilion, viewing areas or stadium, a car park, shops, bars, floodlights, sight screens, gates, and conference facilities.[1][2][3]

Parts of the pitch[edit]

A batsman's ground is the area behind the popping crease at his end of the pitch. In general, a ground belongs only to the batsman who is closest to it, and stays so until the other batsman gets closer to it. [4]

Whether a batsman is in or out of his ground is defined by Law 30 of the Laws of Cricket.[5] So long as the batsman has his body or his bat (that he is holding) touching the ground, he is in it.

If a batsman is out of his ground (which can happen when he enters a ground that another batsman is already occupying), he may be dismissed by being run out or stumped if the wicket in his ground is put down by the ball. Batsmen can run from one ground to the other to score runs.


  1. ^ "Lord's Ground Map". Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Edgbaston - Around the ground". Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  3. ^ "The County Ground, Beckenham". Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  4. ^ A batsman who is in one ground is considered to be the same distance away from the other ground as the distance between the grounds.
  5. ^ "Law 30, Batsman out of his/her ground". Retrieved 29 July 2019.