A potential problem for Northern Ireland clubs regarding the importation of Surrey Loam from GB has been resolved.

It appeared initially that a ban would apply to the loam, a vital component of end of season cricket renovations, but Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots has allayed those fears.

Poots (pictured below) visited Lisburn Cricket Club  where he met with Dean Simpson, Past President, Lisburn Cricket Club and Uel Graham, Cricket Operations Manager of the NCU  to hear their concerns and urgently discussed the issue with his officials.

“Despite recent comments and media reports, I can confirm that Loam products, because of their low risk, are not regulated and therefore can be moved from GB to NI free from SPS requirements," said Poots.

“Unfortunately, recent commentary has caused a lot of unnecessary concern amongst the cricketing family, but I am pleased to add some clarity to the matter.”

Surrey Loam is a manufactured product used for stabilising cricket pitch wickets, usually at the end of the season.

The product is clay and sand based and is not capable of harbouring quarantine union pests. As such it does not come under the official control requirements that apply to soil when presented as a growing medium.