Europe's top groundsmen honoured at Lord’s
Thu, Sep 11, 2008 12:18 PM
Four groundsmen were honoured this week at the home of cricket as they each received a 2008 Cricket World & Pitchcare Cricket Groundsman of the Year Award.
The awards, now in their fifth year, recognise the hard work and high standards achieved by cricket groundsmen in the recreational game. Prizes are awarded in four categories – ICC Europe, Educational Establishment, Private Club and Local Authority.
Treble the number of nominations was received for this year's awards compared to last year through Cricket World® magazine and Pitchcare.
The ICC Europe award, which is open to all groundsmen in Europe's non-Test playing nations went to Phillip McCormick of Stormont CC in Ireland. The winner in the Local Authority category was Ian Vautier of Granville Sports Ground in Jersey
The Private Cricket Club award went to Les Stephens of Lytham CC in the North West of England and the winner of the best groundsman in the Education Establishment category was Graeme Flett of Gordonstoun School in Scotland.
The awards were presented by ECB's Head Pitch Advisor Chris Wood and the Manager of the ICC European Development Program Richard Holdsworth, in the presence of sponsors and invited guests.
In the morning, the winners took to their Executive Box seats to watch the Cockspur Cup Club Cricket Final between Malden Wanderers and Kibworth and enjoyed lunch at the Lord's Tavern. Unfortunately, the weather closed in during the afternoon and the match had to be abandoned, however, the award winners were taken on a behind the scenes tour of the ground facilities by Chris Wood which was an experience of a lifetime.
Chris Wood, Richard Holdsworth, Alastair Symondson Head of Media at Cricket World® and the Pitchcare judges, all expressed their admiration for the winning groundsmen and thanked the sponsors whose continuing support makes the awards possible.
Entries are now being invited for the 2009 awards. For further information or to make your nomination visit www.cricketworld.com or www.pitchcare.com.
Winners - Groundsmen of the Year Awards 2008
Local Authority - Ian Vautier (Granville Sports Ground, States of Jersey)
Private Club - Les Stephens (Lytham CC, England)
Educational Establishment - Graeme Flett (Gordonstoun School, Scotland)
ICC Europe - Phillip McCormick (Stormont, Ireland)