KEEPING LORD'S WORLD CLASS
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MCC Head Groundsman Mick Hunt has been awarded the ECB Groundsman of the Year award in a ceremony at Trent Bridge.
Hunt was awarded the top prize in the four-day category, beating Bill Gordon of the Brit Insurance Oval to the award.
The awards recognise consistency in producing pitches at domestic level, with Middlesex playing the majority of their home matches at the Home of Cricket.
Each pitch is rated by the match umpires at the end of the game and the award is based on these assessments.
The demand on MCC’s groundstaff has been unprecedented this year, with three Tests held at the Home of Cricket for only the second time in its 195 year history.
Hunt was understandably thrilled to receive the accolade, having finished runner-up last year, but insisted his staff should share the glory.
He said: "It has been a team effort.
"A lot of hours of hard work went into this award and I want to thank everyone who has worked hard to produce some good pitches.
"In many ways it has been the hardest season because of the condensed fixture list which included three Test matches.
"But things have gone well and I’m delighted."
Hunt is part of the furniture at Lord’s and is in his 41st year on the groundstaff at MCC.
MCC Secretary & Chief Executive, Keith Bradshaw added: "Congratulations to Mick and his team on securing another very well-deserved accolade from the ECB.
"This season was a particularly busy one, and it took a tremendous amount of hard work and skill to ensure that Lord’s could host such a large number of fixtures.
"The quality of the pitch is a critical element of maintaining Lord's' status as the finest ground in the world, and the outstanding job performed by Mick and his team is appreciated by players and spectators alike.
"He is one of MCC's most valuable assets, and I am delighted for him."
John Morden of Fenners in Cambridge was the winner in the MCC Universities category with Loughborough’s Will Relf the runner-up.