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Home Watch: Strauss and Broad on Boards
Stuart Broad and Andrew Strauss' names have been etched onto the Lord's Honours Boards after their heroics for England in the opening Test against the West Indies.
On the Wednesday after the conclusion of the Test, Kevin Oakley from the company Hallmark etching & signs came to Lord's to properly etch the pair on the famous Honours Boards.
Kevin has been the main etcher at Lord's for Hallmark since they took over the role eight years ago - during which time England have scored 33 Lord's tons and taken ten five-wicket hauls. Broad's is the only ten-wicket haul.
The job involves a simple self-adhesive vinyl transfer and Kevin has the application down to a fine art, taking just a couple of minutes. One of his colleagues did struggle a couple of years ago however, when Kevin Pietersen's name was put up with the wrong spelling.
In recent years, players have taken to sticking temporary entries on the Boards during the match, in anticipation of their entry, so Kevin - who brings a spare copy of each entry - can double check his facts!
Broad, who took 7/72 in the first innings and 4/93 in the second completed a hattrick of Honours Boards entries, with his name going on both the five wickets and ten wickets in a match boards. He is the first Englishman since Sir Ian Botham in 1978 to to get on the ten wickets board and has been on the batting board since his 169 against Pakistan in 2010.
Strauss meanwhile was making his fifth entry on the batting Honours Board - his first coming on debut back in 2004.