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Hunt wins top groundsman award

Mick Hunt, MCC Head Groundsman, has been awarded the Institute of Groundsmanship Cricket Groundsman of the Year award for 2012.

Mick and his team have worked wonders this year

Lord's stalwart Hunt, now in his 43rd year at the Home of Cricket, collected his prize at the IOG's annual industry awards at York Racecourse which recognised leadership, innovation and outstanding achievement across every aspect of groundscare.

Derek Brewer, MCC Chief Executive & Secretary, praised the efforts of Hunt and his team - who were officially recognised by the Club for their efforts during the South Africa Test.

He said: "Mick and his team have worked wonders this year, preparing pitches for virtually non-stop use during June and then preparing a brilliant pitch for the South Africa Test immediately after the Olympic Archery competition in August.

"Excellent pitches do so much to facilitate the top-quality cricket that we all want to see at Lord’s, and everyone at the Club is delighted that Mick’s work has been recognised at the highest level."

Hunt's award comes in a year when the Home of Cricket hosted a Test match with South Africa less than two weeks after the close of the 2012 Olympic Games Archery competition.

Around 1/3 of the Lord's outfield was successfully replaced between the close of the Archery and the start of the Test. Hunt and his team were working on the pitch throughout the Archery event. To complete a busy year two pitches have been added to the Lord's square, while the entire outfield has also been replaced.

Nottinghamshire CCC Groundsman Steve Birks was the losing finalist for the IOG the award.

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