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Hunt up for top groundsman award

MCC Head Groundsman Mick Hunt has been nominated for the Institute of Groundsmanship's Professional Cricket Groundsman of the Year award.

Hunt will go head-to-head with Trent Bridge Groundsman Steve Birks for the award, which will be announced at a ceremony on 6 December at York Racecourse.

Lord's stalwart Hunt and his team have performed outstandingly in a 2012 summer which saw two Test matches, a One Day International and the Olympic Archery event all take place in NW8.

The Club honoured the entire groundstaff following the conclusion of the South Africa Test match, which started less than two weeks after the conclusion of the 2012 Olympics. Around 1/3 of the outfield was successfully replaced in the period between the final arrow being shot and the first ball of the Test being bowled.

Now in its fourth year, the IOG Awards acknowledge the high standards achieved by volunteer and professional teams and individuals at facilities that range from grass roots through to professional stadia level.

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