Tuesday 2 October 2012 

Post-Season ground work underway for Edgbaston's big summer in 2013

 

Despite the last ball of the professional season being bowled almost one month ago, Gary Barwell and his team of groundstaff at Edgbaston have entered one of their busiest periods of the year as they complete the regular end of season work on the square and outfield.

The square has been heavily scarified by Gary’s team before seeding the area five ways, and providing a new top dressing on each of the 17 First Class pitches.

Additionally, the outfield has also been heavily scarified and seeded as part of a three-week programme being undertaken by the same contractors who completed our own drainage improvements two years ago and have also been commission for outfield work at Lords.

Gary, Head Groundsman at Edgbaston, said: “The square and outfield obviously have a very busy period of use over the summer months, so it’s essential that we complete this programme of work to ensure that the both are in the best possible shape come April. However, this year we have delayed slightly to ensure that we could stage several recreational cricket events, such as the Warwickshire Taverners Trophy and the Birmingham Parks League Final.

“Despite the heavy rainfall this summer, we’ve received some great feedback from the way the pitches have played here at Edgbaston.

“As the home of the LV County Champions and the venue for next year’s finals of the ICC Champions Trophy and Friends Life t20 Edgbaston will have a even bigger profile than ever next summer, so we’re all really looking forward to providing more great pitches for these prestigious matches.”

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