July 30, 2007

The new drainage at Lord's - CricInfo.com- DrainageNews

The new drainage system at Lord's may have received glowing praise for enabling play on the Friday of the first Test, but the groundsman, Mick Hunt, is unhappy with a less obvious disadvantage. As a Lord's groundsman for 38 years, 19 of them as head, Hunt is more than delighted that the match was saved, preventing a £1. But the drainage did its work and in this freak year, not one day has been washed out at Lord's - most delays have been down to bad light. Hunt remembers in 1976 a spectator belly-flopping into what became an outdoor pool as the water banked up at the Tavern Stand and settled at the bottom of the 8' 6" slope. The only waves recently were those of applause as the players resumed on a magical day; the groundsmen - and Lord's - soaking up the deserved credit. Click here for a picture of work continuing on the Lord's square as the old outfield is removed in 2002 and here for one of the sand base being laid. read me

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