The Groundsman

May 2015

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IOG BEST PRACTICE 20 the Groundsman May 2015 s Worcester County Cricket Club this year celebrates its 150th anniversary , the club looks back on last year's headlines when devastating flood waters submerged its New Road ground in up to several feet of water. The ground was under water from Christmas 2013 until the second week of February. Importantly, too, the press also noted how head groundsman Tim Packwood and his team worked diligently – with help from contractor Phil Day Sports (PDS) - to get the pitch back to a first class standard, while also preparing the nets and pre-season friendly pitches at A A flood of success for cricket groundsmen Tim Packwood, head groundsman at Worcestershire County Cricket Club, spent some time in the spotlight last season – when the ground was flooded and when he and his team subsequently won the IOG Award for Professional Cricket Grounds Team of the Year By: Colin Hoskins nearby Kidderminster Cricket Club (one of Worcester's outgrounds). Once the water had receded, and with only around 30 per cent grass coverage on the square, PDS then overseeded the square and around all the outfield, and laid 80 tonnes of sand. Flood plain issues "There's been only four winters when we haven't flooded to some extent," says Tim, "including summer 2007 when the club won the Pro40 title without being able to play a single game at New Road. But in terms of volume of water, the winter flood of 2013/14 was probably the worst. We sit on a flood plain and the River Severn runs alongside the ground. But the ground doesn't flood directly from the river; the water backs up to the pitch from across the flood plain. There's not much we can do other than wait for the water to dissipate and let the ground dry out; you'll often do more damage by going onto a wet pitch." Tim says it isn't so much the water that creates the most headaches – grass is very resilient – but rather the silt that's left. "We've always found that the best way forward is to go into the water (wearing waders) when it is knee-deep and pull a chain mat backwards and forwards across

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