Campey Turf Care Systems let Leicestershire and England international cricketer Matthew Hoggard test out the Koro Field Top Maker on the back of a New Holland tractor, at the first MAP Live demonstration day at Stoneleigh Park.
Sales director Simon Gumbrill had given a short presentation earlier in the day relaying the Campey ethos of encouraging best practice by using the best turf maintenance equipment available.
This was followed by a talk by Hoggard in which he displayed an in-depth knowledge of groundsmanship.
He said that as an international player he has always been interested in everything that affects his game, but it was his role as captain that inspired him to study the wickets in minute detail in order to choose the right team for every game, wherever it was played.
He gave a heartfelt plea to groundsman to continue to strive to produce the best playing surfaces possible especially for grass root sports. "There is nothing that gives you greater confidence than knowing that the surface you are playing on is the best it could be."
Afterwards, Gumbrill invited Hoggard to come along to the Campey demonstration area and put some of the equipment through its paces.
The next MAP Live event will be held at the South of England Showground at Ardingly, on 15 May.