Jersey groundsman wins cricket award

Jersey cricket groundsman Ian Vautier was presented with the 2008 Cricket World/Pitchcare Groundsman of the Year Award at Lord's in London last week.

The awards, now in their fifth year, recognise cricket groundsmen.  Prizes are awarded in four categories: ICC Europe, Educational Establishment, Private Club and Local Authority.

Vautier of Granville Sports Ground in Jersey won the local authority award.

ECB`s head pitch advisor Chris Wood and ICC European development programme officer Richard Holdsworth presented the awards during the Cockspur Cup Club Cricket Final between Malden Wanderers and Kibworth.

Holdsworth said the prospective ECB nations such as Latvia would bring more work for groundsmen and grounds care manufacturers.

Winners of the  Groundsmen of the Year Awards 2008

Local Authority:                                Ian Vautier (Granville Sports Ground, Jersey)
Private Club:                                      Les Stephens (Lytham CC, England)
Educational Establishment:      Graeme Flett (Gordonstoun School, Scotland)
ICC Europe:                                        Phillip McCormick (Stormont, Ireland)

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