Auto-Roller celebrates its 100th year anniversary

Michelle Clarke-Dowsein Machinery & Mechanics

Auto-Roller - the world famous cricket roller - is celebrating its 100 year anniversary, the first design finalised in 1921, manufactured and delivered all over the world ever since. An iconic design that still continues to be the choice of the world's top groundsmen, from village cricket clubs to international grounds.

Gary Barwell, Head of Sports Turf and Grounds, Edgbaston Stadium

As part of our centenary celebrations we are offering to paint our newly manufactured (and refurbished) rollers in gold, as well as returning back to the original front plaque on all of our rollers. We were delighted that Edgbaston chose to have their new roller in gold and are the first ground in the UK to have received one.

Gary Barwell is a pleasure to work with, we enjoyed meeting the fantastic grounds team who work incredibly hard to keep the grounds pitch perfect.

Twenty years apart. Edgbaston's recently refurbished blue roller and their new gold model

It was a privilege to be able to retake a photo of the same member of the team 20 years on; first on Edgbaston's blue roller (only recently refurbished) and then on their new gold roller 20 years later.

Edgbaston have been a long standing customer of ours and we love nothing more than to see our Auto-Rollers at home on the grounds.

Gary Barwell and his team at the Edgbaston Stadium

There is a beauty in the heritage of our Auto-Rollers and we are very proud of the prestige and design that has evolved over the years. We hold a book of serial numbers dating back to the 1940s, and some rollers are still continuing to roll with our re-power kits, bringing the more mature rollers back to life.

We are holding various competitions on our Twitter page @autoroller to celebrate. And if a new roller - gold or green - is of interest, please don't hesitate to get in touch on 01380 850885