Glamorgan appoint Robin Saxton as new head groundsman

Gareth Griffithsin Industry News

Robin Saxton has been handed the head groundsman role at Glamorgan

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Saxton, who previously served as assistant groundsman to Keith Exton at The SSE SWALEC, will manage the team of full-time ground staff.

Exton left Glamorgan after the county were docked points for a poor one-day pitch against Hampshire in an August match that was abandoned after batsman Jimmy Adams was struck in the helmet by a rising delivery from home fast bowler Michael Hogan.

Saxton joined Glamorgan in 2013 prior to the ICC Champions Trophy, following spells with first-class counties Worcestershire and Essex

"Being made head groundsman with overall responsibility for the square and outfield here at The SSE SWALEC is a dream opportunity," said Saxton.

"We've achieved encouraging pitch marks, particularly for international cricket, over the last few years here in Cardiff, including the ICC Champions Trophy as well as this year's Investec Ashes Test Match.

"I'm looking forward to the challenge of providing pitches which produce good competition between bat and ball for many years to come."

Glamorgan chief executive Hugh Morris added: "Replacing a head groundsman is certainly not an easy task, but Robin has good experience of preparing pitches at The SSE SWALEC.

"He knows the challenge having had the experience of hosting an Ashes Test match earlier this summer and Robin stepped up to the challenge of leading the team to produce a pitch receiving top marks for the England versus Australia T20 double header here at the end of August.

"We wish him well for an exciting and challenging role."

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