0 Boughton Aluph groundsman Vic Lilley praised for dedication

VicLilleyA devoted groundsman has been presented with a certificate to thank him for more than 30 years of service at one of the country's oldest cricket fields.

Boughton and Eastwell Cricket Club stalwart Vic Lilley marked the occasion with representatives from the club and from Boughton and Eastwell Parish Council.

Mr Lilley, 70, played 875 games for the club as a slow spinner, picking up 696 wickets, which makes him fifth on the club's record books.

But after his playing days were over, his love of the game continued, and now he cycles from his home in Wye to Boughton Aluph on a daily basis to prepare the perfect pitch.

Club secretary Mike Carney said: "Vic is very well respected and admired for his unstinting efforts by all club members, and from the number of comments I get from villagers, this view is shared by all in the area.

"For the last 20 years he has also been the custodian of the Boughton Lees village green, and can be seen almost every day on the tractor mowing the field or preparing the cricket strips for forthcoming club matches.

"He retired from long distance lorry driving just a few years ago, but he is not considering retirement as the groundsman. In fact, I think the only way we could make him stop would be to take the wheels off the tractor!"

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