1 Former New Road groundsman Gordon Prosser dies aged 82

Gordon Prosser, former head groundsman of Worcestershire County Cricket Club, has died at the age of 82.

Gordon Prosser, who was born and had grown up in the shadow of Bredon Hill, was WCCC's head groundsman from 1970 to 1976 and during his time at New Road won the county groundsman of the year title three times in four years.

As a result of his achievements at New Road he was appointed head groundsman for Lancashire CCC at Old Trafford, before going on to fill the same role with the Somerset club at Taunton from 1979 to 1989.

During his time at New Road, the pitches gained a reputation for being hard, with plenty of pace and bounce and were among the quickest on the county circuit.

Batsmen enjoyed batting on them and bowlers who bowled well were able to take advantage of the pace and bounce.

In Gordon Prosser's first season at New Road, five of Glenn Turner's record 10 centuries were scored at Worcester and in 1974 Worcestershire won the County Championship. In later years his advice was often sought by other groundsmen.

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