Roll on Summer With the memories of last year's Cricket successes still fresh in their minds,the groundstaff at the famous Edgbaston Cricket Ground, the home ofWarwickshire Cricket, have started in earnest preparing the wicket for thisseason's matches.
Steve Rouse has been associated with the club for over forty years both in agroundstaff capacity and as a professional with the Warwickshire team forfourteen years. The last fourteen years he has been Head Groundsman andheads a team of four tending the six and a half acre site with professionalcare.
The hallowed ground is being rolled with his AutoRoller purchased someseven years ago. An older second machine is used for the Colts ground and isfitted with a re-power kit offered by AutoRoller manufacturers AutoguideEquipment. The easy-fit kit offers fuel-efficient Robin engine with electricstarting and the huge benefit of hydrostatic drive and power steering.
Commenting on his AutoRoller Steve said, "The AutoRoller is the best in theWorld. The machine is ageless and lasts forever. We roll to a depth of two anda half inches dry down and we can be rolling up to 8-10 hours a day pre-season. It takes 12-16 hours to roll a wicket and the crawl speed on theAutoRoller is spot on for this. It does the job, uses no fuel to speak about andis an all round great tool!" Praise indeed.
Photo: Edgbaston Head Groundsman Steve Rouse (L) discusses pitch rolling tactics with one of his team.