0 Top award for Hampshire groundsman

Nigel Gray, Hampshire GroundsmanHampshire's Nigel Gray won the top prize at the England and Wales Cricket Board's Groundsman of the Year Awards.

Gray, who was widely praised for the quality of the wicket used for the Ageas Bowl Test between England and India, won the four-day category at the ceremony in Worcester.

Gary Barwell and Andy Fogarty, from Edgbaston and Headingley respectively, shared the runner-up prize.

In the one-day category, the winner was Neil Godrich from the 3aaa County Ground, Derby with the runner-up prize awarded to Northampton's Paul Marshall.

Commendations went to Neil Godrich (The 3aaa County Ground, Derby), and Matthew Merchant (Emirates Old Trafford) in the four-day pitch category, while Gary Barwell (Edgbaston), Andy Mackay (Hove) and Simon Lee (Taunton) were commended in the one-day category.

ECB's Chief Operating Officer Gordon Hollins said: "These awards recognise the outstanding job our county groundsmen do every summer to ensure our domestic game is played on the best possible surfaces nationwide. We thank them all for their tireless work and dedication to their task and warmly congratulate the winners in the different categories."

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