Wednesday 21 November 2007 

Derbyshire Flying High In Pitches Table

Derbyshire Head Groundsman Neil Godrich has been commended by the ECB after the club’s pitches flew high in the 2007 league table.

The excellent surfaces at The County Ground saw the club placed 5th out of 24 first-class sides, including the UCCE grounds, and 7th out of 20 in one-day cricket.

Derbyshire’s overall first-class mark of 5.17 is a 25% improvement on the previous season and the one-day score of 5.19 is up by 30% on the 2006 campaign.

Surrey’s Bill Gordon took the overall Groundsman of the Year Award for both four day and one-day cricket. Godrich has been commended by the ECB in the four day category.

Derbyshire Chief Executive Tom Sears said: "I am delighted that the enormous hard work that Neil and his team have put in has been recognised both in the commendation and the dramatic improvement in our overall marks.

"Last winter we invested significantly in new pitch covers which have helped but there is no substitute for the hard work and dedication our groundstaff put in. The 2007 season has been an incredibly difficult one in terms of weather but not only have our pitches been shown to among the best in the country, but there have been many occasions when Neil and his team have ensured we have played cricket when all has looked lost due to the continual rain."

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