Groundsman John a cut above the rest

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Scarborough Cricket Club groundsman John Dodds has scooped a top national award for the second successive year.

Dodds, who joined the North Marine Road club in 2010, won the best out grounds award at the annual The England and Wales Cricket Board Groundsman of the Year Awards, which were held at Edgbaston.

Dodds said: “I’m very proud to have won this award, especially as we’re up against top grounds all over the country.”

The groundsman is already making plans for the 2014 Scarborough Cricket Festival, which includes two 50-over games as well as a four-dayer.

He added: “I think making the festival longer is a great idea, it will keep us busy as we will need to have three different pitches ready for the matches.”

“Headingley groundsman Andy Fogarty was also the runner-up in the four-day category so it’s been a good year all-round for Yorkshire.”

The Tykes chief executive Mark Arthur said: “John, Andy and their respective teams should be commended for their efforts.

“They are a tireless bunch working long hours to produce outstanding pitches that are the envy of first-class cricket not only in England but across the world.”