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From Wadebridge to the Ageas Bowl

8th April 2019 Posted in Grounds and People by Michael Weeks

Wadebridge CC groundsman and CACG Committee member Paul Chapman began a summer contract at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton in February.

Here he gives a progress report on life working at a Test venue.


I thought I would touch base with my beloved Cornwall on my progress at Hampshire.

I can’t believe I’ve been here two months already.

With the head going to Lords & the Deputy going to Spain, I had to get straight in and get on with it.

My first week here I was marking out the pitches for the season & international pitches for May & June plus spraying very important chemicals to go on the square.

Nigel Gray, the head groundsman, has had to come out off retirement to help Hampshire through the biggest year of its life.

For us having Nigel to hold our hand is amazing he’s very knowledgable over 30 years at Hampshire as the head.

I have just slotted in with the other six groundstaff I feel like I’ve been here years incredibly hard-working crew they are well you have to be we have two grounds to look after and 21 international netblocks to look after, it’s very hard work each day but watching the cricket makes it all worthwhile.

I was standing chatting to Owen Morgan in a dirty jumper shorts & steel toe cap boots then it hit home what a summer is coming,  I’m incredibly lucky to be here.

The staff and players have made me most welcome the players and backroom staff will always find time to chat to us the South African head coach wants a Cornish pastie bringing back next time I’m in Cornwall.

I have got a window to get back to Wadebridge 27-28-29 April when they play Werrington home which I’m looking forward to.

Hampshire v Essex Scorecard


I will be sitting down with Hampshire at the end of September to chat about what the next step is as my contract is only to 27 Sept.


Paul Chapman