ECB and MCC honour Lord's head groundsman for 48 years of service

In what was a wonderful gesture, Mick was also awarded the MCC honorary lifetime membership.

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Outgoing MCC Groundsman Mick Hunt is presented with a signed bat by England captain Joe Root. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

England recently became the first ever team to complete the milestone of playing 1000 Tests. They celebrated it with a 30-run win over India at Edgbaston in the first Test of the series. Youngster Sam Curran was the top crusader for the English side as they won a humdinger of a contest. As the hosts headed to Lord’s for the second Test, there was another milestone by an Englishman.

For a change, it wasn’t a cricketer but a groundsman. Mick Hunt who has been the Head Groundsman was felicitated for his tremendous 48 years of service. The England skipper Joe Root presented him with an autographed bat at the Home of Cricket. The event took place just moments before play began on Day 3. The Lord’s Cricket Ground handle on Twitter posted a picture of the same.

“Head Groundsman Mick Hunt was this morning presented a signed bat by @englandcricket captain @root66 for his 48 years of service. #ENGvIND #LoveLords”

It was indeed a busy morning for the groundsman. Not because he had a lot of ground related work but that the rewards didn’t stop coming his way. In what was a wonderful gesture by the England Cricket Board, Mick was also awarded the MCC honorary lifetime membership.

“In a busy morning for Mick, he was also awarded MCC Honorary Life Membership! #ENGvIND #LoveLords”

The first day at Lord’s was completely washed out. The second day saw just 212 balls being bowled. However, it was enough for the England pacers to bundle the Indian batsmen in overcast conditions. The ball swung like a snake out of James Anderson’s hands and all the bowlers took full advantage of the same. England don’t have a great record at Lord’s recently and they will be looking forward to changing that. They haven’t beaten an Asian team at the ground in their last five instances.

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