22/07/2007

How they made play possible?

According to Hunt, the rain was the heaviest in 38 years he was Head Grounds Man at Lord’s, but still play resumed just two hours after it stopped. Obviously, the excellent drainage system made it possible. Here is what went into making it effective.


In 2002, they dug to a depth of 80 c.m. and some 20,000 tonnes of the old London clay-based soil and clay removed. They replace it with materials ranging from a coarse gravel foundation, to a fine sandy mix below the new surface.


This increased the filtration rate to two inches per hour. Therefore, despite the heavy rains, water drained away quickly. Hunt and his 13-man team were at hand to hasten the process.




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