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Scott settling in nicely

Somerset Head Groundsman, Scott Hawkins has now been in the role for over a month.

We caught up with him during a break in his busy schedule this week to see how he’s getting on.

“I’ve been here for five weeks now and I’m settling in well,” he said. “There were a couple of weeks of handover with Simon, which was good because it was useful to have that introduction to the Club.

“Everyone’s been really welcoming and has treated me really well. The Ground Staff here are a really great team and a good group of lads. With their help I’m looking to carry on Simon’s good work and hopefully the success that he’s had here will continue.”

The South West is being battered by some extreme weather at the moment, is the rain as disruptive in the winter as it is during the season?

“The weather definitely plays its part in the off season but not quite as much as it does during the summer,” he said. “It can cause delays in the winter maintenance, but we’re not too concerned at this stage. The winter is all about getting ready for the start of the new season. There aren’t going to be any major changes happening, so we’ll be looking at carrying out the usual fertilization and aeration procedures on the outfield and the square. Everything is well on track at the moment, but it would be good if it stopped raining at some point soon!”

Although there aren’t going to be any major changes at the Cooper Associates County Ground, there will be some changes at Taunton Vale Sports Club, as Scott explained.

“There are two hybrid match pitches and two hybrid net pitches being installed at Taunton Vale. These will be a big help and will improve the facilities for both SCCC and Taunton Cricket Club. We will be helping Rob Hake with anything he needs in that respect.”

What is Scott’s impression of Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry and Head Coach, Jason Kerr?

“Jason, Andy and I have been discussing their requirements and we’ve been getting on really well,” he said. “They’ve both been extremely welcoming and accommodating which is great because we will be working very closely throughout the year.”

Finally, what does Scott hope to achieve as SCCC Head Groundsman?

“My aim is to do a good job, to build upon the successes of 2019 and to help develop the Ground as we move into the future.”

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