Dennis & SISIS scored a well-earned ‘6’ with over 150 delegates attending their recent Seminar at The Brightonandhovejobs.com County Ground.
The programme for the day was kicked off by the company's Area Sales Manager, Robert Jack, who welcomed delegates and thanked the event's sponsors for their additional support. Hosting the day was Head Groundsman, Andy Mackay, who started the proceedings off with a detailed account of his role at the East Sussex Cricket Ground and an interesting progress report on his method of pitch relaying.
Andy handed over to Mark Robinson, the Club's Professional Cricket Manager. He highlighted the importance of co-operation and communication between players, coaching staff and the grounds team - vital components if the Club is to be successful and a situation that was well in place at their Club.
The Sussex connection continued when former player and CEO, Tony Pigott addressed the audience on his role as an ECB Pitch Liaison Officer. He gave an enlightening outline of his role and explained how the system operates and why a points deduction is required in certain circumstances.
The morning session was completed by Tim Shutt, Head of Cricket Development at Sussex CCC, who explained why pitch scoring in the premier and county leagues is important for the development of future county and international players, and how raising the standard of pitches can only be a good thing.
After lunch the delegates were given the opportunity to view the Dennis and Sisis machines; talk to the sponsors or head out to the square to ask Andy any questions. Back in the club house Barry Glynn of East Molesey Cricket Club in Surrey talked about the frustrations of a Club Cricket Groundsman. He delivered a humorous presentation highlighting many issues that were recognised by the floor.
The seminars have a strong reputation for being informative – one such comment came from Peter Robinson from the Kent Cricket Board: “The range and spectrum of topics, speakers, opinions and networking is the most valuable and beneficial aspect of the seminars. It is stimulating to participate and share knowledge on these occasions.”