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Groundsmen finalists announced

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The winners of the IOG Industry Awards 2011 will be announced by radio presenter Mark Saggers at the Reebok Stadium on December 1

A host of cricket club groundsmen across the country have been announced as finalists for the prestigious Institute of Groundsmanship industry awards 2011.

The awards acknowledge the high standards achieved by volunteer and professional groundscare skills and facilities, from grass roots through to professional stadia level, as well as achievement, innovation, fresh thinking and the leaders in the world of groundsmanship.

David Hodgson of Kirkstall Educational cricket club in West Yorkshire, and Nick James from Stockport's Heaton Mersey cricket club, have both been nominated for The Groundsman's Groundsman of the Year.

The grounds team at Miskin Manor cricket club of Llantrisant, Wales, is a finalist in the Volunteer sports grounds management team of the year category.

David Arthure of Swansea Civil Service cricket club, and Keith Hughes of Menai Bridge cricket club, Anglesey, are both finalists for the Volunteer sports groundsman of the year award, sponsored by Mark Harrod Ltd.

Ashton On Mersey cricket club in Cheshire has been nominated for the Environmental project of the year - sponsored by Ransomes Jacobsen. Included among the developments at the club is the installation of solar photovoltaic and solar thermal systems, which have eliminated the club's electricity bill and, indeed, even allows the club to 'return' energy to the National Grid.

The winners be announced by talkSPORT radio presenter Mark Saggers at the Reebok Stadium, Bolton, on December 1.

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