THE head groundsman at Solihull School has scooped a top award for creating a cricket square of first-class county standard.
Karl Brotherhood was crowned the Cricket World Pitchcare 2010 Groundsman of the Year for his hard work in preparing the perfect pitch.
The 45-year-old produced a wicket that saw Solihull School and Nottingham High School score 809 runs in one day.
Solihull went on to win the first XI match.
Karl, who leads a team of five groundsmen, said: “It was a golden day for my whole family as my 15-year-old son Darryl played in the game for Solihull and took the final wicket that won us the match.”
Before working at the Warwick Road school, Karl spent 23 seasons as assistant groundsman at Warwickshire’s County Ground.
Last year Karl prepared wickets for a total of 130 fixtures and worked alongside former Warwickshire batsman David Hemp, who is director of cricket at the school.