A look at Lords preparation for the World Cup

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Persistent rain and a damp outfield have already forced three washouts in this edition of the World Cup, while only seven overs were bowled in the West Indies-South Africa game.

The tournament does not feature reserve days for the group stage and most venues have found it hard to grapple with, what has already proved to be the most rain-affected World Cup ever.

However, Karl McDermott, head groundsman of the Lord’s Cricket Ground, is confident the venue is well equipped should the weather gods decide to cause downpour.

“Rain is always a challenge anywhere, particularly in England.The more rain that falls, essentially the less time you have to prepare the pitch. However, we’re blessed at Lord’s with fantastic equipment that can minimise any risk of not having enough time to prepare pitches,” McDermott told Sportstar.

Matches at Lord’s

23rd June (Sunday) – Pakistan v. South Africa
25th June (Tuesday) – England v. Australia
29th June ( Saturday) – Australia v. New Zealand (D/N)
5th July( Friday) – Bangladesh v. Pakistan
14th July (Sunday) — Final

“The drainage at Lord’s is also superb. At some grounds, a torrential downpour during the match can mean the loss of many hours of play, but we’re fortunate that we can often ensure that play can continue promptly. Lord’s is famous for its slope, and that takes a bit of managing, but we are in a fortunate position and our staff, as do all the others around the country, do a fantastic job,” he added.

McDermott is ‘not unduly’ worried about excess rains — this is being tipped as the wettest June in UK’s history — affecting preparation in the lead up to the Pakistan-South Africa clash on June 23.

“Rain is part and parcel of pitch preparation and in fact, it actually allows the grass to maintain its colour and keep Lord’s looking like it should. We use a water blotter to help dry the outfield quickly,” said McDermott, previously the head groundsman at the Ageas Bowl, the home of Hampshire. McDermott replaced Mick Hunt who had worked for the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) for 49 years.

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