Worcestershire CEO Matt Rawnsley has paid tribute to head groundsman Tim Packwood who this weekend celebrates 30 years as a member of the staff at Blackfinch New Road.

Tim came to the club in April 1989 as an assistant working under the then Head Groundsman, Roy McLaren, before replacing him upon his retirement in July 2000.

Now Tim, a lifelong supporter of Worcestershire, has completed three decades at the club and follows on from Martin Watts who spent 40 years on the ground staff before retiring this winter.

Mr Rawnsley said: “It’s fantastic that we are celebrating two members of the ground-staff who have been with the club such a long time in Martin, who has just retired, and Tim.

“Tim has done a great job after coming in as an understudy to Roy McLaren who had been at the club a long time.

“He probably has one of the most unique groundsman’s jobs in the country in dealing with the floods that we have.

“But he manages to produce some fantastic facilities – not only just out in the middle on the square but also on the practice wickets as well.

“We want to play a high, competitive standard of cricket which is ‘equal’ cricket where if you bat well, you will get runs, and if you bowl well, you will get wickets.

“We are trying to make facilities that put both sides on an equal footing and give entertainment for the crowd – and Tim certainly knows the New Road wicket better than anyone else.”

*Read Tim’s thoughts on his 30 years at the County on the Worcestershire CCC website and social media networks later in the week.