Worcestershire Supporters’ Association have recognised the four decades of service at Blackfinch New Road of ground-staff member Martin Watts.

Martin started working at the County in 1979 before retiring from his post during last winter.

He was part of head groundsman Tim Packwood’s team which won the Professional Cricket Grounds Team Of The Year award in 2014 at the Institute Of Groundsmanship awards.

The Supporters’ Association presented Martin with a framed print of the painting commissioned by the Association to mark Worcestershire County Cricket Club’s 150th Anniversary in 2015 and the Supporters’ Association’s Blue Sapphire Anniversary.

Association President, Cynthia Crawford, made the presentation to Martin at a recent WSA luncheon rescheduled after the mid-season flooding at Blackfinch New Road.

Worcester artist David Birtwistle was commissioned to produce the painting.

It shows Worcestershire CCC’s Isaac Pavilion at Boughton (1878-1896), the Foley Pavilion at New Road (1898-2008) and the magnificent view south-west across the Graeme Hick Pavilion (2009-) to the Malvern Hills.

Association Chairman, Andrew Jenkins, said: “We felt it only right that the Association should mark Martin’s four decades of service to the Cricket Club as part of the ground-staff.”