November 29, 2005

Bermuda

Kicking up the dirt

Martin Williamson

It's all fun and games in Bermuda where top groundsman Andy Atkinson last year described the island's new pitch as "more suitable for growing carrots". Now a row is brewing because of plans to import 100 truckloads of soil to try to tackle the problem ... but it seems that is in contravention of strict rules banning anyone bringing soil in from abroad. As one campaigner said:

[There are] rumours that the importation would go ahead because “some guy” who was good at spinning a cricket ball was suddenly an expert on soil and cricket pitches.

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Martin Williamson
Executive editor Martin Williamson joined the Wisden website in its planning stages in 2001 after failing to make his millions in the internet boom when managing editor of Sportal. Before that he was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch and run Sky News Online. With a preference for all things old (except his wife and children), he has recently confounded colleagues by displaying an uncharacteristic fondness for Twenty20 cricket. His enthusiasm for the game is sadly not matched by his ability, but he remains convinced that he might be a late developer and perseveres in the hope of an England call-up with his middle-order batting and non-spinning offbreaks. He is now managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group as well as his Cricinfo responsibilities.

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