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Jim Fairbrother      

Full name James Enoch Fairbrother

Born August 1919

Died October 4, 1984, London (aged 65 years)

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Jim Fairbrother began his career as a groundskeeper in Nottingham before he joined the groundstaff at Trent Bridge in 1952 and then moved to Lord's in 1968. Wisden wrote: "With a temperament ideally suited to the job, he tackled with disarming patience the problems peculiar to Lord's, not least the slope of seven and a half feet from the Grand Stand to the Tavern boundary, but to do also with such things as bomb scares during Test matches. With his gentle smile and love of his job, he became a popular figure at headquarters, twice winning the award as Groundsman of the Year (1981 and 1982) and rarely taking offence, whatever might be said about his pitches."

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2nd Investec Test: England v Sri Lanka at Chester-le-Street - May 27-31
England 498/9d Sri Lanka 101 & 58/1 (20 ov) (f/o)
Northants v Essex at Northampton - May 28-31
Northants 444 Essex 23/0 (10 ov)
Notts v Durham at Nottingham - May 28-31
Notts 473/6 (130 ov)
Somerset v Surrey at Taunton - May 28-31
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Kent v Leics at Canterbury - May 29-Jun 1
Leics 105/3 (30 ov)
Middlesex v Hampshire at Northwood - May 29-Jun 1
Middlesex 86/2 (28 ov)
Worcs v Gloucs at Worcester - May 29-Jun 1
Worcs 114/5 (30 ov)
Yorkshire v Lancashire at Leeds - May 29-Jun 1
Yorkshire 94/5 (30 ov)
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