We are very fortunate to have a small team of dedicated folk who work tirelessly in and out of the cricket season to ensure we have high quality wickets and outfield at Castle Hill.
Heading up the team is Pop Cox who since retirement has put in more hours at the ground than he did at work! This retired left handed batsman has nurtured the squares so well the players of both sides have all commented what a joy it is to play on them. Just one criticism - the wickets seem to prefer lefthanded batsmen!
He can also lay claim to hitting the first ever 6 on the ground during a game on the Junior square.
If you visit the ground you will see how his attention to detail makes playing cricket an absolute pleasure at Castle Hill. When he's not checking out what's needed on the 8.5 acre site you will find him either cycling around Rutland or scoring for the 1st XI.
Keep up the good work Pop, w love playing on your wickets. Very hard and bouncy...
Pop Cox praying for rain in 2010 and marking out a wicket ahead of a match
Alan Brown looks after our 'crop circles' and makes pretty patterns on the grass
Alan Brown is another superb volunteer who is still hanging on to a developing career as an opening bat and a full time job at Uppingham School. Alan mainly looks after the outfield and operates the mighty Jacobsen ensuring we have some nice patterns across the ground. Any requests for patterns just let Alan know.
Alan in recent times has become a grandfather, but still manages to keep clocking up the hours at the ground either on the Jacobsen, or with strimmer in hand when he normally destroys most things in his path. As our Chef De BBQ he can also be found on Friday nights behind the old oil drum cooking up some treats for players and guests - a great all rounder for the club, but if you end up in a team alongside Alan don't let him bowl despite how many times he warms up!
He is also a Derby County fan - which is his only flaw, but the less said about that the better.
Dick Reeve is a longstanding club servant having carried out the Treasurer role at the club for a number of years.
Instrumental with Charlie Scott in getting the ground move underway in 2007, Dick devotes many hours ensuring we are on financially viable as a club and also assists Pop Cox and Alan Brown with maintaining the ground. Dick can be found most mornings taking his dogs around the perimeter of the site to make sure no one from Market Deeping has infiltrated the ground overnight.
Dick is a local councillor with Uppingham Town Council and has been a strong supporter of Junior Cricket.
Dick's speciality is rolling wickets to ensure the batting surface is a true as it can be - so if you are a batsman and one kept low.....it'll be down to Dick!
Never happier than when sat on the roller.
Usually just never happy!