Doo’cot Park plans sound pitch perfect
Groundsperson Greg brings wealth of experience
Competitive cricket is not on the immediate horizon in Perth despite the easing of coronavirus restrictions.
But recently-appointed groundsperson Greg Denton has arrived determined to produce a pitch perfect playing surface at picturesque Doo’cot Park.
Greg, who has been employed by the Gannochy Trust, can boast a wealth of experience having worked at high-profile Sussex County Cricket Club for 17 years.
The past nine of those years saw him hold the position of deputy head groundsman.
He has many fond memories of his time with Sussex, including being involved in the party atmosphere of 2003 when the club won its first ever County Championship.
Now he is looking forward to his fresh Fair City chapter.
“I heard about the job through a friend who worked at Kent County Cricket Club, Simon Williamson, who now works for Cricket Scotland,” explained Greg.
“I’ve been in pro cricket for 17 years at Sussex County Cricket Club. You don’t really get a summer in pro cricket and work most weekends.
“I wanted to move back to club cricket - and I’ll be able to see my wife a bit more too. We had been down in Sussex for 20 years and wanted a change.
“I came up for the interview, really liked everyone I met and really liked the ground. It’s a really lovely facility and it’s a joy to be here during the day, to be honest.
“I’m getting used to the ground’s idiosyncrasies and getting a handle on how my predecessor used to do things.
“I’m working everything out as I’ve only been here 10 days.”
Local cricketers have been able to get back to some sort of normality in the past week, with nets practice resuming with added safety measures in place.
Senior activity at the club started again on Monday, July 13 and sessions must be booked in advance via email or on social media.
“I want to prepare the best possible pitches for Perth,” Greg added.
“Hopefully we can see some friendly cricket as I doubt we will see any competitive cricket this year.
“You always strive to prepare the best pitch you can, with the tools and raw materials you’ve got. That is always what a groundsman does.
“While the standard of pitch may not be the same as the pro pitches, you are still trying to achieve better and better all of the time.
“All we can do is get the best renovations done on the squares this year and then hit the ground running in 2021.”
Greg has already received a friendly welcome from all at Perth Doo’cot Cricket Club and the Gannochy Trust.
“Cricket is massive for a local community, all sport is in my opinion,” he told the PA. “It brings people together and is great exercise.
“People seem very friendly here. When I’ve asked for directions you end up having a long conversation and I like that people have time for you.
“This is definitely a positive move for me and I think I’ve made the right decision. I enjoyed my time at Sussex with a good group of colleagues. But I think it was just time for a change.”
The Gannochy Trust noted: “We look forward to seeing the benefits of Greg’s expertise at Doo’cot Park.”