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Head groundsman leaves Glamorgan

Swalec Stadium
The weather has challenged Glamorgan's ground staff

Glamorgan are now without two senior staff after announcing the retirement of head groundsman Len Smith.

On 11 September, BBC Wales reported the county's chief executive Mike Fatkin had left Glamorgan, 10 months before they stage the opening Ashes Test.

Although Glamorgan have not commented on Fatkin's departure, they have now issued a statement saying an amicable agreement had been reached with Smith.

Both men have been key to preparing the Cardiff ground for the Test.

"On Monday Len Smith informed the club, both orally and in writing, that he wished to explore the possibility of taking early retirement," Glamorgan's statement said on Wednesday.

"Following discussions between Len Smith and his departmental manager, the club has reached an amicable agreement with Len.

"Yesterday was Len's last day of employment with Glamorgan Cricket."

Smith had been with the club for over 20 years, and the statement paid tribute to his "long and loyal" service and skills, saying he had won a prestigious groundsman of the year award in 2007.

They added his expertise had been one of the major factors in the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) deciding to bring the Ashes Test to the Swalec Stadium.

"At the end of the season, and in conjunction with the ECB, we shall be conducting the search for a new head groundsman," Glamorgan's statement continued.

"In the meantime our deputy head groundsman will assume the role of acting head groundsman."

see also
Fatkin cites differences at Glam
11 Sep 08 |  Glamorgan
Maynard praises Glamorgan revival
10 Sep 08 |  Glamorgan
BBC Sport Wales coverage
23 Mar 08 |  Wales

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