Cricket: Groundsman honoured

Peter Domigan
Peter Domigan
Long-serving Central Otago groundsman Peter Domigan was honoured for more than 20 years of service by New Zealand Cricket at an awards evening in Hamilton on Tuesday night.

Domigan and Auckland's Ces Renwick were joint winners of the 2011 Distinguished Services Award for cricket turf management.

NZC turf manager Ian McKendry said the award was due recognition for the important role the pair played in preparing surfaces for the cricket community"A lot of work goes in behind the scenes to ensure grounds and pitches are of a high standard and it is pleasing to be able to celebrate their success," McKendry said.

"Ces and Peter have been great servants over many years and richly deserve the accolade."

Domigan got his start at Alexandra's Molyneux Park in the early 1990s. Under his watchful eye, the pitch developed a reputation as one of the best in the country.

It had pace, bounce and carry.

Domigan moved to Queenstown in 2005 and turned his attention to the pitch at the Queenstown Events Centre. He has also given his time selflessly and stayed active assisting in the training of many young curators through the turf management programme at the Otago Polytechnic.

Renwick got his start in the industry by assisting the groundsman at Eden Park in the mid 1940s and in the mid '50s led a team responsible for developing the ground and pitches at Cornwall Cricket Club.

The development took about three years and he remained on as a volunteer for the next 30 years.

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