Taunton Vale Sports Club is home to Taunton Cricket Club and hosts four senior men’s teams, two ladies sides, six age group sides and of course Somerset’s Second XI. It’s the venue where Tom Abell amassed a ton of runs this season which earned him his first-class debut and saw TCC clinch promotion. As the ever-immaculate pitch is put to bed for another year, TCC 1st XI Vice Captain Ben Orr pays tribute to the man who makes it all possible: Somerset CCC groundsman & Taunton Vale Sports Club head groundsman Rob Hake.
Cider Watch: Groundsman Hake – the ‘heroic secret weapon’ in Taunton Cricket Club’s armoury
by 1st XI Vice Captain Ben Orr
For those of you lucky enough to have played cricket at Gipsy Lane you will have experienced the quality of the playing surfaces. Impeccable outfield, manicured square & first-class quality tracks! And the credit for this cricket Mecca falls squarely on the shoulders of Rob Hake, the marvellous groundsman at the Vale.
A permanent fixture at the Vale, you can find Hakey at Gipsy Lane almost around the clock. His passion for producing the highest calibre cricket pitches is inspiring and deserves to be recognised.
Having produced the top marked pitch in the West of England Premier League for this past season it is important to stop for a moment and acknowledge this achievement. Rob will tell you there is almost isn’t a day in the summer when cricket isn’t played at the Vale. The home of the county second XI, academy teams, age group sides – the list goes on – but the first class standard Rob produces is a steady constant.
His love for cricket is also infectious & his knowledge boosted with every week of cricket that he oversees at the Vale. Rob is an invaluable member of TCC!
It’s brilliant we have the opportunity to credit a top man for fantastic commitment and high class results. Thank you very much Hakey!
In between his groundsman duties, Rob found time to play 12 first XI games for Taunton Cricket Club this year, scoring 192 runs at 27.42, with a highest score of 87. He also took six wickets at 24.5 with a best return of 2-32.