Groundsman's car rolls in into academy at Hampshire's Ageas Bowl cricket ground

Daily Echo: Groundsman's car crashes into cricket ground Groundsman's car crashes into cricket ground

THE CAR belonging to the head groundsman at Hampshire Cricket's Ageas Bowl rolled down a hill this morning and crashed into part of the stadium.

Nigel Gray found himself inspecting the wreckage of his car after it rolled down hill from the top car park and smashed into the cricket school, leaving it wedged between the bulding and the hill.

Daily Echo:

It is believed that he had left Vauxhall Meriva in a car park overlooking the ground overnight, and the accident was because the handbrake failed.

Staff at the ground was almost as stunned as Nigel was, when they took a look and surveyed the damage.

One member of staff, who did not want to be named, described the moment that Mr Gray found his car.

Daily Echo:

He said: “He was horrified when he saw it and had his head in his hands.

He likened Mr Gray's reaction to looking like Edvard Munch's famous painting 'The Scream'.

For Mr Gray, it adds another story to the many he has experienced during his 25-years at Hampshire Cricket club.

The long-serving Groundsman has had many ups and downs at the club, and he was even awarded a testimonial in 2012.

Daily Echo tried to contact Mr Gray, but he was unavailable for comment.

It is not yet known if the car is a write-off, but it may require a crane to be removed.

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2:20pm Mon 16 Jun 14

bullsbags says...

After 25 years wonderful service including overseeing the move from Northlands Rd to the Rosebowl,as I prefere to call it ,wouldn't do any harm if Mr Bransgrove sorted him out a sponsored car
After 25 years wonderful service including overseeing the move from Northlands Rd to the Rosebowl,as I prefere to call it ,wouldn't do any harm if Mr Bransgrove sorted him out a sponsored car bullsbags
  • Score: 12

3:22pm Mon 16 Jun 14

devil333 says...

i used to work there as Night Security at lest i can say nothing like this happened when i was there got to feel sorry for the bloke tho only if the fence was secured right then this would not of happened
i used to work there as Night Security at lest i can say nothing like this happened when i was there got to feel sorry for the bloke tho only if the fence was secured right then this would not of happened devil333
  • Score: -1

3:42pm Mon 16 Jun 14

S!monOn says...

bullsbags wrote:
After 25 years wonderful service including overseeing the move from Northlands Rd to the Rosebowl,as I prefere to call it ,wouldn't do any harm if Mr Bransgrove sorted him out a sponsored car
Hats off to Mr Gray for an astounding job at the Bowl, but Mr Bransgrove approved a testimonial for him in 2012, which seems a very nice gesture... so how many times should he be rewarded for long service?
[quote][p][bold]bullsbags[/bold] wrote: After 25 years wonderful service including overseeing the move from Northlands Rd to the Rosebowl,as I prefere to call it ,wouldn't do any harm if Mr Bransgrove sorted him out a sponsored car[/p][/quote]Hats off to Mr Gray for an astounding job at the Bowl, but Mr Bransgrove approved a testimonial for him in 2012, which seems a very nice gesture... so how many times should he be rewarded for long service? S!monOn
  • Score: 8

4:53pm Mon 16 Jun 14

southy says...

A crane to remove that oh come on, one man on his own with jacks and wedges could get that out easy enough with out causing any more damage
A crane to remove that oh come on, one man on his own with jacks and wedges could get that out easy enough with out causing any more damage southy
  • Score: -3

4:57pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Charlie Bucket says...

southy wrote:
A crane to remove that oh come on, one man on his own with jacks and wedges could get that out easy enough with out causing any more damage
You see that it's resting on a raised kerb at the back? How exactly is one man with some tools going to move this front wheel drive car out of that without causing damage?

I realise that you'd rather eat your own children that admit to getting something wrong, of course, so I'm not expecting much in response, other than some vague babbling about how this wouldn't happen if we all lived in some commune and shared everything equally or something.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: A crane to remove that oh come on, one man on his own with jacks and wedges could get that out easy enough with out causing any more damage[/p][/quote]You see that it's resting on a raised kerb at the back? How exactly is one man with some tools going to move this front wheel drive car out of that without causing damage? I realise that you'd rather eat your own children that admit to getting something wrong, of course, so I'm not expecting much in response, other than some vague babbling about how this wouldn't happen if we all lived in some commune and shared everything equally or something. Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 1

5:07pm Mon 16 Jun 14

southy says...

Charlie Bucket wrote:
southy wrote:
A crane to remove that oh come on, one man on his own with jacks and wedges could get that out easy enough with out causing any more damage
You see that it's resting on a raised kerb at the back? How exactly is one man with some tools going to move this front wheel drive car out of that without causing damage?

I realise that you'd rather eat your own children that admit to getting something wrong, of course, so I'm not expecting much in response, other than some vague babbling about how this wouldn't happen if we all lived in some commune and shared everything equally or something.
Easy ask any real rigger and he tell you how to go about it.
you jack up the rear axle and the front will pivit down giving clearence, the pivit point is the front wheels so the greater movement will be at the back end.
Now don't you feel a bit silly some thing as easy maths will do for you.
[quote][p][bold]Charlie Bucket[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: A crane to remove that oh come on, one man on his own with jacks and wedges could get that out easy enough with out causing any more damage[/p][/quote]You see that it's resting on a raised kerb at the back? How exactly is one man with some tools going to move this front wheel drive car out of that without causing damage? I realise that you'd rather eat your own children that admit to getting something wrong, of course, so I'm not expecting much in response, other than some vague babbling about how this wouldn't happen if we all lived in some commune and shared everything equally or something.[/p][/quote]Easy ask any real rigger and he tell you how to go about it. you jack up the rear axle and the front will pivit down giving clearence, the pivit point is the front wheels so the greater movement will be at the back end. Now don't you feel a bit silly some thing as easy maths will do for you. southy
  • Score: -1

5:09pm Mon 16 Jun 14

southy says...

bullsbags wrote:
After 25 years wonderful service including overseeing the move from Northlands Rd to the Rosebowl,as I prefere to call it ,wouldn't do any harm if Mr Bransgrove sorted him out a sponsored car
Agree with you
[quote][p][bold]bullsbags[/bold] wrote: After 25 years wonderful service including overseeing the move from Northlands Rd to the Rosebowl,as I prefere to call it ,wouldn't do any harm if Mr Bransgrove sorted him out a sponsored car[/p][/quote]Agree with you southy
  • Score: 0

5:22pm Mon 16 Jun 14

bullsbags says...

S!monOn wrote:
bullsbags wrote:
After 25 years wonderful service including overseeing the move from Northlands Rd to the Rosebowl,as I prefere to call it ,wouldn't do any harm if Mr Bransgrove sorted him out a sponsored car
Hats off to Mr Gray for an astounding job at the Bowl, but Mr Bransgrove approved a testimonial for him in 2012, which seems a very nice gesture... so how many times should he be rewarded for long service?
Fair point Simon ,maybe a moped then!
[quote][p][bold]S!monOn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bullsbags[/bold] wrote: After 25 years wonderful service including overseeing the move from Northlands Rd to the Rosebowl,as I prefere to call it ,wouldn't do any harm if Mr Bransgrove sorted him out a sponsored car[/p][/quote]Hats off to Mr Gray for an astounding job at the Bowl, but Mr Bransgrove approved a testimonial for him in 2012, which seems a very nice gesture... so how many times should he be rewarded for long service?[/p][/quote]Fair point Simon ,maybe a moped then! bullsbags
  • Score: 2

5:45pm Mon 16 Jun 14

100%HANTSBOY says...

It's ok because Eastleigh Council have released another £1.2million of taxpayers money to sort this out!
It's ok because Eastleigh Council have released another £1.2million of taxpayers money to sort this out! 100%HANTSBOY
  • Score: -1

9:05pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Stubs says...

It's only a cheap old Vauxhall. Best thing for it.
It's only a cheap old Vauxhall. Best thing for it. Stubs
  • Score: -5

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