Groundsmen across the country are busy preparing pitches for the start of the cricket season, but Jeremy White has more work to do than most.

Head groundsperson at Rockhampton CC, Jeremy is responsible for producing pitches for the club's four senior sides, various youth teams and also Gloucestershire Second XI.

Rockhampton has hosted some Gloucestershire Second XI matches for the last few years, but this season nearly all their cricket will be played at Boundary Field.

Gloucestershire supported the installation of five new strips which have been in use for the last two seasons. This season's fixture list is the most ambitious yet however and Rockhampton are hopeful of getting the county's support to install more strips in the near future.

Six Second XI Championship and four T20 matches are scheduled this summer and Jeremy is tasked with preparing the quickest, hardest and bounciest pitches he can, as well as getting a fair covering of grass, in order to best simulate the conditions in county cricket.

Rockhampton CC

Rockhampton CC

But despite the demands placed on them, Jeremy and his team are all amateur volunteers.

"We've got big commitments. We are learning as we go. The county are very supportive," he said.

"Over the last three of four seasons we have gradually hosted a little bit more. We are delighted to be able to host the county. It's been brilliant.

"I am very lucky to have three other fellas who are willing to devote all their spare time.

"It's a lot of work but we all love doing it."

After a shortened season last year, Jeremy is hopeful spectators will be able to enjoy a full summer of cricket this time around.

"We don't know what restrictions will be in place.

"We are keen to welcome visitors. We hope very much by the time they start playing many of the restrictions have been lifted.

"People do love to come because it's a beautiful setting and the standard of cricket is phenomenal."

Second XI games frequently feature big names on their way back from injury as well as stars of the future.

Former England internationals Marcus Trescothick and Gareth Batty are among those to have played a match at Rockhampton in recent years, while current England star Mark Wood had a physio session there.

Jeremy was even once helped from a ditch by Arjun Tendulkar, son of Indian great Sachin, after retrieving a ball during a match between Gloucestershire Second XI and MCC Young Cricketers.

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"Spectators are often treated to some famous moments," Jerry said.

"You are looking at potential future England players."