UK: Cricket Pitch Gets High Bounce Thanks to Cannabis Grow Lights

Edgbaston ground staff using cannabis plant lamps

The sun has not always shone at Edgbaston in recent days so the groundsman has sought some extra help

Such is the pressure on groundsmen in an Investec Ashes series in which pitches have dominated the agenda, Warwickshire have turned to an unlikely source of inspiration ahead of the third Test at Edgbaston. Head groundsman Gary Barwell, who is preparing his first Ashes surface, is using lights normally used for the cultivation of cannabis in the hope of preparing the perfect pitch.

This is not the first time the Edgbaston officials have used the hot lamps, which are borrowed free of charge from West Midlands Police after being confiscated from local cannabis growers.

The hope is that the lamps help produce pitches with greater pace and bounce, as well as drying the outfield, which has suffered heavily at the hands of...

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