A friend tells a story of how he met Evan Flint, who will become the new groundsman at the Wanderers at the start of February. He was out walking his dog in Cape Town when he saw a man with a dog that had a Cricket SA accreditation pass. That was Flint. A man with a smile and time to talk, with no airs and graces. His favourite subject is cricket pitches. He crammed more about that subject in a 15-minute conversation on Tuesday than I could squeeze into my piece on him for Thursday’s paper. His has been a 10-and-a-half year journey at Newlands in which he transformed a pitch that had become stale and a little shabby into a world-class track with some bounce and pace. Flint became a groundsman after a job-shadow experience at Maritzburg College. He and some of his cricketing mates thought they would go to a cricket ground for the week. “We thought we would be net bowlers,” said Flint. “One of the days we spent with the groundsman, Phil Russell. There was a game on. It rained and Phil...

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