Warwick School Tournament, Middlesex in the Community and get your game started quicker

Just a few recent images from events involving the 2G Flicx Pitch to share…

Warwick School cricket festival

Warwick School cricket festival was a massive success. Flicx UK were very happy to help facilitate the many 8 over matches on the outfield using our blue 2G Flicx 10m batting ends. The format allowed for softball cricket in the morning then hardball cricket in the afternoon (the new 2G Flicx pitch makes it possible to use both types of balls). To use the 2G Flicx Pitch on your outfield, you simply need to cut the grass down short (10-15mm) then roll the pitch out on top.

Warwick School used their two 2G Flicx Skills batting ends for 2 of the matches, whilst Flicx brought two additional blue batting ends for the other games.

Middlesex in the Community

In recent weeks the Middlesex participation team have been out and about using their Pinky’s Pavillion 2G Flicx Pitch at various events, laid on various under surfaces. Events have included the Middlesex Schools day at Lord’s, Allstar’s Cricket at the Westminster Mile and most recently at a pop up event in Hounslow town centre. Not only is the pitch versatile and portable, but it also adds alot of fun and excitement to the Middlesex events programme with the coaching tiles, helping to focus the attention of bowlers when pitching the ball.

Product Development

New upgraded 1/4 2G tiles in the crease has made a big difference in terms of the speed the 2G Flicx Pitch settles. The pitch now settles in half the time and flattens instantly allowing games to commence faster than previously. We recommend you lay the pitch an hour before use although the condition of the under surface and the weather will both impact on how quickly it reaches optimum pace and bounce.

The 2G Flicx Pitch is solving a cricket facility shortage in New Zealand

With cricket participation rates growing by 20% each year, cricket clubs and associations in New Zealand are finding they are a victim of their own successes with a severe shortage of suitable cricket grounds and facilities to play the game. Neeraj Kumar of Complete Cricket has recently started the agency for 2G Flicx Pitches and the response has been hugely positive with the portability and flexibility of the roll out solution really hitting the spot as this recent TV piece on “Newshub” outlines.

This demonstration in question at Karaka Cricket Club in Auckland saw an adult exhibition match take place and over 50 guests attend to eye ball the 2G Flicx product which is manufactured in the UK and was specifically developed to create new opportunities for people to play cricket. The applications of the 2G Flicx Pitch are varied and many but typically they are used to convert a grass field into a cricket pitch.

Neeraj Kumar spoke about his excitement about the 2G Flicx Pitch product and its performance in New Zealand conditions

“Clubs and schools at our demonstrations to date have all been really impressed by the 2G Flicx Pitch with many orders placed immediately. There is no better solution on the market for clubs in New Zealand who are looking to increase their capacity whilst still offering a realistic cricket experience to both batsmen and bowlers. When rolled out on a firm, flat surface the 2G Flicx Pitch offers good pace and bounce for both senior adult matches right down to grassroots levels for juniors where the pitch can be split and rolled out on the outfield. We have also had interest for backyard pitches and from clubs looking to upgrade or resurface worn astros.

The 2G Flicx Pitch is now hugely popular all around the world with the Rajasthan Cricket Board in India funding 70 Batting Ends last year, whilst Flicx UK are developing partnerships with various county boards to help fast track their participation programmes and inspire more children the play the game. The beauty of product is undoubtedly its versatility and portability; One match pitch can be moved by one person using our Flicx safety trolley and then ripped and split into two batting ends. Preparation time is short (the grass below just needs to be cut short) and maintenance minimal whilst the new, softer 2G tile offers excellent grip and offers spin for those bowlers who can turn the ball. A club can use the very same pitch at other locations by rolling it out on synthetic AstroTurf or 3G rubbercrumb pitches, indoor sports-halls, playgrounds or other concrete surfaces or even sand for beach cricket festivals which provides great cost effectiveness on the investment.

Complete Cricket have a full container of 2G Flicx Pitches arriving in New Zealand ahead of the new cricket season and are currently taking pre-orders for pitches. Click here to get a quote or DOWNLOAD the Complete Cricket flyer containing more details on the 2G Flicx Pitch range as well as the various applications, features and benefits.

Joe Root launches National Cricket Week by inspiring kids with a game of cricket on a 2G Flicx Pitch

New England Test captain Joe Root, stopped by at his former primary school in Sheffield yesterday for a surprise visit to launch the 2017 Yorkshire Tea, National Cricket Week which uses the #powerofcricket to inspire children to participate. Root was introduced in the school assembly before joining in a cricket session on the schools playground hosted on a 2G Flicx Skills pitch owned by the school.

Joe Root on the 2G Flicx Pitch

Joe hosted a cricket masterclass, bowling at some of the children before taking a more familiar role with the bat. PE co-ordinator Richard France is delighted with their Flicx Pitch which they purchased a couple of years ago

“Our Flicx Pitch plays a vital role in our cricket programme; not only do the bright colours excite the children but for us its not practical to create and maintain a turf wicket at the school so the Flicx Pitch has solved this issue – whilst its portability means that we can use it on both the school playground and to convert our playing fields”

Yorkshire Tea National Cricket Week will take place this year between the 19th -23rd June.  Over 1,500 schools take part in the event every year and turn their timetable over to cricket. Organisers Chance 2 Shine provide schools with cross-curricular cricket lesson plans, from teaching coordinates of a cricket field in Maths to pinpointing cricket playing countries in Geography.

Clubs hold Kwik cricket competitions for their local schools, while schoolchildren in Brighton and Cornwall compete in inter-school beach cricket tournaments. Sign your school up to participate in 2017 at http://chancetoshine.org/ncw_signups

William Perkin host their first ever game of cricket thanks to Middlesex funding

Sky Sport’s Hayley McQueen officially opened William Perkin schools new £2m sports facilities including a 3G Artificial Grass Pitch (AGP) and state of the art sports pavilion. The school located in the London borough of Ealing is itself only four years old and sits on the former GSK sports area. The project which was masterminded by headmaster Keir Smith who has created a local hub of sporting excellence for the community with funding from Sport England, The Football Foundation, Middlesex CCC and Ealing LA as well as generous donations from school governors.

Cricket matches had never been hosted at the school prior to the purchase of a 2G Flicx Pitch which was part funded by Middlesex Cricket. Now the football field has been converted into a cricket venue, much to the delight of pupils, and the process was as simple as cutting the grass down really short (getting rid of the thatch in this particular surface) and then rolling out the 2G Flicx Pitch.

Director of Sport and former player Paul Harrison is delighted with the result “The 2G Flicx Pitch will enable us to play cricket where we couldn’t before. It was easy to set up and gives a good playing surface for our students to practice and play matches on, increasing our participation greatly”.

Whilst for Middlesex Cricket they are achieving their objective of creating more cricket facilities in the London area where typically suitable sporting spaces are at a premium so the versatile,portable cricket surface solution supplied by Flicx UK is vital.

In order to maximise participation throughout the calendar year, William Perkin is embarking on an ambitious second phase of this project. In partnership with Middlesex County Cricket Club, the vision is to create a centre for state school cricket, a hub for local primary school children to experience cricket and a base to be used by Middlesex Womens’ Cricket.

Keir Smith, said: “Phase two – the cricket centre – requires funding in the region of £100,000, so William Perkin has submitted funding bids to the ECB, The London Marathon Charitable Trust, The Heathrow Community Fund and the School Governors. We remain hopeful of securing the funding required to provide the school, and local community, with first class football and cricket facilities.”

To read the William Perkin school press release about their new sports facilities opening event (click here) or for more information about how the 2G Flicx Pitch can help create additional facilities for your club or school, contact one of our team by calling 01295 816765 or email our Business Development Manager Ashley Appleby (ash@flicx.com) or Request a Quote.

Virtual Demonstration of the 2G Flicx Pitch | The world’s most versatile, artificial cricket wicket

Especially for our overseas customers, we have prepared a short video demonstration of the 2G Flicx Pitch. Watch the video below and see Flicx UK’s Business Development Manager Ashley Appleby show how the 2G Flicx Pitch can be used. Ash covers

  • How the pitch is delivered
  • How to roll out your pitch
  • What the pitch is made of and what the surface is like and how it performs
  • How its versatility can create different applications for a user
  • How to move the pitch

This video made with footage supplied by Rajasthan Cricket Association, when they visited Wormsley to view the 2G Flicx Pitch. We will be producing further videos over the coming season that you will be able to watch on our You Tube or Facebook sites. If you have any questions you would like answering about the pitches performance, just contact us via the comment box below or call or email us directly on ash@flicx.com or 01295 816765.

The 2G Flicx Pitch is performing really well in both UK conditions and all around the world. With UV stabilisers its can even be left out in sub continent conditions and offers good grip for spinners and also allows batsmen to play their shots in confidence. To roll the pitch back up, take a look at this footage so you can follow our safety points.

To get a quote or learn more about the 2G Flicx Pitch and how it is helping customers all around the world to play more cricket, simply visit our website www.flicx.co.uk

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How to convert spare grass fields into cricket pitches

If you are looking to create additional cricket capacity for your club or school and you have a grass field that is traditionally used for rugby or football during the winter, then the 2G Flicx Pitch could be your solution.

This was the exact predicament for Windsor Boys school, where their cricket programme had outgrown the number of turf wickets available on site for matches and practice. With the grass cut down short in the middle, (rolling would be beneficial too), a 2G Flicx Pitch was rolled out on top and a new facility created. The pictures below show senior boys who are all club cricketers playing a game on the 2G Flicx Pitch and you can see how the bowlers have good purchase off the surface and there is excellent pace and bounce.

Convert a Grass field into a cricket pitch

This application is the most popular application of our pitch especially in countries like the UK, New Zealand, the USA and Australia. In Australia it could be AFL ovals being converted and in New Zealand at the moment, cricket facilities are at a premium so this method of converting grass fields is very popular.

The benefit of the new 2G Flicx Pitch product is that is multi purpose so the same pitch seen here can then be rolled up after the game and used in the nets (both grass and on synthetic surfaces), or split in the middle to create two batting ends for junior Kwik cricket or then used inside for winter nets or on the playground or concrete surfaces too. This versatility gives great value for money for the customer and means cricket can be taken to new audiences which is especially important given the popularity of T20 cricket and the need for more informal cricket options.

Schools or clubs with capacity issues now have a solution that is easy to create and virtually maintenance free. We would recommend the pitch is rolled up after each game and just rolled out an hour before the game to give it time to settle and for the tiles feet to mould to the under surface. If you could give more details on this application and its suitability for your requirements, feel free to give one of our pitch advisers a call on 01295 816765.

Applications of the 2G Flicx Pitch

Pitching In … Our take on recent developments in the structure of youth cricket

Cricket is undoubtedly changing. Day/night test matches, a £1.7m fee for Ben Stokes at the IPL auction, flashing stumps and big sponsors but perhaps the biggest changes in the game currently are occurring globally at grass roots levels. In the UK, the ECB has just launched All Star’s Cricket (a mass participation program providing children aged five to eight with a great first experience in cricket) whilst down under Cricket Australia has just announced some major changes to their junior game formats following a successful nationwide pilot program where children played on shorter pitches in smaller teams.

“The changes provide more appropriate game formats, pitch length and number of players on the field for children at various stages of their development and experience,” said former national captain Belinda Clark.

The obvious aim of these initiatives is to boost participation; but at the same time, we see much more strain on facilities with clubs replying – “great but where are they going to play”. Some clubs cannot easily accommodate more juniors and you all too frequently hear of housing developments on playing fields and there has been a rise in the popularity of all weather, synthetic pitches for football and rugby. The cost, time and expertise to maintain a turf wicket are considerable and so it’s no surprise that the popularity of wickets such as the 2G Flicx Pitch has rapidly grown in recent seasons, coinciding with the advent of our new and improved tile which makes the pitch more versatile with good pace and bounce on a range of under-surfaces. Furthermore, our new multi age pitch means that you can used the same pitch for adults, colts and juniors just by moving the stumps from 20.12 to 18.12 to 16.12 metres (something that can be applied to new Australia pitch lengths too).

Converting grass fields which are typically rugby or football fields into cricket pitches for the season is a popular application whilst we are also seeing clubs laying the 2G Flicx Pitch on old or worn astro strips to give them a new lease of life. The cost of our portable 2G Flicx Pitch solution vs an average NPT is 1/3 so it’s really a no brainer in terms of adding additional playing and training capacity more cost effectively plus the surfaces last for years. One match pitch can be moved by one person using our safety trolley and then easily split into two batting ends which can be laid on the outfield for Kwik cricket. Preparation time is shortly and maintenance minimal and the softer 2G tile offers excellent grip and good seam and spin performance.

In our busy lives, statistics are saying that we no longer have time to give up our whole Sunday to play cricket and shorter formats of the game are becoming more popular or more informal cricket utilising different spaces for example on beaches, playgrounds and car parks. Having taken cricket to the top of Mt Kilimanjaro, the 2G Flicx Pitch really is a product that means you can play anywhere. Likewise, bright colours and branding options are helping to attract and retain kids in the sport, whilst developing their batting and bowling skills with visual targets. Perhaps the day when we see a T20 game taking place on an artificial wicket isn’t too far away after all and hopefully it’s something that the traditionalist will in time be able to embrace as the future success of the game, could depend on it.

Transform your garden into a practice batting facility with the Flicx Home Academy

Transform your garden into a practice batting facility with the help of a Flicx Home Academy just like Philip Hesketh who created this area at their Staffordshire home last summer to help his 14 year old son Rohan to develop his cricketing skills. The Flicx Home Academy is a package deal comprising of a 2G Flicx Pitch or Batting End and Net system (a bowling machine can also be added on request)

Flicx Home Academy

It sounds like every young cricketers dream, the ability to play cricket all the time in the safety of your own home and with the huge convenience factor that this brings but in fact is it’s a relatively simple vision to realise with Flicx as our roll out wickets do not require any civil works to install and ongoing maintenance is minimal.

The Hesketh’s first heard about the Flicx Home Academy via a friend who also has a Home Academy system installed and after researching the product and how to use it at www.flicx.co.uk and taking advice from Flicx MD Richard Beghin, Philip was ready to purchase and hugely convinced of its merits and value. Preparation was relatively easy and involved cutting back the grass short and rolling the area to ensure it was flat and firm before rolling out their chosen product, a 10 x 1.8m skills batting end. The 2G Flicx skills range comes complete with coloured target tiles to assist with reading a balls line and length thus helps to develop good decision making skills for shot selection.

“We are really happy with the Flicx Home Academy we purchased and how it performs” says Philip. “The 2G Flicx Pitch produces a realistic bounce, similar to a turf wicket that matches are played on, so it allows Rohan to have the convenience of practicing his batting at home. The obvious benefit here is the ability for him to complete extra training, outside standard training sessions offered by his club and school, thus helping him to get an extra edge to his game.
Rohan often does throwdown’s to get his eye in before matches and because the area is netted, it is also used by both my children to safely practice catching without risk to the garden/ house windows!! “

Flexibility and versatility are additional selling points of the 2G Flicx Pitch range. The Hesketh’s mow over their pitch as the grass grows through the tiles and it will be kept down permanently but it is equally possible to roll the pitch out and back up again after each use or at the end of each season. It could even be used inside a garage during the winter or on top of other surfaces that might be available in the home environment. As well as our standard designs, sizes and specifications (shipped anywhere in the world) Flicx UK are also able to bespoke a home pitch to a customer’s specific requirements; if you are interested in learning more or have any particular questions just contact us via our website www.flicx.co.uk or call one of our advisors on 01295 816765.
NB – Rohan has now been selected for the Staffordshire County team which is testament to the extra work he is putting in.

Use a 2G Flicx Pitch to protect your main square & extend the cricket season

Do any of these problems sound familiar??

  • You lose games at the start of the season as the main square is not yet ready (generally weather related)
  • Throughout the season, your main square badly deteriorates due to overuse
  • Bad weather can hamper pitch preparation by your groundsman which is time consuming and costly
  • Your main square is unsafe to use, early on in the season
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The weather maybe bad, but you can still play cricket

These are common problems for clubs in the UK, and this is where the versatility of the 2G Flicx Pitch really comes into its own. If your main square is not ready, you can just roll a 2G Flicx Pitch out over your square and train or play pre-season games all without damage to the surface underneath. Likewise the pitch can be rolled out next to your main square. All of this means less work for your ground-staff and less preparation time such as line painting.

Clubs with multiple teams, may wish to save their main square for the first team and the 2G Flicx Pitch is a great match and training surface. When laid on a firm, flat surface, you will get a great bounce and spin and seam too.

Even when the weather is damp, the 2G Flicx Pitch still performs … we even have clubs up in Scotland, using the pitch to extend their season and reduce the number of games being called off. This same pitch can also be used during the closed season for winter nets, on an Astroturf or Rubbercrumb to add extra facilities or zipped and split into batting ends for junior matches or Kwik cricket on your outfield. All these applications give you great value for money and the price of a 2G Flicx Pitch compares very favourably against other “artificials” with additional benefits such as the portability and versatility factors.

“Bute maintains its own ground but has always fought an unsuccessful battle against the heavy rainfall the island receives which had frustratingly led to the postponement of many fixtures over the years. All this changed in 2014 however when the club purchased a 2G Flicx wicket which has completely transformed the clubs facility situation to the extent that there were no rain affected cancellations in 2015. Practice was held every week on the clubs 2G Flicx wicket and it was even used it for the inaugural Bute beach cricket festival. Furthermore the league Bute County CC is affiliated too, the Western District Cricket Union (WDCU) approved the pitch trial and its suitability for hosting league matches.”