As cricket clubs in the northern hemisphere start to think about plans for the new cricket season, the need to create new facilities and develop existing ones is prevalent for many committees and organisations. The 2G Flicx Pitch is a problem solver in this area so here are our top 5 reasons why your club will love the 2G Flicx Pitch and what it can do for your cricket and the standard of your matches and training …
It’s a COST-EFFECTIVE solution to upgrade worn or under performing net facilities – You don’t need to dig or expensive ground works. Just roll out the new 2G Flicx Pitch over the top!
It’s the MOST VERSATILE cricket pitch on the market – Use it for senior or junior cricket, for matches or training, indoors or outdoors!! A multi-use pitch that will allow your club to accommodate more teams or players.
It allows you to CREATE NEW CRICKET FACILITIES – A grass football or rugby field, park or synthetic field can be used to host cricket with minimal preparation and no damage to the under surface.
It’s EASY TO MOVE AND USE – The 2G Flicx Pitch is a portable product and it’s possible for one person to roll it out and back up after the game using the Flicx Safety Trolley. This takes work from away from the groundsman’s busy schedule or allows nomad clubs to play at different venues.
It performs well and gives GOOD PACE AND CONSISTENT BOUNCE on a range of under surfaces – The 2G Flicx Pitch delivers performance with the 2G tile being softer, it offers more grip for batsmen and turn for your spinners. Bowlers can hit the pitch hard and the ball comes nicely onto the bat. But don’t just take our word for it, here are some of our customer testimonials … https://www.flicx.co.uk/pitches/testimonials/
To learn more about the 2G Flicx Pitch and how it should be used, take a look at our new Six Steps to Success PDF download and accompanying video.
For a quote for your cricket club or for more in depth advice, call us on +44(0)1295 816765 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the short form on our website GET A QUOTE
Flicx UK’s Business Development Manager, Ashley Appleby takes a look back at some of the projects and partnerships which Flicx UK have been part of in 2018. Our Top 5 hits of 2018 include details of work projects with County Boards, cricketing charity The Lord’s Taverners as well as great feedback on the 2G Flicx Pitch indoors, beach cricket and our expanding global reach. All of these stories demonstrate the versatility and portability of the 2G Flicx Pitch and how the innovative surface is helping to create better facilities for more people to participate in cricket and shows the true power of sport in helping to bring communities together. WATCH Episode 12 of #AskAsh now
If video is not your thing here is a brief text overview of our Top 5 Hits …
County Boards – We have been delighted to extend and create new partnerships with several County Boards this year. Applications and examples include with
Middlesex Cricket helping solve the problem of lack of facilities in urban areas
Worcester CCC attracting corporate support for their Street 6’s festival (More)
Surrey Cricket Foundation is trying to boost cricket participation in state schools by converting football fields to cricket facilities (More)
Essex Cricket hosting tape ball cricket festivals at football grounds to engage with the SE Asian communities. Yorkshire CF and Cornwall Cricket also host fantastic beach cricket events on our surface …
Tape Ball Cricket Festival
YCF Beach Cricket
Surrey Cricket Partnership
Middlesex Schools Day
If any other County Boards are looking to take cricket to new audiences, just contact email@example.com for more information or call 01295 816765.
2. Lord Taverners
Flicx UK were delighted to attend and support the #Wicketz festival hosted by Lord’s Taveners at Repton School in August. The festival was the biggest in the history of the Wicketz programme and saw over 120 young people from across the country took part in a three-day residential course consisting of competitive cricket, coaching masterclasses and vital life changing workshops. (Read More on this partnership in the blog from the Wicketz Festival)
3. Indoor Cricket
Great feedback has been forthcoming from numerous sources on how well the 2G Flicx Pitch has been accepted for indoor use and we’ve held a number of different demonstrations on different surfaces just to show people how the pitch works and at the moment we find that the type of feedback that we get is that with conventional matting the bounce is really low, the pitches curl up they difficult and cumbersome to roll and they take up a lot of storage space and with the 2G cricket pitch not only are we sorting out all of those issues but we are giving them terrific performance in terms of pace and bounce and we found that even on low bouncing indoor surfaces the new 2G Flicx cricket pitch gives you improved bounce which has really been encouraging. – says Ashley Appleby
4. Beach Cricket
We have seen some great Beach Cricket events hosted on the 2G Flicx Pitch this year including with Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, Sierra Leone Cricket Association, Sydney Sixers, the Black Caps and in Cornwall, where teams rowed out to a sandbank to play a game sponsored by a local brewery .
5. Growing the Game Globally. Ash talks through the work of some of our customers including
If your club or school in Australia is looking to grow its cricket programme or if you need to create additional cricket spaces by converting grass spaces or artificial pitches into cricketing venues then the 2G Flicx Pitch is now available and is getting great feedback from clubs, associations and schools using the product. The 2G Flicx Pitch is a problem solver in terms of creating additional capacity and also with it being a portable, roll out cricket wicket, you can move it to different venues both outdoors and indoors and it is suitable for junior and senior cricket, hard ball or soft ball. Here are 5 questions on the products performance and applications from customers in Australia with names removed which you might find useful …
1.Will 2G Flicx pitch work on top of turf centre wicket for our juniors on a Friday night thereby protecting the turf for our seniors on the Saturday (xxxx xxxxx, Cricket Club S.A)
The 2G Flicx pitch is a versatile portable roll out wicket that can be used on various surfaces to create or add additional cricket facilities including grass and turf blocks, this will allow you to offer more junior cricket matches without the worry of wearing out the turf centre for your seniors
2. We have major ground shortages for cricket, can the 2G Flicx pitch be rolled out straight on grass without needing to lay a concrete base to facilitate matches (xxxx xxxxx, Cricket Club, Perth)
Grass open areas, parks, reservations, football and soccer fields can all be converted into cricket match and practise facilities using the 2G Flicx pitch, it is important to identify a flat area and cut the grass short for optimum performance, there is no need to have a concrete base as the pitch can be rolled out directly on top of grass.
3. How does the 2G Flicx Pitch work?? (xxxxx xxxxx, W.A)
The 2G Flicx pitch is a portable roll out wicket that can be used on various surfaces to create cricket facilities for both match and practise. Each match pitch comes delivered as 2 half pitch batting ends that easily clip and zip together in the middle to roll out into your match ready wicket, after matches it is simple to unzip back into 2 half pitch batting ends for easy transportation and storage, these batting ends can also be used for junior matches bowling from one end.
4. What sizes are available, can various stages be played on 1 pitch? (xxxxx xxxxx, Victoria)
The 2G Flicx pitch is available in various sizes for matches including 20.12m, 18m, 16m and 14m depending on your needs, our new 2G Flicx (Multi-Age-Pitch) has integrated creases for all 3 stages incorporated into 1 pitch making it easy to host your matches across all 3 stages on 1 easy to use very low maintenance pitch.
5. I am interested in a portable pitch for juniors and seniors that can be used on synthetic ovals (xxxxxx, xxxx College, Melbourne)
Synthetic ovals and sports fields can now be converted into cricket facilities using the 2G Flicx match pitch, in our tests we have found that on deep rubber crumb synthetics the pitch may need a rubber pad to stabilize the rubber crumb and give better bounce or soft cricket balls need to be used to provide you with realistic bounce, on newer synthetic fields that have a combination of sand/organic fill this is not necessary as the base is more compact and firm allowing the pitch to work effectively. Hockey astro fields can also be used and provides a great surface for the pitch. The recent upgrades and developments on the 2G Flicx pitch make it possible to use the 2G Flicx pitch for juniors and some senior teams especially those teams playing in lower leagues.
For more information do watch our vlog #AskAsh CLICK HERE or the thumbnail below
With the county sides now returning for pre-season and top cricketing schools already making plans for the 2019 season, attention turns to winter nets. As the world’s most versatile cricket pitch solution, the new and improved 2G Flicx Pitch performs really well indoors and many top venues have already made the switch over from traditional matting.
Here are our business development manager Ashley Appleby’s top 8 reasons why the 2G Flicx Pitch is a great solution for your indoor nets …
Improved bounce even on sprung floors over conventional matting
Offers realistic turn and seam movement for bowlers
Ball comes onto the bat encouraging stroke play
Easy to roll up and store away (can be roll out by one person using the Flicx Safety Trolley)
Uses less storage space, only ½ sq meter for 2 batting ends.
Coaching pitches aid player development with focused colour coded zones
Hard wearing, with correct use and care the 2G Flicx pitch is expected to last 5-10 years
No taping required, the pitch won’t move… simply roll it out and play
One school to recently purchase 2G Flicx Pitches for both their indoor and outdoor programmes is Warwick School. Says Head of Cricket Simon Francis “The 2G Flicx skills pitch has been a fantastic addition for our cricketers for their winter training. Both batters and bowlers have benefited from more visual cues and targets, both individually and against each other. For our coaches it creates lots of opportunities to create challenges for bowlers and batsmen, as well as making it easier to judge where the ball pitched more easily. It has created excitement for the young bowlers as something new and interesting to interact with”
As well as in sportshalls with wooden sprung floors, the 2G Flicx Pitch can also be used in indoor football centres where 3G rubbercrumb surfaces are laid. This is a particularly popular application for indoor cricket leagues.
IMPORTANT | Remember the 2G Flicx Pitches are supplied in two half pitch batting rolls so one pitch is two batting ends for your indoor centre or sportshall. It’s important to follow a few key guidelines with regards to getting maximum performance from your pitch including storing the two rolls separately rolled up tightly on their ends.
The 2G Flicx Pitch is supplied in two half pitch rolls for ease of transportation and use. Each roll can be used in the nets as a batting end or rolled out on the outfield for junior games OR zipped together in the middle to form your 2G Flicx Match Pitch.
The 2G Flicx Pitch is a portable solution so we recommend you unroll your pitch after use each time and store UPRIGHT on its end in two rolls. Do not roll the whole pitch up in one roll. Once you have identified a firm, flat area to roll the pitch, use the Flicx Safety trolley to move both rolls to the site – you will need to roll out both rolls from the middle to the end. Once the pitch is rolled out, it is hard to move and could cause tile damage so what we recommend is that you follow the video below in which our business development manager Ashley Appleby shows you …
How to align the pitch rolls
How to clip the two rolls together
How to roll out the pitch to create the full 2G Flicx Match Pitch
What motivated a man from Cheltenham to fund-raise for a cricket pitch to be sent 6812 miles across to Montevideo in Uruguay? Our business development manager Ashley Appleby finds out in the ninth episode of #AshAsh …
Rob’s wife was born in Montevideo, they have four sons and their best chance of playing international cricket was to represent Uruguay. In the past few months Rob has embarked on a unique fundraising project to raise funds for a 2G Flicx Pitch to be sent out to South America so that hard-ball cricket can be played with the aim of improving the standard of training and matches. In due course it could enable teams to tour Uruguay.
Cricket in Uruguay actually has a long and interesting history with Victoria Cricket Club established in 1842 by British ex pats. In 1868 the first game between Argentina and Uruguay took place whilst a touring side from the MCC visited in 1926 when the team included future English prime minister Alec Douglas-Home! A recent revival has taken place with John Biscomb setting up the Uruguay Cricket Association (UCA) in 2007 with president Hidhu setting up the UPL playing tape-ball cricket on La Rambla with the majority of players now having a South – East Asian origin. These players are taking the game forward and are committing huge amounts of time to establishing the game. Esteban McDermott the ceo of Cricket Argentina has also been a great help in enabling the Uruguayan players to develop.
Project 27 has so far gained 24 of 27 donors who have each pledged £100 towards the pitch (with help from a voucher too from Flicx UK) and the aim is for the pitch to be sent out to Uruguay in time for the 150th anniversary game between neighbours Argentina in December 2018.
” We did some initial research and tried to find what we thought was the best solution and the due diligence showed that the 2G Flicx Pitch was the best option and we are grateful for the support we have had with the project” said Rob
Clubs or charities looking to raise funds for facilities might like to look at Rob’s model, whilst crowdfunding websites could also be used if more time is available. If anyone is interested in supporting Cricket Uruguay and helping them complete their fundraising efforts, do contact Rob Sharp at firstname.lastname@example.org
Surrey Cricket Foundation and Flicx UK have come together to support the development of state school facilities for cricket in Surrey and South London with the development of a new funding programme focused on the versatile 2G Flicx Pitch.
The 2G Flicx Pitch is the world’s most portable, versatile cricket pitch and was designed to enable grass fields to be converted to cricket venues with a roll out, roll up solution. The new and improved 2G tile is now UK made, easier to move, softer when rolling out and offers more grip and better performance, not just on grass but also on synthetic surfaces, playgrounds, indoor halls and more! Clubs and schools are now able to increase their cricket capacity for matches and training, which helps to facilitate increased participation, especially in areas where facilities are a challenge and green spaces at a premium.
The Surrey Cricket Foundation will consider funding up to 50% of the cost of a 2G Flicx Pitch where state schools can demonstrate the provision will enable them to enhance and increase participation in the game. The aim of the funding is to provide an opportunity for schools that may not be able provide a traditional cricket facilities due to the size and lay out of their school site. Flicx UK are integral to the partnership, offering discounted rates on a range of their products that are available within the funding scheme. The ultimate goal is to enable more people to play the game and although possibly a dream rather than a vision, we hope that one day we will be able to say that a Surrey player had their first opportunity to play cricket as a result of a Surrey funded 2G Flicx pitch.
Speaking about the relationship with Surrey Cricket Foundation, Flicx UK’s Business Development Manager Ashley Appleby said “We are delighted to support the Surrey Cricket Foundation and help their vital projects and programmes going forward. The funding pot available for 2G Flicx Pitch purchases by state schools in the county will be instrumental in helping many new young girls and boys access cricket and give them a reliable surface to play on which will in turn encourage shots to be played creating more excitement and enjoyment. That the 2G Flicx Pitch is approved by Surrey for use in matches and training, is a great seal of approval for the quality of the product following extensive tests and trials by stakeholders within the county with excellent feedback and results.”
Participation Manager, Simon Hards said, “We are really excited by the partnership with Flicx UK. Working together we believe we can have a significant impact on participation in state schools and this comes as we approach what is being described as the biggest summer of cricket ever with the World Cup and Ashes taking place in England next year. Beyond that cricket will once again appear on terrestrial television from 2020 onwards and we hope the supply of 2G Flicx Pitches into the school network will enable further growth of the game.”
Director of Participation, Paul Taylor said, “Surrey Cricket Foundation’s mission is to support and improve cricket across Surrey and South London and we believe that this partnership is another example, supporting the state school network to improve their facilities. We hope that this in turn will help schools to increase participation in the game, giving young people a great cricketing experience that will foster a life long love for the game.”
Flicx UK, the British manufacturers of the 2G Flicx Pitch brand have announced an extension to the product warranty provided on all 2G Flicx Pitches. The extension period has increased from the previous 2 years to now 5 years from the date of pitch delivery.
Flicx UK will repair or replace any MANUFACTURING DEFECTS provided usage, installation, handling and maintenance is correctly performed in line with the 2G Flicx Pitch installation guide and other instructions provided by the company.
The 2G Flicx Pitch will withstand a maximum outside temperature of 65 degrees. There is no warranty for colour fastness at prolonged periods in extreme areas. The colours of the 2G Flicx Pitch tiles will fade over time, certain colours will hold their colour longer than others but wont affect performance of the product.
This 5 year warranty across the 2G Flicx Pitch range is offered at no extra charge and is activated on payment of invoice. Your invoice acts as proof of payment and confirmation of 5 year product warranty.
With our direct sales customers Flicx UK have now implemented in the sales agreement a 7-day written request required for returns. It is very important to us at Flicx that our customers are using the product in the right way to ensure maximum performance and longevity. We are always happy to provide advice at any time – contact us by phone, email or social media using the details below
NB – Lawnmower damage is not covered in the warranty. We recommend all 2G Flicx Pitches are used as a temporary surface and as such, should be rolled up and the grass cut underneath before rolling out again before the next use. You should not mow over the Flicx Pitch as that can lead to breakages.
The beauty of the upgraded 2G Flicx Pitch is its ease of movement and portability. It is possible for one person to move and install the 2G Flicx Pitch and prepare a consistent surface for cricket which is low maintenance and means you can play cricket where previously it might not have been possible for example on a grass football field or over a worn astro or synthetic pitch. Moving the 2G Flicx Pitch is easy with the Flicx Safety trolley … Here Ashley Appleby describes some of the bespoke features of the Flicx Safety trolley…
This video demonstrates how to strap your 2G Flicx Pitch (Supplied as 2 half pitch batting ends) onto the Flicx Safety Trolley for transportation …
Top Tip – Ash shares his advice in terms of finding the “balance point” to most easily move your 2G Flicx Pitch…
Always use the Flicx Safety Trolley to move your 2G Flicx Pitch on and off the field
Using the trolley makes it possible for 1 person to move and install the 2G Flicx Pitch pitch
Strap the 2G Flicx Pitch up before moving
Ensure you follow manual handling best practice advice when lifting the pitch onto the trolley (ie – bend knees)
Watch your head when tilting the trolley back – place your hand on the top of the pitch when tilting
By following these steps you will get the best performance from your 2G Flicx Pitch season after season.
Tilt the pitch on the trolley to find the tipping point for ease of transportation. Use your hand to support the pitch
This is part of our HOW TO series of blogs and short videos … If you have found this useful you might also like …
Storing your 2G Flicx Pitch correctly will ensure maximum performance. The 2G Flicx Pitch should always be stored UPRIGHT and ON IT’S END and very tightly rolled. You should use the always use the Flicx Safety trolled supplied with the pitch to move it and you can keep it stored on the trolley for ease of transportation and when storing in your kit cupboard/storeroom/shed/groundsmans hut. Ashley Appleby explains more…
In this way the pitch will only take up 50 X 50cm in your storeroom (height of 1.8m) and when you roll it out again for your next match or training session, the pitch will not be wavy and will settle onto the under surface quickly (we recommend rolling your pitch out 30-45 minutes before use).
Store inside when the pitch is not in use
Roll up tightly and strap
Store upright on its end (you can keep it on the Flicx safety trolley supplied)
By following these steps you will get the best performance from your 2G Flicx Pitch season after season.
A 2G Flicx Pitch arrives as 2 half pitch batting ends of ease of use. They just clip and zip together in the middle to form your full match pitch
This is part of our HOW TO series of blogs and short videos … If you have found this useful you might also like …
HOW TO | Move your 2G Flicx Pitch easily with the Flicx Safety Trolley (Read More)
HOW TO | Roll up your 2G Flicx Pitch correctly (Read Blog)