The Wicketz Community Cricket Programme #AskAsh Episode 6

The latest episode of #AskAsh features our partnership with Lord’s Taverners with six of their Wicketz programmes now having access to a bespoke blue 2G Flicx Multi Aged Pitch (MAP) to help over come their facility challenges …

Wicketz is a community cricket programme targeting young people across the UK living in areas of deprivation and hard to reach groups. Our aim is to establish sustainable community hubs that provide year-round weekly sessions with a focus on developing crucial life skills and tackling issues that are prevalent to the local community.

Wicketz will tackle issues that negatively affect its participants and communities. Through sport, it will improve prospects of participants by developing their social and personal skills such as leadership, communication and self-esteem.

Said Henry Hazlewood, Head of Cricket Programmes “The long-term goal is to create a sustainable club environment focused on the wellbeing of its participants and local communities, and to leave a legacy beyond the funding cycle of the programme. Often in the areas of high deprivation that we are working, there is a distinct lack of green space. Wicketz needs this green space to try and establish a ‘home’ for Wicketz in the community. By providing 2G Flicx pitches to some of these communities it will enable us to build a thriving community hub that has long-term prospects. The Flicx pitches will enable us to do more and give the opportunity to more young people from these areas that need sporting provision the most.”

If your charity, County Board or organisation has a similar requirement, do get in touch with us – call 01295 816765 or request a quote for a multi-aged pitch click here.

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And the “Flicx Pitch Pitch” winners are …

Excuse the pun but we have been well and truly bowled over by all the entries in our “Flicx Pitch Pitch” competition and it was a very difficult task for our MD Richard Beghin to pick a winner but we have the result…

Congratulations Iceland Cricket! Here is their winning entry

‘Audun hit the ball over Grettir’s head. He could not catch it, and it bounced away over the ice. Grettir bowled the next ball so that it hit Audun in the face. Audun lashed out and hit Grettir with the bat, then kneed him in the groin.’ – Grettir’s saga. Cricket was invented by the Vikings in the ninth century, and it was a violent game to say the least. The pitches were uneven and so were the matches; there were many serious injuries. Had the Vikings installed a Flicx pitch, the path of history could have been very different. The ‘Game of Thrones’ could have been ‘Game of 50 overs per side with a Break Between Innings for Tea’. It is sad to say that although ‘krikket’ still flourishes in Iceland today, the pitches are as uneven and unpredictable as they were a thousand years ago. No longer are the burly Vikings in the firing line, but the brave and sports-loving children of Reykjavík. The ball bounces like crazy on our artificial football pitches, and if only we had a proper cricket pitch then we could at last enjoy our cricket in a safe and happy way.

Immigration has such a positive influence on Iceland. Refugees and economic migrants, Muslims and Hindus, Brits and Barbadians have breathed life into Arctic cricket. With sponsors and fundraising, we have launched programmes bringing cricket to schools and refugee centres, but we need to be sure that the children are safe. The Icelandic word for safety is ‘öryggi’ and ‘gaman’ means fun, but cricket can teach the Icelanders a new word – a word from the special language of cricket. All cricket-lovers know this language, and they know that ‘Flicx’ means safety and ‘Flicx’ means fun. Let’s bring Flicx to the volcanic rock of Iceland!

We were impressed by the passion for cricket shown in so many of the submissions from clubs looking to gain extra capacity for their junior sections, to schools looking to introduce formal cricket for the first time right up to national cricket associations looking to integrate refugee communities through cricket. There is no doubt that the 2G Flicx Pitch can play such a vital role in boosting participation and increasing the standard of matches and we hope to continue to work with all the clubs and schools that entered to develop their facilities in the coming months and years.

Speaking about the winning entry Richard Beghin commented ” Flicx has always been about developing cricket and the entry from Iceland really showed passion for developing the game and a structure where their new 2G Flicx Pitch will have a huge impact in the country by creating a portable facility for young players to develop and will host senior cricket matches. We are already seeing Iceland make a huge impression at the World Cup – maybe one day we will see them at Lords or some of their players in the IPL!”

For more information about the 2G Flicx Pitch range, visit our website or watch #AskAsh our monthly vlog for top tips on using the world’ most versatile cricket pitch! WATCH #AskAsh

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Playing cricket on a football pitch … How to convert your ground with the 2G Flicx Pitch

One of the most popular applications of the 2G Flicx Pitch is converting Football or Rugby fields into cricket pitches. Last week we partnered with Essex Eagles Cricket to help Leyton Orient Community Trust host their annual cricket festival which involved inviting local schools to play on the pitch at Brisbane Road. Over 200 participants enjoyed cricket games throughout the day including 5 primary schools, 4 / 5 secondary schools, 1 Special school, 6 Community teams and 2 women’s teams.

To use the 2G Flicx Pitch on grass you simply need to cut an area 22 x 1.8m short (to 10-15mm) and then roll the 2G Flicx Pitch out. It ideally needs 30-45 minutes prior to play for the pitch to mould to the under surface. Using the world’s most versatile cricket pitch solution has a number of key benefits

  • It clearly demarcates the wicket and playing surfaces
  • Junior players get more success with their bowling and batting
  • Senior players get a much higher quality of match with the ball bouncing consistently on this firm, flat surface replicating a normal turf wicket
  • There is no damage to the undersurface
  • It’s quick and easy to convert the grass field – no ground preparation is required

At this event, tapeball cricket was played and the bounce was excellent, but an incrediball or leather cricket ball could also be used.

 As you can see from the photo above, one 2G Flicx Pitch was split into 2 batting ends (how it is supplied) so Leyton Orient’s pitch was converted into two cricket areas, engaging more players; before it was zipped together in the middle later for a larger senior match over the full 22 yard distance.

Speaking about the performance of the 2G Flicx Pitch, Essex Cricket’s Dan Feist said “The 2G Flicx Pitch that was used at Leyton for the tornado tape ball event was a great surface for the games to take place on providing the pace and bounce that the players had asked for to encourage good standards of game play during the evening.”

Tape-ball is growing in the UK, particularly among South Asian communities. WATCH this great video from ESPN (used with kind permission from Essex Cricket) is a great review of the event and Tape-ball crickets popularity. Fabulous example of partnership working

For more information about the 2G Flicx Match Pitch click here or call us on 01295 816765 for more specialist advice on how the 2G Flicx Pitch will perform for your application.

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Competition | Make your “Flicx Pitch Pitch” for your chance to win!

To celebrate our 21st birthday we are launching a new worldwide competition, a “Flicx Pitch Pitch” open to all clubs and schools looking to use a new 2G Flicx Pitch to improve the quality of their cricket provision or create new teams or development programmes.

The competition is open until Sunday 17th June and all you need to do to enter is compile a short pitch of no more than 300 words and complete the competition entry form. To ENTER and for full T+C’s visit http://www.flicx.co.uk/competition/

The 2G Flicx Pitch is the world’s most versatile cricket pitch solution and has a multitude of applications. It can be used …

  • To convert a grass football or rugby field into a cricketing venue
  • Over a synthetic field
  • On the playground or other concrete bases
  • On the beach for beach cricket
  • In the nets to upgrade worn or under performing synthetic surfaces
  • For indoor cricket
  • On the outfield to host multiple junior matches
  • As a second or third square to protect your turf wicket and many many more

Call us today to find out if the 2G Flicx Pitch is right for your application +44(0)1295 816765 or REQUEST A QUOTE or VIEW OUR 2018 PRODUCT RANGE.

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10 ways the 2G Flicx Pitch can help develop cricket

The 2G Flicx Pitch has always been more than just a cricket pitch … we love hearing reports from customers about how the world’s most versatile cricket pitch has helped them to grow and offer more facilities and more opportunities for people to play cricket. Here we present our top 10 ways that the 2G Flicx Pitch can help you develop cricket be in your club, home or school. If you would like more information on the 2G Flicx Pitch do contact one of our advisers on 01295 816765 and they can answer any questions or GET A QUOTE

1. CREATE NEW PLAYING FACILITIES

The beauty of the 2G Flicx Pitch is that it enables more cricket to be played by either converting a field (perhaps used for football or rugby) into a cricket venue OR you can increase your junior capacity by rolling out batting ends (1/2 pitches) on your outfield to enable multiple junior games to take place at one time … each on a consistent wicket with crease marks already in situ. Another popular option is to use the 2G Flicx Pitch as your main square or a second or third strip to guard against overuse or mitigate poor weather conditions thus extending the season. The same product can also be used for indoor cricket – confirming our claim to be the world’s most versatile cricket pitch.

2. CREATE NEW TRAINING FACILITIES

In a similar vein to match capacity, training capacity can also be increased with a 2G Flicx Pitch. Roll them out in your nets to upgrade or refurbish worn surfaces or use for winter nets again adding capacity to your club or school all with minimal fuss and preparation work required. Training matches, where you want to conserve your turf wicket would be another application. Versatility = value for money for your organisation plus you get the longevity factor too unless some synthetic mats.

3. INSPIRE YOUNG AND NEW PLAYERS

Young players respond really well to the colours and targets on the 2G Flicx coaching pitches. Bowling on a blue pitch or one with bright / bold target tiles is different and creates a much more memorable experience linked with the vibe and atmosphere of T20 cricket and the Big Bash. This is especially important when trying to engage players into cricket for the first time. Increasing junior cricket participation is a big priority at the moment for many leading cricket organisations; we can bespoke pitches to the requirement of the game for example 14m pitches for U10’s matches (Watch our #AskAsh on this topic)

4. DEVELOP YOUR BATTING AND BOWLING SKILLS

The 2G Flicx Coaching pitches enable you to develop the skills of your younger players. Coloured targets and markings help bowlers achieve consistency with their line and length and help batsmen with their shot timing and selection. These visual targets also make it easier for non cricket specialist teachers to help younger players (and adults too) improve whilst a number of different games can be played adding fun and challenge.

5. ACTIVATE COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

If your club is seeking to be more pro-active in it’s player recruitment and engagement with the local community, the 2G Flicx Pitch is a great asset. The portability factor means you can transport the pitch to other venues where you might be able to grow your participation with school visits or outreach programmes, pop up cricket, cricket festivals etc etc. You are only limited by your imagination! See how Middlesex Cricket or the Sydney Sixers have used the pitch in their programmes.

6. GIVE YOUR SPONSORS ADDITIONAL VALUE

Your 2G Flicx Pitch can now be branded with either your club or schools logo or that of a sponsor (perhaps in exchange to funding the pitch itself). For brands this offers excellent visual exposure of their support and sponsorship. Further to that we can also match a brands corporate colours to the exact pantone shade of the pitch tiles which creates a great opportunity too…(generation unique PR). If your club is looking for help in generating funding, you might want to take a look at our FUNDING GUIDE (UK centred)

7. GENERATE UNIQUE PR COVERAGE

We are very proud to have taken cricket to some of the most amazing places around the world including hosting cricket in the London Eye, up Mt Everest and in the Kenyan Desert with the Maassai Warriors. Get creative to spread the word about your club or charity. Most recently Cricket Sweden have hosted an ice cricket game which was unsurprisingly picked up by the local press…

8. SAVE YOUR CLUB VOLUNTEERS TIME

Preparing a turf wicket can be a very time consuming process and you might not have sufficient resource or capacity for… Using a 2G Flicx Pitch is a quick and easy way to solve this issue. Pitches can be rolled out with minimal surface preparation by 2 people. Schools are typically using Flicx to save time by converting rugby and football fields into cricket pitches in the summer and also transforming the standard of their nets. Read more about Installation and Maintenance

All pitches are match ready and come with all crease and wide markings, no need to paint, mark and cut pitch strips as is the case with turf and maintenance is minimal.

9. INVESTMENT VALUE FOR MONEY

Our pitches are very durable and some original Flicx Pitches from our launch in 1997 are still in use today!! With their versatility and numerous applications comes greater cost efficiency and value for money. You can get a 2G Flicx Pitch for a fraction of the cost of other artificial surfaces and the performance value is excellent – you just need to location a firm, flat surface on which to lay or roll it out on.

10. BE INNOVATIVE

Cricket is changing. Surveys are pointing to some players not now being able to commit their whole day to cricket and with that comes opportunities for short or more informal versions of the game. The 2G Flicx Pitch is well suited to this shift  – imagine playing on a car park after work, rolling it out on a 3G rubbercrumb surface or waterbases pitch otherwise used for hockey or football  … this multi surface, innovative approach taken by clubs, charities and cricket associations is proving popular and is a great way to retain players in the sport.

 

 

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What is the process to ship a 2G Flicx Pitch to Australia?

Interest in the 2G Flicx Pitch is at a record high in Australia with significant upgrades in the 2G tile creating a softer, more versatile wicket which produces a consistent bounce on various under surfaces. In Australia, with changes to junior cricket formats on the horizon, the 2G Flicx Pitch allows an oval to be split into 3 or 4 junior games whilst councils can host cricket at grounds which haven’t been able to host cricket before; maximising usage.

Despite the distance of over 10,000 miles; the process to ship a 2G Flicx Pitch from the UK to Australia is fairly quick and simple as Logistics Manager Gary Luke explains…

“There are currently two options for a prospective customer in Australia; sea freight or air freight. Air Freight typically costs $1,000-1,400 AUD but has the speed benefit of meaning you could be playing within two weeks of your order being placed however the more cost-effective solution is sea freight.”

SPECIAL OFFER – Flicx UK offer FREE sea freight to port to all Australian customers to all major ports*. For door to door air freight we make a £300 ($500 AUD) contribution towards the total TNT Economy price which varies slightly depending on location** 

SEA FREIGHT process…

  1. Flicx UK arrange pitch dispatch (after customer payment is received) with our couriers
  2. Transit is typically 35 days at sea
  3. Once the pitch docks (Sydney, Melbourne, Perth or Brisbane) our appointed Australian freight forwarder will contact the customer.
  4. Paperwork provided by Flicx UK (Invoice, Packing List, Aussie Packing Declaration, Bill of Lading) will need to be sent by the customer to the freight forwarder
  5. Clearance costs will need to be paid by the customer (Australian GST – 15%, Duty – 5%, Custom Clearance – approximately $175 AUD and the local delivery charge. Pitch Delivered!

AIR FREIGHT process….

  1. Flicx UK will arrange pitch dispatch (after customer payment is received)
  2. Pitch sent via TNT Economy service (door to door). The cost is typically $1,000-1,400 AUD of which Flicx UK will contribute $500 AUD**.
  3. TNT will phone the customer prior to delivery for the Australia GST and Duty payment (15% GST and 5% Duty)
  4. The pitch will be delivered. Time of process is around 7-10 days from dispatch

As you can see from the above steps, you don’t need any detailed import experience or shipping knowledge to get your pitch into Australia and the Flicx UK team will be in communication with you every step of the way to guide you and send you the relevant paperwork. Obviously, you will need to factor in uncleared costs (GST, duty for Air freight and adding custom clearance and local delivery for sea freight) into your 2G Flicx Pitch costings but still the 2G Flicx Pitch provides excellent value for money and a great versatile surface solution for clubs, schools and even back yards.

To get a bespoke quote click the link below or to request a call back to speak to one of our expert team just complete the short form at http://www.flicx.co.uk/quotewebsite/request-a-call-back/

*uncleared costs

** Our door to door air freight contribution is dependent on exchange rates but is £300 converted into AUD at the time of purchase (around $500 AUD at time of writing). All costs quoted in this article as correct as of 21/02/2018

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How to use the 2G Flicx Pitch for Indoor Winter Nets #AskAsh Episode 1

Welcome to the first episode of #AskAsh our monthly 2G Flicx Pitch vlog showing you how to best utilise your 2G Flicx Pitch, the huge number of applications possible and how to get the most from your portable pitch … Do take a watch and drop us a comment or share your thoughts and questions

Episode 1 of #AskAsh is hosted at Edgbaston Indoor Centre and demonstrates how to use the 2G Flicx Pitch for Indoor Winter Nets. Ashley Appleby our Business Development Manager shares his expertise of how to convert indoor sports halls into cricketing venues for nets and how the new and improved 2G Flicx Pitch gives good pace without the mat corrugating or the need for taping. Watch as Ash rolls out the pitch and we have a cricketer netting to show the bounce …

The 2G Flicx Pitch performs well on a range of indoor facilities most commonly on wooden sprung floors where the benefits include…

  • Quick and easy for 1 person to roll out and set up
  • Rolls flat with no need for taping
  • Should be stored rolled up on its end – so minimal space required
  • Good consistent pace and bounce so a realistic training surface
  • Ball grips to the pitch so assistance for your spinners and seamers
  • Longevity so a very cost effective solution

So all this means that with the addition of the 2G Flicx Pitch

  • Wooden sports halls that have low bounce can now get improved bounce
  • Schools and Leisure centres looking to create indoor cricket facilities to generate additional funds and provide quality practise facilities that can be rolled up and stored away within minutes.
  • Small sided games can be hosted in indoor venues to help increase participation (short, fast and action packed mini games)

Note that the 2G Flicx Match pitch is conveniently supplied in two 1/2 pitch rolls so in effect you have two batting ends for your Winter Indoor Nets OR you can purchase a batting end (one 1/2 pitch roll) … the beauty is this same mat used for your nets can also be brought outside during the season for a huge variety of “outdoor” applications.

Want to learn more? Download our free brochure with 10+ customer case studies

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2G Flicx Pitch | Top 5 of 2017

As it’s the start of the New Year, we wanted to share some of our favourite projects from 2017 …it is always great to hear such fantastic stories about how the 2G Flicx Pitch is helping to increase cricket participation globally

  1. William Perkins School (Middlesex Funding) | Cricket matches had never been hosted at William Perkins School prior to the purchase of a 2G Flicx Pitch which was part funded by Middlesex Cricket. “It’s easy to set up and gives a good playing surface for our students to practice and play matches on, increasing our participation greatly” says Director of Cricket, Paul Harrison (Read More)
  2. Roturua T20 Tournament | Junior cricketers in New Zealand prepared for the new season by participating in an innovative pre-season T20 tournament hosted under floodlights at the Rotorua International Stadium and played new 2G Flicx Pitches. (Read More)
  3. Coimbra Knights CC | Coimbra Knights Cricket Club are a social cricket club based in Coimbra, Central Portugal. They openly welcome touring teams from Germany, Russia and the UK as well as playing fixtures against teams in Porto and Lisbon. “Our 2G Flicx Pitch has performed extremely really well so far and we have already used it on four different surfaces around the city. On grass the bounce was excellent  then on three differing artificial surfaces the mat settled down quickly (Read More)
  4. Women’s Cricket Festivals | Flicx UK were proud to be part of the Women’s Soft Ball cricket festival hosted at Beaconsfield CC. Matches were hosted on 3 X 10m blue 2G Flicx Batting Ends which were used to divide the main cricket oval into 3 smaller cricket areas.
  5. Sydney Sixers | The Sixers Beach Blast was back and bigger for 2017 and see’s the community team travelling around NSW beaches and hosting cricket clinics for young Sixers fans on magenta throwdowns. (Read More) 

 

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PREVIEW | NEW 2G Flicx T20 range announced for 2018

Flicx UK are pleased to unveil our new beige T20 Pitch which will be available to buy for the 2018 season. This new colourway & design reflects the huge popularity of shorter forms of the game offering clubs unique opportunity to boost participation and attract players back to the sport with evening or more informal cricket.

New for 2018 | The 2G Flicx T20 Match Pitch

Obviously playing on a 2G Flicx Pitch means it’s it quick & easy to use and a facility solution that doesn’t require groundwork or huge amounts preparation time. The range includes both the 2G Flicx T20 Match Pitch which is a solid beige surface with red and blue crease markings for 1 day cricket contained including leg side wides whilst the T20 Skills design also contains a black “yorker box” and coloured zones for short, good and full length deliveries.

  • F2G725 | 2G Flicx T20 Match Pitch (22.12 x 2.0m) RRP £3,922.81 inc VAT
  • F2G726 | 2G Flicx T20 Batting End (10.2 x 2.0m) RRP £1,788.30 inc VAT
  • F2G925 | 2G Flicx T20 Skills Pitch (22.12 x 2.0m) RRP £4,148.33 inc VAT
  • F2G926 | 2G Flicx T20 Skills Batting End (10.2 x 2.0m) RRP £1,907.40 inc VAT

“Cricket is changing and those organisations who are leading the change are really turning the tide in terms of participation. With the need for more flexible facilities and attracting new “time poor” audiences to cricket; clubs and schools are facing new challenges which the versatile and portable 2G Flicx T20 Pitch is able to help solve. The new beige surface looks authentic and provides good pace and bounce when rolled out on a firm, flat surface whilst the bright colours and targets excite young players who are inspired by some of the new global T20 cricket stars and leagues like the Big Bash and the IPL” says Flicx UK Business Development Manager Ashley Appleby

The new T20 range will be available to buy from January 2018 with forward orders possible in the meantime … we expect it to be a REALLY big hit! Contact ash@flicx.com for a quote or call 01295 816765

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5 reasons why the 2G Flicx Pitch is a top performing surface for your Winter Nets

As one season finishes; attention turns to winter nets for cricket clubs and schools across the county. For many, finding a local facility to train in over the winter can be tricky and often the pitches are not realistic to train on … this is where the world’s most versatile wicket, the 2G Flicx Pitch really comes into its own. Here are the top 5 reasons why the pitch is the best performing cricket mat for your Indoor Winter Nets…

  1. Performance – With the 2G Flicx Pitch you get improved pace and bounce compared to traditional roll out synthetic cricket mats. The Flicx Pitch doesn’t corrugate or wave so there is no movement or slide or requirement to tape the mat down. The properties of the new and improved Flicx Pitch mean the surface is softer, offers more grip (and takes spin) and will give players of all age and ability, good bounce so a realistic training session can take place.
  2. Logistics – The 2G Flicx Pitch comes as two batting ends which clip and zip together in the middle. You can quickly and easily roll up and roll out the pitch and its stored rolled up on its end so doesn’t take up much space.
  3. Improve your Game – Colour coded coaching zones are added to our 2G Flicx Skills and Eagle- eyed pitches to improve bowling accuracy and to help up skill players over the off season. Batters can also use the targets to judge line and length and aid decision making.
  4. Ball Friendly – Use leather cricket balls, bowling machine balls or soft cricket balls on the 2G Flicx Pitch so you can play either soft ball or hand ball cricket
  5. Cost Effective – The 2G Flicx Pitch has a very long life span (if correctly stored) versus a synthetic cricket mat which typically need replacing every season or two. It also works out at roughly 1/3 of the price of an NTP plus you can use the pitch indoors during the winter then take the same pitch outdoors in the summer season rolling it out on a grass field, synthetic surface or in the nets (Check out all the applications of the world’s most versatile cricket pitch) 

‘’The 2G Flicx cricket pitch is a great solution for indoor winter nets allowing you to convert gymnasiums and halls that have both wooden and synthetic sprung floors into indoor cricket facilities. In trials and tests we have seen improved performance with regards to pace and bounce off the wicket with the 2G Flicx pitch delivering a more realistic batting and bowling experience. In addition spin bowlers have been surprised by the fact that they can now generate some turn off the pitch when giving the ball some flight and a good rip. Comments from batsmen have been very positive as they can now play both back foot and front foot shots’’ says Flicx UK Business Development Manager, Ashley Appleby

NB- Performance of the 2G Flicx Pitch indoors on wooden and synthetic surfaces has shown an increase in bounce making the experience more realistic, we have however found that in certain situations the sprung floor can cause there to be variable bounce depending on the construction of the under surface and springs, in consultation with Cricket masters and coaches this has however still been an improvement on what they used previously. To negate steep bounce on hard concrete surfaces we recommend using a 5mm shock pad under the 2G Flicx pitch

Upgraded cricket facilities at Warwick School

Simon Francis, Head of Cricket at Warwick School purchased Flicx Pitches last year – “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.” Read the Warwick School Case Study

Special Offer

Until the end of November, Flicx UK have a special offer running for all UK, US and EU customers. Buy two Skills or Eagle-Eyed batting ends before the end of November 2017 and get a free Flicx safety trolley. Contact Ash on 01295 816765 or visit the website to Get a Quote.

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