Mercury Beach Cricket Tournament report from Sierra Leone

The Sierra Leone Cricket Association (SLCA) hosted the Mercury Beach Cricket Tournament on Sunday 25th November, 2018, which took place at the Place Resort,Tokeh Beach, Freetown. The tournament was a six-a-side competition with a maximum of five over per innings. Six teams participated in the tournament, and these teams were divided into two groups of three each – Group A consisted of the Indian Combined, Veterans Combined and the Sierra Leone Under-19 Boys, while Group B featured the Pak Stars, British High Commission/DFID and the Sierra Leone Women’s Team.

The teams arrived on the beach with the hope that the tournament will start at 10 a.m.; however, due to the high tide, the first match was delayed until just a little after 12 p.m. The beautiful Place Resort at Tokeh beach provided the tournament with a very big space, which allowed for two playing areas to be created side by side. This ensured that two matches could be played simultaneously on a Flicx pitch. The British High Commissioner to Sierra Leone, Guy Warrington, was a key player in the British High Commission/DFID team. There were several dignitaries in attendance, including Mary Hunt, the head of DFID and Karen, the wife of the High Commissioner. Besides, there was the presence of cricketing royalty. The British High Commission/DFID team had three guest players who were Sierra Leone Men’s national cricketers – Emmanuel Kamara, Lansana Lamin and Emmanuel Pessima.

Group Matches
The opening match in Group A saw Veterans Combined taking on the Indian Combined, with the Veterans Combined coming out on top by 14 runs. In Group B, the opening match witnessed the British High Commission/DFID against the Pak Stars, with the Pak Stars winning a close encounter by three runs. After each team in both groups had completed two matches, the situation in Group A was that the Indian Combined and Veterans Combined had qualified for the semi-finals, while the Sierra Leone U-19 boys could not make it. Similarly, in Group B, it was Pak Stars and British High Commission/DFID who made it to the semi-finals, with the Sierra Leone Women’s team missing out.

Semi-final and Third Place Matches
In the first semi-final on Ground A, British High Commission/DFID lost to the Indian Combined by 20 runs. In the other semi-final, the Pak Stars defeated the Veterans Combined by four wickets. The third-place playoff was reduced to a three-over affair, in which Veterans Combined defeated the British High Commission/DFID by 12 runs. In this match, it was amazing seeing Francis Trevor Samura, the Chief Executive Officer of the SLCA, play for the Veterans Combined as a guest player.

Final
All eyes were now on the big derby match – Pak Stars and Indian Combined were the finalists. Pak Stars could be said to be favourites coming into the contest, as they were undefeated during the group stage and had a convincing victory in the semi-final. Indian Combined won the toss and elected to bat first, but lost early wickets. Abass Gbla and Shaheeb Khan played beautifully and led their team to a decent total of 62 runs. Pak Stars thus required 63 runs to win from five overs. Their chase was steady from the outset, and they batted with great composure to win the match by five wickets with two balls to spare.

The award ceremony took place on the beach right after the final, but before the presentation, the Chief Executive Officer of the SLCA, Francis Trevor Samura, made a short statement about the importance of the event and extended his appreciation to all those who came to enjoy the event. John Hunt, captain of the British High Commission/DFID team, made a brief statement as well, and then handed over the bronze medals to the Veterans Combined team, who came third. The Indian Combined, who were runners up received their silver medals, while the Front Office Manager of the Place Resort, Omar Ngera handed over the champions’ trophy and medals to the deserving winners, the Pak Stars, who were ably led by their captain Nabeel Shahzad.

Emmanuel Pessima said “I would wholeheartedly like to thank our major sponsor Mercury International for their confidence in our work. We are also very grateful to the Place Resort at Tokeh Beach, which provided the tournament with delicious food, wonderful facilities and amazing hospitality for the Beach Cricket tournament and was a wonderful host. I would also like to give a shout-out to Harish Agnani of Chiothram for his donation of beverages for the Beach Cricket tournament; keeping our attendees hydrated is an important job, and we’re so thankful for the help! Many thanks to Raceway Company too, for their support in transporting some of the players and officials. Members of The Union did a fantastic job in officiating in the matches and ensuring that all the duties were executed very well in order to have a successful event, and special thanks to John Hunt for his brilliant contributions on the planning of the event. Thanks also to Abubakarr Bangura for arranging the medals, and to Flicx UK for providing us with a Flicx pitch. Lastly, I would like to thank the Sierra Leone Cricket Association for giving me the opportunity to serve as the tournament coordinator for what was another memorable Beach Cricket tournament.”

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HOW TO | Store your 2G Flicx Pitch to ensure maximum performance and longvevity

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).

STORAGE RECAP 

  • 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)

Applications of the 2G Flicx Pitch

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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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Kent Cricket Club in Sierra Leone | Changing Lives & Building communities through Cricket

The Kent Cricket Club is based in Sierra Leone and was set up with the intention of using the game of cricket to give young people hope and focus, in overcoming the challenges they faced as a result of war and conflict. Since the creation of the KCC, they have achieved some amazing results, delivering some tremendous outcomes in their communities.


The club is an affiliate member of the Sierra Leone Cricket Association (SLCA), a member of the International Cricket Council (ICC). Sierra Leone is an emerging cricketing nation in Africa and an integral part of the development and tournament structure overseen by ICC Africa.

The main aim of the Kent Cricket Club Sierra Leone is to engage young people from a range of backgrounds in areas affected by disaster, youth crime and anti-social behaviour. Many of the young people KCC has bought under its wing face an uncertain future and cricket has given them support, friendship, purpose and hope.

In February 2018, Kent Cricket Club hosted the first ever Beach Cricket competition in partnership with the Sierra Leone Cricket Association (SLCA) at the Place Resort, Tokeh Beach on Sunday 25th February 2018 which was played on a Flicx Pitch again demonstrating the power of cricket as a force for good and change around the world. www.flicx.co.uk 

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10 ways the 2G Flicx Pitch can help your cricket club to grow

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. To kick off 2017 we have our top 10 ways that the 2G Flicx Pitch can help your club to grow. 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

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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.

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!

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)

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 on the beaches of Sydney. 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.

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.

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. ECB 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 and county boards is proving popular and is a great way to retain players in the sport.

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#SixersBeachBlast success as magenta Flicx Pitches prove a big hit!

Flicx UK were delighted to supply the Sydney Sixers with five magenta pink 4.5m x 1.4m mini cricket pitches for their recent community programme the Sixers Beach Blast. The pitches were manufactured in the UK with the exact pantone colour used plus the Sixers logo was added to the wickets which were produced to a custom specification before being shipped to Sydney.

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Ahead of the new BBL season, the Sixers took to the road for an exciting new community activation programme, which saw coaches host cricket clinics for boys and girls with some special guest appearances. The 2G Flicx Pitches were rolled out on the various beach locations down the NSW coastline, providing an attractive playing surface with a good bounce and obviously pitch markings and Sixers branding too.

“ The Sydney Sixers Beach Blast program saw the Sydney Sixers reach approximately 1100 kids up and down our sixers coastline and engaged these kids in a really fun and exciting beach cricket clinic! Prior to the event started I liaised with Gary from Flicx UK who was able to create the pitches for our tour which was vital in it going ahead. Gary and the Flicx team were a pleasure to work with and met every need and requirement to ensure the pitches were correctly coloured and would arrive in time for the event.

The kids absolutely loved playing on the 2G Flicx pitches with parents and families all wanting to take photos! If it wasn’t for the pitches our tour would not have been the success that it was and the team here at the Sixers will be utilising them further with our community events, clinics and for our Fan Day here at the SCG and throughout the season”Liz McPherson / Fan, Activation and Community Manager

For more on the Sixers Beach Blast click here or view below some of the photos from around the clinics in NSW or visit the Sydney Sixers Facebook page to watch videos and view photo albums from each location.

For more information on the 2G Flicx Pitch and all its applications, visit the website or call us for a quote for your club or school on 01295 816765.

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Sydney Sixers select Flicx for their new cricket development campaign #sixersbeachblast

Over the coming school holiday period, the Sydney Sixers will run their new community program “Beach Blast” from Coffs Harbour to Ulladulla with 11 stops along the way, delivering a free Milo T20 Blast Clinic on beaches including Town Beach in Port Macquarie, Nobby’s Beach in Newcastle, Mollymook Beach in Ulladulla and North Beach in Wollongong.

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The two week travelling event will finish in Sydney over three days visiting Cronulla Beach, Freshwater Beach and finally Coogee Beach on Sunday 9 October. The development of the program comes off the back of the success of the Milo T20 Blast program, which has doubled its participants in the last year in NSW alone.

Kids aged between 7 and 12 attending the clinic will get to experience all the fun of Big Bash, with music, fun and entertainment all part of the program, while enjoying learning the skills of cricket in the Milo T20 Blast program. The Sydney Sixers purchased 5 Pink 4.5m x 1.4m Thrown downs for the events across NSW with the pink pantone colour code matched exactly and the Sydney Sixers logo printed predominately on each one.

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Speaking about the project Kate Costin Flicx UK’s marketing manager said “The 2G Flicx Pitch is perfectly suited to adding a new dimension to beach cricket. The bright colours make the game extra fun for the kids whilst create perfect PR opportunities for the Sydney Sixers. In addition these pitches can also be used on grass or on top of artificial surfaces for example to host mini cricket games at the SCG on the outfield or when the sixers go into schools or at any pop up cricket event” For more information about the 2G Flicx Pitch and all its applications call us on 01295 816765 or download our Applications PDF for see how the 2G Flicx Pitch can solve your facility issues.

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Piers Morgan takes a hat-trick on a 2G Flicx Pitch in the US Ambassadors garden!

Headline writer Piers Morgan turned headline maker yesterday as he took a hat-trick to lead his US press team to victory against Mark Austin’s UK press team at Winfield House, home of Matthew Barzun, the US ambassador to the UK in their annual cricket match.

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Kevin Piertersen and Piers Morgan on the 2G Flicx Pitch at Winfield House

A quick fire 25 off 10 from Kevin Pietersen steered the US to 100 for 5 off the allocated 15 overs before Piers Morgan took a hat-trick in the final over of the UK’s innings to skittle them out; still 25 short of the target. WATCH the hat-trick ball here with commentary from KP.

This is the second year that Flicx UK have supplied a portable, roll out wicket to Winfield House, with this year branding added to the pitch in the form of interlocking rings of the US and UK flags emblazoned across the middle. The 2G Flicx Pitch is hugely popular for pop up events of this nature with its unique ability to create cricket facilities in weird and wonderful places. We have also taken cricket …

  • Inside the London Eye
  • To the top of Mt Everest and Mt Kilimanjaro
  • Into the dessert with the Maasaii Warriors
  • Down a mine for Cricket Anywhere and various Beach Cricket festivals which are a great way to take cricket to a new audience

If you have an event coming up or a project where you are in need of a roll out, portable wicket to produce a consistent bounce and give players a realistic experience do contact us on 01295 816765 or GET A QUOTE. We can deliver our 2G pitches worldwide.

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The 2016 Yorkshire Cricket Foundation | Beach Cricket Festival on a 2G Flicx Pitch

This weekend saw the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation host its now famous beach cricket competition where local cricket clubs compete in mini games on Scarborough Beach. For the third year, the 2G Flicx Pitch was involved in the project … we just roll out our wicket and let the fun commence. This year a blue skills pitch was used complete with the YCF logo embedded in the crease.

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The YCF Beach Cricket Festival 2016

In addition to the Beach Cricket Festival, the YCF have a new initiative that is using a 2G Flicx Pitch to help create an authentic facility. Pop Up Cricket invites children between the ages of 6 and 13, to free cricket sessions, held in three local venues across Leeds.

Funded by the Charitable Youth Trust the sessions, held on Tuesdays and Thursdays over the last three weeks, targeted communities in areas of deprivation, focusing on children who may not have had the opportunity or means to play cricket before. Attracting children from different backgrounds, ethnicities and genders, the cricket coaching introduced cricket to new audiences who may not have had the opportunity to play before, with an impressive turn out of around 60 children in attendance for each day!

It’s been fantastic to see the different communities have the opportunity to play cricket in their local parks. The enthusiasm shown for the game and spirit shown during the sessions demonstrates how powerful sport can be in bringing communities together.

Flicx UK’s business development manager Ashley Appleby attended the beach cricket event, alongside some officials from the ECB and the feedback on the pitch was entirely positive. Nick Robinson, Project Officer at the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation said

“The 2G Flicx cricket pitch helped us tremendously with our pop up cricket events as we are able to take the game of cricket anywhere. The upgraded 2G surface provides such good pace and bounce even in areas that you would never be able to play cricket usually while the colour coded tiles in the 2G Flicx skills pitch help aspiring cricketers to focus on their areas when bowling and batting. It also makes the game look more fun and exciting’’

For more information on playing Beach Cricket on a 2G Flicx Pitch – contact us on 01295 816765 or get a quote

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Case Study : Rain doesn’t stop play at Bute CCC

Wet weather leading to lots of your cricket games being called off? See how Bute CCC solved this problem …

Running a cricket club on a small island in the firth of clyde has many challenges. Firstly the nearest fixtures on the mainland all involve two ferry trips and secondly there are less than six thousand people on the island, the majority retired and non-players however the club has managed to deal successfully with all these matters and now has eight qualified coaches and successful partnerships with local schools nurturing the next generation of players. One problem the club could not solve however was the availability of a reliable wicket. 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.

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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.

All opposition teams were delighted with the results obtained on the 2G pitch especially given Bute actually lost every one of the first seven games they played on the Flicx surface so it was not such a lucky omen for the home side!! Since then, two of these visiting clubs have made enquiries about purchasing their own 2G Flicx Pitch. Bute County CC even rolled up the pitch and took it across to the mainland and used it on a very wet and grassy ground where it still performed well whilst its crowning glory was its use for our festival match against a touring team from Mumbai in India!

“Bute County fully endorse the obvious logic in purchasing a Flicx 2G wicket. The benefits are numerous and its very easy for two people to transport and then quickly roll out to get the game started.”

If your clubs faces similar battles with the weather and you would like a quote for a 2G Flicx Pitch for your club or school, simply complete our quote form with your details and we will be in touch shortly with a bespoke price GET A QUOTE

With many thanks to David Mackay, former chairman of Bute County CC for writing this blog and testimonial for us

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