5 questions from clubs in Australia on the 2G Flicx Pitch … answered!

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 …

If we can help your club with a quote including our shipping offer to Australia, do GET A QUOTE or take a look at THE 2G FLICX PITCH RANGE

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

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Warranty on the 2G Flicx Pitch range extended to 5 years

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

Email – sales@flicx.co.uk
Phone – +44(0)1295 816765
@FlicxPitch on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook

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.

One of 4 Flicx Pitches at the ICC Academy

Repairs or replacements tend to be for replacement tiles – these can be mailed to customer with instructions on how to remove damaged section and how to replace new tiles. (Read Blog – Making minor Flicx Pitch repairs) 

Terms and Conditions

Flicx will be liable for the return if it falls under the warranty, in terms of cost and arranging the return process.

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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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HOW TO | Roll up your 2G Flicx Pitch correctly

It’s highly important to roll your 2G Flicx Pitch back up tightly after use and store in a coil shape. Follow these top tips to get the maximum performance from your portable pitch. Unlike the original Flicx Pitch, the new 2G Flicx Pitch is softer and much easier to use. The upgrades to the surface have resulted in more versatility in terms of pitch applications but also advice that the 2G Flicx Pitch should be used as a roll out, roll up surface rather than permanently laid.

Here our business development manager Ashley Appleby, shows you how to roll back up your 2G Flicx Pitch correctly after use.

ROLL UP RECAP 

  • Unzip the full match pitch into two batting ends
  • Insert two straps under the pitch
  • Roll the pitch back up from crease to the middle
  • Roll as tightly as possible into a coil and keep square
  • Strap up and tie together for safety

By following these steps you will get the best performance from your 2G Flicx Pitch season after season.

Showing how a 2G Flicx Pitch 1/2 pitch roll looks like tightly rolled and strapped ahead of storing on its end

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 | Store your 2G Flicx Pitch (Read Blog)
HOW TO | Move your 2G Flicx Pitch easily with the Flicx Safety Trolley (Read More)

Applications of the 2G Flicx Pitch

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Cricket games played down Worcester High Street! Flicx supports #Street6s

Flicx UK, home of the worlds most versatile cricket pitch, supported the Worcester Street Sixes tournament last week which involved 18 teams of six a side, using soft balls, plying street cricket on Worcester High Street!

Street Sixes is a charity cricket event supported by the Worcestershire Ambassadors and played in the middle of Worcester High Street with the aim of raising funds and awareness to take cricket to places its not normally played, supporting young children from underprivileged backgrounds in Worcestershire. The matches were played on a range of colourful 2G Flicx Batting ends which gave the tournament vibrancy and a consistent surface for the players to enjoy. Worcestershire CC used their own bespoke branded green street 6’s pitch, there was a blue Wicketz pitch loaned by the local Lords Taviners group and Flicx brought their new beige pitch along.  Take a listen to our Business Development Manager Ashley Appleby being interview at the event which was also featured on BBC West Midlands.

Speaking about the event Tom Raymond-Hill, Cricket Development Director at Worcestershire Cricket Board said “We’re really pleased with how Street6s has gone this year and the link up with Flicx. Street6s in its essence is about bringing the business community together to play cricket in an unusual place which in turn raises funds to take cricket into deprived communities. On this occasion the funds raised have purchased Flicx Pitches which were not only used on the day but will be donated to local Wicketz hubs.”

 

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What is the cost of shipping a 2G Flicx Pitch to the USA??

To all cricket clubs, colleges and academies in the USA, we have some good news which makes purchasing a 2G Flicx Pitch even more cost effective than previous seasons. Flicx UK are offering £300 towards the shipping of a full match pitch and £150 towards the shipping of any batting end. Typical quotes are £520-£535 for a match pitch so the customer contribution is typically only £220 approximately.

The 2G Flicx Pitch is a game changer for cricket participation in the States. We have fantastic case studies from clubs and colleges that have used our portable, versatile pitch to play cricket matches either by rolling it out onto a synthetic surface, baseball square or using public grass fields thus solving their facility problem, when it’s not possible to curate a turf wicket.

Existing satisfied customers include

  • Cricket Council USA
  • Long Island Youth Cricket Academy in NY
  • Harvard University – READ CASE STUDY
  • Tallahassee University
  • San Diego Cricket Association – READ CASE STUDY
  • Northwest Cricket League, Washington State & Twelves Cricket Club, Washington State
  • Cricmax Academy, New Jersey
  • Novel Sports on Trinidad and Tobago – READ CASE STUDY 

How is the 2G Flicx Pitch used in the States?

The 2G Flicx Pitch is a portable, roll out – roll up solution so it ticks the boxes for those looking to play in parks or open spaces as the pitch can be rolled out just before the game and there is no damage to the under surface. Cricket academies have seen huge benefit in using batting ends to develop their talent whilst the pitch is also commonly laid on concrete or synthetic turf fields to convert them into cricketing venues.

Players and clubs always point to the increase in the match quality with the 2G Flicx Pitch. It provides a grippy surface where the ball comes onto the bat nicely, favouring neither the batters or bowlers.

“We take immense pride in providing the Beehive State with a pitch which enhances the scope of cricket in Utah to the next level. Our new pitch allows an even playing field for the batsman and bowlers, helps the youngsters develop their skills as well as provides a set-up for adults to hone their skills. We truly believe that the 2G Flicx is to play a catalyst for us as a club to reach one of our true goals and that is to create opportunities for more people to enjoy the global game!!” – Utah Lions

“We chose the 2G Flicx Pitch because it’s a portable solution and means Novel Sports can set up a cricket experience centre at various locations for all to enjoy. We have already found that kids are very motivated to play on artificial surfaces such as the Flicx Pitch as it offers a good bounce and spin” – Novel Sports (Trinidad)

Interest is at a record high in the states as Flicx are able to offer more competitive shipping rates than previously. View our range of 2G Flicx Pitches or Click Here to get a quote of your club or school including US shipping charges

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Preparing your ground for the new Cricket season #AskAsh Episode 3

As it’s currently pre-season for clubs and schools in the UK and northern hemisphere, this episode of #AskAsh covers what you need to do to prepare your ground ahead of laying a 2G Flicx Pitch …

The advice from Flicx UK Business Development Manager Ashley Appleby in this episode centres around the application of a 2G Flicx Pitch on grass. Particularly covering how to use it to add facilities to an existing ground for example, using the 2G Flicx Pitch as a second wicket to extend the cricket season (see Bute CCC case study for an example of a club in Scotland using our product as an all weather solution) and also when rolling out the 2G Flicx Pitch on the outfield for nets or to host multiple junior cricket matches. In terms of installing, the 2G Flicx Pitch is very quick and easy to use and if you follow the five pointers below you can achieve a realistic playing surface when laying it on grass…

1. IDENTIFY | Select a firm, flat area 22 x 2m on your grass field where you lay your 2G Flicx Pitch. Put on your gloves.
2. PREPARE | Cut the grass short in this area. Grass should be cut to 10-15mm with shorter grass giving you optimum performance Fill all diverts with a similar compact-able soil to the base surface and level off any high spots. Rolling is recommended for optimum
performance before each use.
3. PLACE | Position your two strapped pitch rolls in the middle of the strip. The 2G Flicx Match Pitch is rolled from the middle to the two opposite creases so place both rolls parallel to each other with the ends facing each other and remove the straps. Do not unroll the
pitch.
4. ROLL OUT | Make fine adjustments to align the connectors. This should be done when the two sections are still rolled up. Once all the connectors are correctly positioned, clip the two batting ends together. Roll the two batting ends out from the middle to the creases.
5. WAIT | Your 2G Flicx Pitch needs time to settle. We advise rolling out your 2G Flicx Pitch 30-45 minutes prior to each use. Failure to do this may result in low, uneven bounce at the start of play.

 

 

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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.

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Flicx fix a portable solution for 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. In addition to their home ground located centrally in the city they also play at other stadiums around the city and so for this reason Barrie Knowles the club president was looking for versatile pitch that would perform well on both grass and rubbercrumb and could be easily transported around.

Vagabonds CC Portugal Tour 2016

The 2G Flicx Pitch was the obvious choice for Coimbra and the pitch was ordered in April 2016. The pitch is left down only when the team have fixtures closely following each game and during the short winters here otherwise it is roll out and back up after matches then stored rolled up, vertically. (It is handily supplied in two equal halves by the way so it’s no problem to move or transport).
Knowles and his colleagues are delighted with their purchase.

“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 where we pinned it down and then on three differing artificial surfaces (one which was a very old surface where the rubber was breaking up and two much newer surfaces) again we are very happy as the mat settled down nicely and quickly moulded to the under surface ahead of matches and training”

Teams that have toured Coimbra CC and have played on our new 2G Flicx Pitch have been equally impressed to the extent that Munich Cricket Club are now looking at purchasing one themselves and we are seeing more and more adult cricket clubs in Europe looking to Flicx to solve their facility issues indeed Coimbra CC are currently fundraising to extend their standard match pitch into an extra length pitch of 28.12 x 1.8m to add run offs for their bowlers onto each end of their pitch. These extensions will just clip into place without creating any bobbles or lifts – the new sections will sit perfectly flush against the existing tiles.

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Get a 2G Flicx Pitch for £85 per month | Leasing now offered

Does your club or school need to create new cricket facilities? The 2G Flicx Pitch is a versatile, portable, roll out solution that is hugely popular with schools and clubs for both indoor and outdoor, junior or senior cricket.

Flicx UK prides itself on providing the world’s most versatile cricket pitch at fraction of the cost of other synthetic or turf solutions but as a company we understand the complications behind parting with valuable capital expenditure. Leasing is a useful tool for clubs and schools looking to acquire new assets such as a 2G Flicx Pitch without affecting vital cash reserves.

What is a lease?

Leasing, quite simply, allows you to spread the cost of your purchase rather than parting with the cash up front. The amount is spread across fixed regular payments over a set period of time, usually between three to five years. Budgets can be planned around the fixed repayments, helping the business plan well ahead and maintain a healthy cash flow- this will put you in the treasurer or bursar’s good books!

Why lease a 2G Flicx Pitch?

• Get a 2G Flicx Pitches to increase your cricketing capacity now, regardless of budget
• Fast turnaround- you’ll usually get a decision within 24 hours of enquiring
• Won’t affect any existing lines of credit
• Helps protect your club or schools cash flow
• 100% tax-deductible rentals
• Easily budget around fixed repayments
• The 2G Flicx Pitch(s) is yours to own at the end of the term

For a customer looking to buy a 2G Flicx Match Pitch for example, you can now access this product for between £85.58 per month (based on a 5-year repayment) or £185.85 per month (based on a 2-year repayment). Take a look at some more product options and plans below

Leasing is a great way to acquire new assets for your business and can be very tax-efficient. One company that might be able to help is Johnson Reed Limited (Telephone: 0161 429 6949 Email: info@johnsonreed.co.uk Website: www.johnsonreed.co.uk). NB – This solution is only available to UK customers presently. Please CLICK HERE to complete the form on our main website to submit your interest for leasing a 2G Flicx Pitch

(NB- Lease finance is also available on our new Crick Attack bowling machine too)

Leasing Process

  1. School or club applies for finance (quotation, financial reports, letter from committee- clubs only)
  2. Leasing Company discusses finance options with school/club, finance approved and signed for
  3. Leasing Company pays Flicx UK on invoice
  4. Flicx UK deliver stock and resume after sales relationship with client
  5. School/club services monthly instalments to Leasing Company

For more information call Flicx UK on 01295 816765 or email ash@flicx.com

Leasing is suitable for UK business users only. This can include new or established businesses. Quotation is based on an established Limited business trading a minimum of 2 years and is for illustration purposes only. Illustration is applicable to Ltd companies only. All finance is provided by Johnson Reed Ltd. Subject to status and credit approval. E&OE. Documentation fees may apply. A deposit/advance rental and/or personal guarantee may be required. Title transfer/ownership options are available at end of lease term.

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