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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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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HOW TO | Roll out a 2G Flicx Pitch (clipping the two 1/2 pitch rolls together)

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

For more detailed information on preparing the under surface or how to roll out your 2G Flicx Pitch, please refer to our 2G Flicx Pitch installation guide DOWNLOAD the 2G Flicx Pitch Installation Guide

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Surrey Cricket Foundation and Flicx UK Come Together to Enhance State School Facilities

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.”

For more information about Surrey Cricket Foundation’s 2G Flicx Pitch funding offer please visit http://www.surreycricketfoundation.org/page/schools/flicx-pitch-funding/flicx-pitch-funding-14989/ or contact Elizabeth Sleet at esleet@surreycricket.com.

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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 | Move your 2G Flicx Pitch easily with the Flicx Safety Trolley

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…

TRANSPORTATION RECAP 

  • 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 …

HOW TO | Store your 2G Flicx Pitch (Read Blog)
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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The 2G Flicx Pitch at the Lord’s Taverners #wicketz festival

Flicx UK were delighted to attend and support the #Wicketz festival hosted by Lord’s Taveners at Repton School last week. 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

From the photo gallery below, you can see the fun that all the players are having on the finals day with the blue #wicketz pitches really looking vibrant and encouraging expansive shots to be played.

Lord’s Taveners has to date funded 2G Flicx Pitches for 5 #wicketz venues UK wide and project manager Dan Wilson explains how they have added value ” The 2G Flicx Pitches allow Wicketz to create more game spaces. We have divided each pitch into two batting ends and we have been playing soft ball cricket on the outfield here at Repton and the kids absolutely love it. The blue pitches been a great addition to our project as the towns and cities that we work in typically have limited green spaces so these portable pitches enable us to take cricket, in a more traditional format, into lots of different types of areas.

Using cricket as a tool for change is a key part of the Flicx UK’s history and values. Says Ashley Appleby, Business Development Manager at Flicx UK “Wicketz is a great project which we are very happy to support as it is aimed at hard-to-reach youngsters within areas of high deprivation across the UK and uses the power of cricket to improve lives, something which the original Flicx Pitch was created to do twenty years ago. We hope to see the project expanded next season so more Wicketz locations can access 2G Flicx Pitches and help create a better cricketing experience reaching as many people as possible”

For more information on the 2G Flicx Pitch range click here or to watch episode 6 of #AskAsh all about the Wicketz programme click here

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Transporting and Storing a 2G Flicx Pitch #AskAsh Episode 7

In order to get maximum performance and longevity from your 2G Flicx Pitch, follow these top tips from our business development manager Ashley Appleby on the best ways to move and store your pitch.

In terms of rolling the pitch up ahead of storage, the first thing is after the match is to unzip the pitch into two batting ends (Each half is one 10 meter strip) … make sure that you have got your safety straps on hand as it’s virtually impossible to move the pitch on and off the field if it hasn’t been strapped up.

Says Ash “What I like to do is insert the straps (the buckle) sort of one foot from the end of the pitch so that it’s already in position by the time I roll it over. So place them under the pitch at both sides about a foot in, put the straps into position and then roll the pitch up from the crease towards the middle . Now the reason why that’s important is that when you use the pitch at your next match it allows you to then line up the two half batting ends together in the middle, clip them together and then roll them out to form your full match pitch.”

Quarter tiles on the ends of a 2G Flicx Pitch allow you to get a nice tight roll. It’s important to roll the pitch so that its straight so that you can get longevity out of the pitch. We’ve found that pitches that are loosely rolled and that are left to lie-down lying on its side when they’re rolled out into the middle they tend to be quite wavy so it’s quite important to get a nice and sort of firm tight roll initially, first up and then to make sure that pitch is rolled up straight.

Wearing safety gloves, is really important, we advise that you always use safety gloves when working with the Flicx pitch. Ash continues “So what I like to do when rolling the pitch up is just crab to both sides of the pitch just to see that the pitch is being rolled up straight and then you roll it over the buckles that you’ve already put in place and tighten them with the ratchet. Nice and easy!!”

A visual demonstration of this process is available in Episode 7 of #AskAsh – watch it here then click here to catch up with all the previous episodes.

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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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