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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Flicx Pitch fix for the San Diego Cricket Association

With great weather and year-round fixtures, what’s not to love about cricket in San Diego, California but growing their membership over the past decade up to 22 teams and 500 players hasn’t been without significant challenges.

The San Diego Cricket Association (SDCA) hosts matches adult (with some youth players) T20 matches in 6 or 7 public parks across the city and recently purchased two 2G Flicx Pitches which were re-configured to create 5 batting ends (2.6m x 10m in size). The 2G Flicx Pitch has solved a couple of the key facility problems facing the SDCA…

  1. As the public parks are used for other sports like soccer and American football, the grass generally contains minor bumps and undulations. Using the 2G Flicx Pitch MITIGATES SURFACE IMPERFECTIONS and as a result the quality of cricket has increased, and the games are more competitive.
  2. Compared to using Jute matting (formerly used by the SDCA), the 2G Flicx Pitch is a much FIRMER, HARDER SURFACE, so the ball comes onto the bat nicely and the pitch doesn’t need replacing every season, which makes it very cost effective. Batsmen no longer face the peril and unpredictability of either low bouncing balls or balls around the head as the wicket is consistent and realistic.
  3. The SDCA has strengthened relationships with the city authorities as by using the 2G Flicx Pitch there is REDUCED WEAR AND TEAR ON THE GRASS UNDER SURFACE in the park so minimal maintenance costs because of hosting cricket in these public areas.
  4. EASE OF INSTALLATION AND STORAGE. The SDCA found the Flicx Pitch easy to install – in fact they took the versatility of the product one step further and purchased the component parts and built their own bespoke batting end sizes to suit player requests for a wider wicket.

Player feedback has also been very positive as SDCA president Aditya Sehgal explains. “Batsmen like playing on the 2G Flicx Pitch wickets as they produce even bounce and good pace which has increased the level of competitiveness in our matches and the ball comes onto the bat nicely so shots like drives can be executed in confidence. We are very satisfied with how the 2G Flicx Pitches are working for us”. With the huge number of leagues now operating in California Aditya is sure colleagues from other leagues can benefit hugely with the introduction of the Flicx Pitch in their locations.

So, what’s next for cricket in California? With the creation of Cricket USA, Aditya would like to see more support filtering down to help grow the game locally and would welcome help convincing city authorities of the value of the sport and resources to develop more junior players. In addition, help creating, and funding suitable facilities will be vital whilst the other part of the puzzle would be more support for top players looking to take their skills to the international arena where players still are self-funded. Perhaps one day we will see a SDCA player in the Big Bash or IPL?? certainly with the passion for cricket displayed by Aditya and his colleagues, anything is possible. You can follow the SDCA at http://sandiegocricket.com/

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Want to boost your junior participation?? Watch #AskAsh Episode 2

If your club or school is looking to create extra capacity to host more junior cricket (thus boosting participation) then take a watch of our second episode of #AskAsh …

Business Development Manager Ashley Appleby talks through our new 14 metre 2G Flicx Pitches (available in Blue, Green or Beige). These pitches can be rolled out onto the outfield to divide an oval into one, two, three or four junior pitches for matches or training thus taking traffic away from your first team square and exciting young players.

Smaller pitches and shorter boundaries mean more runs for batters and for bowlers they can now pitch the ball onto the wicket more easily thus these games see more action whilst increasing the skills of the players and generally creating a better experience, more likely to retain kids in the sport.

The only ground preparation would be to cut the grass short on the outfield, then roll the pitches out (2G Flicx Pitches can also be laid on other sub surfaces). This process is very quick and easy whilst the pitch will negate an imperfections in the under surface and provide good pace and bounce. Clubs can now tap into junior participation programs and develop these basic skills into small matches whilst local schools could be invited to participate in tournaments or cricket festivals which is a great way to attract more players to the clubs whilst also potentially increasing sponsorship and F+B income. As your number of sides increases, more pitches can be purchased to house these additional teams and because the 2G Flicx Pitch is so versatile, these same pitches could be used indoors for winter nets.

More information about these new 2G Flicx 14 metres pitches will follow very soon at www.flicx.co.uk or for instant information you can request a call back from Ash or contact him for prices ash@flicx.com 

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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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South Canterbury Cricket invest in the 2G Flicx Pitch to help raise standards

The South Canterbury Cricket Association‘s latest investment is all about more runs, boundaries and making the sport fun for younger children.

The association has purchased a new 2G Flicx pitch from agents Complete Cricket NZ which is a portable cricket strip that can be used to play the game anywhere. It’s 18m in length and can be varied, allowing it to be used for various age groups and doesn’t need to be flattened by a heavy roller and has crease marks included in the surface, ready to roll out.

South Canterbury Cricket development manager Shane Gilkison said the primary schools’ tournament at Ashbury Park was about encouraging more people to have a go at the game. “It’s about giving people a chance to have a crack at something different, and that’s what these tournaments are all about.”

He said the arrival of the new Flicx pitch helped. “It means all the games could be played on some sort of proper surface rather than a mowed strip.”

Winchester Rural School pupils Jacob Gilkison and Ethan Bolt were pleased with the new surface. “I play quite a lot of cricket and I thought it was pretty cool,” Jacob said. Ten teams were competing in the tournament, Geraldine Primary, St Joseph’s Temuka, St Joseph’s Timaru provided two, Highfield School and Winchester Rural provided three stories each.

Article adapted from https://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/sport/99085554/south-canterbury-crickets-new-investment-hopefully-a-winner-on-the-field

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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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2G Flicx Pitch a hit in Inaugural Rotorua T20 Night Competition

Junior cricketers in New Zealand have been preparing 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 loaned by Complete Cricket (new distributors of the Flicx Pitch)

The Rotorua Little League Cricket T20 tournament aimed to get local juniors excited about cricket and the comprised of four teams of Year 7 and 8 players from the Eastern Bay of Plenty, Rotorua and Taupo, who vied for early season honours during two days of T20 action. The Whakatane Wizards, Taupo Rebels and two John Paul College teams, the Dragons and Thunder played a round robin before the top two, the Wizards and Thunder, played off in the final, which the Wizards won in a nail-biter.

John Paul College cricket coordinator and Rotorua Little League spokesman Mark Chapman said it was rare for children to have the opportunity to play cricket under lights, let alone in a stadium predominantly used for representative rugby. Chapman said the idea for the tournament came about when the organisation was approached about a trial of a new artificial wicket from Flicx. “We thought how best we might get some coverage for the product coupled with what is traditionally a difficult period to secure pitches for junior pre-season games. The pitch can just be rolled out and means you can play anywhere!”

One of the tournament organisers, Crispian Stewart, said playing at the stadium and under lights created a great atmosphere for the young players. “The event was a great success – we had all four teams here and there must’ve been about 80 parents up there watching. All the parents have said this is such a civilised way to do cricket and in some respects, that’s part of it, getting the parents involved,” Stewart said. He said the quality of cricket from all the teams involved had been “fantastic”.

Speaking from Complete Cricket (New Zealand distributors of the 2G Flicx Pitch) Neeraj Kumar said “We had a great weekend in Rotorua watching the young junior cricketers play on the 2G Flicx match pitch. It was great to watch such amazing young talent play. The 2G Flicx Pitch performed extremely well and the young cricketers and their families watched as they played under the lights, which is a once in a lifetime experience. The event gave us great exposure for the pitch and we were really pleased that everyone had everyone enjoyed playing on it and already Rotorua are looking into buying three pitches”

Cricket under the lights in Roturua’s Rugby stadium transformed with Flicx

For more information about the 2G Flicx Pitch in New Zealand contact Neeraj Kumar on  0064 021 02980498, email neeraj@completecricket.co.nz or visit the website http://flicx.co.uk/nz

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Women’s softball cricket festivals are bolder in blue

Flicx UK were very proud to be part of the Women’s Soft Ball cricket festival this weekend. Matches at the Beaconsfield festival were hosted on blue 2G Flicx cricket pitches where we supplied 3 x 10m batting ends which were used to divide the main cricket oval into 3 smaller cricket fields for the mini games.

In order to prepare the area, the groundsman at Beaconsfield cut the grass short and then on the morning of the tournament the blue pitches were rolled out and given a short time to settle. No pain, all gain! Soft Ball Cricket is a new, fun, fast, social game from the ECB for all abilities where the games are played using a soft ball so no need for pads, helmets etc – its very easy to just turn up and play. Women’s Soft Ball Cricket Festivals are taking place throughout this summer during the ICC Women’s World Cup and offer a new route into cricket especially for beginners.

For more information on the 2G Flicx Pitch and all its applications, download our 2017 brochure which features a whole raft of case studies or for a free quote, visit www.flicx.co.uk 

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Warwick School Tournament, Middlesex in the Community and get your game started quicker

Just a few recent images from events involving the 2G Flicx Pitch to share…

Warwick School cricket festival

Warwick School cricket festival was a massive success. Flicx UK were very happy to help facilitate the many 8 over matches on the outfield using our blue 2G Flicx 10m batting ends. The format allowed for softball cricket in the morning then hardball cricket in the afternoon (the new 2G Flicx pitch makes it possible to use both types of balls). To use the 2G Flicx Pitch on your outfield, you simply need to cut the grass down short (10-15mm) then roll the pitch out on top.

Warwick School used their two 2G Flicx Skills batting ends for 2 of the matches, whilst Flicx brought two additional blue batting ends for the other games.

Middlesex in the Community

In recent weeks the Middlesex participation team have been out and about using their Pinky’s Pavillion 2G Flicx Pitch at various events, laid on various under surfaces. Events have included the Middlesex Schools day at Lord’s, Allstar’s Cricket at the Westminster Mile and most recently at a pop up event in Hounslow town centre. Not only is the pitch versatile and portable, but it also adds alot of fun and excitement to the Middlesex events programme with the coaching tiles, helping to focus the attention of bowlers when pitching the ball.

Product Development

New upgraded 1/4 2G tiles in the crease has made a big difference in terms of the speed the 2G Flicx Pitch settles. The pitch now settles in half the time and flattens instantly allowing games to commence faster than previously. We recommend you lay the pitch an hour before use although the condition of the under surface and the weather will both impact on how quickly it reaches optimum pace and bounce.

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The 2G Flicx Pitch is solving a cricket facility shortage in New Zealand

With cricket participation rates growing by 20% each year, cricket clubs and associations in New Zealand are finding they are a victim of their own successes with a severe shortage of suitable cricket grounds and facilities to play the game. Neeraj Kumar of Complete Cricket has recently started the agency for 2G Flicx Pitches and the response has been hugely positive with the portability and flexibility of the roll out solution really hitting the spot as this recent TV piece on “Newshub” outlines.

This demonstration in question at Karaka Cricket Club in Auckland saw an adult exhibition match take place and over 50 guests attend to eye ball the 2G Flicx product which is manufactured in the UK and was specifically developed to create new opportunities for people to play cricket. The applications of the 2G Flicx Pitch are varied and many but typically they are used to convert a grass field into a cricket pitch.

Neeraj Kumar spoke about his excitement about the 2G Flicx Pitch product and its performance in New Zealand conditions

“Clubs and schools at our demonstrations to date have all been really impressed by the 2G Flicx Pitch with many orders placed immediately. There is no better solution on the market for clubs in New Zealand who are looking to increase their capacity whilst still offering a realistic cricket experience to both batsmen and bowlers. When rolled out on a firm, flat surface the 2G Flicx Pitch offers good pace and bounce for both senior adult matches right down to grassroots levels for juniors where the pitch can be split and rolled out on the outfield. We have also had interest for backyard pitches and from clubs looking to upgrade or resurface worn astros.

The 2G Flicx Pitch is now hugely popular all around the world with the Rajasthan Cricket Board in India funding 70 Batting Ends last year, whilst Flicx UK are developing partnerships with various county boards to help fast track their participation programmes and inspire more children the play the game. The beauty of product is undoubtedly its versatility and portability; One match pitch can be moved by one person using our Flicx safety trolley and then ripped and split into two batting ends. Preparation time is short (the grass below just needs to be cut short) and maintenance minimal whilst the new, softer 2G tile offers excellent grip and offers spin for those bowlers who can turn the ball. A club can use the very same pitch at other locations by rolling it out on synthetic AstroTurf or 3G rubbercrumb pitches, indoor sports-halls, playgrounds or other concrete surfaces or even sand for beach cricket festivals which provides great cost effectiveness on the investment.

Complete Cricket have a full container of 2G Flicx Pitches arriving in New Zealand ahead of the new cricket season and are currently taking pre-orders for pitches. Click here to get a quote or DOWNLOAD the Complete Cricket flyer containing more details on the 2G Flicx Pitch range as well as the various applications, features and benefits.

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