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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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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2G Flicx Pitch | Top 5 of 2017

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

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

 

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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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Virtual Demonstration of the 2G Flicx Pitch | The world’s most versatile, artificial cricket wicket

Especially for our overseas customers, we have prepared a short video demonstration of the 2G Flicx Pitch. Watch the video below and see Flicx UK’s Business Development Manager Ashley Appleby show how the 2G Flicx Pitch can be used. Ash covers

  • How the pitch is delivered
  • How to roll out your pitch
  • What the pitch is made of and what the surface is like and how it performs
  • How its versatility can create different applications for a user
  • How to move the pitch

This video made with footage supplied by Rajasthan Cricket Association, when they visited Wormsley to view the 2G Flicx Pitch. We will be producing further videos over the coming season that you will be able to watch on our You Tube or Facebook sites. If you have any questions you would like answering about the pitches performance, just contact us via the comment box below or call or email us directly on ash@flicx.com or 01295 816765.

The 2G Flicx Pitch is performing really well in both UK conditions and all around the world. With UV stabilisers its can even be left out in sub continent conditions and offers good grip for spinners and also allows batsmen to play their shots in confidence. To roll the pitch back up, take a look at this footage so you can follow our safety points.

To get a quote or learn more about the 2G Flicx Pitch and how it is helping customers all around the world to play more cricket, simply visit our website www.flicx.co.uk

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How to convert spare grass fields into cricket pitches

If you are looking to create additional cricket capacity for your club or school and you have a grass field that is traditionally used for rugby or football during the winter, then the 2G Flicx Pitch could be your solution.

This was the exact predicament for Windsor Boys school, where their cricket programme had outgrown the number of turf wickets available on site for matches and practice. With the grass cut down short in the middle, (rolling would be beneficial too), a 2G Flicx Pitch was rolled out on top and a new facility created. The pictures below show senior boys who are all club cricketers playing a game on the 2G Flicx Pitch and you can see how the bowlers have good purchase off the surface and there is excellent pace and bounce.

Convert a Grass field into a cricket pitch

This application is the most popular application of our pitch especially in countries like the UK, New Zealand, the USA and Australia. In Australia it could be AFL ovals being converted and in New Zealand at the moment, cricket facilities are at a premium so this method of converting grass fields is very popular.

The benefit of the new 2G Flicx Pitch product is that is multi purpose so the same pitch seen here can then be rolled up after the game and used in the nets (both grass and on synthetic surfaces), or split in the middle to create two batting ends for junior Kwik cricket or then used inside for winter nets or on the playground or concrete surfaces too. This versatility gives great value for money for the customer and means cricket can be taken to new audiences which is especially important given the popularity of T20 cricket and the need for more informal cricket options.

Schools or clubs with capacity issues now have a solution that is easy to create and virtually maintenance free. We would recommend the pitch is rolled up after each game and just rolled out an hour before the game to give it time to settle and for the tiles feet to mould to the under surface. If you could give more details on this application and its suitability for your requirements, feel free to give one of our pitch advisers a call on 01295 816765.

Applications of the 2G Flicx Pitch

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Use a 2G Flicx Pitch to protect your main square & extend the cricket season

Do any of these problems sound familiar??

  • You lose games at the start of the season as the main square is not yet ready (generally weather related)
  • Throughout the season, your main square badly deteriorates due to overuse
  • Bad weather can hamper pitch preparation by your groundsman which is time consuming and costly
  • Your main square is unsafe to use, early on in the season
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The weather maybe bad, but you can still play cricket

These are common problems for clubs in the UK, and this is where the versatility of the 2G Flicx Pitch really comes into its own. If your main square is not ready, you can just roll a 2G Flicx Pitch out over your square and train or play pre-season games all without damage to the surface underneath. Likewise the pitch can be rolled out next to your main square. All of this means less work for your ground-staff and less preparation time such as line painting.

Clubs with multiple teams, may wish to save their main square for the first team and the 2G Flicx Pitch is a great match and training surface. When laid on a firm, flat surface, you will get a great bounce and spin and seam too.

Even when the weather is damp, the 2G Flicx Pitch still performs … we even have clubs up in Scotland, using the pitch to extend their season and reduce the number of games being called off. This same pitch can also be used during the closed season for winter nets, on an Astroturf or Rubbercrumb to add extra facilities or zipped and split into batting ends for junior matches or Kwik cricket on your outfield. All these applications give you great value for money and the price of a 2G Flicx Pitch compares very favourably against other “artificials” with additional benefits such as the portability and versatility factors.

“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. 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.”

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Introducing the NEW 2G Flicx multi-aged pitch (MAP) for schools and clubs

Flicx UK are delighted to roll out a new product for the 2017/2018 season, the 2G Flicx Multi-Aged-Pitch (MAP). The MAP pitch is specifically aimed at schools and clubs who need a match pitch that can cater for different age groups. With this new product coaches can move the stumps according to the colour coded creases demarcated for the various age groups to change the pitch size from 20.12m to 18.12m or even 16.12m depending on which team is playing or practising. The MAP pitch also has an additional 1m section behind both sets of wickets, this is of great benefit to bowlers who are now on the pitch in their delivery stride.

Feedback is suggesting that the 2G Flicx MAP pitch will solve capacity issues for clubs and you have the value derived from only purchasing one pitch for all your age groups. Versatility is the key point here and our 2G Flicx Pitch can be roll out on grass, astro, concrete, beaches or pretty much any firm, flat surface to convert it into a cricketing venue. The new 2G tile also performs very well indoors and with each pitch coming in two rolls, your 2G Flicx Pitch can also be easily zipped apart to create 2 batting ends for the nets or kwik cricket on your outfield, again increasing your capacity and enabling more cricket to be played.

Speaking about the new pitch, Flicx UK’s business development manager Ashley Appleby commented “This new product is really going to tick a lot of boxes for many clubs and schools. It gives clubs and schools even more versatility than ever before to use a 2G Flicx pitch for multiple age groups without any additional preparation time. Time and cost savings will help cricket masters and coaches, spend more time developing their players skills so that can only be a good thing”

Flicx are taking orders now for the new cricket season; for a bespoke quote for your club or school simply complete a quote request form or call one of our advisers on 01295 816765 with any questions on the 2G Flicx Pitches suitability for your requirements.

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What a fun day it was at ICC Academy Warriors Weekend

The UAE’s leading cricket development programme held a big tournament last weekend called the ICC Academy Warriors Weekend and the event was played on the Flicx Pitches rolled out on the outfield at crickets global high performance centre.

Sunset at the cricket in Dubai

Sunset at the cricket in Dubai

The ICC Academy facilitates hundreds of coaching sessions taking place across the new season aimed at children aged 3 – 19 years as well as individual sessions for females and adults wanting to improve their game. Participants are able to learn and develop their skills with the ICC Academy’s team of internationally qualified coaches and have the opportunity to train and play at one of the world’s best cricketing facilities.

ICC Academy Manager, Will Kitchen, said: “Our Warriors programme enables domestics players of all ages and ability to access the same facilities and services that international players use at ICC Academy, it’s fantastic to be able to offer this to players based in the UAE and help to grow their cricketing skills and passion for the game.

“This year the Warriors programme is bigger and better than ever we’re providing more opportunities for players to train with us, play games and compete in tournaments, there really is something for everyone whatever their level or ability.”

The Warriors programme is about developing player’s ability to play and win games of cricket. ICC Academy have a fully professional, internationally qualified staff who blend technical, tactical, physical skills in every sessions across ICC Academy’s vast facility to ensure players learn the skills they need to succeed in cricket. Read our case study on the Flicx Pitches at the ICC Academy

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