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 UK support Bute’s cricket development programme in schools

Bute cricket club’s youth development programme gets into full swing this month with competitions involving all three primary schools.

The first in a series of events takes place at the Port Bannatyne Gala with the opening rounds of the schools Kwik Cricket Tournament for Primary 6 and 7 classes sponsored by Flicx UK, suppliers of the club’s all weather surface, which will be rolled out for the event.

Bute CC's new 2G Flicx Pitch

Bute CC’s new 2G Flicx Pitch

 The Bute club’s coach Alan Peacock has been running a training programme in the primary schools since April and has put together squads of ten from each school. “All schools have made great progress and if we get some decent weather on Sunday I am confident we’ll get some good games and the teams are too close to call,” he said.
The Gala Day matches form the first part of the tournament, with the finals and trophy winners to be decided on Saturday, June 20 at The Meadows, Rothesay prior to Bute Cricket Club’s Sri Lankan themed match against the Cavaliers.

As well as helping to develop cricket in primary schools the club has been working towards forming educational and cultural links between the island’s primary school children and their counterparts in Sri Lanka.

The initiative to form a bond between the two communities follows the decision by the former Sri Lankan cricket captain Kumar Sangakarra to become Bute Cricket’s first associate member.

The Bute children have been encouraged to write letters to Sri Lankan children, produce drawings to illustrate their lives on the island and design a ‘Children’s Flag for Bute’.

The project is being sponsored by specialist holiday company Experience Travel Group who has provided the schools with posters and online travel videos to give the children an overview of life in Sri Lanka.

The closing date for the Flag Competition is Thursday, June 18, and the judging and prize giving will take place after the Kwik Cricket presentations on the Saturday.

Bute Cricket’s Barbara Lloyd, who has organised the Schools Sri Lankan project said: “The head teachers at all three Bute primary schools have been very supportive of the idea which fits in well with the children’s Global Citizenship studies.

“We’re hoping as many of the children and their parents will come along to see their work on display and at the same time support the Kwik cricket matches.”

Although the cricket competition is limited to P6 and P7 pupils, the flag design competition is open to all age groups.

After the exhibition of drawings and letters, all the children’s work will then be forwarded on to a Sri Lankan school with the help of Experience Travel Group.

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