Top 5 Hits of 2018 | The #AskAsh Review of the Year

Flicx UK’s Business Development Manager, Ashley Appleby takes a look back at some of the projects and partnerships which Flicx UK have been part of in 2018. Our Top 5 hits of 2018 include details of work projects with County Boards, cricketing charity The Lord’s Taverners as well as great feedback on the 2G Flicx Pitch indoors, beach cricket and our expanding global reach. All of these stories demonstrate the versatility and portability of the 2G Flicx Pitch and how the innovative surface is helping to create better facilities for more people to participate in cricket and shows the true power of sport in helping to bring communities together. WATCH Episode 12 of #AskAsh now

If video is not your thing here is a brief text overview of our Top 5 Hits …

  1. County Boards – We have been delighted to extend and create new partnerships with several County Boards this year. Applications and examples include with
  • Middlesex Cricket helping solve the problem of lack of facilities in urban areas
  • Worcester CCC attracting corporate support for their Street 6’s festival (More)
  • Surrey Cricket Foundation is trying to boost cricket participation in state schools by converting football fields to cricket facilities (More)
  • Essex Cricket hosting tape ball cricket festivals at football grounds to engage with the SE Asian communities. Yorkshire CF and Cornwall Cricket also host fantastic beach cricket events on our surface …

If any other County Boards are looking to take cricket to new audiences, just contact ricx@flicx.co.uk for more information or call 01295 816765.

2. Lord Taverners

Flicx UK were delighted to attend and support the #Wicketz festival hosted by Lord’s Taveners at Repton School in August. 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. (Read More on this partnership in the blog from the Wicketz Festival) 

3. Indoor Cricket

Great feedback has been forthcoming from numerous sources on how well the 2G Flicx Pitch has been accepted for indoor use and we’ve held a number of different demonstrations on different surfaces just to show people how the pitch works and at the moment we find that the type of feedback that we get is that with conventional matting the bounce is really low, the pitches curl up they difficult and cumbersome to roll and they take up a lot of storage space and with the 2G cricket pitch not only are we sorting out all of those issues but we are giving them terrific performance in terms of pace and bounce and we found that even on low bouncing indoor surfaces the new 2G Flicx cricket pitch gives you improved bounce which has really been encouraging. – says Ashley Appleby

4. Beach Cricket

We have seen some great Beach Cricket events hosted on the 2G Flicx Pitch this year including with Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, Sierra Leone Cricket Association, Sydney Sixers, the Black Caps and in Cornwall, where teams rowed out to a sandbank to play a game sponsored by a local brewery .

Cricket on Padstow Beach

5. Growing the Game Globally. Ash talks through the work of some of our customers including

  • San Diego Cricket Association
  • Iceland Cricket
  • Uruguay Cricket
  • Cricket in Germany

Whatever your requirement or application, Flicx has a solution for you … for more information download our brochure or get a quote for your club, school or home.  

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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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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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Coaching Cricket on the 2G Flicx Skills Pitch #AskAsh

Flicx UK’s business development manager Ashley Appleby teams up with Dan and Kieran from We Coach Cricket as they review the 2G Flicx Skills Pitch in the 4th episode of #AskAsh

With coloured coded coaching tiles, bowlers have a visual target for improved line and length consistency whereas batters can work on their decision making and correct shot selection. The 2G Flicx Skills Batting End is easy and quick to roll out and produces a consistent bounce and good pace when laid on a firm, flat surface (either indoors or outdoors).

You Tubers Kieran and Dan spent a day batting, bowling and keeping wicket on the world’s most versatile cricket pitch ( a 10m batting end) and will be releasing a series of coaching videos to demonstrate how coaches can use the wicket to improve their bowlers accuracy or batters shot selection with the use of visual cues.

“From my perspective bowling leg spin it’s really important to have something to train on that is realistic. The ball turned on the 2G Flicx Pitch just like it would on an outdoor wicket so that was fantastic”. Keiran at We Coach Cricket

“It played really naturally that was the most important thing for me. There was a bit in it for spinners, there was a bit in it for the seamers as well and it really was a nice natural bounce” A lot of the synthetic pitches ive played on in the past have always been quite dead and haven’t had much bounce; if you’ve been keeping, you’ve been taking balls by your ankles but the 2G Flicx Pitch really does have that spring in it you can feel it when you walk on it it’s got that kind of it’s got a little bit of give in it and it really makes a great  difference”. Dan at We Coach Cricket

For more information about the 2G Flicx Coaching Pitch designs and specifications click here 

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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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How to use the 2G Flicx Pitch for Indoor Winter Nets #AskAsh Episode 1

Welcome to the first episode of #AskAsh our monthly 2G Flicx Pitch vlog showing you how to best utilise your 2G Flicx Pitch, the huge number of applications possible and how to get the most from your portable pitch … Do take a watch and drop us a comment or share your thoughts and questions

Episode 1 of #AskAsh is hosted at Edgbaston Indoor Centre and demonstrates how to use the 2G Flicx Pitch for Indoor Winter Nets. Ashley Appleby our Business Development Manager shares his expertise of how to convert indoor sports halls into cricketing venues for nets and how the new and improved 2G Flicx Pitch gives good pace without the mat corrugating or the need for taping. Watch as Ash rolls out the pitch and we have a cricketer netting to show the bounce …

The 2G Flicx Pitch performs well on a range of indoor facilities most commonly on wooden sprung floors where the benefits include…

  • Quick and easy for 1 person to roll out and set up
  • Rolls flat with no need for taping
  • Should be stored rolled up on its end – so minimal space required
  • Good consistent pace and bounce so a realistic training surface
  • Ball grips to the pitch so assistance for your spinners and seamers
  • Longevity so a very cost effective solution

So all this means that with the addition of the 2G Flicx Pitch

  • Wooden sports halls that have low bounce can now get improved bounce
  • Schools and Leisure centres looking to create indoor cricket facilities to generate additional funds and provide quality practise facilities that can be rolled up and stored away within minutes.
  • Small sided games can be hosted in indoor venues to help increase participation (short, fast and action packed mini games)

Note that the 2G Flicx Match pitch is conveniently supplied in two 1/2 pitch rolls so in effect you have two batting ends for your Winter Indoor Nets OR you can purchase a batting end (one 1/2 pitch roll) … the beauty is this same mat used for your nets can also be brought outside during the season for a huge variety of “outdoor” applications.

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