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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Kent Cricket Club in Sierra Leone | Changing Lives & Building communities through Cricket

The Kent Cricket Club is based in Sierra Leone and was set up with the intention of using the game of cricket to give young people hope and focus, in overcoming the challenges they faced as a result of war and conflict. Since the creation of the KCC, they have achieved some amazing results, delivering some tremendous outcomes in their communities.


The club is an affiliate member of the Sierra Leone Cricket Association (SLCA), a member of the International Cricket Council (ICC). Sierra Leone is an emerging cricketing nation in Africa and an integral part of the development and tournament structure overseen by ICC Africa.

The main aim of the Kent Cricket Club Sierra Leone is to engage young people from a range of backgrounds in areas affected by disaster, youth crime and anti-social behaviour. Many of the young people KCC has bought under its wing face an uncertain future and cricket has given them support, friendship, purpose and hope.

In February 2018, Kent Cricket Club hosted the first ever Beach Cricket competition in partnership with the Sierra Leone Cricket Association (SLCA) at the Place Resort, Tokeh Beach on Sunday 25th February 2018 which was played on a Flicx Pitch again demonstrating the power of cricket as a force for good and change around the world. www.flicx.co.uk 

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#SixersBeachBlast success as magenta Flicx Pitches prove a big hit!

Flicx UK were delighted to supply the Sydney Sixers with five magenta pink 4.5m x 1.4m mini cricket pitches for their recent community programme the Sixers Beach Blast. The pitches were manufactured in the UK with the exact pantone colour used plus the Sixers logo was added to the wickets which were produced to a custom specification before being shipped to Sydney.

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Ahead of the new BBL season, the Sixers took to the road for an exciting new community activation programme, which saw coaches host cricket clinics for boys and girls with some special guest appearances. The 2G Flicx Pitches were rolled out on the various beach locations down the NSW coastline, providing an attractive playing surface with a good bounce and obviously pitch markings and Sixers branding too.

“ The Sydney Sixers Beach Blast program saw the Sydney Sixers reach approximately 1100 kids up and down our sixers coastline and engaged these kids in a really fun and exciting beach cricket clinic! Prior to the event started I liaised with Gary from Flicx UK who was able to create the pitches for our tour which was vital in it going ahead. Gary and the Flicx team were a pleasure to work with and met every need and requirement to ensure the pitches were correctly coloured and would arrive in time for the event.

The kids absolutely loved playing on the 2G Flicx pitches with parents and families all wanting to take photos! If it wasn’t for the pitches our tour would not have been the success that it was and the team here at the Sixers will be utilising them further with our community events, clinics and for our Fan Day here at the SCG and throughout the season”Liz McPherson / Fan, Activation and Community Manager

For more on the Sixers Beach Blast click here or view below some of the photos from around the clinics in NSW or visit the Sydney Sixers Facebook page to watch videos and view photo albums from each location.

For more information on the 2G Flicx Pitch and all its applications, visit the website or call us for a quote for your club or school on 01295 816765.

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Sydney Sixers select Flicx for their new cricket development campaign #sixersbeachblast

Over the coming school holiday period, the Sydney Sixers will run their new community program “Beach Blast” from Coffs Harbour to Ulladulla with 11 stops along the way, delivering a free Milo T20 Blast Clinic on beaches including Town Beach in Port Macquarie, Nobby’s Beach in Newcastle, Mollymook Beach in Ulladulla and North Beach in Wollongong.

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The two week travelling event will finish in Sydney over three days visiting Cronulla Beach, Freshwater Beach and finally Coogee Beach on Sunday 9 October. The development of the program comes off the back of the success of the Milo T20 Blast program, which has doubled its participants in the last year in NSW alone.

Kids aged between 7 and 12 attending the clinic will get to experience all the fun of Big Bash, with music, fun and entertainment all part of the program, while enjoying learning the skills of cricket in the Milo T20 Blast program. The Sydney Sixers purchased 5 Pink 4.5m x 1.4m Thrown downs for the events across NSW with the pink pantone colour code matched exactly and the Sydney Sixers logo printed predominately on each one.

More images at https://www.facebook.com/FlicxPitch/

Speaking about the project Kate Costin Flicx UK’s marketing manager said “The 2G Flicx Pitch is perfectly suited to adding a new dimension to beach cricket. The bright colours make the game extra fun for the kids whilst create perfect PR opportunities for the Sydney Sixers. In addition these pitches can also be used on grass or on top of artificial surfaces for example to host mini cricket games at the SCG on the outfield or when the sixers go into schools or at any pop up cricket event” For more information about the 2G Flicx Pitch and all its applications call us on 01295 816765 or download our Applications PDF for see how the 2G Flicx Pitch can solve your facility issues.

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The 2016 Yorkshire Cricket Foundation | Beach Cricket Festival on a 2G Flicx Pitch

This weekend saw the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation host its now famous beach cricket competition where local cricket clubs compete in mini games on Scarborough Beach. For the third year, the 2G Flicx Pitch was involved in the project … we just roll out our wicket and let the fun commence. This year a blue skills pitch was used complete with the YCF logo embedded in the crease.

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The YCF Beach Cricket Festival 2016

In addition to the Beach Cricket Festival, the YCF have a new initiative that is using a 2G Flicx Pitch to help create an authentic facility. Pop Up Cricket invites children between the ages of 6 and 13, to free cricket sessions, held in three local venues across Leeds.

Funded by the Charitable Youth Trust the sessions, held on Tuesdays and Thursdays over the last three weeks, targeted communities in areas of deprivation, focusing on children who may not have had the opportunity or means to play cricket before. Attracting children from different backgrounds, ethnicities and genders, the cricket coaching introduced cricket to new audiences who may not have had the opportunity to play before, with an impressive turn out of around 60 children in attendance for each day!

It’s been fantastic to see the different communities have the opportunity to play cricket in their local parks. The enthusiasm shown for the game and spirit shown during the sessions demonstrates how powerful sport can be in bringing communities together.

Flicx UK’s business development manager Ashley Appleby attended the beach cricket event, alongside some officials from the ECB and the feedback on the pitch was entirely positive. Nick Robinson, Project Officer at the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation said

“The 2G Flicx cricket pitch helped us tremendously with our pop up cricket events as we are able to take the game of cricket anywhere. The upgraded 2G surface provides such good pace and bounce even in areas that you would never be able to play cricket usually while the colour coded tiles in the 2G Flicx skills pitch help aspiring cricketers to focus on their areas when bowling and batting. It also makes the game look more fun and exciting’’

For more information on playing Beach Cricket on a 2G Flicx Pitch – contact us on 01295 816765 or get a quote

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9 applications of the world’s most versatile cricket pitch…

We believe that we have created the worlds most versatile cricket pitch.

You can roll it up, move it around, use it for hard or soft ball cricket for adults or children playing inside or outside – on top of a surface or rolled in for a more permanent wicket … the choice is yours and you can be assured (with correct preparation to the undersurface) of a consistency bounce that will enable great performances with both bat and ball. All this versatility and flexability comes at only a fraction of the cost of other artificial surfaces… Take a read below at some of the various applications – our top 9 if you like; then if would like a quote for a 2G Flicx Pitch for your club/ school, simply complete our new QUOTE form

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1.Indoor Cricket

The 2G Flicx Pitch will solving the age old problem of finding a suitable playing surface for indoor cricket. Flicx UK have conducted various trials on sprung floors with excellent results. For an independent view, read Cricket Central’s review (read more)

2. Convert a grass field into a cricket pitch

A popular application is to enable fields which host football or rugby in the winter, to become cricket wickets in the summer just with the addition of a 2G Flicx Pitch

“It’s absolutely transformed the standard of cricket that we can teach and then play matches against other schools.” – Mark Costin

3. Convert a 3G rubbercrumb /astro or other artificial into a cricket pitch

In emerging cricketing nations where other artificial pitches maybe accessible, the 2G Flicx Pitch can be rolled on top to create a great surface. Read our guest blog by Manik Kuchroo (click here)

 “We now play most of our games on the 2G Flicx pitch and are able to experience cricket as it should be – on a true ground with a true pitch. This experience has helped us improve tremendously over other local teams in the area.” 

4. In the nets

Create a practice area to be proud of or upgrade an existing worn artificial surface for a fraction of the price!

5. As a coaching aid

With bright colours and target tiles, the 2G Flicx Skills or Eagle eyed  pitch (see below) is a great coaching aid for young players to hone their bowling or batting techniques. Develops consistent bowling lengths and allows batsmen to play their shots in confidence.

The Flicx Pitch gets it's first outing at Dore Primary School this afternoon with lots of excited children #cricket

The Flicx Pitch gets it’s first outing at Dore Primary School this afternoon with lots of excited children #cricket

 

6. To increase your junior capacity

If your club is looking to increase its capacity the Flicx Pitch means two junior games can be played on your oval or a second wicket laid to save your main square. Watch our new video to see how!

7. To play cricket anywhere!!

The Flicx Pitch has hosted many extraordinary games over the years – Down a mine, up the worlds two highest mountains and even in the London eye … the possibilities are endless (Read More) … maybe we will get cricket into space one day!

8. For a beach cricket tournament

Promoting the game to a new audience has led some clubs and associations to host beach cricket tournaments. Your Flicx Pitch is perfect and we are excited to be involved in the national beach cricket championships taking place in Cornwall this September! http://www.beachcricketcornwall.org/

9. The official pitch of Cage Cricket

Cage Cricket is dynamic, visual, high octane entertainment fused with the attitude of youth culture and extreme sports. At the Ageas Bowl, their is a permanent cage with a 2G Flicx Pitch specifically designed to match the scoring system!  http://www.cagecricket.com/

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Secretary of State ‘bowled over’ by Beach Cricket plans

Last Thursday, Steve Double, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for St Austell and Newquay, welcomed Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Sajid Javid MP to Cornwall, taking him to Watergate Bay Beach where the Cabinet Member was able to participate in a game of Beach Cricket which was played on a new 2G Flicx Pitch.

Sajid Javid takes strike on a Flicx Pitch as part of the beach cricket competition launch

Sajid Javid takes strike on a Flicx Pitch as part of the beach cricket competition launch

The meeting at Watergate Bay was arranged by Steve Double and Sean Hooper of the Cornish Cricket Company to announce new plans for the first National Beach Cricket Competition scheduled for next year.

Speaking at the launch Sean Hooper said ‘I have had plans for a few years now to bring a national beach cricket tournament to Cornwall. Here on the north coast of mid-Cornwall we have a number of beaches that provide brilliant venues for this sport which is growing in popularity, especially here at Watergate Bay.’

‘Working with Nick Webb of Bare Feet Production and using my contacts within the cricketing world we plan to bring up to 32 teams here to Cornwall next year for the first National Beach Cricket Competition. My aim is that this will take off and become a regular event here in Cornwall that will attract participants and spectators from around the country’.

Commenting on the plans Sajid Javid MP said ‘Anything that encourages people to get involved in sport has to be a good thing. I love the sound of these plans as they present a new and exciting opportunity to make the most of the wonderful beaches in this part of Cornwall for one of my favourite sports. As well as promoting a new and innovative form of cricket they will also attract people to Cornwall to support the local tourist industry’.

Steve Double, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for the area said ‘I have been in discussions with Sean Hooper about this idea for several months. It is brilliant that we are now in a position to announce the plans and move forward with bringing this competition to mid-Cornwall next year. This is just the type of event we need to see more of in this area as it will attract new people to Cornwall and help support tourism outside of the peak season. I am delighted to be able to bring Sajid to the constituency and show him just what a great place this part of Cornwall is and how we have people who are working together to find new ways to support the local economy.’

Flicx UK are working in partnership with Sean and his team to get the event off the ground and an agreement has been put in place which will see the whole competition played on Flicx Pitches. Sponsors of the National Beach Cricket Competition will be able to have their company branding on the pitches which can also be bespoked in terms of colour and design.

After meeting with Steve Double and Sean Hooper to discuss the plans the Secretary of State tried his hand at batting against some young cricketers from Truro College.

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Truro College youngsters at the launch

Final details for the tournament will be announced shortly and will be held in May or September 2015. Subscribe to the Flicx Pitch blog for all the latest news on first National Beach Cricket Competition. 

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Beach Cricket on the new 2G Flicx Pitch

To celebrate the Scarborough Cricket Festival, the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation hosted the inaugural Beach Cricket Tournament on South Bay Beach in front of the iconic Scarborough Spa with 6 under 11 junior cricket teams taking part in the event over 2 days. Flicx UK loaned the YCF a new 2G Flicx Skills pitch for the duration of the competition.

Wednesday 13th August saw Wykeham take on Snainton & Hesleton, with play scheduled to start at 10am. However, after an extraordinarily high tide caused by a ‘super moon’, play was delayed to allow the tide out enough to get play under way. Luckily enough, the 2G Flicx pitch drained exceptionally well and the match was able to get under way just 30 minutes late! After some excellent cricket, Whykham overcame their opponents to claim the victory.

Thursday 14th August brought together Scalby, Seamer, Duncombe Park and Flixton cricket clubs, all vying for triumph. Cloudy skies and the odd shower couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the participants; as the round robin tournament progressed Seamer and Flixton under 11s emerged as the 2 teams to beat and the final match of the afternoon saw the 2 meet in a winner takes all encounter that saw Seamer CC take the win in style and celebrate by running into the ocean!

The winners from each day and their coach were delighted to receive 2 pair of tickets each for next year’s test match between England and New Zealand at Headingley. All other competitors and their coaches received a pair of tickets to watch a Yorkshire match of their choosing in the 2015 season as well as the opportunity to come to Scarborough to watch day 1 of the Yorkshire v Sussex match.

The engagement and enthusiasm from all the participants made the tournament a massive success and we look forward to coming back next year with an even bigger and better event! said Nick Robinson   Project Officer – Yorkshire Cricket Foundation… Thanks again for letting us use the pitch for the beach cricket tournament. It worked fantastically and was commented on by many of the coaches very positively. 

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