Get set for a better Indoor Net!

With the county sides now returning for pre-season and top cricketing schools already making plans for the 2019 season, attention turns to winter nets. As the world’s most versatile cricket pitch solution, the new and improved 2G Flicx Pitch performs really well indoors and many top venues have already made the switch over from traditional matting.

Here are our business development manager Ashley Appleby’s top 8 reasons why the 2G Flicx Pitch is a great solution for your indoor nets …

  1. Improved bounce even on sprung floors over conventional matting
  2. Offers realistic turn and seam movement for bowlers
  3. Ball comes onto the bat encouraging stroke play
  4. Easy to roll up and store away (can be roll out by one person using the Flicx Safety Trolley)
  5. Uses less storage space, only ½ sq meter for 2 batting ends.
  6. Coaching pitches aid player development with focused colour coded zones
  7. Hard wearing, with correct use and care the 2G Flicx pitch is expected to last 5-10 years
  8. No taping required, the pitch won’t move… simply roll it out and play

One school to recently purchase 2G Flicx Pitches for both their indoor and outdoor programmes is Warwick School. Says Head of Cricket Simon Francis “The 2G Flicx skills pitch has been a fantastic addition for our cricketers for their winter training. Both batters and bowlers have benefited from more visual cues and targets, both individually and against each other. For our coaches it creates lots of opportunities to create challenges for bowlers and batsmen, as well as making it easier to judge where the ball pitched more easily. It has created excitement for the young bowlers as something new and interesting to interact with”

As well as in sportshalls with wooden sprung floors, the 2G Flicx Pitch can also be used in indoor football centres where 3G rubbercrumb surfaces are laid. This is a particularly popular application for indoor cricket leagues.

IMPORTANT | Remember the 2G Flicx Pitches are supplied in two half pitch batting rolls so one pitch is two batting ends for your indoor centre or sportshall. It’s important to follow a few key guidelines with regards to getting maximum performance from your pitch including storing the two rolls separately rolled up tightly on their ends.

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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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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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Installing your Flicx Pitch – A groundsman’s guide

If you follow these simple instructions prior to laying the pitch you will gain many happy hours playing Cricket.

  1. Considerations

Firstly, take into consideration your surrounding area (homes, parks, pedestrian areas).  It is preferable that the pitch is placed in such a way that the batsman does not drive the ball towards glass windows or where people maybe sitting or walking (patios, pavements etc) for safety reasons.  Always use a cricket net when practicing and thus anything behind or square of the wicket will generally be protected from being hit.

2. Orientation

Look at the orientation that you are going to place your pitch and nets.  Most cricket practice takes place in the afternoon, thus you don’t want your batsman facing into the sun however not all areas allow this flexibility.  Your first choice then is for the pitch to face east (batsman facing East); second choice facing north, then south and lastly west.

3. Location

Once you have decided on the orientation, you now need to look for a flat surface to place the pitch on.  The smoother and flatter the surface, the more the consistent bounce of the ball off the surface.

A Flicx Pitch being rolled into the ground

A Flicx Pitch being rolled into the ground

4.  Preparing a Flat surface

  • Mark out a square area the same size as the pitch you have chosen.  (This can be done using 4 pegs/nails string or fish line.)
  • Cut the grass as low as you possibly can with your garden mower (This may mean a running the mower over the area a couple of times).
  • Should the grass be thick (thatch), and then it is recommended that a steel rake is used to remove all the dead grass (this will prevent good ball bounce).
  • Roll this area with a hand roller – varying in weight between 250kg- 750kg.
  • You may need to bring in good loam topsoil to level off the little indentations.
  • Roll again, until flat.
  1. Laying the Flicx Pitch
  • Position the Flicx pitch, square on, while it is still rolled up.  (it is easier to manoeuvre while still rolled up)  It is recommended that safety gloves are used when handling the Flicx Pitch.
  • Unclip the straps and roll out.
  • Square the pitch up, by gently moving the corners.  If the pitch does need to be totally replaced it is recommended that it gets totally rolled up and strapped before moving, as the connectors have not been designed for lateral movement and could break.
  • It is now ready for the Flicx Pitch to be rolled into the surface.  A roller not heavier than 1.5 tons should be used.  This may take many hours depending on the softness of the under surface and the weight of the roller.  The end result is the Flicx Pitch that sits flush with the surrounding surface.

6.  Securing the Flicx Pitch

Using 5 inch nails secure the ends of the pitch into the appropriate nail holes.

 Your Flicx Pitch is now ready to play!!!!

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