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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New Cricket Season starts today…

The 2013 County Cricket season has kicked off today and fingers crossed for more play than last year!! Here at Flicx UK we wanted to give you a quick run through of how our 2 brands- Flicx Pitch and Crazy Catch can help your team to reach it’s potential (and have fun along the way)…

Lets start with the Crazy Catch – The Ultimate Rebound Net. The Crazy Catch is a great training aid used to improve your catching, throwing accuracy, speed and agility, reaction times and more specialist position skills. (Check out our Cricket Channel on You Tube for training drills) For Cricket our Classic product range is recommended and pictured below are the 4 different sized models all with ONE SANE and ONE INSANE side… The Professional Classic, The Wildchild Classic, The Upstart Classic and our new handheld device called The Freestyle.

The Crazy Catch makes training fun for your whole team and it’s great for schools and home use too. Change the adjustable bar and play on any surface whatever your age or ability. Lightweight and sturdy;  all models except for the Professional come in a carry bag and are used by top International and County teams right down to grass roots.

“Crazy Catches win Matches” so get your’s today from our range of approved retailers… Prices start from £45 RRP

Crazy Catch Classic range for Cricket

Crazy Catch Classic range for Cricket

The other side to the Flicx business is the Flicx Pitch – an amazing roll out, portable pitch which allows you to transform any surface into a cricketing venue. We work closely with the ICC to help provide a platform to develop cricket in emerging markets and recently held a competition looking for inspirational stories of  “How Cricket changed has changed my life” … The response was fantastic with countries promoting their entries using social media with Israel victorious with their Cricket4Peace entry.

In the UK the pitches have seen a surge in popularity and they are  commonly rolled into the ground for a more permanent, cost effective crease as well as our smaller coaching and batting ends used in training and a home academy– and it’s not too late to get yours installed for the start of the season… Contact gary@flicx.com for a quote or again use your local cricket retailer.

Great artificial surfaces from Flicx UK

Great artificial surfaces from Flicx UK

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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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