As one season finishes; attention turns to winter nets for cricket clubs and schools across the county. For many, finding a local facility to train in over the winter can be tricky and often the pitches are not realistic to train on … this is where the world’s most versatile wicket, the 2G Flicx Pitch really comes into its own. Here are the top 5 reasons why the pitch is the best performing cricket mat for your Indoor Winter Nets…
📽️This is how easy it is to set up two 2G Flicx Pitch Eagle-Eyed Batting Ends for Indoor Nets #cricket
Performance – With the 2G Flicx Pitch you get improved pace and bounce compared to traditional roll out synthetic cricket mats. The Flicx Pitch doesn’t corrugate or wave so there is no movement or slide or requirement to tape the mat down. The properties of the new and improved Flicx Pitch mean the surface is softer, offers more grip (and takes spin) and will give players of all age and ability, good bounce so a realistic training session can take place.
Logistics – The 2G Flicx Pitch comes as two batting ends which clip and zip together in the middle. You can quickly and easily roll up and roll out the pitch and its stored rolled up on its end so doesn’t take up much space.
Improve your Game – Colour coded coaching zones are added to our 2G Flicx Skills and Eagle- eyed pitches to improve bowling accuracy and to help up skill players over the off season. Batters can also use the targets to judge line and length and aid decision making.
Ball Friendly – Use leather cricket balls, bowling machine balls or soft cricket balls on the 2G Flicx Pitch so you can play either soft ball or hand ball cricket
Cost Effective – The 2G Flicx Pitch has a very long life span (if correctly stored) versus a synthetic cricket mat which typically need replacing every season or two. It also works out at roughly 1/3 of the price of an NTP plus you can use the pitch indoors during the winter then take the same pitch outdoors in the summer season rolling it out on a grass field, synthetic surface or in the nets (Check out all the applications of the world’s most versatile cricket pitch)
‘’The 2G Flicx cricket pitch is a great solution for indoor winter nets allowing you to convert gymnasiums and halls that have both wooden and synthetic sprung floors into indoor cricket facilities. In trials and tests we have seen improved performance with regards to pace and bounce off the wicket with the 2G Flicx pitch delivering a more realistic batting and bowling experience. In addition spin bowlers have been surprised by the fact that they can now generate some turn off the pitch when giving the ball some flight and a good rip. Comments from batsmen have been very positive as they can now play both back foot and front foot shots’’ says Flicx UK Business Development Manager, Ashley Appleby
NB- Performance of the 2G Flicx Pitch indoors on wooden and synthetic surfaces has shown an increase in bounce making the experience more realistic, we have however found that in certain situations the sprung floor can cause there to be variable bounce depending on the construction of the under surface and springs, in consultation with Cricket masters and coaches this has however still been an improvement on what they used previously. To negate steep bounce on hard concrete surfaces we recommend using a 5mm shock pad under the 2G Flicx pitch
Upgraded cricket facilities at Warwick School
Simon Francis, Head of Cricket at Warwick School purchased Flicx Pitches last year – “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.” Read the Warwick School Case Study
Until the end of November, Flicx UK have a special offer running for all UK, US and EU customers. Buy two Skills or Eagle-Eyed batting ends before the end of November 2017 and get a free Flicx safety trolley. Contact Ash on 01295 816765 or visit the website to Get a Quote.
For many cricket enthusiasts, January see’s the start of preparations for the new cricket season with many heading indoors for winter nets. For many clubs and indoor venues such as school sportshall’s, the 2G Flicx Pitch can provide a value for money, facility upgrade and the pitch performance is far superior compared to heavy, synthetic mats often used.
Upgraded cricket facilities at Warwick School
The benefits of using the 2G Flicx Pitch Indoors
Increased ball bounce for slower bowlers (and it takes spin too)
The pitch has great longevity – and doesn’t need replacing yearly like synthetic mats
The 2G Flicx Pitch can be rolled up and stored on their ends which frees up space
Rolls out flat without any waves so again you can be sure of a consistent bounce and a safe surface on which to train
Customers can choose from either a traditional green batting end OR a coaching design to develop skills of younger players
Schools and clubs can add their branding to the 2G Flicx Pitch OR a sponsors logo can be added to help you fund the purchase
The photo’s above were taken by Simon Francis, Master in charge of Cricket at Warwick School. Warwick School purchased two 2G Flicx Skills batting ends at the end of 2016 to roll out over their sprung sportshall floor. For the first time, they were able to host the district trials and Francis has noticed a big improvement in the quality of their programme.
“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. We are looking forward to using these for our practices and cricket matches in the summer”
With Flicx being the world’s most versatile cricket pitch, the same pitch that you use indoors during the winter, can also be used outside in the summer. Link two matting ends together to create a full pitch or lay them on the outfield to increase your junior capacity. Roll them out in the nets or on an artificial pitch to convert it into a cricketing venue – the options are vast and very little preparation and maintenance is required.
The 2G Flicx Pitch has been universally acclaimed in its first season. The new 2G surface which is now UK made has much improved performance from the original pitch being less slippery when wet and softer / easier to roll out. For the non traditionalists the tiles are available in a range of colours but the benefits don’t stop at its appearance as coloured tiles and markings can be used to improve a batsman’s decision making or develop a bowlers consistency in line and length. For Indoor Cricket, we believe we can solve the age old problem of finding a suitable playing surface for indoor cricket. Trials on sprung floors have given excellent results in addition to it already being used in indoor leagues by organisations such as the Lancashire Cricket Board and now on top of 3G rubbercrumb at Inside Football.
Inside Football – Cricket on a 3G
Pitch for a Pitch
The pitch has been part of a successful world record attempt with Mt Kili Madness and helped Littletown complete its transformation back to a thriving club in our Pitch for a Pitch competition with The Cricketer Magazine. In addition, cricketing legends Andrew Strauss and Matthew Hoggard were bowled over by it at Sportsfest and who could forget the Gnome cricket pitch!
In terms of feedback and testimonials – they have been highly positive with orders already being placed for the 2015 season. If you need further information or would like a demo then please do contact us
“Flicx have created a cricket wicket more true than any other artificial any of us have played on. Favouring neither batsmen nor bowlers, this is an excellent piece of kit which will help youngsters develop their cricket and adults hone their skills – highly recommended for any club.”
“Flicx UK are a very professional organisation to deal with, very flexible and always being willing to accommodate our specific needs. The Flicx 2G pitches themselves area great product that are a useful practice tool for both batters and bowlers in a range of different environments. They are also very flexible too and we plan to use them as a match surface for some of our younger age groups saving on the time and cost of pitch preparation”
“Our new Flicx was superb, (thank you very much for eveyone´s efforts in getting it to us so promptly), we would not have done the competition without it and offered a splendid true and even playing surface, allowing some outstanding performances with both bat and ball.”
Flicx UK were delighted to be involved in SportFest recently, where a new 2G skills pitch was set up and available for general use in the cricket zone which was run by Mark Garroway, Director of Cricket Coaching at Millfield School. Held annually, SportFest is a celebration of family fun and sport. Families camp out in the beautiful Wormsley estate and enjoy coaching from sporting legends, music, great food and competitions in a relaxed festival environment.
This year the event was a sell out and Cricket stars including Andrew Strauss, Paul Nixon and Matthew Hoggard were all heavily involved in the coaching program and are pictured below batting on the new 2G Flicx Pitch whilst giving out some top tips. The Flicx 2G pitch is a versatile, portable product that is available in a range of sizes for a whole host of applications including for junior club cricket matches, indoor cricket, to convert any existing sports field into a cricket pitch or even as a superb surface to play on in your garden in a home academy system which includes nets and a bowling machine (as pictured)
For more information about 2G Flicx Pitches please take a look at the website www.flicx.co.uk
Flicx UK and the Cricketer Magazine would like to congratulate Littletown CC who have been announced as the winners of our “Pitch for a Pitch” competition and will receive a brand new 2G Flicx Pitch to further aid the redevelopment of the club which is based in County Durham.
The Littletown CC story spoke of how the clubs facilities had been transformed from an overgrown mess into a field of dreams thanks to the hard work and dedication for the local community. We are sure a 2G Flicx Pitch will help the club develop further and we will be sure to follow their journey as the new pitch is received.
VIA Littletown CC
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