5 reasons why the 2G Flicx Pitch is a top performing surface for your Winter Nets

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…

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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

Special Offer

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.

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Are winter net facilities leaving you stumped??

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.

 

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The 2G Flicx Pitch September Sale! 10% OFF

Welcome to our September SALE. Save 10% off all products in the 2G Flicx Pitch range this month only in our warehouse clearance end of season sale.

Order your new pitch now for the 2016 season and save 10%

Order your new pitch now for the 2016 season and save 10%

After a busy season for the 2G Flicx Pitch we are offering customers who still want to buy in 2015 a great deal. Order in September and get 10% off (applies to both new and existing quotes) which gives those already looking ahead to the 2016 season a real incentive. In addition, the 2G Flicx Pitches’ great performance indoors means you can buy now and use for your club or schools winter training before using it for a wide range of applications outdoors. Read our 9 applications of the 2G Flicx Pitch blog now to see if the pitch can solve your facility requirements.

To learn more about the 2G Flicx Pitch you can either WATCH this short video or call us directly with any questions or queries about its suitability for you. Call Gary Luke on +44 (0)1295 816765 or email gary@flicx.co.uk 

 

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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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Flicx enable Cricket to be offered at Inside Football

INSIDE FOOTBALL is a new indoor football venue in Stroud, opened in March 2014 by Tony Adams and run by former Aston Villa footballer Steve Cowe and friend Clive Eckersal. The venue consists of three small courts separated by weighted curtains, which can be pulled back to create a 3G football pitch. There is also  a reception area, a lounge area with sofas, a stand for spectators, toilets, changing rooms and a multi purpose room to serve as a classroom, party room or fitness area. Now thanks to the installation of a new 2G Flicx Pitch, the venue can also be used for cricket too.

Clive Eckersall picks up the story…. “We opened Inside Football in January 2014 and concentrated on developing the football bookings side of the business with Clubs, Leagues, Casual bookings & Childrens Coaching / Holiday Camps. With the summer 6 weeks long, we needed to offer other sports for our holiday courses such as cricket, tag rugby, rounders etc.

The company we employed to carry out the 3G & netting installation was S & C Slatter of Newbury and we asked them to recommend a cricket mat suitable for rolling out & laying on the surface and they recommended the Flicx mats. Gary came down from Flicx UK with a mat to demo and we invited Ben Gannon, a former professional cricketer, to come along and try out it out. We were all very happy with the results with good bounce being produced. Since purchasing the pitch, we have had alot of interest from local cricket clubs and are now advertising the fact we can offer cricket at our unique facility. We are looking to expand in the future with the possibility of installing nets dividing a pitch into 3 cricket nets and installing 2 more Flicx cricket mats. We look forward to a successful partnership with Flicx UK”

Speaking about the concept of transforming indoor football venues into cricketing facilities, Flicx UK Managing Director Richard Beghin said it was an increasingly popular request. “We are seeing a number of footballing facilities adding a Flicx pitch to their offering which enables them to also run indoor cricket leagues without any damage to the surface below. Indoor cricket is becoming increasingly popular during the winter months and its very easy to roll out a 2G Flicx Pitch onto a rubbercrumb pitch and it can just be rolled up and stored on its end after use. For operators its a great way to enhance the offering of their venue and attract new bookings just like Inside Football and The Soccer Factory (see video below) have successfully done.

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Background to the new 2G Flicx Pitch from Flicx UK

When Flicx founder Richard Beghin realised there weren’t enough facilities for the increasingly popular sport of cricket in South Africa, he developed the Flicx Cricket Pitch and in August 1997 the first one was rolled out at Telkom Country Club in Pretoria.

One of the first games on a Flicx Pitch at Pretoria Boys High

One of the first games on a Flicx Pitch at Pretoria Boys High

In 1999, after creating a successful business in South Africa, Richard launched Flicx Cricket Pitches into the UK with a tremendous response as the pitches could be used to develop cricket in urban areas whilst the ICC ordered a number of Flicx Pitches for the development of grass roots cricket around the world. Flicx has grown to being a well-recognised and respected brand in cricketing circles, with pitches, batting ends and throwdown’s being purchased by many clubs and schools and even by individuals wanting to transform their back garden into a cricket pitch!

Alan Donald Rolls Out Flicx Pitch for a feature on Channel 4

Alan Donald Rolls Out Flicx Pitch for a feature on Channel 4

Now, new for the 2014 season and manufactured in the UK, we present the 2G Flicx Pitch which is a new surface with improved grip and playing performance. Unlike its predecessor, the 2G Flicx pitches can be made bespoke to order with the colours and branding of your choice and also comes with an expanded product range featuring the colourful new Skills pitch and an innovative Eagle-eyed pitch. Both of these new designs aid the coaching of young players maintaining Richard’s belief that we can teach children at all levels, through sport, that life is about team work, individual skills and the will to win and not about selfishness, greed and individualism that they will then have a wonderful opportunity for a better way of life.

The bright new colours of the 2G Flicx Eagle Eyed Pitch launched at Lord's

The bright new colours of the 2G Flicx Eagle Eyed Pitch launched at Lord’s

Retailing the new Flicx Pitch range

Flicx UK will be working closely with leading sports retailers to market the 2G pitches to cricket clubs and schools in the UK and overseas with recent trials also proving its value as an indoor cricket surface as you can roll out the pitch then play instantly without taping. Speaking about the 2G pitches performance, Dartfordians coach Mike Lanning commented “The bounce using hard balls was good and trustworthy, comparable to an outdoor surface for both seam and spin bowling. The 2G Flicx mat is now allowing us to train much more effectively in the hall with both colts and seniors; we can now, for example, use the bowling machine there for the first time.”

Great marketing support is provided in abundance by the Brackley based business who expect 2G sales in the launch season to double normal figures. Testing and competitions will also help build brand awareness of a product which really does enable cricket to be played anywhere as the company has proved time and again.

Sports Insight piece on Flicx UK – February 2014

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Great reaction from Cricket Clubs to the new 2G Flicx Pitch range

The eagerly anticipated launch of the new 2G Flicx Pitch range took place on Saturday at Headingley as part of the series of Cricket Club Expo events.

A youngster prepares to bowl on the new 2G Eagle-Eyed Flicx Pitch

A youngster prepares to bowl on the new 2G Eagle-Eyed Flicx Pitch

Clubs at the event were clearly impressed with the new surface which has many benefits including improved ball bounce and better seam and spin performance versus its predecessor. In addition the 2G range has 2 new designs, the 2G Flicx Skills pitch and the 2G Eagle-eyed pitch which are great coaching aids with bright colours and markings helping players bowl a more consistent line and length whilst supporting batting decision making.

Managing Director Richard Beghin outlined some of the applications of the new 2G Flicx Pitch, which is now UK made and in stock at Flicx UK for immediate delivery ahead of the new season. “The softer nature of the 2G product means that we believe it is the perfect surface solution for the indoor game. The pitch rolls out flat the bounce is very consistent which allows clubs to have a high standard of winter training. In addition it’s a great match surface for both juniors and seniors, and means any flat surface or sports field can be transformed into a cricketing venue as well being an instant solution to upgrade a worn synthetic surface

For more information on the 2G Flicx Pitch range, do visit our demo area at the next Cricket Club Expo events at Edgbaston (8th Feb) and the Ageas Bowl (22nd Feb) or call us for a quote for your school or club on 01295 816765.

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The new 2G Flicx Pitch is a great surface for Indoor Cricket (Case Study)

With the Indoor Cricket season just around the corner, the new 2G Flicx Pitch has been trialled on a sprung floor with excellent results in addition to it already being used in indoor leagues on rubbercrumb surfaces (see our LCB blog).

The trial came about as a result of a partnership between Beth’s Grammar School and the Dartfordians Cricket Club under the stewardship of coach Mike Lanning, who is also an employee of one of our retailers Sports Directory UK. Feedback from the trial was excellent with the 2G Flicx Pitch solving the age old problem of finding a suitable playing surface for indoor cricket

2G Flicx Pitch testing indoors

2G Flicx Pitch being tested indoors

For most indoor cricket training and matches at the moment, an astro or fibre mat is used however this does have some problems including…

  • It doesn’t roll out flat straight away and can take ages to flatten to produce a flat, even surface
  • It needs to be taped to flatten it and stop any slipping
  • It’s heavy and cumbersome to move
  • It produces a low bounce on a sprung floor

Feedback from the Flicx 2G Pitch trial reported the following benefits …

  •  You can roll out the pitch then play instantly
  • It rolls flat without taping
  • It produces a very good consistent bounce
  • Can take seam and spin
  • It’s easy to store (requires very little space when kept on its end)
  • Can be produced with coloured tiles making coaching markings used to improve line and length bowling – take a look at our product range

Speaking about the trial Mike Lanning said

 “It is really important for effective cricket coaching – especially for batting and bowling – that the training surface provides a consistent and good bounce. At our local sports hall we tried to use hard balls on a fibre mat laid on their sprung wooden floor, but it wasn’t successful as the ball didn’t bounce at all – it simply died on the surface.

Our trial of the new 2G Flicx mat dealt successfully with this problem – the bounce using hard balls was good and trustworthy, comparable to an outdoor surface for both seam and spin bowling. The 2G Flicx mat is now allowing us to train much more effectively in the hall with both colts and seniors; we can now, for example, use the bowling machine there for the first time.”

On behalf of Flicx UK, Managing Director Richard Beghin commented “The softer nature of the new 2G surface really lends itself to the indoor game and training within sportshalls. This will allow players of all ages and abilities to train throughout the winter on a pitch which produces a good consistent bounce and with our new designs – allows coaches to work on a bowlers line and length as well as a batters decision making”

Kate Costin, Flicx UK Marketing Manager added ” Although we are still in the initial stages of trailing the 2G pitch for indoor cricket, we are very excited about the early results. With the new 2G showing that it is a surface that has overcome the key historical issues of good consistent bounce and ease of storage and use ( no need to wait for the pitch to flatten out) it makes a great platform for the indoor game. We are now looking to hear from more clubs and schools that might be able to further assist in evaluating the pitch”

For more information about the new 2G Flicx pitch range do contact us or request a brochure. For quotes please contact gary on 01295 816765

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Your Invitation to the 2G Flicx Pitch launch at Cricket Club Expo 2014

If you are looking to give your cricket club the edge in the 2014 season, then a trip to an upcoming Cricket Club Expo is a must this February. There are 3 exhibitions across the month  …

  • Headlingly, 1st February
  • Edgebaston, 8th February
  • Ageas Bowl, 22nd February

All shows open to visitors at 10am and are open until 5pm, entrance is free, and all venues have ample parking, so come and join us for a great cricketing day out, please pre-register here. Cricket Club EXPO is officially supported by the ECB and brings clubs together with leading cricket suppliers including Flicx UK who will be officially launching the 2G Flicx Pitch range to the market.

 

The bright new colours of the 2G Flicx Eagle Eyed Pitch

The bright new colours of the 2G Flicx Eagle Eyed Pitch

The new 2G range comes in 3 designs and can be fully bespoked with your choice of colour and branding. The surface is improved and tests have shown it to produce improved ball bounce, better seam and spin performance and it’s easier to work with and softer when rolling out. This makes it ideal for clubs, schools and indoor cricket or laid on top of existing astro surfaces.

The bright markings on the Eagle-Eyed and Skills pitches act as coaching aids and help players develop line and length bowling techniques as well as aiding their batting decision making. Available in 7 standard sizes, the Flicx 2G Pitch is a great way to transform any hard surface into a cricket pitch – it can be laid onto grass, astro, rubbercrumb, indoor sports halls – just roll it out and play!

2G Flicx Logo

2G Flicx Logo

Do come along and visit our stand at the Cricket Club Expo’s and test the 2G pitch out for yourself in our bowling challenge (win a bottle of champagne!) and take advantage of our pre-season prices to get your new pitch in time for the new season. Don’t forget to register for the CCE shows or 2G Brochure low res to download our new brochure or get in touch with us for a quote.

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LCB Indoor Cricket League uses Flicx Pitch to grow the game

After a successful 2012/13 season where more than 18 clubs competed in graded Lancashire Cricket Board affiliated leagues and cup competitions, we are pleased to hear about the continued success of the Indoor Cricket in the North West.

Indoor Cricket on a Flicx Pitch

Indoor Cricket on a Flicx Pitch

The league this year kicked off with an open day on Sunday 6th October and the newly adapted facility at The Soccer Factory in Rochdale is the perfect setting for all club players, young and old  to get their eye in before the start of the new season. With realistic Flicx pitches, match grade 4oz leather indoor cricket balls and qualified umpires provided, it’s everything a club player needs to hone their technique.

The Flicx Pitch is simply rolled out on top of the 3G Soccer Factory surface and provides a consistent bounce and a great surface on which to play cricket. In addition the new 2G Flicx Pitch, which will be available to buy in early 2014, has been tested with great results on sports halls with indoor sprung floors as well as its more traditional use in the outdoor season. The new 2G surface also comes in a range of bright colours and can be branded with any corporate sponsors.

Watch this video of the Rochdale Indoor Cricket League supported by the Rochdale Cricket Development Group and LCB…

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Further Details on the league are:

  • Lancashire Cricket Board Affiliated League
  • Qualified Umpires
  • Readers 4Oz Indoor Balls Provided
  • Fast 3G Synthetic Grass Outfield
  • Quality FLICX Pitches to bat on providing excellent turn and bounce!
  • Everyone Bats and Everyone Bowls!
  • Changing facilities and bar
  • Trophies and Prizes

It doesn’t matter whether you play for fun or competitively at any standard, this is a chance to get some extra cricket in! For more information visit the new Indoor Cricket MCR website

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