Back in June 2012, an overflowing culvert deposited tons of rocks and silt across the playing field at picturesque Threlkeld Cricket Club, near Keswick causing scene’s of devastation much similar to those which we have just witnessed across much of the North West of England with the recent terrible floods.
When the water subsides its often down to the dedication of volunteers to try and get the club back on its feet and in a position where it can host cricket matches once again. This is often a timely and costly process and for Threlkeld led them to raising £50,000 in an extreme cricket calender whilst they settled their legal dispute over the damage with Cumbria County Council.. The idea had come up during a pub conversation a few weeks after the flood…
The clubs Flicx Pitch was now the only surface on which they could play on and innovatively they took it to various beautiful locations around the region, playing cricket in some unusual locations such as down a mine which created some wonderful images but also some excellent PR. The versatility and portability of the 2G Flicx Pitch means that is it suitable to use on many surfaces meaning you can train in venues that might not usually host cricket.
Any clubs affected by the recent floods can use the Flicx Pitch to train on perhaps at a local school or on an astroturf facility meaning players can still train whilst the clubs primary facility is being rebuilt. A few years on Michael Webster, Threlkeld CC club treasurer, said: “I can’t tell you how proud I am that we have gone from staring at a pile of rubble and a feeling of utter distress to picking ourselves up, battling on and reinstating our stunning ground back to the way it should be.”
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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
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…