The 2G Flicx Pitch will provide many hours of happy cricket in the safety of your own back yard, or your club or school. However, for maximum satisfaction, a certain amount of care and preparation, before actually laying it, will increase the performance of the pitch and increase the quality of your cricket practice.
If you follow these simple instructions prior to laying the pitch you will gain many happy hours playing cricket. We recommended that the safety gloves are used when handling the 2G Flicx Pitch.
Step 1 – Considerations
Firstly, we would always recommend that you take into consideration your neighbours, your own home and the surrounding areas such as parks and pedestrian areas before installing your new pitch.
It would be preferable that the Flicx 2G pitch is placed in such a way that the batsman does not drive the ball towards glass windows or areas where people maybe sitting or walking (patios, pavements etc).
Health & Safety is very important in this first step. You should always be looking at using a cricket net when practicing cricket and thus anything behind or square of the of the wicket will generally be protected from being hit by the ball.
Step 2 – Orientation
In this step it is important to look at the orientation that you are going to place your 2G pitch and nets. Most cricket practice takes place in the afternoon thus you don’t want your batsman facing into the sun. Not all areas allow this flexibility but your first choice then is for the pitch to face east, batsman facing east; second choice facing north, then south and lastly west.
Step 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 faller the surface, the more the consistent bounce of the ball off the surface. However there may not YET be a smooth flat surface!!
Step 4 – Surface Preparation
1. 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)
2. 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).
3. Should the grass be thick ( thatch), then it is recommended that a steel rack is used to remove all the dead grass ( dead grass will potentially prevent good ball bounce)
4. Roll this area with a hand roller – varying in weight between 250kg- 750kg. You may need to bring in a good loam top soil to level off any of the little indentations
5. Roll again, until flat
Step 5 – Laying the Pitch
Position the 2G Flicx pitch, square on, while still rolled up. (It’s easier to manoeuvre) Unclip the straps and roll out. Square up by gently moving the corners. If the pitch is to be replaced, it is recommended to get the pitch totally rolled and strapped up before moving as the connectors have not been designed for lateral movement and could break.
You are now ready to be roll the pitch into the surface using a roller not heavier than 1.5 tons. The end result, is the Flicx Pitch that sits flush with the surrounding surface.
Step 6 – Securing the Pitch
Using 5 inch nails secure the ends of the pitch into the appropriate nail holes.
Storing your 2G Flicx Pitch…
A 2G Flicx Pitch should be rolled up and stored on its end. It should be strapped with the 2 canvas straps provided before and after the game.
Our 2G range has a reduced memory compared to other synthetic pitches so wont “bubble” when initially rolled out. There are 2 options for use…
1. Roll it out on a prepared flat surface then rolled back up after the game and store it as per recommendations
2. Laid down at the beginning of the season, and rolled into a flat area to become a semi-permanent crease at your ground. This can be left for the season, with the grass growing through. If this is your preferred option, cut grass as you would any normal turf wicket.
NB – do not use gang mowers.
Maintaining your 2G Flicx Pitch
It is important to keep the grass down short and regular mowing on the top is a good way of keeping a good playing surface. Occasional rolling will always enhance the bounce of the ball.
Transporting your 2G Flicx Pitch
A full length 2G Flicx Pitch weighs 135kg. We have always found it easier to transport around once it is properly strapped together using the straps provided. Should you require any extra straps we have them in stock… A carry cradle can be purchased in which to transport the 2G pitch with minimal effort.
For more information, do refer to our installation PDF’s downloadable from this page Click Here or give us a call on 01295 816765.