If you follow these simple instructions prior to laying the pitch you will gain many happy hours playing Cricket.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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!!!!