Flicx Australia – what you need to know

Just a little blog to let you know a little bit more about how to contact Flicx Australia which is our agent for the pitches in Australasia. Flicx Austalasia is run by Paul Gilchrist who is based in Melbourne. All the news and information from Flicx Australia can be found online at http://www.flicxaustralasia.com.au/ and for those into Social Media they are also on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Flicx-Australasia

Paul supplies some of the leading Cricket Retailers in Australia with Flicx including…

  • Keith Dudgeon Sports

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  • Greg Chappell Cricket Centre

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  • Kingsgrove Sports

ksc12For more information about purchasing any products from the Flicx range from around the Australasia region do contact Paul on 0419 539 980 or email  paul@flicx.com

Looking for inspirational cricket stories from ICC – EAP members – WIN A FLICX BATTING END!

The International Cricket Council- East Asia Pacific is delighted to be partnering with Flicx to offer one lucky winner a brand new Flicx Batting End to support an emerging cricketing community.

To enter the competition we are looking for stories illustrated by an image showing, How cricket has made a difference to your life and to your community? Anyone whether they be an individual or club can enter from any ICC East-Asia Pacific member country, if you have been inspired to play the game whatever your circumstance – we want to hear about it!

ICC EAP Competition

ICC EAP Competition

After the closing date on the 6th November, the finalists will be posted online on the Flicx Blog and the winner will be the image and story with the most shares and likes which also serves to promote cricket to all corners of the East Asia Pacific region.

Speaking about the competition Kieran McMillan, Regional Development Manager of ICC East-Asia Pacific commented, “Cricket has the potential to captivate and inspire people of every age, gender, background while building bridges between continents, countries and communities. We would encourage all our member clubs to enter this great new competition and are grateful to Flicx for providing a prize that will improve the facilities of our winner’s club giving more people access to the game,” said McMillan.

On behalf of Crazy Catch Richard Beghin added, “Flicx Pitches have provided new playing surfaces for youngsters around the world for the last 12 years having originally been designed and developed in South Africa, for youngsters in Townships. Flicx and ICC have worked closely over the years to help develop cricket and this competition will be a great way for clubs around the world where cricket is not so easily accessible, to improve their facilities and demonstrate the power of the sport. By entering the competition it’s also a great opportunity to raise the profile of your club locally using the power of social media,” said Beghin.

Competition Format

Entries are now being sought from ANY individuals or clubs based in the ICC East-Asia Pacific Region. To enter simply describe ‘How cricket has made a difference to your life and to your community?’ Maybe you were inspired, taken the game to an area where it hasn’t been played before, have overcome barriers or helped others to improve their cricket or know someone who does???

Please write and submit in no more than 250 words your entry with an accompanying photo to kate@flicx.com before the deadline of 6th November 2013. Finalists will then have until the 29th November 2013 to place your vote and the winner of the Flicx Batting end will be the submission with the most likes and shares.

There will also be runners up prizes for second and third place.  Don’t miss out on this fantastic chance to win a brand new Flicx Batting End for your community- write your entry today and send to kate@flicx.com

  • Entries limited to ICC East-Asia Pacific Member Countries.
  • Each entry must come from a club or individual association to a Member Cricket Federation
  • Each entrant should adhere to the ‘spirit of cricket’
  • Each submission must be received no later than midnight (GMT) on  6th November
  • Voting online will end on the 29th November 2013
  • The winners will be announced by 6th December 2013
  •  ICC East-Asia Pacific and Flicx UK have the right to use the pictures and stories submitted in their own media unless otherwise stated.

For more information on buying a Flicx Pitch please call Paul Gilchrist, Director of Flicx Australasia on 0419 539 980 or email paul@flicx.com – www.flicxaustralasia.com.au

Germany’s Bundesliga Cricket to receive major boost from Twenty20 International sponsorship deal

Cricket in Germany is set to receive a major boost for 2014 with the announcement of sponsorship to the national 50-over competition.

By way of further developing their excellent partnership and relations with The Deutscher Cricket Bund (DCB), Twenty20 International – part of the wider Twenty20 Cricket Company in the UK, will be sponsoring the 50-over Bundesliga competition for 2014.

T20 International

T20 International

Based in England, Twenty20 International is a specialist division dedicated to the promotion and development of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) associate and affiliate cricketing nations.     In the last few years, T20 International have been actively involved in the promotion of cricket in Germany by successfully running coaching sessions and supporting youth cricket events in Bonn and Hamburg.

Speaking at the announcement of the sponsorship, Neil Bunting, Director at Twenty20 International said: “We are delighted to announce that Twenty20 International will be sponsoring the German Bundesliga in 2014.  Having delivered several cricket camps in Germany in the last few years we are fully aware of just how cricket is flourishing over here, so it is a great time to be involved.”

Brian Mantle, General Manager at DCB added: “”It is a pleasure for the DCB to cooperate with a company that has the interests of European and German cricket at heart. Developing the game in German is our main priority at the moment and the financial support as well as the cricketing expertise from T20 International will prove to be a welcome boost to German cricket.”

The sponsorship deal will see Twenty20 International actively promote club and regional cricket in Germany to the wider cricketing community, including by linking all Bundesliga results, tables and statistics through its website. In addition they will deliver a series of coaching courses and Camps, plus support cricket events throughout Germany and its regions during the 2014 season.

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Neil added: “This is a fantastic time to be involved and we are convinced there will be plenty of exciting opportunities for both parties. Needless to say we can’t wait to get started and see what happens in 2014.”

Flicx Synthetic Pitch Report by Neale Price (VCA) September 2000

Paul Montgomery and I conducted a trial at the City of Casey Ovals on the 13th September 2000. The idea being that we get as close to a realistic game scenario as possible. A second trial was conducted at Cheltenham Secondary College on the 19th September. The pitch had already been trialed at Camberwell Magpies and Ringwood Cricket Clubs with varying degrees of success and not in ideal conditions.

Neale Price

Neale Price

In the trial at Casey we laid the pitch over a compacted dirt car park areas. Although the substrate for the pitch was slightly undulating it was as close as we could get to the appropriate style base for the product as suggested by the manufacturer (Flicx). The other trial at Cheltenham Secondary College was over a standard concrete pitch located in training nets.

NB- The manufacturers suggest that the product be laid over a firm even base. The more consolidated the substrate is the better the performance of the product.

We used various 156g balls for the trial, from reasonably new to quite worn. My findings are as follows…

  • The bounce and carry for both medium pace bowling and spin bowling was more than adequate and similar to that of synthetic grass over concrete.
  • The ball seemed both ways in a moderate fashion with no alarming variance.
  • Both off spin and leg spin were trialed and the pitch responded favorably when spin was affected correctly.
  • Batsmen commented that they were happy with the way the ball came through and had no problem keeping their footing with standard style rubber soled cricket shoes. Bowler’s comments were of a similar nature. (The players involved were all used to Synthetic grass or matting pitches)
  • The pitch lays flat with only a small rise along the edge, (approximately 12mm); with this problem eradicated if the pitch is embedded slightly into the surface (Grass removed or rolled firmly)
  • There is no doubt that this pitch will not perform up to standard if laid on top of long grass or over an under-prepared substrate.
  • The product is guaranteed against UV for a period of 15 years under constant exposure to the elements and, unless stolen, is almost a lifetime product. One area that is exposed to wear and tear on a continual basis is where the bat is continually tapped down whilst the bowler is coming in. This is well catered for in the fact that the product is made up of interlocking squares of approximately 100mm each and pieces can be removed and added where applicable.
  • The pitch can come in various colours, bat the basic is green, and the markings (batter’s centre mark, crease line), are already factored into the product when it is made up.
  • It rolls up into 2 pieces in a similar manner to standard matting but because of its rigid nature does need a pole or similar through the middle to make it easy to carry. Although it has a fair amount of weight, 2 people can carry it easily. It then fits into the back of a Utility, Van or Station wagon fairly comfortably.

The trials were attended by a number of people from local councils, clubs and associations and the response was very positive indeed. The applications for this type of product are almost limitless given that it is a pick up, roll out and store away style product.

The product will be put into a full time situation probably in October 2000 so further results and viewing of the product can be made available.

Neale Price was a Regional Cricket Manager and Game Development Manager at Cricket Victoria before taking up an appointment in Game Development with Cricket Australia.

Factual points of interest –The Flicx pitch comes in 2 rolls, each roll weighs approximately 67.5kg. A Carry Cradle can be purchased with a Flicx Pitch for ease of transport and to reduce lifting requirements.

New Permanent Flicx Pitch at The Ageas Bowl

A permanent Cage Cricket cage incorporating a new 2G Flicx Pitch has been setup at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton, Hampshire, which is also the home of Hampshire Cricket Club. The cage was opened by Legendary England all-rounder Sir Ian Botham and Hampshire Cricket Chairman Rod Bransgrove on Monday, 16th September 2013, and was followed by England vs. Australia in the final one-day international.

Permanent Cage at The Ageas Bowl

Permanent Cage at The Ageas Bowl

 

Co-founder of Cage Cricket and former Hampshire batsman Lawrence Prittipaul said; “It’s fantastic to have launched the cage at The Ageas Bowl because Hampshire is where cage cricket started. The support of Rod and Sir Ian, amongst others, has been absolutely crucial in getting the whole concept off the ground and to see the cage up and running today is the realisation of a dream for me.”

The Ageas Bowl Cage Cricket cage is now a permanent feature at the ground and one which will be accessible by the general public at any time, including by supporters around the ground at Hampshire and England matches.