After the apartheid era ended, Richard Beghin – Zimbabwe born, South Africa raised – recognised the lack of cricket facilities in black schools and saw an opportunity to use the sport he loved to help create a level playing field.
Working with a plastics company in Johannesburg he developed the original Flicx pitch in 1998, before bringing it to England and presenting it to the ECB Coaches Association conference in 2000. Following that, Keith Pont, then director of development at the ECB, placed an order for 799 pitches and after they were approved by the ECB authorities for hard ball cricket they were, literally, rolled out.
Following the initial run, Flicx realised they had to make two important changes to the pitched to adapt them for English conditions. Firstly, the ball skidded through low and secondly, the pitch got slippery when wet.
The new pitches – ready for the 2014 season…
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