Having recently blogged on how the Flicx Pitch has taken cricket to places where it has never been played before such as the recent Mt Kili Madness trek to the top of Africa, I think a little closer to home we have stumbled across something which dwarfs that game in terms of it being even more crazy and wonderful… This ladies and gentleman is Gnome Cricket – a game which goes where gnome man has gone before.
Gnome Cricket is the brainchild of Yorkshire CCC fan and blogger Lady Lainey who snapped up her gnome men at a cricket festival and as the collection grew the team became the legendary “The gentlemen of Tykeshire CCC” … check out Ryan Gnome – its uncanny!
Tykeshire CCC team line up
Given the Flicx team’s expertise in transforming cricketing venues (see Littletown CC), once we saw the view from Lady Lainey’s kitchen (Gnome sweet gnome – in the extensive grounds of Chateau de Champions ) and the playing strip made out of a worn out old piece of carpet, we simply had to intervene. We created a bespoke piece of pitch to fit said flower bed and got it sent up to the groundskeeper Lady Lainey… It is said that the gnomes at first were a little bowled over by the new gift!!
The strange package arrives
Watching from the boundary as the work took place
Pitch down, let the game commence
After some weeding and digging, the pitch was ready to go down and ungnome to us some brand new floodlights (solar lights) were installed too … I think you will agree that it looks fantastic and we are aware that Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale has already been approached to cut the ribbon on the new cutting edge facility!! You can read more from Lady Lainey on her blog (Read More), indeed there is also a blog on the pitch installation from the Gentlemen of Tykeshire CCC themselves too (Read More). With cricket in the headlines recently for all of the wrong reasons, least its set in stone with this bunch that there will be no scandals, just a good old fashioned, honest game of the sport that we all love.
If you have any gnome puns of your own, do comment below!! 🙂
Congratulations to all those who planned, participated and were involved in the recent successful attempt to play cricket on top of Kilimanjaro – an amazing success.! A special note should go to David Harper, for his vision ,drive and determiation to make this challenge happen… without him I am sure the Mt Kili Madness project would have stumbled on a few occasions.
The Guiness World Record breaking cricket match
Flicx UK were and are very proud to be involved in both successful attempts to take cricket to new levels. Firstly in 2009, when cricket was played at Everest base camp and now in 2014, at the top of Kilimanjaro and at a height of over 500 meters above the first successful attempt. That makes Flicx one of a very few companies to have been involved in both world records, a very proud moment in the short history of our company.
It was in 2004, together with the International Cricket Council (ICC), when we came up with a global campaign called “Taking Cricket to where it has never been played before”. People from around the world were invited to share with us their stories of how cricket had changed their lives. There were some inspirational stories and photographs of Cricket being introduced to islands such as Vanuatu, how families in PNG were now playing the game… we even have photos of Cricket being played ( on a Flicx Pitch) close to the Eiffel Tower, down a mine, in Egypt close to the Pyramids, up in the high forests in Swaziland, on the ice plains of Sweden and many many more!! Never, did we believe we would be involved in taking cricket to Base Camp Everest and now to the top of Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro.
Cricket on top of the world – Everest Base Camp
The Flicx Pitch on Robben Island
The Flicx Pitch at Vanuatu
Shane Warne playing Cage Cricket
Cricket at Westholme School
Flicx will continue on its quest to “Take Cricket to where it has never been played before”- providing sporting opportunities to communities, and individuals who will benefit from this wonderful game. Next stop the moon please Mr Branson!