Face Jimmy Anderson on a 2G Flicx Pitch with BatFast’s new cricket simulator

BatFast is the brainchild of high school friends Runish Gudhka and Jignesh Patel. The innovative new company has developed an interactive cricket simulator which allows you to face the pace of Mitchell Johnson to the spin of Shane Warne.  Their mission is to always keep player engagement as the primary focus.

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The BatFast products are all the result of observing and analysing the game and how it is played by club players and top professionals, combined with their technical expertise, and the system is perfect for cricket fan zones, sponsors engagement activities and taking cricket to new audiences which is a key focus for the ECB at the moment.

Unlike a bowling machine, BATFAST cricket simulators allow you to experience the real emotion of being an international batsmen! Their precise technology times the ball release exactly in-sync with the bowling actions of the cricketers you are facing on the screen.  Cameras flashing, crowds cheering, instant replays and post-match interviews as well as opposition sledging ensure this is a truly authentic cricketing experience so naturally Flicx UK were delighted to be approached by Gudhka and his team in terms of selecting a portable pitch which could deliver a consistent bounce on a wide variety of under surfaces.

“As a business, we always realised how important it would be for us to go to cricket fans, rather than them having to come to us.  This meant we designed our simulators for 100% portability.  Having done this, we required a supplier who could provide high quality portable pitches that would replicate a realistic experience.  Working with Flicx was a no brainer due to their outstanding reputation, experience in the marketplace, dedication to quality, affordable prices and impeccable customer service. ”

The time lapse video below shows the BatFast system including their 2G Flicx Eagle eyed pitch being set up whilst feedback so far suggests that the pitch is performing exceptionally well.

“In the test runs we have done so far, the Flicx pitch has been easy to set up, use and pack up.  This is vital as it saves us time and expense which we can pass onto the customer.  In terms of consistency, the Flicx pitch has been really well received by our batters, making batting fun and enjoyable.  Going forward we are confident Flicx pitches will allow our experience to be enjoyed, as it was designed to be.”

BatFast will be available to rent from 1 April 2016 (with advanced bookings and early bird details available)  and Flicx UK marketing manager Kate Costin already sees a lot of opportunities for the simulator system “The great thing about BatFast is that it can be hired and transported anywhere making it equally great to use at cricket matches as in city centres thus allowing sponsors and clubs to market the game to a new audience. Being so interactive, BatFast creates memories by allowing participants to play against the best players in the world which is inspiring for kids and adults like … like the Flicx Pitch it is sure to take cricket to places it has never been played before and we are delighted that they will be playing on a 2G Flicx Pitch”

For more about BatFast and details how to hire the system for your next event, please visit the website http://batfast.com/ or contact them on 0800 689 3137 or info@batfast.com.

Beach Cricket “fun in the sun” with the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation

Flicx UK loaned a 2G Flicx skills pitch to the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation for the second year in a row to support their Beach Cricket Festival. 9 teams took part in the summer extravaganza on Scarborough Beach and organiser Nick Robinson was quietly thrilled by the tournament: “We’d like to grow it to the point of having another pitch – we had lots of interest from people on the beach asking if their son could join in, and we had plenty of clubs who didn’t register in time. We want to raise the profile of Yorkshire cricket, but the biggest emphasis is on having a good time.”

The tournament, now in its second year has been a very successful addition to the iconic Scarborough Cricket festival. The primary aim, to give children from local communities and beyond, the opportunity to play a round robin cricket competition by the sea, followed by the chance to watch their heroes play at Scarborough later in the week.

The guardian newspaper picked up on the story with the great slant on how this innovative form of the game could be developed further by the ECB says new chief executive Tom Harrison “We are looking at more informal ways of playing cricket, for example beach cricket during the summer holidays, backyard cricket (if you are lucky enough to have one), cricket in the street, car park, whatever,” Harrison says. “The idea is to strip the idea of privilege and get cricket back to a bat and ball. If we connect in this way then our very multicultural society has more chance of connecting with the game.

“It needs more fleshing out but we are working with Chance to Shine to make this something more than another ECB campaign and more of a philosophy of how we want to pitch the game to a far broader audience.”

Beach cricket is another string to the bow of the 2G Flicx Pitch which is carving a reputation for being the most versatile cricket pitch on the market. “Its low maintenance, portable, roll out roll up nature means that its perfect for taking cricket to places it has never been played before says Flicx UK’s marketing manager Kate Costin. Case studies of other applications can be found on the flicx.co.uk website or by watching this video

  • Read the full guardian article here 
  • Read the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation article here

Sports surfacing revolution as the Flicx Netball Court launches

Flicx UK, manufacturers of the 2G Flicx Pitch, have expanded their product range into Netball with the launch of the Flicx Netball court. The launch took place at Sportsfest with England Netball running their training zone on the blue and red portable surface on the iconic Wormsely estate.

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The Flicx Netball surface can be either a portable, roll out solution for events OR as a long term, permanent court solution at clubs and schools with the surface life 8-10 years. It offers players excellent grip and can be used both inside or outside. The court comes in a range of colour options including black, yellow, green, red, blue and black and can be delivered with court markings and branded with any sponsor or school logo.

Speaking about the launch Flicx UK Managing Director Richard Beghin said ” We were delighted to receive excellent feedback at Sportfest on the new Flicx Netball court. Its a sport which is surging in popularity at the moment and we believe this surface will be a popular options for schools looking to upgrade their facilities and also for brands to put on events to engage with a new audience”

“The product like the 2G Flicx Pitch is hugely versatile with many different applications and as a result of the launch at Sportfest we have already been asked to quote two schools for a refurbishments”

Anyone interested in learning more about either hiring or buying a Flicx Netball court should call Flicx UK on 01295 816765 or email Gary Luke on gary@flicx.co.uk

Legends coach on the 2G Flicx Pitches at Sportfest 2015

Cricketing legends including Ashes winners Andrew Strauss, Simon Jones and Matthew Hoggard all provided some expert coaching in the cricket zone at Sportfest 2015, a fantastic celebration of sport and families held annually at Wormsley.

The cricket nets were filled with 2G Flicx Pitches of various designs with different activities in each net including Pitch Vision and a bowling machine. The legends which also included Paul Nixon, Phil DeFreitas , Nick Compton and Mark Garaway the lead organiser.


The 2G Flicx Pitch is proving hugely popular since its launch last year main due to its huge versatility with so many different applications to help clubs solve their facility problems and colourful designs to attract new players to the game. We returned to Vitality Sportfest with even more 2G skills pitches this year which the legends then used to inspire and develop the young players at the event. Pitch Vision added their expert analysis and technology in one net too make it a weekend to remember … then over at our stand, we had our new Freestyle Tennis court where this new game fielding was a big hit using the Crazy Catch handheld product, the Freestyle. We cant wait for next year already!

Attracting new players and boosting participation with the 2G Flicx Pitch

Much has been debated around how to get more people playing cricket…

Attracting new players

Participation numbers have dropped by 64,000 in a single year, down from 908,000 in 2013 to 844,000 last season. Just as alarmingly, five per cent of all organised fixtures were conceded in 2014 because at least one of the teams was unable to field 11 bodies, with the obvious knock-on effects of such cancellations breeding disillusionment among those who have given up their weekends for a cause they want, with profoundly good reason, to believe in. And there’s more: less than a third of those 844,000 regard themselves as ‘core’ players – defined as people who  could commit to at least 12 matches in a league season – with the best part of the remaining 600,000 deemed ‘occasional’ or ‘cameo’ players.

It’s not a single approach but a philosophy where making it easy and enjoyable for everyone of all ages and abilities is the way to go but being able to offer something distinctive and innovative when it comes to cricketing facilities is certainly a real plus.

Whether it’s a cricket square or in a field, on a beach or in a sports hall, a cricket surface you can trust is an argument for quality of practice and value for money. Talking to Head of PE at Sacred Heart School in Battersea, Mark Costin, his school stumped up for a 2G Flicx Match pitch to guarantee a playing surface where the bounce was true.

In his case, the investment was well worth it because it made for consistent junior cricket practice and pushed the better cricketers who no longer had to rely on a makeshift, bobbly football pitch.

With no groundsman or expertise to prepare grass wickets, a drop-on pitch made a lot of sense for this South London school and Mark needed little prompting to praise the upgrade:

“It’s absolutely transformed the standard of cricket that we can teach and means we also now play matches against other schools.” – Mark Costin, Head of PE, Sacred Heart School (Battersea).

Mark also makes the valid point that the Last Man Stands format has gone some way to breaking the taboo, and perhaps even snobbery, that we should all play on a grass wicket rather than an artificial pitch. For more information on the 2G Flicx Pitch range, read our latest article with Cricket Yorkshire or watch our new video to see for yourself, how the pitch works …

Secretary of State ‘bowled over’ by Beach Cricket plans

Last Thursday, Steve Double, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for St Austell and Newquay, welcomed Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Sajid Javid MP to Cornwall, taking him to Watergate Bay Beach where the Cabinet Member was able to participate in a game of Beach Cricket which was played on a new 2G Flicx Pitch.

Sajid Javid takes strike on a Flicx Pitch as part of the beach cricket competition launch

Sajid Javid takes strike on a Flicx Pitch as part of the beach cricket competition launch

The meeting at Watergate Bay was arranged by Steve Double and Sean Hooper of the Cornish Cricket Company to announce new plans for the first National Beach Cricket Competition scheduled for next year.

Speaking at the launch Sean Hooper said ‘I have had plans for a few years now to bring a national beach cricket tournament to Cornwall. Here on the north coast of mid-Cornwall we have a number of beaches that provide brilliant venues for this sport which is growing in popularity, especially here at Watergate Bay.’

‘Working with Nick Webb of Bare Feet Production and using my contacts within the cricketing world we plan to bring up to 32 teams here to Cornwall next year for the first National Beach Cricket Competition. My aim is that this will take off and become a regular event here in Cornwall that will attract participants and spectators from around the country’.

Commenting on the plans Sajid Javid MP said ‘Anything that encourages people to get involved in sport has to be a good thing. I love the sound of these plans as they present a new and exciting opportunity to make the most of the wonderful beaches in this part of Cornwall for one of my favourite sports. As well as promoting a new and innovative form of cricket they will also attract people to Cornwall to support the local tourist industry’.

Steve Double, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for the area said ‘I have been in discussions with Sean Hooper about this idea for several months. It is brilliant that we are now in a position to announce the plans and move forward with bringing this competition to mid-Cornwall next year. This is just the type of event we need to see more of in this area as it will attract new people to Cornwall and help support tourism outside of the peak season. I am delighted to be able to bring Sajid to the constituency and show him just what a great place this part of Cornwall is and how we have people who are working together to find new ways to support the local economy.’

Flicx UK are working in partnership with Sean and his team to get the event off the ground and an agreement has been put in place which will see the whole competition played on Flicx Pitches. Sponsors of the National Beach Cricket Competition will be able to have their company branding on the pitches which can also be bespoked in terms of colour and design.

After meeting with Steve Double and Sean Hooper to discuss the plans the Secretary of State tried his hand at batting against some young cricketers from Truro College.

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Truro College youngsters at the launch

Final details for the tournament will be announced shortly and will be held in May or September 2015. Subscribe to the Flicx Pitch blog for all the latest news on first National Beach Cricket Competition. 

Flicx enable Cricket to be offered at Inside Football

INSIDE FOOTBALL is a new indoor football venue in Stroud, opened in March 2014 by Tony Adams and run by former Aston Villa footballer Steve Cowe and friend Clive Eckersal. The venue consists of three small courts separated by weighted curtains, which can be pulled back to create a 3G football pitch. There is also  a reception area, a lounge area with sofas, a stand for spectators, toilets, changing rooms and a multi purpose room to serve as a classroom, party room or fitness area. Now thanks to the installation of a new 2G Flicx Pitch, the venue can also be used for cricket too.

Clive Eckersall picks up the story…. “We opened Inside Football in January 2014 and concentrated on developing the football bookings side of the business with Clubs, Leagues, Casual bookings & Childrens Coaching / Holiday Camps. With the summer 6 weeks long, we needed to offer other sports for our holiday courses such as cricket, tag rugby, rounders etc.

The company we employed to carry out the 3G & netting installation was S & C Slatter of Newbury and we asked them to recommend a cricket mat suitable for rolling out & laying on the surface and they recommended the Flicx mats. Gary came down from Flicx UK with a mat to demo and we invited Ben Gannon, a former professional cricketer, to come along and try out it out. We were all very happy with the results with good bounce being produced. Since purchasing the pitch, we have had alot of interest from local cricket clubs and are now advertising the fact we can offer cricket at our unique facility. We are looking to expand in the future with the possibility of installing nets dividing a pitch into 3 cricket nets and installing 2 more Flicx cricket mats. We look forward to a successful partnership with Flicx UK”

Speaking about the concept of transforming indoor football venues into cricketing facilities, Flicx UK Managing Director Richard Beghin said it was an increasingly popular request. “We are seeing a number of footballing facilities adding a Flicx pitch to their offering which enables them to also run indoor cricket leagues without any damage to the surface below. Indoor cricket is becoming increasingly popular during the winter months and its very easy to roll out a 2G Flicx Pitch onto a rubbercrumb pitch and it can just be rolled up and stored on its end after use. For operators its a great way to enhance the offering of their venue and attract new bookings just like Inside Football and The Soccer Factory (see video below) have successfully done.

Chris Rushworth Goes Dry – Online Auction on Cricket World

Chris Rushworth who officially opened the 2G Flicx Pitch at Littletown CC after they won the national competition “Pitch for a Pitch” is continuing his fundraising efforts which includes him being dry for the entire year. As part of the opening day celebrations a charity raffled raised £100 for Chris’ two chosen charities, the PCA and Save the Children.

To raise more money for both Save The Children and the PCA Benevolent Fund, Chris has set up an online auction where you could win some exclusive prizes – browse through the gallery on the Cricket World website for a closer look.

  •  Signed picture of Paul Gascoigne – current highest bid = £50
  • Picture signed by Alastair Cook and AB de Villiers (2012 Test series) – current highest bid = £50
  • Signed and framed England shirt from the 2011 ODI series against India – current highest bid = £100
  • Signed Birmingham City FC shirt from 2013/14 season – current highest bid = £10
  • Signed Virender Sehwag India ODI shirt – current highest bid = £20

To bid, simply enter your details in the form on the Cricket World website, specify which item you are bidding on and make your bid. The page will be updated with details of the current highest bid for each item as the auction progresses.

If you simply want to donate to Save the Children UK click here http://www.justgiving.com/Chris-Rushworth2 to the PCA Benevolent Fund click here https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/chrisdry2014

– See more at: http://www.cricketworld.com/chris-rushworth-goes-dry-online-auction/38137.htm#sthash.362TRXeZ.dpuf

Website redesign and launch completed – www.flicx.co.uk

To coincide with the new 2G Flicx Pitch range launched ahead of the 2014 season, Flicx have redesigned their online home at www.flicx.co.uk, giving it a 2G makeover by means of profiling the new product range by Flicx UK.

New website live

New website live

The new website is now a comprehensive source of information on the benefits of the new 2G surface as well as the various applications of the pitch for both the indoor and outdoor game. Potential customers are now able to read a selection of case studies and testimonials and in the future more video will be available which is an area of development for the site going forward. In addition the site profiles some extraordinary stories from ICC members around the world (Flicx is an official supplier member) of how cricket has changed their lives. We have put links to our past competitions which award a Flicx Pitch to the most popular story, just one way that Flicx hope that through cricket, lives can change for the better.

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Great reaction from Cricket Clubs to the new 2G Flicx Pitch range

The eagerly anticipated launch of the new 2G Flicx Pitch range took place on Saturday at Headingley as part of the series of Cricket Club Expo events.

A youngster prepares to bowl on the new 2G Eagle-Eyed Flicx Pitch

A youngster prepares to bowl on the new 2G Eagle-Eyed Flicx Pitch

Clubs at the event were clearly impressed with the new surface which has many benefits including improved ball bounce and better seam and spin performance versus its predecessor. In addition the 2G range has 2 new designs, the 2G Flicx Skills pitch and the 2G Eagle-eyed pitch which are great coaching aids with bright colours and markings helping players bowl a more consistent line and length whilst supporting batting decision making.

Managing Director Richard Beghin outlined some of the applications of the new 2G Flicx Pitch, which is now UK made and in stock at Flicx UK for immediate delivery ahead of the new season. “The softer nature of the 2G product means that we believe it is the perfect surface solution for the indoor game. The pitch rolls out flat the bounce is very consistent which allows clubs to have a high standard of winter training. In addition it’s a great match surface for both juniors and seniors, and means any flat surface or sports field can be transformed into a cricketing venue as well being an instant solution to upgrade a worn synthetic surface

For more information on the 2G Flicx Pitch range, do visit our demo area at the next Cricket Club Expo events at Edgbaston (8th Feb) and the Ageas Bowl (22nd Feb) or call us for a quote for your school or club on 01295 816765.