Flicx UK becomes Official Supplier of Twenty20 Cricket Company

Flicx UK are delighted to announce that they have become an official supplier of cricket equipment to the Twenty20 Cricket Company.

 This year Flicx supported the first #T20roadshow to Poland and Romania, and now Flicx are to be elevated to the status of official supplier of cricket equipment including the new 2G Flicx Pitches, Crazy Catch and other cricket accessories for upcoming projects.

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Rome

In 2014 Twenty20 Cricket Company are sponsoring the German Bundesliga 50-over competition,  delivering coaching in Hamburg and are in the process of arranging further coaching in Berlin, Bremen and potentially also Frankfurt.  In addition they are looking at the possibility of delivering Street20 whilst travelling around the country next summer.  This will contribute towards Cricket Germany and their General Manager, Brian Mantle’s aim to raise the numbers participating in Germany to 10,000 allowing cricket to become part of the German Olympic Federation.

 Additionally Twenty20 Cricket Company are running a junior tournament in conjunction with Kampong CC in Utrecht, with teams from the Netherlands, Belgium and the UK already confirmed to attend. To support these projects, as well as providing equipment the Flicx van will be used on the tours along with full marketing support.

This new partnership comes at a great time for Flicx with the upcoming launch of the 2G Flicx Pitch which Twenty20 Cricket Company will be promoting on their European travels.

Speaking about becoming official suppliers Richard Beghin MD of Flicx commented “We are delighted to further increase our support to Twenty20 Cricket Company to help them expand their activities running coaching camps in Germany (Bonn, Hamburg), Italy (Rome), Romania (Cluj) and Switzerland (Basel), and hosting touring teams and players for coaching from Argentina, Belgium, Bermuda, Dubai, Italy, India, Latvia, Netherlands, South Africa, Switzerland & USA. It’s a great platform to promote the Flicx product range, especially the new 2G Flicx Range, which we are sure will be a big success in helping to further develop cricket around Europe and beyond.

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2013 Romania

 For Twenty 20 Cricket Company, Director Neil Bunting said “We are delighted to strengthen our ties with Flicx UK. They have a range of innovative coaching tools which we love to use on our camps and in our tournaments. They really help to make cricket more exciting and are a great way to develop participation amongst players of all experience and ability.

For more information about Flicx visit their blog https://flicxpitch.wordpress.com/ or follow them on Twitter @FlicxPitch.

For the Twenty20 Cricket Company, go to their website at http://www.twenty20cricketcompany.com or follow them on Twitter at @T20Intl.

Flicx Pitch legacy lives on in Cluj

A wonderful weekend of cricket was enjoyed by all last weekend. Nearly 20 children, mostly from the Liceul Teoretic Avram Iancu, had the benefit of hours of fun activities and games, expertly delivered by Robin Maslin of the 20Twenty Cricket Company. Not even the snow was going to ruin this event!

The weekend’s activities wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for the generosity of the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, for the use of their sports hall; and to clujtoday.ro and Univers-T Hotel, for sponsoring Robin’s accommodation.

Robin presents Iulia, Alin and Andreea awards for their achievements

Robin presents Iulia, Alin and Andreea awards for their achievements

The children were able to practice some of many skills associated with the game of cricket including running, throwing, fielding, batting and bowling. The progress of everyone was very impressive, given that many hadn’t even heard of cricket before Saturday! Cluj has a Flicx Pitch which was donated following Twenty 20 Internationals visit in the summer (Read More)

A very special congratulations also to Iulia, Alin and Andreea (pictured) that received special awards for their achievements. If anyone else children or adults, are interested in learning how to play cricket, please contact Cluj Cricket Club at contactus@clujcricketclub.com, or find us on Facebook.

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.

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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.”

Review of the 1st #T20roadshow (Poland & Romania 2013) – Three men in a van

Monday 22nd July- MEET THE VAN

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Neil and Conker  (Dark shadow in bottom right corner) collect the van from Gary, Rich & Kate (The Flicx UK Team)

Wednesday 24th July -DEPARTURE DAY

Carefully packed van leaves Epsom with luggage for Neil & Maurice, 2 of the men and

  • A Flicx cricket pitch,
  • Countless cricket bats, pads, balls
  • Other cricket paraphernalia including Crazy catch and ‘Pop Toss’
  • Two massive solid oak rugby tournament boards
  • Several Rugby Tackle bags

Luckily the Third Man, Robin, was on assignment in Hamburg at this point and didn’t need to squeeze in.

Van arrives in Dover in time for an 11:30am ferry to Calais. Fortunately, the bored chaps in uniforms don’t ask us to take everything out to show them what we had – unlike some other travelers 

A smooth crossing followed by steady progress through France and the Low Countries and into Germany allowed us to reach Hannover by 11pm EET.

This started a theme of arriving at staging posts with just enough time to buy a sandwich from an all-night Tesco’s or the like.  On this occasion it was an industrial sized delivery pizza – much more if this would put intolerable strain on the van – which had already become a trusted friend.

Thursday 25th July-  WILL NEIL’S BAG STILL FIT AFTER OVERNIGHT STOP IN HANNOVER?

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Thursday was another day in the cab but this flew by with the AGG (Altitude Guessing Game).  Maurice’s prediction of 2 ‘peaks’ of 200m or more on the journey looked good for much of the day but Neil figured things would get lumpier further south and his bid of 17 proved spot on.  Once again it was late evening by the time we reached our destination – host Jim Parton’s Piotrowice Nyskie Palace in southern Poland.  Jim is an author originally from the UK and has lived at the Palace with his wife Anna and 5 children for the last 6 years.  This is an on-going restoration project on a huge scale.  Jim is making great progress and is now able to accommodate paying guests and has already run a couple of successful rugby tournaments – hence the rugby gear on the van.  However, the real reason we were there was to work with Jim to deliver the inaugural Piotrowice Nyskie Cricket Festival.

Jim welcomed us into his kitchen but more wary was the owl that had been perched above the sink – it immediately flew into a bedroom.  Turns out it was a rescue owl and we hadn’t arrived at a Polish Hogwarts

Friday 26th July- JIM TESTS THE FLICX WICKET WITH BALL NAILED TO HIS BAT

Friday was spent setting things up before the teams arrived that evening.  Jim had put in a lot of work producing 2 grass strips and of course we had the Flicx pitch.  The obvious thing to do was to lay the Flicx pitch next to the grass wicket so a choice would be made the next day.  Later on Friday the teams from Warsaw CC and Prague Barbarians arrived along with an advance party from Krakow CL.  Finally, just before bedtime, Robin, (The third man) arrived from Hamburg, via Frankfurt, Wroclaw and a local taxi.

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Saturday 27th July- THE TOURNAMENT

The morning of the tournament arrived – this was to be a Sixes event – and was perhaps even hotter than the previous day.  It certainly reached the mid 30’s Centigrade during the afternoon.  An inspection of the pitches revealed that maybe the grass one would need a little more of Jim’s loving care and that the Flicx pitch gave a more consistent bounce.  In the end a great compromise was to use half of the Flicx pitch to bat on and let the bowlers run in on the grass.

The first game pitted Warsaw CC, an exciting blend of ex-pat wisdom and Polish youth against Prague Barbarians, an experienced team from over the border.  Warsaw won in a closely fought game that set the scene for a fantastic day’s play.

The other teams were Krakow CC who brought a squad of 8 to cope with all likely conditions and the unknown quantity of the International Cavaliers made up of Jim, Robin & Neil along with Matt MacDougall, a guest of Jim’s from Chicago who was well versed in baseball but had not played much (any) cricket.

Both Prague and The Cavaliers were very grateful to Warsaw and Krakow for helping out with extra players.  Warsaw went on to win the tournament deservedly winning all their games.  However, perhaps the most spectacular performance came from Stewart Hicks, an Aussie from Krakow who scored 51 not out in 15 balls against Prague.  Had the Aussies not turned things round at Old Trafford there was serious talk of him making the team for the 4th Test Match.

Despite the Saharan temperatures there remained an appetite for more cricket and T10 game followed with amalgamated teams.

Jim and Anna provided fantastic hospitality in the evening to some very weary players, and Tarun was delighted to accept the trophy on behalf of Warsaw CC.  Nonetheless, everyone was up early on Sunday for a long hitting competition won by Pragatti from Warsaw CC and a further game of T15.  Some new talent was on show for this game with Weronicka and Lidia from Warsaw CC joining in, and as ever, all of the action was captured fantastically by Joanna, the official Warsaw CC photographer.

Sunday 28th July- SO LONG PIOTROWICE NYSKIE

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After fond farewells, we truly were 3 men in a van, thankfully minus the rugby gear. We experimented with all three of us in the front for a while but this proved rather snug so we took turns in the back.

We enjoyed a spectacular journey through the Czech Republic and Slovakia – the altitude reading on the Sat Nav struggling to keep up, 983 metres being the top reading.  Predictably though it was well after 10pm when we arrived at the Hotel Prim in one of the less prepossessing industrial estates in Bratislava.  We chose to ignore the well-meant suggestion from the Hotel receptionist that we take a tram for the 7km into the City Centre.  Even our trusted van couldn’t get us in there in time for food, but a couple of drinks at The Alchemist and a sandwich from the 24hr Tesco did the job.

Monday 29th July-  THE TOUR CONTINUES…

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 We joined the Monday morning rush hour traffic the next day for the start of another 400+ mile journey – this time on rather more basic roads.  Slovakia gave way to Hungary and in late afternoon we entered Romania.  The gathering gloom in Transylvania might have put the willies up lesser men but we knew the van wouldn’t let us down.  It really did feel like we’d arrived somewhere different though with horse-drawn carts abounding and storks nesting on the top of lampposts.

We knew the score by now and bought some provisions on the road to our destination, Cluj – some Romanian cheese, yoghurt and even some Aerial to allow us to wash our pungent training gear.  We were looking forward to a couple of night’s stay in our host Marc’s city centre flat.  Marc is the newly elected President of Cluj CC but lives out of town so we were met by the club vice-captain, Andrei.  Andrei interrupted his evening run to show us the flat and point us in the direction of local Sport’s Bar.  Of course we were too late for food but we didn’t care, we had cheese.

Tuesday 30th July – COACHING AT CLUJ CC

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Next morning, Marc met us at the flat and led the way to the ground.  Unlike our stay in Poland, the precise format of the next 2 days was a little looser.  It would combine some coaching, a little teacher training and some match opportunities but in what ratio would depend upon who turned up.  One thing for sure was that we would be presenting Cluj CC with the Flicx wicket kindly donated by our partners.

In the event some of the players from Cluj CC couldn’t make it due to work commitments.  However, we were delighted to work with Virgil, Eddison and Tudor, teachers from the local International School, Duschant, Ruben, Pavel along with Marc from the Cluj CC and two new recruits Andreea and Raul.  Over the course of the next two days we went through some coaching drills, were treated to Eddison’s warm-up routines, had another Pop-Toss long-hitting competition (perhaps not surprisingly won by Pavel who also plays American Football) and played some matches. This was fantastic fun and the level of commitment was exceptional.

 On Tuesday evening we were taken to the only Indian restaurant in Cluj, the Indigo, as guests as of the very kind proprietor, and enjoyed a fantastic meal.

 Wednesday 1st August- BEGINNING OF THE END

 The hospitality continued on Wednesday with a complimentary lunch at the Cantina Primariei ‘Memo 10’ after bumping into Cluj socialites the Cheeky Girls in the street.  There was just enough time left to visit the very impressive Bridge Language Study House which Marc runs with his wife Gyongyver – Robin is signing up to learn Romanian remotely.

We left Cluj in mid-afternoon hoping to make Budapest in time for an evening meal though we all knew this would never happen.  In the event we reached the Achat Hotel around 10pm as usual and then took a taxi into the centre.  Needless to say there was just enough time for a couple of drinks and another dose of Tesco’s finest.

Thursday August 1st- A SERIOUS DRIVING DAY

Around 600 miles to Frankfurt but fortunately it was largely motorway and progress through Hungary, Austria and Germany was swift and allowed us to arrive before 8pm.  Robin met an old friend and Maurice and Neil disappointed the local Tesco by going for a pizza.

Friday August 2nd- THE LAST DAY

The final day was smooth enough and we easily reached Calais for our 4:30pm ferry.  Once over the channel it took a while for us to drive on the left and revert to speaking English but normal service was resumed by the time we got back to Epsom.

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Cluj… Champions elect?

Cluj have been runners-up in both 2011 and 2012, and have a great chance to go one better this year. Our prospects for 2013 have been boosted by the recent visit of the Twenty20 Cricket Company from the UK. Neil Bunting, Robin Maslin and Maurice Marshall, three cricket coaches came to Cluj last week, 30-31 July, and led an incredible two days of cricketing activities.

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Cluj welcome the T20 roadshow

Great thanks have to be given not only to the Twenty20 Cricket Company for the coaching. But also to Primaria Cluj-Napoca for the use of the playing fields; Indigo Indian Restaurant for a fantastic dinner; and Cantina Primariei ‘Memo 10’ for an equally impressive lunch!

Furthermore, at the end of the training, Neil, Robin and Maurice presented Cluj Cricket Club with a full-size artificial cricket pitch and a very generous amount of new and slightly used cricket and coaching equipment on behalf of Flicx UK.

Cluj Cricket Club would like to use this equipment to spearhead a cricket education initiative for both adults and children starting in schools from the start of the new school year in September. Our goal is to have 10 Cluj schools competing in a local mini-league of Kwik Cricket – the junior version of the game. Cluj Cricket Club has had a firm promise from the Romanian Cricket Federation that donations of Kwik Cricket equipment for every school that agrees to make a team of students available for the competition.

The way we hope to maintain the league, and attract local adults to the game will be firstly to invite the PE teachers from interested schools, and any other interested adults, to attend a series of cricket coaching sessions, free of charge.

Of course, Cluj Cricket Club also hope to benefit from the natural sporting ability and competitive nature of the Cluj PE teachers as players in our own squad – bringing us closer to our overall goal of having at least 5 ‘Clujeni’ in the Romanian National Team, and of course bringing the 2013 National Championship Trophy to Cluj.

The ICC’s newest affiliate member, Cricket Romania – growing the game with Flicx

On the 27th June, Cricket Romania became the newest affiliate members of the International Cricket Council (ICC)

Marc Pillich-Wright the newly elected President of Cluj Cricket Club in Romania takes up the story in this our latest blog of how cricket is developing in his adopted nation and how his team were delighted to hear the news from Flicx UK, that they had been donated a Flicx Pitch as part of the Twenty 20 International Cricket Roadshow tour to Poland and Romania.

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Cluj Cricket Club celebrate the award of a Flicx Pitch

“Thanks to the outstanding generosity and assistance from Flicx UK and ICC Europe, we are now looking forward to developing the skills of Romanian’s in our region. With only 8 active clubs in the country, and only 1 inside a 150km radius of the city of Cluj-Napoca, we are hoping to have at least three in this region for next year’s completion. Suitable places to play has been a problem for us in the past. But, with the Flicx mat, a good standard of cricket is now going to be seen in places where, before, it may not have been possible.  In addition, our training sessions are going to be so much more focused with a consistent surface. Thank you!” – Marc Pillich-Wright, Cluj Cricket Club

The Twenty 20 International Cricket Roadshow will be arriving in Cluj on Monday 29th July and delivering coaching/ coach education sessions on the 30th and 31st July so keep an eye on our blog and twitter for all the latest news on the trip and the Flicx Pitch presentation. Owner of Flicx UK Richard Beghin commented “Flicx UK is delighted to help Romanian Cricket to establish a cricket facility to suit the countries growing demands and appetite for the sport. It has worked out brilliantly with our partnership with Twenty 20 in supporting their first European roadshow; that we can leave a legacy by donating a pitch to the ICC’s newest affiliate member. We look forward to keeping in touch with Marc and the guys in Cluj to share their enjoyment of the game on their new surface”

Flicx Pitch a big hit at the Inaugural Lanzarote T20 International Tournament

On the weekend of the 22nd- 24th March, whilst the snow fell in England putting pay to our sporting calendar, the Lanzarote Cricket Association (LCA) were hosting their inaugural T20 International Cricket Tournament which saw matches played on their new Flicx match pitch.

6 teams including Woodford Wells CC, Green Moor CC, Rickmansworth Select, Tenerife CC, Lanzarote Select and Lanzarote Casuals took part in the tournament with Lanzarote crowned as champions (making the most of their home advantage!) A Flicx Pitch was purchased by the LCA to support the growing number of expats on the Island and hence the growing popularity of cricket. Lanzarote is also promoting itself as a touring destination for oversea’s teams to come to the island and play friendlies – again on the flexible Flicx surface which can see any area for example a 3G football area or grass park, transformed into a cricketing venue.

Speaking about the tournament Peter Starmer commented

The tournament turned out to be a fantastic success with everyone commenting on how much they enjoyed it and that would all be coming back again with even more players and more teams. Even more of a success for us as the Lanzarote first XI won the trophy following a couple of real nail biters – Tenerife C.C. in the semis, Green Moor C.C. in the final, with a great turnout from the supporters. Our new Flicx was superb, (thank you very much for eveyone´s efforts in getting it to us so promptly), we would not have done the competition without it and offered a splendid true and even playing surface, allowing some outstanding performances with both bat and ball”
For more information about cricket in Lanzarote please contact Peter on 0034 650 643 713 or visit the website http://www.lanzarotecricket.com

New Cricket Season starts today…

The 2013 County Cricket season has kicked off today and fingers crossed for more play than last year!! Here at Flicx UK we wanted to give you a quick run through of how our 2 brands- Flicx Pitch and Crazy Catch can help your team to reach it’s potential (and have fun along the way)…

Lets start with the Crazy Catch – The Ultimate Rebound Net. The Crazy Catch is a great training aid used to improve your catching, throwing accuracy, speed and agility, reaction times and more specialist position skills. (Check out our Cricket Channel on You Tube for training drills) For Cricket our Classic product range is recommended and pictured below are the 4 different sized models all with ONE SANE and ONE INSANE side… The Professional Classic, The Wildchild Classic, The Upstart Classic and our new handheld device called The Freestyle.

The Crazy Catch makes training fun for your whole team and it’s great for schools and home use too. Change the adjustable bar and play on any surface whatever your age or ability. Lightweight and sturdy;  all models except for the Professional come in a carry bag and are used by top International and County teams right down to grass roots.

“Crazy Catches win Matches” so get your’s today from our range of approved retailers… Prices start from £45 RRP

Crazy Catch Classic range for Cricket

Crazy Catch Classic range for Cricket

The other side to the Flicx business is the Flicx Pitch – an amazing roll out, portable pitch which allows you to transform any surface into a cricketing venue. We work closely with the ICC to help provide a platform to develop cricket in emerging markets and recently held a competition looking for inspirational stories of  “How Cricket changed has changed my life” … The response was fantastic with countries promoting their entries using social media with Israel victorious with their Cricket4Peace entry.

In the UK the pitches have seen a surge in popularity and they are  commonly rolled into the ground for a more permanent, cost effective crease as well as our smaller coaching and batting ends used in training and a home academy– and it’s not too late to get yours installed for the start of the season… Contact gary@flicx.com for a quote or again use your local cricket retailer.

Great artificial surfaces from Flicx UK

Great artificial surfaces from Flicx UK

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