The 2G Flicx Pitch is the ultimate cricket match pitch but did you know you can also use this versatile surface as a coaching aid to develop the batting and bowing skills of younger players??
2G Eagle Eyed Pitch
Flicx have developed two coaching pitch designs with bright colours and targets. Choose from either the 2G Flicx Skills pitch or the 2G Flicx Eagle eyed pitch and roll it out on your outfield, in the nets, on top of another synthetic surface or convert a grass field or similar into a cricket training facility.
The Eagle eyed pitch is great for beginners … coloured sections replicate those seen on TV which is both fun and inspiring. At a basic skill level, the coloured tiles are used to develop the ability to bowl at different lengths – with good, short, full and yorker lengths marked out. These visual cues help players focus their deliveries and achieve consistency.
The Skills pitch is the next stage up in a player’s development with the targets assisting with both line and length. Coaches can encourage bowling to the off side or leg side at different lengths whilst batsmen will be able to develop decision making skills and shot selection based on where the ball is pitched.
These coaching designs are available in various lengths and as either a full pitch size or a batting end. Full pitches can be easily split into two to host two smaller mini games which is a great way add fun and challenge to your cricket training and offers great versatility and value for money for clubs and schools.
St Andrews Prep School hosted Liberty Prep School in a practice match on Saturday April 25th 2009, an event which saw the introduction of the Flicx artificial cricket pitch into Jamaica for the first time… Here are some photo’s looking back at the day
The Flicx pitch arrives and is rolled out
Curator for the day and parent Teddy Richards (left) supervises the installation of the pitch.
Dean Johnson rolls the Flicx Pitch
Proud conceptualiser: Dean Johnson takes a turn at rolling the wicket, whilst St Andrew Prep’s coach Peter Daley seems delighted with the new cricket pitch
Home team St Andrews Prep take first strike and Opening Batsman Bradley Jacks prepares to face the first ball. He made 32.
Batting at three: Neil Johnson essays a late cut. He went on to make 68. Neil becomes the first batsman to make 50 for St Andrew Prep and also the first player to score a half century on a Flicx artificial cricket pitch In Jamaica.
Neil Johnson celebrates his 50, the first on an artificial surface in Jamaica
Teddy Richards sweeps the wicket between innings.
Sweeping the surface between the innings
New pitch played well, bounce was consistent with the odd one keeping a little low.
St. Andrew Prep made 161 for 4 in 25 overs.
Liberty Prep made 57 all out in 16 overs.
Man of the Match: Bradley Jacks (32 runs and 6 wickets for 7 runs).
Highest individual score: Neil Johnson (68 runs).
Record partnership for the second wicket for St Andrews Prep of 114 between Bradley Jacks and Neil Johnson.
Good fielding performance by St Andrew Prep with five catches held, three by Taje Blake, one by Nicholas Richards and one by Alex Smith.
Previously the Flicx Pitch was seen as a portable pitch that could be rolled out and back and moved around to different venues as required by the customer. Whilst this is one benefit of the Flicx Pitch, a new approach has also been developed which see’s the Flicx Pitch installed to form a more permanent surface for cricket, at a fraction of the cost of an astroturf or a fully maintained crease.
This new approach see’s clubs and schools” rolling in” the Flicx Pitch which gives a good foundation for a consistent bounce without any expensive excavation work.
Flicx Pitch after being rolled and captains before the match
A good time to carry out this work is over the Easter weekend just in time for the cricket season whilst also allowing time for the grass to grow through the pitch as shown in the photo above which creates a realistic turf like bounce when playing with either a soft or hard ball. If you are interest in purchasing a Flicx Pitch please visit our website www.flicx.co.uk or contact us for our approved list of retailers.