Herschel Gutman named ICC Europe Coach of the Year

Flicx UK would like to congratulate Herschel Gutman of the Israel Cricket Association (ICA) for winning the prestigious title of ICC Europe Coach of the Year. (Read More)

Herschel Gutman

Herschel Gutman

Coach of the Year, Herschel Gutman (ECB Level 3 Performance Coach and ECB Tutor /Assessor) has established a night cricket league which runs very successfully across Israel with over 10 teams participating for the league title; Gutman is also leading a successful coach and player development programme involving numerous communities and groups within Israel.

“Due to the work and hours that Herschel puts in, I have seen the wonderful improvement in the junior’s cricket over the years,” explains ICA’s Michael Barnett.

In addition Gutman was the man behind Israel successful campaign to win a Flicx Pitch in the ICC Europe competition asking “How has Cricket changed your life”. Shehadeh Salamin’s “Cricket4Peace” story was translated and promoted by Gutman and it received over 2,500 page views and over 850 likes on Facebook to claim the top prize.

Flicx UK look forward to continuing to work with the ICA and helping develop cricket … Once Herschel takes delivery of the Flicx Pitch we hope to bring you another blog with lots of great photos.

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New Stock In

By 9-00 am this morning, the team at Flicx UK had already unloaded a 20 ft container of Flicx Pitches dispatched from Soweto in South Africa.

Flicx Pitches get unloaded

Flicx Pitches get unloaded

This means we are now fully in stock for the new season with the next 2 months being our busiest sales period for the UK market. We already have pitches going to Germany, Cook Islands and sales in the UK and our approved retailers have been busy quoting for what will hopefully be a busier season of cricket this year after the 2012 washout.

As well as stock of 20 match pitches, we have also taken delivery of 5 coaching pitches, 10 skills pitches and 10 throwdown’s which are perfect for the home market allowing enthusiasts to training at home. For a quote for your club or school simply contact Gary on 01295 816765 or email gary@flicx.com

Installing your Flicx Pitch – A groundsman’s guide

If you follow these simple instructions prior to laying the pitch you will gain many happy hours playing Cricket.

  1. Considerations

Firstly, take into consideration your surrounding area (homes, parks, pedestrian areas).  It is preferable that the pitch is placed in such a way that the batsman does not drive the ball towards glass windows or where people maybe sitting or walking (patios, pavements etc) for safety reasons.  Always use a cricket net when practicing and thus anything behind or square of the wicket will generally be protected from being hit.

2. Orientation

Look at the orientation that you are going to place your pitch and nets.  Most cricket practice takes place in the afternoon, thus you don’t want your batsman facing into the sun however not all areas allow this flexibility.  Your first choice then is for the pitch to face east (batsman facing East); second choice facing north, then south and lastly west.

3. Location

Once you have decided on the orientation, you now need to look for a flat surface to place the pitch on.  The smoother and flatter the surface, the more the consistent bounce of the ball off the surface.

A Flicx Pitch being rolled into the ground

A Flicx Pitch being rolled into the ground

4.  Preparing a Flat surface

  • Mark out a square area the same size as the pitch you have chosen.  (This can be done using 4 pegs/nails string or fish line.)
  • Cut the grass as low as you possibly can with your garden mower (This may mean a running the mower over the area a couple of times).
  • Should the grass be thick (thatch), and then it is recommended that a steel rake is used to remove all the dead grass (this will prevent good ball bounce).
  • Roll this area with a hand roller – varying in weight between 250kg- 750kg.
  • You may need to bring in good loam topsoil to level off the little indentations.
  • Roll again, until flat.
  1. Laying the Flicx Pitch
  • Position the Flicx pitch, square on, while it is still rolled up.  (it is easier to manoeuvre while still rolled up)  It is recommended that safety gloves are used when handling the Flicx Pitch.
  • Unclip the straps and roll out.
  • Square the pitch up, by gently moving the corners.  If the pitch does need to be totally replaced it is recommended that it gets totally rolled up and strapped before moving, as the connectors have not been designed for lateral movement and could break.
  • It is now ready for the Flicx Pitch to be rolled into the surface.  A roller not heavier than 1.5 tons should be used.  This may take many hours depending on the softness of the under surface and the weight of the roller.  The end result is the Flicx Pitch that sits flush with the surrounding surface.

6.  Securing the Flicx Pitch

Using 5 inch nails secure the ends of the pitch into the appropriate nail holes.

 Your Flicx Pitch is now ready to play!!!!