The introduction of an artificial cricket pitch to Jamaica: ‘A huge success’

A Dream Come True! 

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

The Flicx pitch arrives and is rolled out

 

Curator for the day and parent Teddy Richards (left) supervises the installation of the pitch.

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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

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Home team St Andrews Prep take first strike and Opening Batsman Bradley Jacks prepares to face the first ball. He made 32.

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Bradley Jacks

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.

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Neil Johnson celebrates his 50, the first on an artificial surface in Jamaica

Teddy Richards sweeps the wicket between innings.

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Sweeping the surface between the innings

Match Report:

  • 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.
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Q+A with Richard Beghin – MD of Flicx UK … All you need to know about the Flicx Pitch

Rich, Tell us a bit about how the Flicx Pitch products were originally developed…

The Flicx pitch originated in South Africa in the late nineties and was created to help young cricketers who had been brought up in under-privileged townships to develop their game. The pitches are still made in South Africa from recycled plastic. Having moved myself to England myself in 1999 we launched the Flicx pitch at the ECB Coaches Association conference at the NIA; where shortly after we received an ECB contract to supply 799 pitches to inner city schools and deprived areas.

What is unique about the Flicx pitch?

The Flicx pitch is a cost effective way to get a new cricket surface and is generally half the price of synthetic products. It is most frequently used to convert football, rugby or hockey pitches into cricket pitches for the summer- which can then be returned simply by rolling back the Flicx Pitch.

A roll out pitch can convert any sports fields (or surface for that matter!) into a cricket field with no long term damage however some customers choose to embed their pitch permanently into the ground in which case its rolled in and grass grows through it and it is cut like any other crease.

How many Flicx pitches have you installed so far?

We have installed well over 3,500 pitches worldwide from Iceland to China to Russia to right below the Eiffel tower in France… We work very closely with the 5 ICC regions to take cricket to a new audience, providing many youngsters with a new opportunity to enjoy the game. Already this year we have had inquiries from Sierra Leone and the Solomon Islands and will soon be installing on the beautiful island of Vanuatu  (off the East Coast of Australia!)

The Flicx pitch in the London Eye

The Flicx pitch in the London Eye

Is there just one Flicx Pitch?

No – Products range from a full length pitch to shorter batting ends to various different types of coaching pitches with markings on that are used as bowling and batting targets, helping young players with their decision making. We also have our home range which means the product can be easily used in the safety of one’s back garden.

How can clubs/schools/ individuals buy a Flicx Pitch?

We would recommend that you get your Flicx pitch in time for Easter so the pitch is rolled out when the ground is damp. Please ring us directly for a quote 0n 01295 816765 or visit the website www.flicx.co.uk. The other option is to go through any of our approved Flicx Pitch retailers…

Home use of the Flicx pitch

Home use of the Flicx pitch