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Synthetic Cricket Pitches

There is no glory in practice but without practice there can be no glory.

Synthetic cricket practice areas provide an essential all weather resource for cricket players to give them the best opportunity to develop and exhibit their skills.

We can construct these facilities in comfort of your backyard to any specification but here are some general rules that needs to be taken into account when planning these facilities:-

Where possible the facility should be sited in a north south direction to avoid batting or bowling into the setting sun.

Avoid constructing your pitch in close proximity to trees, as the shadows in sunny conditions make the ball very difficult to see.

Buildings also create shadows and influence wind currents which may have an effect on the playability of the facility.

Base constructions:-
We make use of two methods for our base constructions.

1) Concrete Slab:-
Constructing a reinforced concrete slab, usually 2m wide, 100mm thick.

The top of the concrete slab must be very smooth to prevent erratic ball bounce.

The slab is normally left for 7-10 days to cure before the preferred synthetic grass or fiber grass is installed. astroturf

2) Crusher Based:-

The second method is the construction of a crusher sand base which is stabilized to prevent disintegration or crumbling. astroturf

The crusher base has very near characteristics then to a turf pitch as it provides a solid enough base without the unexpected ball bounce that is caused by concrete bases.

The ball does tend to come through very evenly without the bounciness of that of concrete base.

The bowlers also have a much better ball control on a crusher base both in bounce and grip (spin bowling).

The edges are normally neatly covered with paving.

Synthetic grass options:-

Turfscape provide three different artificial grass options for synthetic cricket pitches:-
The Oval have the same characteristics with little or no difference between them other than the price per m².


Both grasses must be in filled with a fine white silica sand, to control the speed of the ball coming onto the bat.
The amount of sand infill determine the pace and bounce of the ball.

The sand is evenly distributed across the surface then brushed into the fibers (becoming invisible to the eye), but more sand needs to be brushed in at the crease where the batsman taps with his bat.

The grass is only glued on the perimeters and only if installed on a concrete slab.

On a crusher base, the grass is only secured on the top and bottom of the pitch, by folding the edges into the ground, and secure it with long pegs.

These pegs are then covered with sand and is invisible to the eye.

The grass is perfect not only for the batsman, but also for the bowlers. The bowler can control the swing of the ball much more efficient than on fiber grass. or spin bowling, the Oval really offers a lot more grip on the ball than the fiber grass.


3) Fiber Grass 173

The Fiber Grass 173 cannot be installed on a crusher base, thus a cement slab is needed.

The Fiber Grass must be completly glued, (complete surface), then rolled and rolled and rolled until all no air bubbles is visible.

The disadvantage of fiber grass is where the ball is landing on the grass, it tends to make a black skeet marks (black burn mark) which does not give the ball any grip after a short while.

Wicket (crease) lines is normally painted on with a road paint that should last a season.

These practise facilities can be constructed to any number of pitches and to varying lengths of between 10 - 22 meters.

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