The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has set specific performance standards that artificial cricket pitch systems must meet for match play and practice. total-play Ltd is a market leader in the provision of non-turf cricket pitch designs that meet these rigorous standards; producing artificial pitches that are designed to mimic the performance of a good level league pitch.
When looking to install a new artificial cricket pitch facility for match play or practice, selecting an ‘ECB approved’ (England & Wales Cricket Board) artificial cricket pitch design is vital to enable clubs and schools to tap into funding from various governing bodies for sport.
These systems have been thoroughly tested against criteria set out in the ECB’s ‘Performance Standards for Non-Turf Cricket Pitches Intended for Outdoor Use’ document, which provides benchmarks which pitch designs must meet to gain ECB approved status.
As part of the process, pitches are tested on performance, construction and materials requirements. Performance Requirements cover “the ball/surface and player/surface interactions considered necessary to allow a satisfactory game of cricket to take place”, whilst Construction Requirements “define the dimensions, tolerances and gradients for match pitches and practice areas to ensure they provide a satisfactory playing environment”. Finally, Materials Requirements “define the quality of the synthetic material used to construct non-turf pitches to ensure they will last for a realistic period of time”.
When it comes to the design and installation of ECB approved artificial cricket pitches, total-play has been a leader in the field for over 10 years. We were the first company to be awarded ECB Code of practice for design and installation of non-turf cricket facilities supplier status; and have since developed no less than three ECB approved artificial cricket pitch systems.
Total-Play’s range non-turf cricket pitch systems have been designed by cricketers and groundsmen in conjunction with scientists to ensure the best possible performance. They have all been thoroughly tested and approved by the ECB in line with its ‘Performance Standards for Non-Turf Cricket Pitches Intended for Outdoor Use’ document.
The range includes:
Total-Play’s flagship tp365 system features a premiere Wilton woven carpet, exclusively designed ‘HD Protection Tunnel’ netting system and a dynamic base which has been designed to offer a balanced game between bat and ball and encourage turn. It can be found at clubs playing from glass roots to professional level across the country in both artificial match pitch form and synthetic cricket practice net facilities.
The tp5t ECB approved non-turf cricket pitch system shares tp365’s dynamic base, netting designs and all of the playing characteristics but with a less inexpensive – tufted – carpet.
The most recent addition to the range; offering a bound (Asphalt) base option. The tpB1 system comes with a premiere Wilton woven carpet and the netting system used with the tp365 system. The bound – or engineered – base design offers greater stability in flood risk areas and, initially, lower maintenance requirements in high-use open sites.