Case Study – Cricket Practice Facility Refurbishment
Design and installation of new non-turf cricket practice facility
Back in 2010, as an England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Focus club with Club Mark accreditation, North Lancashire and Cumbria League club Lindal Moor had been approved for ECB funding with the goal of bringing the club’s facilities up to date.
The batting nets were in particularly poor condition, so replacing these was a priority and the club thoroughly researched the market with a view to installing a new non-turf practice facility featuring two full-length lanes with extra run-up and also a full width carpet to reduce maintenance. Having established the type of facility the club wanted to install, Development Officer and Project Manager Mike Hughes visited facilities at a number of cricket clubs in the local area, with total-play facilities standing out as providing the specification and standard desired.
Once instructed to undertake the project, total-play designed a facility based on its tp365 ECB Approved Pitch System to meet the club’s individual requirements. Following groundworks to remove the existing, aged synthetic surface the site was prepared for the installation of the new facility which comprised a 2 lane, 30m length facility with bespoke features including total-play’s unique ‘three white line’ system as training aid for batting and bowling and the installation of new, closed-top nets for additional safety.
“The new nets are fantastic and have given the whole club a real lift – people can see things are improving all around the ground – which is encouraging them to get on board and help.
“The performance of the new nets has been great for both batting and bowling. We’ve had three white lines laid into the mat, which has been useful for coaching batters and bowlers, and we now have a great nets facility in which we run full coaching and training for all age groups, from U11’s to 1st team. “total-play have been easy to deal with; they have a good, hard working on-site team and I’d recommend anyone looking for a first class product backed by great service to speak to them.”
Club Development Officer and Project Manager, Mike Hughes