St Asaph CC non-turf practice system refurbishment

After St Asaph Cricket Club, one of the oldest in North Wales, suffered extensive flooding to its ground when the River Elwy burst its banks back in November 2012, the club’s entire field was under three feet of water for four days; destroying the pavilion and causing irreparable damage to ground management machinery in the garages. The inundation also affected the club’s new non-turf practice nets facility, which had been installed by total-play just six months prior to the flood. The brief to total-play was to bring the facility back up to playable standard as quickly as possible

TP Solution:
In order to bring the damaged non-turf practice facility back to the exacting standard to which it was installed, total-play undertook a rigorous, step-by-step process of cleaning and re-laying the components:

  1. Facility power washed to remove surface debris and clean netting
  2. Netting raised to allow access to the entire playing surface
  3. Thorough sweeping of playing surface to remove silt
  4. Carpet and shock pads removed before being power washed on hard standing
  5. Thorough sweeping by hand to remove residual silt, dirt and other debris left by flood water
  6. Aggregate base cleaned to remove contaminants
  7. Re-agitation of aggregate sub base
  8. Aggregate sub base re-levelled to return surface levels to previous high standards
  9. Shock pads and carpets reinstalled to playing surface
  10. Carpets mechanically brushed to prepare for use

“We initially contacted total-play to discuss the damage inflicted on the practice facility by the flood and what the recovery plan could be. Their response was immediate and, having seen close-up photos of the damage that we sent over, the decision was made that the carpets needed to come up to allow them to be cleaned, the base inspected and relaid. All remedial work was completed within six weeks of the flood and we were able to use the facility for practice in the run up to the 2013 season.”
Gareth Ryan, Club Chairman

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