Non-turf Cricket Practice Net System Installation Guide

Bartestree & Lugwardine CC

1. Turf stripping – The works site is marked out and the natural turf stripped back to expose native top soil prior to excavation

Non-turf Cricket Installation dirt

2. Excavation of topsoil – This image shows the works area excavated to sub-soil. To achieve this, the total-play grounds team will have used laser-guided equipment; resulting in levels that meet the facility guidelines set by the ECB and PQS. The image also shows the marking out of the perimeter kerb framework.

Cricket Practice Net System Dirt

3. Installation of kerb framework & secondary stone level – Here the concrete kerb framework has been fully installed using concrete haunchings to hold the ‘pin’ kerbs firmly in place. You can also see the early stages of secondary stone layer installation; again using laser-guided equipment to achieve necessary levels.

Non-turf Cricket Installation gravel

4. Primary performance layer installation – Once the secondary stone layer has been laid and laser levelled, a primary stone layer is laid on top. This is generally a much finer aggregate, typically of 5mm to dust, which provides a smooth, even surface on which the synthetic playing surface can be installed. This image shows the primary stone layer being rolled, compacted and levelled ready for the next stage of construction.

Non-turf Cricket start

5. Installation of sunken sockets – Once the primary performance layer has been compacted the team will install 500mm galvanised steel sockets in preparation for the steel framework

Non-turf Cricket Installation

6. Carpet installation – With the stone sub-base complete the synthetic playing surface is installed. In this case total-play’s tp365 ECB Approved Pitch System, in the form of a two-tone, 3.65m wide carpet to provide a fully carpeted facility; meaning there are no gaps to fill in, less nails and less joins in the surface.

Non-Turf Match Pitch Net Installation

7. Steelwork installation – Once the carpet has been laid, the steel framework is constructed and any joins between the lanes’ carpets are finished.

Non-turf Cricket Practice Net Stage

8. Net installation – Batting net curtains are hung on the new framework – here, total-play’s Protection Tunnel system, which uses a ‘tunnel’ of net in each lane to form a cocoon that effectively protects players from the risk of flying balls from adjacent lanes, and offers improved tension without gaps and sagging, is being installed.

Non-Turf Match Pitch Net

9. The completed project – Showing 3 lane, 33m fully enclosed facility complete with bespoke elements that include PVC anti-rodent skirt, 3 white lines stitched into carpet, wrap-a-round batting curtains at batting ends, sight screen behind the bowling area and a MUGA (Multi Use Games Area) at the bowling end.

Non-turf Cricket Practice Net