Dennis & SISIS Backing Folkestone CC's Bid
Dennis and SISIS turf maintenance equipment is playing a large part in Folkestone Cricket Club's bid to return to hosting Kent matches.
Folkestone last hosted Kent in 1991 but following a huge upgrade to the facilities at Three Hills Sports Park they are making progress towards their goal.
Two years ago, responsibility for looking after the grounds was taken on by the Cheriton Road Sportsground Trust and following financial backing from Roger de Haan, a new cricket pavilion has been built and the club now has its own groundsman - Australian-born Josh Bryen.
Bryen was impressed by the Dennis and SISIS range of equipment when he visited a seminar in Essex, and then during a demonstration in Folkestone.
He decided to purchase a Dennis Razor Ultra cricket mower, a SISIS Rotorake TM1000, a SISIS Powaspred and a SISIS Variseeder 1300 to carry out his cricket maintenance tasks including aeration, scarification, seeding and sweeping throughout the season.
"Buying all my cricket pitch maintenance equipment from a single source made good sense," he said.
"One contact point for everything - help, advice, spares, servicing is a major benefit. Dennis and SISIS are more than just cricket-friendly - they really do know about the game and what is needed to get quality pitches.
"Now that the re-laid square is bedding down nicely and I’ve been using the new quartet of machines for a season and a bit, pitch quality is really on the move.
"Everyone that plays here, including the Trust, are really pleased. Being a wicket keeper I get a close-up of how a pitch is performing, and I can honestly say the machines we bought are making a telling difference."
Josh has already been given advice from the Kent Cricket Board Groundsman's Association and Kent will be staging second team Twenty20 games at the ground - proof that their goal of once again hosting the county's best cricketers is a realistic one.
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