Friday 23 February 2007 

Notts Sports Supports Cricket In China

Notts Sport, the world’s leading supplier of non-turf cricket pitch systems for coaching, practice and matchplay, is playing a key role in developing cricket in China.

The company has donated two of its portable cricket mats to the Chinese Cricket Association (CCA).

Mats of this kind have already been used in Hong Kong and offer a completely new playing experience to Asia.

Each mat offers a 15 metre-long individual playing surface or can be combined to provide a playing area large enough to stage a youth level match.

Shaun Patrick, Chief Executive of Notts Sport, comments: “China’s enthusiasm for cricket, and the Asian Cricket Council’s commitment to the sport, is extremely impressive and is clearly demonstrated by the increasing number of coaches, umpires and children who are learning the game.

“We are delighted to offer our support with the donation of our portable mats.”

Calvin Leung, of the CCA, said: “The sponsorship is very much appreciated and we are using the portable mats first to train the China Under-15 team for the ACC Trophy.”

Syed Ashraful Huq, Chief Executive of the Asian Cricket Council, added: “I am delighted to hear of Notts Sport's donation of two portable playing surfaces to the Chinese Cricket Association. It is a terrific initiative and will go a long way to support the development of the first generation of Chinese cricketers.”

The mats have been specially developed by Notts Sport and offer a non-slip, non-reflective surface which allows the batsman to see the ball easily.

They provide support to both seam and spin as well as a fast, true bounce - ideal for developing player technique or allowing bowlers to learn control.

Notts Sport’s cricket products are designed for players of all ages and abilities and provide consistent playing performance and quality combined with outstanding durability.

In addition to portable cricket mats, the company offers two England and Wales Cricket Board approved artificial pitches - the NottsBase D System and Envelope System - plus a bespoke design service.

Notts Sport’s unique Design and Advisory Service provides clients with practical guidance and assistance at all key stages of their cricket project – from feasibility, planning and funding, to pitch specification, installation and aftercare.