Doncaster-based Askern Miners Welfare Cricket Club have just unveiled an all-new synthetic cricket practice net facility which was installed by total-play.
With three adult teams and an Under-13 side, the club needed a facility that would be available to use whatever the weather, and particularly when their grass pitches are out of action.
The new facility will also help them in their attempts to recruit youth members from local schools in the future.
They needed a playing surface that behaved like a grass wicket with consistent bounce to encourage batsmen to get on the front foot and play their shots while at the same time helping bowlers improve their control of line and length.
Funding came from the WREN FCC Community Action Fund, which offers grants for eligible communities through the Landfill Communities Fund.
The club received quotations from a number of potential suppliers, all of whom offered net facilities based on ECB-approved non-turf sytem designs - including total-play - and after both the application and quotations were submitted to WREN, and funding was confirmed, total-play were chosen as contractors.
Although their quotation was higher than the others, total-play was selected following close examination of the construction specification, size and quality of components used and the guarantees in place - for the club, it ended up being an easy choice for the club.
The work was completed in July 2015 and the fully enclosed two-lane, 33-metre facility with security fencing has been used extensively since. It was built to total-play's tp365 ECB-approved non-turf pitch design including the company's 'cocoon' HD Protection Tunnel green netting system and includes white coaching lines woven into the carpet, green powder coated steelwork, security fencing and a gravel perimeter path.
It was officially launched in May 2016 when Mrs Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster cut the ribbon during a ceremony also attended by local VIPs and club stalwarts.
"I would not hesitate to recommend total-play to clubs looking to install synthetic cricket practice net facilities," club spokesman Norman Firth said.
"Their professionalism throughout the entire process – from initial site visit through to system design, to on-site construction and after care – has been exemplary.
"The facility's performance has been first rate up to press, the only addition we have made has been to erect two white sheets at the Bowling end to act as sight screens.
"The white lines I think are a great training feature, the pace and bounce of the surface is just as we expected and the height of the roof is a boon to our spinners who can give the ball some air."
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