Notts Sport is helping all year round cricket become a more realistic game thanks to an inhouse designed indoor cricket system.
Indoor Cricket Centres are highly flexible facilities that can be used for a huge variety of sports and activities but sometimes cricket performance and surface longevity are overlooked in pursuit of a short-term fix.
The new Notts Sport Indoor Cricket System was developed from months of research and development led by Notts Sports Technical Manager Adam Walker. He said, “It was an exciting opportunity for me to design a system into an area of business we have not yet been in. In the past we have struggled to perfect this system and therefore it was a challenge I readily accepted.
“Now the system has passed all test requirements, and is pending the official approval from the ECB, I am excited to see new high-quality installations throughout the country as part of the Notts Sport service.”
Following in-depth research on the specific requirements for the indoor system, internal testing was completed and produced a system that passed all inhouse tests. This was communicated to Labosport, who we worked closely with Nott Sport on the official testing of the products on site and in the laboratory. Notts Sports’ Notts Grass Ultra carpet tops the system, a state of the art monofilament yarn technology, bringing non-turf cricket surfacing into the 21st century. Such fibres, coupled with the high-density specification, is substantially more durable to long term wear and tear compared to that of old-style cricket surfaces.
Major refurbishment continues at Lords Cricket Ground, which includes the Notts Sport ECB approved Notts Base D System NGU, in the iconic stadiums’ Nursery Ground.
Following the installation of a single practice lane in 2015, Notts Sport Cricket South Licensee S & C Slatter, were contacted to lay a second strip. The work was carried out over four days in April 2021, within the second phase of the Lords Masterplan which began back in 2019. The redevelopment of the ground will continue over the next decade.
The original pitch installed in 2015 was moved to a new location in 2019 in advance of the new stands being built, with a view to it being moved back this year. The plans were amended and the relocated pitch was left in situ and a second pitch was added. This pitch, designed by Notts Sport, was the revolutionary ECB Approved NottsBase D System NGU.
NottsGrass Ultra fibres maintain critical performance characteristics for longer when compared to previous NottsGrass surface technology. It provides players with improved playing performance over a much longer period of time and a more realistic and consistent. Coaches and players are confident that ball to surface interaction will be as consistent as possible resulting in better teaching, coaching and playing experiences.
Shaun Patrick, Chairman of Notts Sport, says: “To be included in this extensive refurbishment is a real privilege and is a testament to the exceptional performance and durability of our systems that they impressed the Groundstaff at Lord’s – there really is no higher recommendation!”
Notts Sport, which has over 37 years’ experience in the synthetic sports and play surfacing industry, is the world’s leading supplier of non-turf cricket pitch systems for coaching, practice and match play.
For more information on the Notts Sport innovative cricket systems or any of their surfacing solutions contact the team by calling 01455 883730, by emailing email@example.com or by visiting the website at www.nottssport.com.
Cricket Ireland has joined forces with Cricket Scotland and La Manga Club in a ten-year deal to create a European Cricket Performance Centre in La Manga: the first of its kind in Europe. Notts Sport were welcomed on board to facilitate the state of the art Performance Centre in Spain, designing six new first-class grass pitches, and two artificial wickets on two existing grounds; plus 18 grass and five artificial net lanes with 25 yard run ups. In addition, specialist grass fielding, catching and wicket-keeping areas are also being created.
Scott Hawkins, Head Groundsman at La Manga Club, worked with Notts Sport throughout, and has also been able to play on the new ‘D’ System surface, as a club player:
“It plays very similarly to natural turf. It’s a good resemblance of what you would play on a natural turf pitch environment: you do get pace and bounce and a lot more consistency. It’s easy to go from the natural turf to the artificial.”
“The practice facility is a good training aid because you do get confidence from knowing
it’s going to be consistent, and also the knowledge that it’s going to resemble what you go
and play on in a match environment. Everyone that’s been here to train on this – whether it’s been club or international cricketers have benefited from playing on this surface, and have been enjoying how good the quality is. They’re making individual improvements as well as team benefits at the same time.”
Since completion in early 2017, David Moore, La Manga Cricket Club President has seen
much activity within the new facility: “Club players and our juniors had first use of the nets in March 2017, all of whom were very impressed. The batsmen were happy with the bounce and being able to attack the ball.”
“We have had a very full programme of cricket in April, with our Classic T20, Last Man
Standing European Open, UK Schools Tournament and Madrid Cricket Club T20. The
artificial pitches played extremely well with all competing teams complimenting the new
facilities. We as the home club are extremely impressed with the new facilities, and can now watch professional and international players training on a regular basis.”
Under the terms of the partnership, Cricket Ireland and Cricket Scotland will have exclusive booking options for using the centre as a warm weather training and playing base for its men’s and women’s national and provincial senior and youth teams.