Old Leodiensians Cricket Club
Double Bay Practice Facility
Old Leodiensians Cricket Club managed to secure funding to install a
double bay facility on the ground and after evaluating the market awarded
a contract for a facility 34.00 x 9.40m with a 2m high perimeter fence to
control use. The proposed location had a fall of over 1.3m down the length
and was at higher level than the adjacent outfield. To comply with ECB
requirements and the fencing this fall had to be reduced to 1:100 resulting
in a cut of over 1m at the batting ends.

In reducing this level new banks were formed to two sides and the bank
adjacent to the outfield was removed and graded into the existing banks.
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Once excavated and the surrounds graded work commenced on the installation
of the sockets and the construction of the new cricket pitch bases.
The club selected to have batting and bowling ends with Superverde surfaces
and Verdegrass 14 surrounds and incorporated one Premier and one Test
Match system at the batting ends in order to provide different performance
parameters to suit all levels within the club.

In line with ECB recommendations an 18.30m long 3.60m high frame consisting
of 42mm diameter tubular steel was installed with 2.3mm knotless netting. The
roof and perimeter netting are fixed together and sit over the frame so that its
weight is supported by the frame creating low stress on the fixing points.
Our unique safety screens were installed around the batsmen protecting the
netting and enabling bowlers to easily sight balls hit back at them.

At the end of the bowlers run ups and frame with white netting has been
erected to help batsmen sight balls and protect the fencing from balls hit out of
the frame.
A Perimeter fence
consisting of 2m high
5mm V Mesh panels
was erected around
the facility with a
double gated access
point at the bowling
end on one side.