|Installation of a triple bay facility
at Woodall Spa Cricket Club,
incorporating batting and bowling
ends of different base types and
Verdegrass 14 surrounds and
|Practice is an essential part of any sport and more so with cricket. Good practice facilities are essential for practice and
coaching to be effective. Be they a single bay or multiple lanes facilities are constructed to the same exacting standards.
With two base systems we can provide each club with the ideal practice facility for their individual
needs. The modular approach to construction means that for multiple bays combinations of bases can
be installed to provide lanes with different playing characteristics, enabling all levels of cricket to be
provided for. Strips can be constructed with continuous bases and surfaces or as individual batting and
bowling ends, which reduces the cost of future maintenance and surface replacement, and are
carefully located in the centre of the frames to ensure both left and right handed batsmen have the
same perspective when facing the bowlers.
ECB recommends that all practice facilities should have a synthetic surface extending a minimum of
170mm beyond the cage frame, to protect the netting from potential damage during grass cutting, and
we construct all facilities greater than a single bay with at least 400mm beyond the frame.
|During installation attention to
detail is of paramount
importance, be it the setting of
the frame sockets, the joining of
adjacent surfaces or the
anchoring of the net to the
It is essential that facilities are suitably married into the surrounding ground, particularly where they encroach into the outfield and great care is taken
ensure a smooth transition, with no hard edges that may create a trip hazard or a danger to users.
Standard frames are 42mm diameter, 3mm gauge, heavy-duty tubular steel with netting securely fixed to the sides and complete roof to minimise the
risk of balls leaving the practice lanes. Netting is supplied with a 3.90m drop for 3.60m high frames to ensure they reach the floor without being
Perimeter fencing can be provided to create self contained practice areas or with double gated access to allow run ups from
outside the fenced area.