You could argue that no cricket club is really complete without a pair of sightscreens, one at each end, so crucial are they to the game.
While they don’t come in a wide variety of shapes, there are several options available, from small static screens to those which are bigger and more mobile. Mobility is an important factor enabling screens to be moved both during the game and afterwards so they can be stored safely.
And Durant Cricket have a wide range of sightscreens with options to suit every club, with their experience and expertise playing a key role as over the years, the range has evolved to meet clubs’ requirements.
Durant’s standard polypropylene sightscreens are made from galvanised metal and the frames are 4.5m high and you can choose from either a 4m or 5m wide screen. Overlaps are also available, so clubs can put more than one together with no gap in the middle. More and more clubs are doing this.
Durant also aim to provide clubs with the best possible solution for their needs. For example if a club wants two sightscreens they are given the full range of options available, including the roller mesh sightscreen, which can be rolled up and down.
One other key feature of Durant sightscreens is that the lattes are removable. They can be taken out at the end of the season to prevent the structure blowing over and furthermore, Durant advise taking a few out in the summer if the wind gets up, just to be safe.
The wind represents one of the biggest challenges when it comes to sightscreens, as company founder Cristian Durant explains.
“I don’t think you’ll ever get to the scenario where you can build something light enough that you can move, and the wind won’t blow it over, which is why we’ve gone down this route,” he says.
“We also sell extras or spare lattes so if they do get damaged we can just send another pack of lattes out.
“And with the frame being galvanised, you’ve got a long-standing product there that’s going to last a good 10 to 12 years as long as you look after it.”
These sightscreens all have wheels to make them easy to manoeuvre, specifically 16-inch steel-centred rubber crumb wheels with a greasing point enabling operators to keep them greased and in good working order.
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“We think we have a nice balance between something that is easy to move and something is substantial and does a good job,” Durant says.
For Durant, the three products cover clubs’ current needs and there are options available should anything more bespoke or unusual be required.
“We think we’ve hit the market with the three products that cover all eventualities really.
“Depending on what people want we think we’ve hit the price points, cost-effective wise there isn’t much below us in price but also with quality with the wheels, the galvanised frame, the heavy duty base, the full bracing bars at the back and also they’re hinged, so if you do take them down you can literally just push them up.”
Unique to Durant’s range of sightscreens are the wheels, bracing bars and heavy duty frame but that isn’t stopping the team from looking for new ideas and areas of development.
“Wheels are a big thing, that’s always something you have to look at, as if they don’t work your sightscreen isn’t going to work,” Durant clarifies.
“We also looked at the weight of the base, our base was a lot heavier than some of our competitors.
“We’ve also looked at the length of the bracing bar, that wants to get right up to the top or you will find the wind will in time bend the up rights, and just generally trying to look for that little bit more quality.”