Flicx UK are delighted to roll out a new product for the 2017/2018 season, the 2G Flicx Multi-Aged-Pitch (MAP) which will be retailed exclusively through Durant Cricket. The MAP pitch is specifically aimed at schools and clubs who need a match pitch that can cater for different age groups. With this new product coaches can … Continue reading “Durant Exclusive | The NEW 2G Flicx Multi-Age Pitch”
Flicx UK are delighted to roll out a new product for the 2017/2018 season, the 2G Flicx Multi-Aged-Pitch (MAP) which will be retailed exclusively through Durant Cricket. The MAP pitch is specifically aimed at schools and clubs who need a match pitch that can cater for different age groups. With this new product coaches can move the stumps according to the colour coded creases demarcated for the various age groups to change the pitch size from 20.12m to 18.12m or even 16.12m depending on which team is playing or practising. The MAP pitch also has an additional 1m section behind both sets of wickets, this is of great benefit to bowlers who are now on the pitch in their delivery stride.
Feedback is suggesting that the 2G Flicx MAP pitch will solve capacity issues for clubs and you have the value derived from only purchasing one pitch for all your age groups. Versatility is the key point here and our 2G Flicx Pitch can be roll out on grass, astro, concrete, beaches or pretty much any firm, flat surface to convert it into a cricketing venue. The new 2G tile also performs very well indoors and with each pitch coming in two rolls, your 2G Flicx Pitch can also be easily zipped apart to create 2 batting ends for the nets or Kwik cricket on your outfield, again increasing your capacity.
Speaking about the new pitch, Flicx UK’s business development manager Ashley Appleby commented “This new product is really going to tick a lot of boxes for many clubs and schools. It gives you even more versatility than ever before to use your pitch for multiple age groups without any additional preparation time. Time and cost savings will help cricket masters and coaches, spend more time developing their player’s skills so that can only be a good thing”
If your club / school is interested in learning more about the 2G Flicx MAP, contact Durant on 01572 822 013 where they can provide further information on its suitability for your club or potentially arrange a demonstration or sale.
Founded in 2007, Durant Cricket continue to increase, adapt and modify their product range so they provide cricket clubs with exactly what they need. A huge part of Durant Cricket’s way of doing business is to create ongoing relationships with clubs. “I suppose what we aim to do is supply a club, create a good … Continue reading “PASSION AT FOREFRONT OF DURANT CRICKET”
Founded in 2007, Durant Cricket continue to increase, adapt and modify their product range so they provide cricket clubs with exactly what they need.
A huge part of Durant Cricket’s way of doing business is to create ongoing relationships with clubs.
“I suppose what we aim to do is supply a club, create a good rapport with them, provide a good service and that allows us to provide them with another service year on year,” Cristian Durant, company founder explains.
“That makes us different to quite a lot of companies that just do one thing, we’re not going in there selling one thing and then coming away again we’re literally trying to provide an ongoing service.
“Most cricket clubs have something on a wish list one year, they raise the money, they buy it, they get a grant then go onto the next thing – we hope to be able to continue to keep servicing them with those products year on year. “
Passion for the game is something that Cristian and his team have in abundance and they transfer that passion to their work, which they feel is really important when it comes to working with clubs – big or small.
“We are very passionate about what we do, having played club cricket to a high level I’ve seen it all the way from top to bottom,” he says.
“We provide a very good level of service, my mobile phone is on 24/7 and I think that gives people a bit of comfort the fact that they can give somebody a call out of hours.”
Being able to get hold of somebody at Durant at any time is hugely important – Cristian doesn’t want any club to ever feel like they are being left to fend for themselves.
“A lot of people deal with club cricket stuff outside of work hours and we try to get back to people as quick as possible.
“We are trying to provide value for money for cricket clubs who are trying to provide a good product at a reasonable price which allows them to provide better facilities for everybody really.”
While Durant Cricket supply a wide range of electronic scoreboards, they also have an impressive range of manual scoreboards available for clubs. Durant’s Clever Score cricket scoreboard is a market leader, with high ratings for ease of use, portability, placement, visibility, and visual accuracy, boasting a lightweight design. As an added bonus, they are also … Continue reading “ALL ABOUT…MANUAL SCOREBOARDS”
While Durant Cricket supply a wide range of electronic scoreboards, they also have an impressive range of manual scoreboards available for clubs.
Durant’s Clever Score cricket scoreboard is a market leader, with high ratings for ease of use, portability, placement, visibility, and visual accuracy, boasting a lightweight design.
As an added bonus, they are also considerably less expensive than other scoreboards on the market.
No more will you have to struggle to move cumbersome number boards – thanks to the Clever Score system.
The easy-to-read modules are instantly changeable, they will last for a long time, and they are hard-wearing units that don’t require maintenance, meaning they can be used both indoors and outside.
There is a range of different designs available but they can also be designed specifically for your club.
The Durant Club Cricket option features runs, wickets and overs and this option weighs just 6 kilogrammes.
The Durant Stand Up Scoreboard is a lightweight design which makes it easy to move around and store. Featuring the same digits as the Club Cricket Scoreboard, this scoreboard also includes room to display the batting target.
There is also a full design and build service offered by Durant for all custom manual scoreboards with digits visible from 250 metres. Digits can be bought as singles for complete flexibility while custom lettering is another option available.
Sessay 307-5 (Mason 138) beat
Sibton Park 188 (Allon 70) by 119 runs
Simon Mason produced a performance Viv Richards would have been proud of to power Sessay to 2016 Davidstow Village Cup glory at Lord’s.
It was 37 summers ago that Richards smashed 138 not out here in the World Cup final; Mason matched that score as his North Yorkshire side ensured the trophy stayed in the white-rose county.
It was the highest individual score in any of the 45 Village Cup finals, beating Kevin Iles’ extraordinary 123, for Goatacre against Dunstall in 1990; and it came in a record total for the final, 307 for 5, overtaking 267 for 5 by Goatacre that year.
First-time finalists Sibton Park, from Kent, tried their best, but fell 119 shy, despite a brutal 70 from Ben Allon.
It was Sessay’s second Village Cup, after their win in 2010, and they were also runners-up in 1976.
“We are absolutely delighted,” said Sessay skipper Mark Wilkie. “Eight of the side who won in 2010 were back here, and we worked so hard to reach the final. MCC, The Cricketer and the sponsors have given us a great day. Simon’s innings was such quality, just what we needed.”
Last year’s winners Woodhouse Grange were not allowed to defend their title, but 300 teams from 32 regions entered the race at the start of May, and it took eight matches to reach Lord’s.
Sessay were favourites, but Sibton Park were certainly made of the right stuff after squeezing through previous rounds by slender margins of one, six and nine runs.
It was a brutal knock by Mason. He is teased by his team-mates for the number of throw-downs he demands, but that practice paid off as he hammered 19 fours and three sixes in his 110-ball knock.
He was bullish from the off. Sibton Park opened with slow left-armer Trevor ‘Tidy’ Lewis, but Mason thumped him over the top twice.
Once the accurate Steve Rowe took his sweater after a decent opening spell, Mason scored freely. A combination of nerves and perhaps the Lord’s slope saw the Kent side’s support bowlers struggle. It was an especially disappointing bowling display by Allon, who had taken 20 wickets at nine apiece on the way to the final.
Mason received tremendous support from Nick Harrison, who made 69, with 10 fours and two sixes. They combined for a stand of 156, with the first 100 coming off only 91. Late pyrotechnics were also provided by Jacob Spencer, who struck three sixes in his unbeaten 48.
It had started quite well for Sibton Park, who removed both openers, including Wilkie relatively cheaply.
Sessay made early strikes to reduce Sibton Park to 55 for 5, and it was always going to bedifficult from there. Stuart Peirse used the Lord’s slop nicely for an accurate, wily spell, taking 3 for 21. In the 2010 final he had fallen over bowling his first ball; this time he was on the money straightaway.
Wilkie, who was on the Lord’s groundstaff with New Zealand’s Ross Taylor, also struck twice. Allon targeted him then, however, hitting four successive sixes.
All his seven sixes took advantage of the short legside boundary into the Mound and Tavern Stands; but with 150 needed off 13 overs the ask became too much and he was caught and bowled by Matt Till. His team-mates say Allon is “the loudest human being ever”, and at least his batting gave him something to shout about.
After that the end was relatively swift, with Till finishing with three wickets.
It is the 10th time a Yorkshire side have triumphed in the Village Cup; Glamorgan are the closest challenging county, with five.
Cricket scoreboards are an essential part of any club’s equipment, and help anybody very quickly work out what is happening at any time in a game. It is therefore vital to have one that works seamlessly, is clear for all to see and gives everybody the information they need to see. At the very least, … Continue reading “ALL ABOUT…DURANT ELECTRONIC SCOREBOARDS”
Cricket scoreboards are an essential part of any club’s equipment, and help anybody very quickly work out what is happening at any time in a game.
It is therefore vital to have one that works seamlessly, is clear for all to see and gives everybody the information they need to see.
At the very least, that will be the current score, number of overs bowled but scoreboards can now show all sorts of information, including the Duckworth/Lewis par score, not that we’re going to try to explain how that one is worked out!
Durant Cricket’s range of scoreboards includes everything your club may need so whether you are looking for an electronic or manual scoreboard, they will have something to fit the bill.
“We’re able to deliver the complete scoreboard solution whether you’re looking for a standard scoreboard or something bespoke,” Cristian Durant, company founder says.
ECS, their specialist scoreboard division, supplies the range of five available electronic scoreboards – the DC9, DC15, DC19, DC22, and DC28.
The numbers refer to how many digits are displayed on the scoreboard. The DC9, for example, displays nine digits – runs (three digits), wickets (one digits) overs (two digits) and 1st innings score (three digits).
These scoreboards are made up of 12-inch ultra-bright LED digits which are housed in a powder-coated aluminium surround which is covered with vandal-proof lexan front. They are controlled wirelessly via an LCD console and can be viewed from a distance of 183 metres away.
You can also mount Durant scoreboards on trolleys that with wheels so you can quickly and easily store them away to keep them safe and out of the way when play has finished.
Durant also offer ‘repeater’ scoreboards. These are small displays that are mounted inside the clubhouse which take a feed from the main scoreboard, meaning anybody inside can also see what is happening in the middle.
Also on offer from Durant is a custom scoreboard design and build service to make sure you get exactly the right scoreboard options for your club. This will also include basic training in scoreboard operation.
Every club wants to be the best they can on the pitch and many are now realizing that a similar approach to their facilities and equipment can also reap dividends. You only get one chance to make a first impression and a well-kept ground, a new scoreboard and smart sightscreens and covers can certainly help make … Continue reading “WHY SHOULD CLUBS STRIVE FOR BETTER FACILITIES?”
Every club wants to be the best they can on the pitch and many are now realizing that a similar approach to their facilities and equipment can also reap dividends.
You only get one chance to make a first impression and a well-kept ground, a new scoreboard and smart sightscreens and covers can certainly help make a good one – even if they might not get you any bonus runs or wickets.
“It’s becoming a competitive world out there with club cricket, people are looking around, kids are going to places with the best coaches and facilities,” Cristian Durant, company founder of Durant Cricket, says.
And that competitiveness means that those clubs that don’t push on may subsequently be unable to attract new members, young or old, and therefore could struggle to keep going in the future.
“Things like scoreboards and covers only enhance the ground; you walk on there and think ‘These guys mean business, they’ve got all the kit and they really do want to improve,’” Durant adds.
Naturally, Durant Cricket are in an excellent position to help any club make that excellent first impression or give their ground equipment a boost. Indeed, over the years, the team at Durant have helped hundreds of clubs, supplying them with quality ground equipment that both performs as it should and lasts.
If you want to get ahead as a club, then Durant can help, whether you need a sightscreen, coaching equipment, scoreboards, cricket cages or pavilion clocks. Plus, Durant even have package deals available to give you every bit of help they possibly can.
“I think it’s about being forward thinking,” Durant advises.
“It is competitive. You do want to attract players and get people in.
“You want them to want to come to your ground because you have the best stuff there.”
No matter how big or small the game of cricket you are playing, timing is everything – both on the field of play and off it. Everybody knows when lunch and tea is taken in a Test match and some clocks at major grounds around the world have become iconic. Durant Cricket’s range of large … Continue reading “ALL ABOUT…DURANT PAVILION CLOCKS”
No matter how big or small the game of cricket you are playing, timing is everything – both on the field of play and off it.
Everybody knows when lunch and tea is taken in a Test match and some clocks at major grounds around the world have become iconic.
Durant Cricket’s range of large round-faced cricket pavilion clocks can be personalised to suit your club’s specific requirements – to ensure you won’t be timed out!
Durant’s clocks are manufactured from fibreglass with a 2mm front lens that is unbreakable.
They make a practical and attractive addition to any clubhouse or pavilion and also come in three different sizes. Your club can choose from 700mm, 920mm or 1000mm models.
All three models can be illuminated and it can be upgraded to run from mains or solar power if required.
Personalisation options are available so you can add your club’s logo or club name and you have the choice of roman numerals or analogue numbers.
View the full range of styles on our clocks section here where you can also view examples of installations at clubs who have taken advantage of various personalisation options with their logos and club names displaying prominently.
This could give you some ideas of what might work for your club.
“Feel free to contact us if you have specific requirements or would like more information as we are happy to offer help and advice,” company founder Cristian Durant says.
“We are confident that the stylish clocks that we manufacture will hit you for six.”
The Davidstow Village Cup 2016 fifth round matches have now been completed with some remarkable contests deciding which teams are still in with a chance of reaching the Lord’s final. If 49-year-old Shaun Miller makes it with his side Shipton-under-Wychwood, it will be his fifth appearance at the home of cricket, and he helped them … Continue reading “DRAMA IN DAVIDSTOW VILLAGE CUP FIFTH ROUND”
The Davidstow Village Cup 2016 fifth round matches have now been completed with some remarkable contests deciding which teams are still in with a chance of reaching the Lord’s final.
If 49-year-old Shaun Miller makes it with his side Shipton-under-Wychwood, it will be his fifth appearance at the home of cricket, and he helped them comfortably beat Hambledon to make it into the last 16.
Shipton have reached the finals on four previous occasions and Miller played all four times and his return of three for 10 including four maidens helped set up an eight-wicket win. Hambledon were 61 for seven after he had finished his spell and chances of repeating their final appearance of 1989 – long before Durant were making sightscreens, cages, scoreboards and other products – were quickly vanishing.
However, Miller’s figures weren’t the best on the day as Shaun Cross took four for 32 to rout Hambledon for just 83. One of his victims was George Marshall, who in the previous round hit a century to help Hambledon beat Tichborne Park.
His 15 was Hambledon’s top score and Paul Vickers was the only other player to reach double figures as the hosts’ decision to bat first on a damp surface did not work for them, although they were guilty of some poor shot selection as well.
Miller led Shipton between 2007 and 2009 and when they lost in 1997 to Caldy, he counted as a team-mate none other than James Bond film director Sam Mendes. Shipton needed less than 30 overs to dismiss Hambledon for 83 and just 17 to reach their target.
Craig Wood hit 44 not out and former Oxfordshire batsman Jamie Perkin hit two big sixes to complete the formalities and end Hambledon’s involvement in the tournament, although they had started as massive underdogs, coming in from the third tier of Hampshire’s league programme up against a side one league below the Home Counties Premier League.
Back in 1989, they played Toft in the final but after the match was abandoned due to bad weather, they lost a rearranged game in Beckenham by six wickets.
Fixture secretary Mark le Clerq is their longest serving player and played in both that final and this fixture, with his son – who wasn’t born in 1989 – also playing.
Robert ‘Topsey’ Turner, a Hambledon legend and the club’s all-time leading run-scorer and wicket-taker was looking on as his wife Sue served up cream teas and daughter Jacqui scored.
His son Ian, now 48, will only become eligible to play in the competition in 2018 having played 41 times for Hampshire in 1992 and 1993.
“By which time I’ll be in my carpet slippers,” he laughed, and it is clear that although they were disappointed on the day, the future of the country’s most historic club is in safe hands.
Elsewhere in the South-West section, there were a number of one-sided matches. Berkshire’s Cookham Dean beat Cornwall’s Roche by 10 wickets while Goatacre from Wiltshire hammered Timsbury from Somerset by nine wickets as sides batting first struggled.
In the South-East, last year’s finalists Foxton from Cambridgeshire were dumped out by Mayfield of East Sussex, with the challengers holding on to win a thriller by three runs.
The sort of rain that even Durant’s mobile covers and Run Bund pitch protection could do little about was a factor in the North section and particularly unfortunate were Hawk Green of Cheshire, who made a 560-mile round trip to Freuchie in Fife only for the game to be rained off after they had completed their innings. They did, however progress to the next round via a walkover.
Sixth Round matches to be played 10th July
Midlands: Carew v Barby, Newtown Linford v Milford Hall
North: Brook-Walton v Sessay, Cleator v Hawk Green
South-East: Reed v Sibton Park, Mayfields v Dinton
South-West: Cookham Dean v Shipton-under-Wychwood, Miskin Manor v Goatacre
Durant Cricket continue their commitment to doing all they can to help clubs get as much cricket on as possible with the design and manufacture of the Run Bund wicket protection system that offers multiple benefits to clubs at all levels.
The Run Bund consists of a set of steel strips that are simply joined together and tapped in alongside the wicket prevent unwanted water getting onto the pitch – which could have disastrous consequences.
Supplied as a set of nine strips that are 8 feet long and 75mm high, they provide 21 metres of coverage – enough to also protect the bowlers’ landing areas. Plus, 4-foot long strips are also available so even pitches which are uneven can be protected.
Keith Exton, head groundsman at Grantham Cricket Club has already been using the Run Bund and explains why the system makes perfect sense any club trying to beat the bad weather and get as much cricket played as possible.
“The Run Bund has been engineered specifically for grass roots cricket to save a lot of sheeting,” he says.
“Most clubs haven’t got the labour or the manpower to deal with big flat sheets – 30 or 40 footers – so this in itself takes that problem away but also lets the rest of your square have a drink but saves your match pitch from water running underneath the covers.
“Even if you’ve got smaller sheets you could have a 10-foot sheet by the side which is manageable and then put these bunds out on the other side of the 10-foot so you’ve got the bowlers’ run-ups safe as well.
“To stop the water running is the most important thing because invariably all squares have got some kind of fall on them, whether they are with play or across play, and that in turn always seems to run underneath the covers on a length – always. I don’t know why, but it does!”
For Exton, using the Run Bund in place of large flat sheets, which can be expensive and labour-intensive, is a no-brainer and he believes this system will keep most games on as well as improve the health of your playing surface.
“A set of nine comes out at £295 plus VAT. In comparison with flat sheets, a 40-foot flat sheet climate cover you will be paying £3,500 + VAT,” he explains.
“If you can do away with sheets you do away with disease problems, you do away with manpower and your grass tends to be a lot healthier if it does get a drink
“If there is torrential rain about and you want to save a match, you’ve got to cover but for thunderstorms that are forecast overnight, we believe that these would save the game for a 1pm or 1.30pm start.
“The rest of your square will have had water, obviously, and it might get a little scarred but you’ll get your game of cricket on which is the most important thing.”
Not all squares are the same, however, and Exton adds that this is why custom options are available for groundsmen, making the Run Bund fit for any club, on top of being very easy to use.
“These are quite simply 75mm high and 8 foot long, they join in the middle with three pegs that hold them as well. You simply tap them into the ground, going in 2-3mm,” Exton details.
“If you’ve got a lot of undulation you’ll have points where you’ve gone in a little bit deeper but predominantly a cricket table is reasonably flat through the middle.
“It’s the saddles on the end that you might have to knock in somewhat deeper to stop the ingress.
“Because the bund pieces do pivot on the joint, Durant have looked into that and decided to have some halves manufactured so it follows the contour more evenly. Yes, that means more joints but the joints are waterproof anyway.”
Although the standard kit comes as a set of nine strips, Durant can provide any club with the exact number of strips they need – and any combination of 4 and 8-foot long strips.
“They are manufactured as a set of nine but you could have 10, 20, 30, however many you want, so there’s no problem.
“It’s really about knowing your own levels on your own square to judge how many you need to purchase.”
And you won’t need any fancy tools or machinery to put this system in place, either – a mallet or small hammer is enough along with some string to mark your course to make sure you leave enough room to safely manoeuvre your covers into place.
“Basically you either need a rubber mallet or a small ball peen hammer. If you want to knock them in a bit deeper you need a little bit more weight, but predominantly a rubber mallet is sufficient and that saves the edges of the bund itself.
“They come with the legs and the bolts all separate and once they are all put together they can be stored flat and obviously just work them in and look after them. They are galvanised so they are going to last quite a few years without rusting.
“It’s so simple, and hopefully will be an aid to getting the game on,” Exton concludes.
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 … Continue reading “ALL ABOUT…DURANT SIGHTSCREENS”
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.
“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.”