We recently completed the installation of a fully enclosed two net lane practice facility at Oakfield Parkonians Cricket Club (formerly Old Parkonians CC) complete with an optional gate to allow longer run ups for bowlers and with two different surfaces to for spin and seam bowling.

Once everything was completed, we sat down with club chairman Nav Kalley to chat about the project and to find out a little more about why they chose Durant Cricket, how they funded the project and what having their new cricket net facility means to the club.

Q: How did you first hear about Durant Cricket?

We began to search online and found Durant Cricket, we decided to send an email in the first instance, after that everything was handled by telephone call.

Q: How quickly and was your enquiry handled?

The response from Durant Cricket was prompt and our enquiry was handled quickly and efficiently by their team.

Q: What was the project you wanted to undertake at your cricket club?

We had a really poor practice area in the past which players weren’t keen to use as it was often dangerous and didn’t allow our players to get the time in the nets they need. So we looked into having a bespoke net facility installed which would allow everyone at the club to have practice facilities they can use with confidence.

Q: When had the club had begun speaking about it?

We started talking about it back in March 2017

Q: How did you fund the project?

Durant Cricket helped us to fund the nets through their close relationship with 4Grants, who helped us with grant applications and found us the money to invest in these great new facilities for everyone at the Cricket Club.

Q: How does the completed project benefit the club?

You only have to come down to practice on a Friday night to see the impact these nets have had on our club.  Previously we couldn’t offer safe and reliable practice facilities to any of our cricketers, we can now offer junior and senior cricketers of all levels and abilities the opportunity to be coached, to practice and improve their game, all which will benefit our club both on and off the pitch.

Q: How satisfied are you with the finished job?

Very satisfied, all you have to do is to ask the players and coaches at the club and you’ll get positive feedback from everyone.

Q: How professional were the Durant Cricket team?

Very professional at all times and very easy to work with.

Q: Did they meet your clubs expectations?

Durant Cricket delivered exactly what we wanted, they advised us on what was best within our budget and then went about installing it to a high standard, our members are all very happy.  The installation was completed to budget and while we had a slight delay in completion due to poor weather, the installation was finished in time for the beginning of the season.

Q: Would you recommend Durant Cricket to other cricket clubs?

Yes certainly, these new facilities from Durant Cricket mean that our club now has a more professional outlook, which is great on a number of levels including how we continue to retain and recruit new cricketers to our cricket club.