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Surfaces For Cricket Pitches
While Australia’s success in cricket has been tested lately, our country has perhaps the proudest record of any in the game’s history. We have been involved in some of the sport’s greatest moments and continue to produce world-class players.
All of these players commenced their careers in the same fashion we have seen for decades, playing with a local suburban cricket club, backed up by ‘test matches’ played in countless back yards across Australia.
While the majority of cricket is played on natural turf fields, many of the wickets themselves are built using artificial turf. Tuff Group has installed hundreds of these artificial grass wickets, either in the middle of ovals or in practice nets, where players hone their skills without having to chase cricket balls far and wide. We have extensive experience in this area and can deliver cricket fields and surfaces as part of your project in any State or Territory in Australia or the Asia-Pacific region.
Over the past three years, the Tuff Group research and development team has been seeking a solution to the perennial problem of artificial wickets in the middle of multi-use ovals. In case you’re not aware, the problem lies in how to safely cover these surfaces so that football and other sports can be played in the winter months. We’ve had numerous discussions with councils, cricket clubs, football clubs and players about how to find a solution to this problem.
Artificial cricket wickets are invariably built on a concrete base and are covered with a plastic membrane and then sand in the winter months so that the other sports can be played. This is not ideal for the surface, but is also hazardous. Invariably, the sand moves and exposes the concrete base. There have been many instances where serious injuries – including concussions – have occurred because the hard surface of the artificial cricket wicket was exposed.
Tuff Group now has a solution to this problem, thanks to the development of our moveable cricket wicket. Based on a system of fully-tested pneumatic risers, the Tuff Group moveable wicket can be lowered into the ground when not in use and covered with softer artificial grass, ensuring a safe and consistent playing surface. This can be used in public spaces, schools and all environments where a permanent cricket wicket provides a hazard for other users. This significantly improves the surface for users and reduces the risk accordingly.
For any council, school or organisation responsible for managing cricket surfaces and pitches, consideration of this solution is critical. To find out more about cricket installations and the Tuff Group wicket system, please contact National Commercial Manager Travis Knight. Full specifications and information are available and we look forward to improving the outcomes for your cricket environment.
Here Are More Turf & Surface Installations
We’ve installed synthetic turf and surfaces for some of the largest and most complicated projects in Australia.
Here are some of them:
Burnie Tennis Club now features 11 tennis courts and 4 Hot Shot tennis courts
The 2017 ATP Burnie International Tennis Tournament was a huge sporting spectacle for the tennis fans worldwide.
The Shepparton Sports Precinct expands with FIH Certified surfaces
The Goulburn Valley Hockey Club is now playing on the new HF13 Hybrid synthetic grass system.
Overnewton Anglican Community College replaces asphalt with multi-sport court area
Includes design and construction of the sub-base and base, drainage, a multi-sport surface, and sporting accessories.
The re-constructed Woodriff Gardens Tennis Complex rivals surfaces of the Australian Open
The re-construction of the Woodriff Gardens Tennis Complex secured the future of elite tennis competitions for the club.