Cricket Surfaces – Why should you choose a Synthetic Surface?
You may be contemplating changing to artificial surfaces for your lanes, but you want to be sure you’re making the right move. Here at Cricket surfaces, we have taken our time to outline some of the key features of an artificial cricket pitch.
Let’s take a look at why they may be best for you and your club/ organisation.
Artificial Turf Technologies have been forever evolving, extensively over the past few years in particular! They are now used vastly across multiple sports, all over the world, but particularly in the field of cricket.
In a sport such as cricket, the ground conditions are terribly important, and a consistent play surface is crucial to a good game of cricket. As we all know, the cricket pitch is the most used area on a clubs ground, which leads to a lot of wear and tear to the grass over time. This in turn can lead to a very unpredictable bounce.
Synthetic Cricket Surfaces have many capabilities for addressing a number of inconsistencies in play.
We have listed which we feel are some of the biggest advantages to an artificial cricket pitch below;
Comparably Low Maintenance!
Maintaining a grass cricket system involves hours and hours of care, including mowing, fertilizing, rolling and ensuring the grounds are level for play.
Artificial cricket lanes are without a doubt much more durable and require a fraction of the work to keep them in excellent condition.
While regular care of the synthetic surface is still essential, in the long run it is much less time consuming, easier to care for, less demanding and more affordable.
A natural grass pitch begins to deteriorate after an average of 250 hours, while synthetic surfaces can be played 24/7 365 days a year, so long as they are correctly cared for.
Weather Worries Washed Away!
Significant rain, or drought impacts the natural grass surface, which can stop training and game play.
The artificial cricket wickets provide a stable, safe surface for bowlers no matter what the weather has been doing!
The non-slip surface is well draining and never gets muddy.
This results in less canceled training / cricket matches, fewer injuries and a more consistent bowling pattern.
Assisting Players Development!
Firstly, an artificial cricket surface is much more forgiving on a players joints and muscles while they are being jarred by repetitive run-ups, meaning their physical wellbeing is cared for a lot better.
The consistent artificial wicket encourages Bowlers to work harder to bowl the ball which will get results! The false surface means they can’t rely on the uneven bounce experienced on a grass lane. This encourages the bowlers to work on their techniques to get good results when bowling against a skilled batsman.
As a batsman, staying behind the ball cuts down on your chance of getting an LBW. Natural grass practice wickets are notorious for misbehaving and throwing an inexperienced batsman off. On a synthetic cricket system, the players no longer need to be afraid to get behind the ball. In turn, this makes it easier to develop the inexperienced batsman’ skills set, learning to bat confidently.
Batting confidently produces an even pace, without the changes in ball flight often experienced on natural grass cricket pitches. This enables young and inexperienced batsmen to concentrate on their play stroke.
Natural grass requires regular care as mentioned above, which includes plenty of watering over the dry summer months.
Artificial cricket turf doesn’t really require watering to keep the pitch fresh. This will not only save the environment, but will also hugely save your bank balance in the long run, through cutting down on your water bills.
Artificial surfaces don’t really sound like they would fit in on a natural field. However, because of their ability to blend seamlessly into the surroundings, there’s no need to worry about it sticking out like a sore thumb.
Artificial pitches offer much better results than your standard natural grass cricket training facilities. Not to mention, they are expected to last on average 10-12 years, with minimal maintenance.