When Saltwood CC was approached by Hythe Green CC to host its league matches for the 2013 season, the committee was happy to help out another club. However, with two home matches scheduled at the ground every weekend the club now has two wickets to protect. Having purchased a total-play Ltd developed Climate Cover System™ last year, this tried and tested solution was the natural choice, as Chairman Ian Oakes explains:
"We were really impressed with the performance of the Climate Cover System™ we purchased last year. It's easy to put out and clear away by just one person, and can be left on the wicket without killing off the grass and producing loads of condensation.
It gives great coverage of the entire wicket plus area for the batsmen to run. We also found that, when used in conjunction with a Bowdry, it allowed heavy rainfall to be cleared away quickly and easily, saving matches from being cancelled. This meant it was the obvious choice when we found ourselves in need of an additional ground cover system."
The lightest, strongest, breathable ground cover system on the market, the Climate Cover System™ in use at a host of County cricket grounds - including Lord's, the Oval, Edgbaston, Gloucestershire and Glamorgan - as well as at league clubs and schools across the country.
Saltwood CC applied to Sport England's Small Grant pot for funding and, once secured, placed an order for a second 80ft x 15ft Climate Cover System™ with storage & protection bag. As a NatWest CricketForce member, the club qualified for a 10% discount on their purchase, a saving which went toward the addition two of total-play's Total Growth Covers - which act as both a propagation and frost protection system - to its order to help boost the health of the wickets ahead of a heavy season's play.
The full range of Climate Cover products are available online exclusively via total-play's online store, www.thecricketgroundshop.co.uk, with exclusive discounts on selected products - including the Climate Cover System™ itself - available to NatWest CricketForce member clubs. For more information on the Climate Cover range, visit www.climatecover.co.uk or call 01604 864575. Full details of Saltwood CC can be found at www.saltwoodcc.com
total-play Ltd offers a complete range of synthetic pitch products and related services to clubs of all levels across the UK. From consultancy through to design, groundwork and installation, total-play can provide clubs with a solution to meets their needs; including complete new practice or match facilities, bespoke systems and refurbishment.
It was the first non-turf pitch supplier to be awarded the status of England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Non-Turf Pitch (NTP) Code of Practice installer, having met all criteria of the ECB's 'Code of Practice for the Design and Installation of Non-Turf Cricket Facilities'.
total-play Ltd offers a range of exclusive products for the cricket ground. The company has capitalised on its unique combination of in-field experience and scientific research backgrounds to develop a series of groundbreaking systems including tp365, an ECB 'approved design' non-turf cricket pitch and Climate Cover System™ - the lightest, strongest and only breathable sports turf cover, as used by the ECB.
total-play has recently launched www.thecricketgroundshop.co.uk, the sole online outlet for both total-play and Climate Cover products alongside other items essential to the smooth running and maintenance of the cricket ground; providing groundsmen with an online 'one stop shop'.