Oundle School Cricket Facility

Natural and Synthetic Cricket Practice Net Construction

Oundle School, one of Britain’s leading co-educational boarding and day schools appointed CLS Sports to install their new twenty lane cricket practice facility, comprised of ten synthetic turf lanes and ten natural turf lanes.

The state of the art facility was constructed to met the schools requirements for elite performance and capacity. The ten synthetic wickets are built to ECB standards and feature different shockpads to create varying wicket speeds. Three of the wickets also have a power socket fitted to allow bowling machines to operate on them. The construction parallels training facilities at the top end of the game as the practice wickets have been constructed to mirror the differing playing conditions that will prevail on the match pitches.

John Crawley, former England Cricketer and Head Coach at Oundle School Cricket Club, proclaims the practice installation as nothing less than ‘one of the best facilities [of their kind] in the world’. “We have slower spin nets at one end, the middle lanes are medium pace and, at the other end, they’re quick,” he states, The concept, design and delivery of this matchless provision is a beacon of excellence on a scale rarely, if ever, witnessed in the first-class game, let alone within education.

Scope of the works:

  • Cut and fill to achieve the standard required
  • Excavation, grading and formation of base layers
  • Full drainage installation
  • Carpet installation
  • Cultivation of topsoil
  • Importation, placement and grade of cricket loam
  • Cultivation and preparation of cricket loam
  • Fertilisation and seeding
  • Supply and installation of the sports netting
  • Associated fencing and hard-standing areas
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