Hybrid H3 Wicket

The hybrid cricket pitch was designed and developed by Tony Hemming Head Curator of Dubai’s ICC Academy, researched by using different materials from other sporting codes and native cricket soils from around the world.

It gives the cricketer the same variation depending on moisture in the soil, which allows for a more natural bounce, seam & spin of a pitch. It also much easier to maintain for the groundsmen and pitch preparation time is reduced to one day. Foot holes are barely in need of repair.

Our Hybrid H3 wicket combines the qualities of a natural and a synthetic pitch. This innovative design uses a high-quality synthetic grass filled with natural soil, smoothed to below the level of the pile height. The result is a low maintenance surface that is fast to prepare, but responds to changes in the moisture content in the soil, allowing the Bounce, Seam and Spin of a natural pitch.

The variations mimicked by this wicket are very similar to the spin-friendly pitches prepared in the subcontinent. Installed in the Bupa National Cricket Centre in Brisbane, this wicket has been used by the Australian team in preparations for campaigns overseas.

Spin Wicket

Prototype Profile:

The basic requirements for constructing this pitch are a concrete base of 150mm thick with a slope of 0.5 %. Recessed below the ground by 60mm. The Synthetic grass used usually to be filed with rubber for artificial football fields is then filled with 2.5 – 2mm crumbed rubber is replaced with crushed cricket clay at the same size. 5 ton would of clay would be required for a standard 75m2 pitch.

The clay is filled to the top of the grass level by carefully brush the grass back upright position and then filling evenly over the grass. It is then levelled off with a straight aluminium 4m straight bar. 3-4mm of grass above the surface will replicate a Pitch.

Testing:

Over the last 5 years the Pitch has endured the desert elements and has been used over 600 + hours. We have taken clegg hammer readings of 300gravitates and compared them with our readings from both artificial cricket pitches & Natural turf cricket pitches. The Hybrid can get very hard like a 3rd day test pitch. By using different clays each pitch can change the characteristics to home ground advantage.

We have had professional teams like Kent, Lancashire, Durham, Indian Premier League teams, ICC Associate countries and International teams such as Pakistan, England, South Africa, Sri lanka . All have been positive in comments, England coach Peter Moores “It’s amazing this had not been tried before, it really challenges the batmen & bowlers”.