Cricket is one of England’s national sports and a game that brings people together every summer, whether it’s a major international tournament or a relaxed village cricket match.
When England won the Ashes in 2009, interest in cricket grew noticeably, particularly among the younger generation, and clubs across the country were keen to nurture a new generation of talent. But to do this, they need the right facilities, and while an outdoor cricket pitch provides space to play the game in the summer, players need nets and practice areas to hone their skills all year round.
This is where indoor cricket pitches come in, offering opportunities to play cricket during the winter. Indoor cricket is also a popular game in itself, as well as a great starting sport for those looking to get into cricket.
At CopriSystems Ltd, we provide bespoke covering systems for indoor cricket pitches in a number of sizes and configurations, spanning between two and four lanes. Our fixed domes provide an affordable alternative to permanent buildings for indoor cricket facilities and provide full protection in all weathers.
Indoor cricket pitch layouts
Indoor cricket is a much faster game than regular outdoor cricket and is often described as an indoor version of Twenty20 because of its pace and excitement.
The game is played with two teams, each with a maximum of eight players, and consists of two innings of 16 seven-ball overs. Each player is required to bowl two overs and bat in a partnership for four overs.
An indoor cricket court is usually 30 metres by 12 metres and is enclosed in a tight netting 4.5 metres high. The pitch itself is 20 metres long and 1.8 metres wide. Each pitch has three collapsible spring-loaded stumps at either end.
One end is marked as the bowling crease, with the non-striker crease towards the centre of the court from where the non-striking batsman runs. At the other end 11 metres from the non-striker crease is the batting crease. This is surrounded by an exclusion zone arc with a radius of three metres. Fielders must not enter this area until the ball has reached the batsman.
The surface of an indoor cricket pitch is typically made from artificial grass matting and due to the speed of the game and the size of the court, a softer ball is used. At CopriSystems Ltd, we can provide covers to suit all types of indoor cricket pitches and practice nets, whether you need a small fixed dome for a two lane facility or a large cover to span four lanes.
Cricket is not an all-weather game, and in fact matches are often called off because of poor weather conditions or bad light. Fortunately indoor cricket can be played all year round, whatever the conditions.
Cricket covers from CopriSystems Ltd provide an affordable alternative to permanent buildings for indoor cricket pitches. They are designed in accordance with British Standards Building Regulations for snow and wind loadings. A second membrane skin can be added for greater protection against heat loss.
Frames are made from glulam wood or high-tensile steel, which is hot dip galvanised for corrosion protection. The covers of our cricket domes are made from heavy-duty, flame-retardant, PVC-coated polyester fabric and feature fire doors, as well as sliding side curtains as standard. However, should you require additional curtains at the gable ends, giving greater flexibility in windy conditions, these can also be fitted to your covers.
Quality lighting is essential in cricket so that players can follow the movement of the ball travelling at high speeds. Bespoke lighting solutions are installed in our domes to ensure play can continue in the evening or on gloomy days.
Buy or rent cricket covers from CopriSystems Ltd
If you’re looking to build new indoor cricket pitches, or you need all-weather covers for your nets and practice areas, we can help you create top class facilities.
We have been designing and manufacturing cricket covers for a quarter of a century, so we really are experts in the field, offering bespoke solutions to match your exact requirements.
If you need help constructing your indoor cricket pitches, we can act as principal contractors on your project, preparing the groundwork and fitting out pavilions , surfacing courts and installing lights, netting and stumps for you. We also offer fixed and telescopic covers for multi-use sports halls and indoor and outdoor football pitches, as well as netball, tennis, badminton and basketball courts.