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Usage of a coconut matting on a wooden surface

 

 

 

 

Usage of a coconut matting on a wooden surface:


You need the following things for building the pitch:

 

Matting: Matting has 4 holes (eyelids) on each end plus 4 on each side and we use 16 nails with corresponding washers to restrict the movement.

  • Wooden planks (OSB/3-Verlegeplatte) : We bought OSB wooden planks (OSB palleten– layers of large chips, glued together to form a thicker panel) from local DIY store (Baumarkt). Our grass ground is soft so we decided to use 22 mm thick planks. We chose them because they are easy to carry and also stable enough for running on them.  I heard from other clubs that they use thinner planks 18 mm thickness. Its your preference and budget. 25 mm planks are also good but expensive. We are now using planks for 18 metres instead of 20 metres and there will be no planks at the bowling end because the matting will be even with the ground for bowlers.
  • Nails & Washers: We bought 260 mm long nails and I forgot their thickness of nails. Washers were also bought to keeps the nails in place. Please measure the width of eyelid on matting and buy the nails accordingly.
  • Hammer

 

Matting: In the initial days the coconut matting will stretch a lot while playing, so I would recommend to play 2 or 3 practice sessions before the first league match. We use chalks (strassenkreide) to mark the grease every time alternatively one can also use paint to mark them permanently.

 

 

Regarding the wooden planks: There are 2 different options to buy the planks:

 

  • The planks which are pre cut and readily available in the store. We bought these planks with the following dimensions 2050 mm x 625 mm x 22 mm (length x width x thickness). These planks have grooves (male and female) on their sides and the adjoining plank fits in it. Each plank costs around 8 to 9 € depending on the store. These are available in different thickness starting from 12 mm till 25 mm. Something similar to the attached pictures.

 

  • The DIY stores also carry planks which are bigger in size 2500 mm x 950 mm which are quite expensive (27€ / piece) when compared to other type. These planks need to be cut in the required dimensions accordingly (DIY store will do the job for money). These are available in different thickness starting from 12 mm till 25 mm.

 

Nails and washers: We drilled holes on 2 planks (1 for each end ) matching the eyelids (holes on matting) on the matting to fix its two ends from moving. In addition, we drilled holes on some planks in between to restrict them from moving. The nails costed us 5 or 6 € for 5kgs and washers also around 5 €.

 

Unfortunately these planks are not water resistant, we are covering them with a thick cover (abdeckfolie) after the usage. Covers can be bought from the DIY store (Tedox) for 6€ for a 3 x 4 metres cover. We bought a water resistant paint (imprägnierer) for wood and are planning to paint them in the coming days. This needs to be done every year to keep them in a good condition. I am not sure if this is a good option but it was suggested by the DIY store.

 

 

We lay the planks first on ground followed by matting on top and we use nails to fix them. Mark the crease with chalks accordingly. 

 

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