Blog24 January 2022

Our drying equipment helps cricket clubs knock their competition for six!

Wet weather and the winter season in general are both considered extremely prohibitive in the world of cricket, which is why it is typically played in summer. However, thanks to the effectiveness of our dehumidification equipment, we have been able to dry training pitches to such an extent that they are comparable to the sort of wickets players might expect to compete on in June or July!

Historically, air blowers have probably been the most commonly used tool when it comes to drying wet patches on the pitch and outfield – but their effectiveness is minimal when the ground is completely saturated.

As a cricket match progresses, and assuming there has been no rainfall, the pitch itself begins to dry out. By day four or day five, the surface often begins to crack, crumble and become dusty, with these conditions extremely difficult to replicate during the off-season. Until now, anyway!

Clubs competing at the highest level are doing everything they can to maintain an edge over their opposition, which means training during the winter. In order for preparation to be worthwhile, it is imperative that practice drills simulate real match situations as closely as possible. But how do you turn a drenched bowling wicket into something similar to the sort of pitch you might expect to encounter on the opening day of a Test at Lord’s? Actually, it’s not as complicated as you might think.

Thanks to previous conversations with officials at County Championship clubs, we have been able to use our extensive drying expertise to propose a solution to this age-old conundrum.

By deploying a marquee structure around the pitches intended for use, and thus enclosing it, you are able to first protect it from the elements. This then presents a limited space in which moisture removal is required – both from surfaces and from the air itself – and this can be easily achieved with a suitable dehumidification unit.

In a previous application, we proposed the installation of a single KT2000 desiccant dehumidifier, which can extract up to 450 litres of moisture per day from whichever environment in which it is deployed. The high capacity performance of this product ensures that it really won’t take too long for even the most drenched pitches to soon look and feel like they’ve been exposed to days of heat and sunlight, allowing your players the opportunity to practice in realistic conditions all year round!