Chipping Sodbury Cricket Club – 4ft Roller

We spoke with Chipping Sodbury Cricket Club in the summer after they were awarded a section 106 grant to go towards providing community and social infrastructure. We were pleased to quote them for a new 4ft Auto-Roller.

The club had decided to go with an Auto-Roller after seeing the Pitchcare article regarding last year's 3ft Auto-Roller Competition and liked our ambition for supporting smaller cricket clubs with limited funding.

We were pleased to be able to deliver the roller while the sun was still shining and they are now the proud owners of not only a new roller, but also our complementary cricket hat!

We would like to thank Chairman Andy Shield for the business and his kind words. We hope the club get many years of use out of their roller - starting next season once the weather has warmed up a bit!

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Auto-Roller Competition Result – Slaughters United

As proud supporters of the England and Wales Cricket Board, we asked cricket clubs nationwide to register with the NatWest CricketForce scheme to be in with a chance to win a brand new 3ft Auto-Roller. At a value of £9,749, we wanted to give something back to the clubs that have supported us over the past 90 years.

Although the Auto-Roller is now exported world-wide to countries such as the West Indies, Pakistan and Australia, the importance of supporting growth in cricket’s home country is something we are very passionate about. Through Lords and Edgbaston, all the way to the Isle of Jersey, the Auto-Roller has become a symbol of cricket heritage; providing cricket clubs the professional turf finish demanded by the world’s top groundsmen.

As a huge thank you for all of the support (and for keeping our cricket pitches in top condition!) our specially made 3ft Auto-Roller was awarded to Slaughters United Cricket Club in the Cotswolds!

The picturesque village of Lower Slaughter in the Cotswolds

Members of the committee accept the 3ft Auto-Roller

We spoke to delighted Vice Chairman, Paul Heming, at Slaughters United

“Ensuring that our cricket pitch is kept maintained to the highest standard has always been a top priority. Previously, with our 1950 4ft Auto-Roller, rolling the pitch was quite a chore with visibility being poor and the precision in the rolls just not being there. Now, with the brand new 3ft Auto-Roller in use we have now immediately seen the improvements to our pitch and we can’t get the groundsman off it!

We can rest easy knowing that the Auto-Roller will last a life time, and it’s one less thing to worry about for the club. I’m keen to see the improvements that will undoubtedly be made to the overall standard of the pitch and as a result, the cricket being played on it.”

At Auto-Roller, we help to ensure cricket clubs and schools world-wide can keep their older machines running whilst working to innovate and develop our brand new range. Our new range offers an easy electric key start, smooth power steering, precision machined rolls with a fully hydrostatic drive. Crafted by our engineers with a wealth of experience at our workshop in Wiltshire, the quality of the Auto-Rollers has, with no exception, remained unbeatable to this day.

Our team of friendly staff and engineers are always happy to help, so please don’t hesitate to call the office, Autoguide Equipment Ltd, on 01380 850885 or contact us via our website www.cricketroller.co.uk.

Thank you to everyone who took part in the competition, and make sure to keep your eyes peeled for future exclusive offers and competitions!”

Ormskirk Cricket Club – Re-Power Kit

Ormskirk Cricket Club first contacted us in 2016, enquiring about an Auto-Roller Re-Power Kit. We were happy to supply them with a quote and were contacted again last year when they were beginning to put the funding in place.

At the beginning of this year, the purchase of a Re-Power kit was approved by the committee. We received the old roller from Ormskirk and began the process of shot-blasting and re-spraying the roller, plus fitting the new kit at our workshop here in Wiltshire.

Within a few weeks, the roller (looking almost like a new machine!) was ready to go back home to Ormskirk, just in time for the start of the season!

Before

After

We are happy to hear that the club are delighted with the results, and we hope they get many years of use out of the overhauled roller!

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3ft Auto-Roller Competition 2018

**COMPETITION NOW CLOSED** Click here for competition winners

As a huge thank you for all of the support from you over the years, we together with the ECB would like to offer your club the chance to win a brand new 3ft Auto-Roller. All you need to do is register with NatWest CricketForce before 5pm on the 30th March and you will be automatically entered.

If you would like to find out more about the competition and the specifications of the 3ft Auto-Roller, please click on the below link. If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Pink 3ft Auto-Roller

In the past, cricket clubs and schools ordering a new roller or re-power kit have requested a different roller colour to the standard Auto-Roller green. The Mint Green Re-Power Kit has been the boldest colour choice so far, but we think this bright pink new 3ft roller might just have it beat!

The 3ft Auto-Roller was introduced a few years ago to meet the demand of smaller clubs with budget constraints. It is not compromised in any way due to the narrow width, making it a great cost effective option.

For more information on our rollers, visit the CRICKET ROLLER RANGE section of our website. If you would like to discuss your options with us, please CONTACT US.

Menai Bridge Cricket Club – 4ft Auto-Roller

Back in October, Menai Bridge Cricket Club contacted us when they wanted to replace their old Auto-Roller. Head groundsman, Keith, was kind enough to let us in on how they found the process with applying for grants and purchasing the Auto-Roller.

Menai Bridge Cricket Club is situated on the Isle of Anglesey in North West Wales. Nestled in the beautiful scenery of the Snowdonia National Park, the club boasts a fantastic community spirit combined with majestic views.

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Mint Green Re-power Kit

This week, we sent out a newly refurbished roller; in a striking mint green! This was part of an Auto-Roller ‘Re-power’ kit, designed to update existing machines with a new Hatz Diesel engine, fully hydrostatic drive and power steering system.

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Wellington School Re-Power, Shot-Blast, Re-Spray

Wellington School have treated themselves to an early Christmas Present, they have invested in an Auto-Roller Re-Power Kit! Not only did they decide their roller needed painting they also had it painted in the Schools Uniform colours!

When the machine arrived, we checked the serial plate and were able to track it back to March 1981 when it was originally sold to Somerset College of Art.

We fitted this Re-Power kit on-site but we also supply a ‘fit yourself kit’ which takes around 1-2 days to install. The kit fits all makes and models of Auto-Roller from 1948 onwards! With the many years of manufacturing experience, we have been able to design the repower kit to complement the Auto-Roller design in keeping with the ‘Rolls Royce’ of Rollers!

Wellington School 1981 Cricket Roller
Before

Newly Re-powered Auto-Roller Cricket Roller
After

Customer Comments

Our roller was very old and worn out. We didn't know if it would start from one day to the next, and as a result, rolling during the cricket season became a job that no one looked forward too!! Autoguide have carried out a complete overhaul of the roller (including new engine, bearings etc.) and the machine is like new. With power steering and hydrostatic drive it will be a race to see which of the ground staff can get on it first this cricket season. The roller has also been resprayed to school colours to an extremely high standard. We couldn't be happier with it and the communication with Autoguide throughout has been superb.  

Graham Cox

Wellington School Head Groundsman

For more details visit the RE-POWER KIT section of the Web-Site.