The Roller that keeps on Rolling…

After more than 60 years of operation and duty, our old Auto-Roller is still going strong, having maintained pitches up and down the country for over 6 decades. Where did it all begin? Our auto-rollers have been celebrated as the industry standard for more than 100 years. We have helped to build and maintain rollers …

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Reconditioned rollers stay strong for 50+ years!

Reconditioned rollers stay strong for 50+ years!

We are very proud of our heritage and the Auto-Roller products we manufacture and support. Not only are they the best in the business for keeping your pitch and outfield in pristine condition, but they also last a VERY long time. On Wednesday 28th August 1968, a new Auto-Roller was ordered by the head groundsman …

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The History and Evolution of the Cricket Roller

The History and Evolution of the Cricket Roller

The cricket roller is an integral part of every match, ensuring an even and fair surface as well as prolonging the life of the pitch. But where did the story start and how has the cricket roller evolved over time? Let’s find out. First Came Creckett– circa 1550 Although the exact date upon which the …

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Cricket Pitch Terminology – All You Need to Know!

In the near 500 years since the game was first played, cricket has acquired a ‘rich and comprehensive’ glossary of terminology. From fielding positions to shot selection, there is a lot for new converts to cricket to learn. Here at AutoRoller, we specialise in ensuring that your cricket pitch is as good as it can …

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Why Are Cricket Pitches Different Sizes?

Did you know that there is no law in cricket for the size or shape of a cricket field? Or that the pitch is not always 22 yards long? How about the infamous Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) only having the second largest ground capacity and the fourth largest boundary? Let’s have a look at the …

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How Artificial Cricket Pitches Differ From Traditional Grass?

The game of cricket has always been steeped in tradition. Whites, willow, grass, clubhouse and of course Autorollers. Over the last few decades, innovation has changed both the format of the game and the technologies used. Whilst some change has been rightfully rejected, (aluminium bats anyone?) others including that of artificial pitch surfaces, have found …

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Properly Maintaining Your Cricket Pitch: A Step-By-Step Guide

To the casual observer, cricket is magically played on an idyllic green landscape, with the gentle thwack of leather on willow accompanied by ripples of warm applause and the clink of china teacups. The reality is somewhat different! Producing the ideal cricket pitch is a mixture of science, engineering, and hard graft. Whilst the level …

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A Century for our Auto Roller – A Podcast With Richard Robinson

“If we go way back, up until the mid 1800s, sheep mostly kept the playing areas and the outfield under control, with longer grass cut with a hand scythes. Then in 1830, a young textile engineer called Edwin Budding have a eureka moment. He was working on machines to shave the nap off guards guardsman …

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How Rollers Make a Big Difference in Your Game of Cricket

Cricket is a hugely popular sport all over the world and whether the game is being played at international level or amateur level, a well maintained pitch is essential. Cricket games can often be decided by the most minimal differences. Like in 2018 with the famous sandpaper scandal by the Aussies and in the same …

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Preparing your Cricket Roller for the Winter

When used correctly, rollers push soil downwards to make it more compact. The soil is also pushed forwards slightly, which helps to smooth out the surface and increase hardness. Over winter when soil gets wet, it begins to swell and the surface can lift unevenly and frost heave can also be experienced. It is important …

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