We’ve always said that there’s no beach out of reach – but we even managed to stage a cricket pitch invasion at the 20/20 finals last weekend! Flying Fish were asked to supply two hovercraft for the winners display at this prestigious event. Before he left, Benn admitted he knows nothing abou tth egame, so we explained the rules to him.
“You have two sides, one out in the field and one in. Each man that’s in the side that’s in goes out, and when he’s out he comes in and the next man goes in until he’s out. When they are all out, the side that’s out comes in and the side thats been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out. Sometimes you get men still in and not out.
When a man goes out to go in, the men who are out try to get him out, and when he is out he goes in and the next man in goes out and goes in. There are two men called umpires who stay all out all the time and they decide when the men who are in are out. When both sides have been in and all the men have been out, and both sides have been out twice after all the men have been in, including those who are not out, that is the end of the game!”
Thus equipped, he felt ready to take part – anyway, Benn & Garry’s involvement was thankfully restricted to Hovercraft operation (which they’re good at) rather than covering loose balls at silly-mid-off (which they’re not) but the sight of two craft buzzing round was a real crowd pleaser!
One thing that we were delighted about was the reaction of Sky TV who were televising the event. Having previously considered using craft, they’d tried out one of our competitors noisy two stroke hovercraft and simply couldn;t do so, due to the noise wiping out their audio. No such problems with the Flying Fish Hovercraft, following our demo a few days before, they were happy to go ahead and amazed at how quiet they were. In fact, take a look at the video and you’ll find you can;t even hear them over the ambient noise!