Hammer Black Edition Cricket Bat 2015

Cricket bat makers have definitely gone the extra mile when it comes to their cricket bat ranges for 2015. Kookaburra has brought on some fantastic new ranges including bolstering their existing Kahuna and the ever popular Bubble comeback cricket bat. GM has also produced some superlative ranges for 2015, including the Mogul, Sigma and of course ever popular brands like the Icon and the Octane.

Small bespoke handcraft bat makers are also pulling out the stops to produce cricket bats that will match and possibly even surpass the bats produced by the larger brands of bat makers. One of the best bats for the 2015 season has to be the Hammer Black Edition Cricket Bat.

This bat does not last long on the shelves and the makers at Hammer cricket have kept the exclusivity of this cricket bat by only producing 25 of them.

The limit on the amount produced is also due to the caliber of the willow. The Hammer Black Edition Cricket Bat 2015 is produced from willow that is usually only reserved for the best professional players. The semi-oval handle is made from premium 12 piece cane. This quality handle is a substantial element of the almost zero vibration from the bat.

It has a full face profile and the camber on the bat is 2mm. This camber along with the profile allows the bat to have huge edges. The bat is available in SH and LH.

Perhaps the greatest element of this cricket bat is the weight distribution. The bat weighs between 2.9 and 2.12 but the absolutely brilliant balance of the cricket bat makes it feel a lot lighter. This gives the batsman huge amounts of concentrated power without compromising on the batsman’s ability to wield the willow.

Such is the exclusivity of this bat is that it comes with a high quality padded bat cover to help you protect one of the best cricket bats your money can buy.

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How Not to Treat Your Cricket Bat?

How Not to Treat Your Cricket Bat?

There are few experts in the world of cricket bats that no better as to how to treat your cricket bat than the experts at GM. GM is the standard bearer for quality manufacturing and research when it comes to cricket bat making.

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But more than what you should be doing with your cricket bat, GM has put together a list of specific things that you should not be doing with your cricket bat.

Here is a brief analysis of some of these cricket bat don’ts:

Don’t expose your bat to extreme temperatures:

Your bat is for all intents and purposes like any other wood, extreme cold and extreme heat will damage the composition of your cricket bat willow hence damaging your bat.

Don’t Over-Oil:

This may come as a shock but the experts at GM suggest that over-oiling your cricket bat is far worse than underoiling your cricket bat. Too much oil adds unnecessary weight to the bat, it spoils the driving power of your cricket bat and may even rot your cricket bat from the inside out.

Don’t Stand Your Bat in Oil:

Contrary to old thinking, the oil well of your bat is not for you to stand your bat in oil. You will swell the toe of your bat and cause long term damage to the cricket bat.

Don’t Use Cheap Balls:

Using cheap cricket balls on a great cricket bat can cause long term damage to not only the surface of your cricket bat, but to the inside willow as well.

Don’t play with a damaged bat:

If you feel your bat is damaged, send it in to experts like cricketstoreonline.com, do not use your bat if you think it is damaged, if you do, you can turn a fixable bat into a cricket bat that is broken for good.

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New Balance Cricket

Following successful forages into the cricket market by adidas, another large athletics company, New Balance is quickly making big strides into the cricket market.

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This brings the large athletics companies to five, with Reebok, Nike, Adidas, Puma and now New Balance all producing lines of cricket gear.

It has to be said that NB is making a real fist of thing, having signed many huge brand name players.

Aaron Finch was one of the first to be using NB cricket equipment. The Australian T20 captain uses his New Balance stickered B3 cricket bat to great effect as he carts bowlers to all parts of the ground. New Balance have now swept up another rising Aussie star in Steve Smith.

New Balance already sponsor a plethora of great bowlers. The New Balance Bowling line up includes James Pattinson, Pat Cummins and the greatest bowler of them all Dale Steyn.

New Balance has for a while had the services of South African explosive batsman David Miller.

This all bodes very well for the game of cricket, as big athletics companies see the market share to be had.

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Adidas Cricket

Adidas is a german born company that focuses on sporting goods and clothing and are the second biggest in the world in the market category of sporting goods.

Adidas also own a bunch of other sporting goods companys including reebok sportswear and rockport footwear.

Adidas was founded in 1949 by Adolf Dassler. In the 1990s Adidas reached into the cricket market by signing Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar and made a custom pair of shoes for him which he still wears while playing matches. Since 2008, Adidas has sponsored the cricket bat used by Tendulkar. It created a new bat, ‘Adidas MasterBlaster Elite’, personalized just for him.

The brand opened their biggest store yet in Beijing china which spans four stories of a building and is dubbed the companys center by PR strategists, and in this store they have every single product that they manufacture available for sale and on display.

The Adidas store showcases 27 different shoes worn by separate olympic contenders and the store is full of high tech gadgets that can test the skill of shoppers as they shop with interactive games and tests.

Adidas has grown sixty percent in China since opening and are focusing more and more in that region especially now that Chinese have become very competitive and play a big role in the olympics.

As Herbert Hainer the CEO of the Adidas group put it; “We are laser-focused on our mission: we strive to be the global leader in the sporting goods industry with brands built on a passion for sports and a sporting lifestyle!”

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AS Sports

Asghar Sports was started in the year 1960 by Chowdhary Asghar. At this time the company started export of cricket bats to UK and Australia. Asghar Sports manufactures quality cricket equipment’s for meeting the requirements of national and international markets. The company also added on the production of Sports Wears, Cricket Clothing, Cricket Balls and Soft Leather Protective Equipments under the flagship of “A.S Cricket” in the year 1995.

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AS Sports

A.S Brand Cricket Equipments are known as a name of quality are therefore used by the international cricket players like Abdur Razzaq, Mohammad Yousaf, Imran Nazir, Faisal Iqbal, Nicky Boje, Chris Harris, and many other test cricketers.

The company has a good share of export business in the world market exporting to Australia, UK, USA, South Africa, Canada, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

A.S is dedicated to providing each and every cricketer – from professional cricketer to recreational cricketers to kids on the playground – with the opportunity, the products, and the inspiration to achieve what they are capable of. They believe everyone has the potential to do great things. As a brand, A.S has the unique opportunity to help consumers, cricketers and, partners and employees fulfill their true potential and reach heights they may have thought un-reachable.

A.S. sees the world a little differently and throughout their history have made their mark.. A.S creates products and marketing programs that reflect the brand’s unlimited creative potential.

The A.S lives by its mantra is to always challenge and lead through creativity.

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Spartan Cricket

Spartan Cricket

There are not many cricket brands that have entered the cricket brand market with as much as a bang as Kunal Sharma and his Spartan Brand of Cricket bats.

As much as Spartan has put out a quality line of cricket bats, they have also signed some of the most popular faces on the cricketing planet to pump up their brand. Players like Chris Gayle and Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Michael Clarke.

Clarke was always an exponent of Slazenger, always flaunting the latest bat that Slazenger had to flaunt. He then went for a test match or two where his bat was sponsorless and he then emerged on the other end wielding a Spartan Cricket Bat. This is not dissimilar to a another Australian captain, Steve Waugh. Steve Waugh was a Gunn & Moore loyal, wielding most bats they had to offer from the early days of the Diamond. Waugh then went for a few matches with a blank cricket bat and then emerged using an MRF cricket bat.

Spartan to their credit have produced a line of very fine cricket bats. Their bats have a square toe which is to the liking of some cricketers. There is no doubt that Sharma and his Spartan brand will continue to trailblaze when it comes to cricket equipment. The question though is not so much what are they going to come out with next but rather which international player are they going to nab next?

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First Cricket Head Protection/Helmet

First Cricket Head Protection/Helmet

It is hard to call the first piece of protective head gear in cricket a helmet, but it was an innovative piece of equipment nonetheless. It was a 3-peaked cap worn by Middlesex cricketer Patsy Hendren.

The year was 1933 and Harold Larwood was at his ferocious best. He was instilling fear in the hearts and minds of the batsmen who had to face up to him. Patsy Hendren came up with a Sherlock Holmes style cap. The cap had three flaps and the goal of the cap that instead of the ball smashing into the batsman’s head it would be deflected away without causing harm.
It was a valiant effort but the problems with Patsy’s helmet were inherent to the naked eye. While it was a great effort for the glancing blow, it did little to combat a blow that was headed flush for the batsman’s head.
There is no historical record of whether Hendren ever received a blow to his self made head protection yet it will always go down in history as the first piece of cricket head protection ever worn.
The helmet has evolved a great deal since then and many believe that it is still a work in progress, as new helmets like the Masuri Vision Series strongly suggest.
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Affinity Cricket Bats

Affinity Cricket Bats

The bespoke cricket bat is becoming a buzz word in the cricket gear world. As a huge movement pulls away from the inferior bulk machine made cricket bats, brands like Affinity Cricket and Hammer Cricket are popping up with fantastically crafted cricket bats. These bats fill the void of superbly handcrafted cricket bats and give consumers far more options in terms of buying a high quality hand crafted cricket bat.

The Affinity cricket range includes bats with various specifications that are made to suit various playing styles and pitch conditions. The Affinity Carbine and the Affinity Spectre cricket bats are two fantastically crafted cricket bats. The weight distribution is superb and thought gone into crafting these great cricket bats is immense. Weights are precise and the balance is also great. The willow is of the highest quality and cricket lovers can really get their hands on a high end bespoke boutique cricket bat at a fraction of the price of what it may normally cost.
Brands such as Affinity cricket is definitely a step towards where the future of cricket bat buying and making is heading. Consumers will look out for these hand crafted bats that are made with care and due diligence before purchasing a generic machine made bat, no matter the cricket brand name.

Hammer PRO White Cricket Balls

Hammer PRO White Cricket Balls

People have always wondered, if baseballs and cricket balls are so similar then why are cricket balls so expensive and baseballs are relatively cheap? Here is the Hammer pro white cricket ball.

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Firstly, it is worthwhile noting that cricket balls and baseballs are very different. Cricket balls have to endure much longer duration of play then baseballs. All the while, a cricket ball cannot show signs of splitting or capitulation as changing of the ball is a rarity in cricket.
The Hammer PRO White Cricket Balls is a huge stride towards bringing down the prices of quality cricket balls. A cheap cricket ball, usually breaks and shows early signs of wear and tear. This is not the case when it comes to quality cricket balls. This is where the Hammer PRO White Cricket Ball really has a huge advantage, in that, it is made of some high quality materials and shows great signs of durability but is a fraction of the price of other cricket balls of the same quality.
This has been a general trend with Hammer Cricket since their inception, they have been producing cricket gear of the highest quality at a fraction of the price of other brand cricket equipment of the same quality.

Its ODI Cricket Season.

Its ODI Cricket Season.

What was the best ODI ever played?

Edgbaston 1999 vs. Bullring 438

It was the 1483rd one day international; it was called the best ever. 866 matches later there came along another that almost unanimously dethroned it. The combatants were the same. The green and gold of South Africa versus the gold and green of Australia. Survivors from the previous battle were few. Jacques Kallis, Mark Boucher and Herschelle Gibbs for South Africa. Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist for Australia.

For South Africans we are talking about the 1999 highway robbery at Edgbaston and the 438 game. For Australians we are talking about the victory at Edgbaston and the 434 game.

If Cricket himself, would have to choose his ambassador of the One-Day game which of these two epic battles would he choose? An ambassador that would not only speak for those who salivate over a technically correct forward defensive, but rather one who would enthrall and entertain the masses.


The Highveld Autumn run-fest was for all practical purposes a double T20 game rolled into one. Fans were enamored with the crash, bang and boom of it all. Hard hats in the stands were no joke as commentators went scurrying for their best clichés to report the six storm.

Ricky Ponting continued where he left off against India in the final of 2003, as he made the bowlers look like Playstation’s graphically designed bowlers on easy mode. The bowlers would have been excused for discontinuing their follow throughs to take shelter behind the umpire, while blocking their ears in preparation for the next six bomb to be hit. And there was an immediate repeat to follow, Herschelle Gibbs picked up the console where Ponting had left it and smashed the helpless bowlers to all parts. Cautious or over-cautious batting in the middle overs from Kallis and Boucher set-up a thrilling finish. The bowlers for all practical purposes could have been machines, Mick Lewis becoming the most expensive machine in ODI cricket. There were many headliners that day. 872 runs, two mammoth centuries and a bull-ring that became a bowler abattoir.

The “Donald-Klusener mix-up game” did not start at the toss on the 17th of June 1999. It started on the 13th of June at Headingley. In hindsight it ended in Leeds for South Africa too.

With 271 on the board, South Africa had Australia at 48/3 with a run-out and two wickets for Steve Elworthy. As a mistimed clip from Steve Waugh on 56 hit the palms of Herschelle Gibbs, the game and the top of the Super Six table was seemingly the South Africans’. But that was not to be, Gibbs went for his nonchalant flick over the shoulder, his hand brushing his thigh sending the ball to the ground before the catch was completed. Waugh added a “ you dropped the trophy” comment and 64 to his score. Tom Moody did the honors of blasting the ball over cover thereby taking the game and the superior standing on the Super Six table. The win at Headingley for Australia meant that the tie at Edgbaston was enough for a Final’s berth at Lords.

A tie would have been enough, a tie was not what was expected and then again a tie was a befitting result.

Australia batted first, there was a 5-for for Shaun Pollock, four ducks, four catches by the wicket keeper and two fifties. A score of 213 looked challenging. The South African innings had three run outs, the last of which is framed and displayed in many an Australian sports bar. There were also four wickets and a Man of the Match for Shane Warne, whose ball to dismiss Herschelle Gibbs was acclaimed as a close second best to “Mike Gatting’s Ball of the Century”.

Both 213s together would have been a losing score in 2006 at the Wanderers, and yet there was something so distinctly cricket about Edgbaston that would make it my firm favorite for Cricket’s One-Day ambassador.

Not long ago, about two years ago, there was an immature public, still drunk on the relatively new exploits of T20 cricket. 12th men would lumber out with bigger and more brutal looking bats for the likes of Justin Kemp who would wow the crowd as they assaulted the bowling. The IPL was deemed as a cricket Messiah, he had come to save the game from well timed strokes and intended to replace them with euphoria-inducing top edges and wild bludgeons across the line. There was a distinct feeling amongst fans that this was the way forward.

It seems as if he was a false Messiah because the game of cricket is experiencing a metamorphosis. The battles to follow are those of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel against James Anderson and Stuart Broad, and the pitch curators are expected to deliver for them. KP has received his mention too, but the hubbub is about the swinging ball.

Double centuries for Kumar Sangakarra and other huge scores in a match and the talk of the fans is about a lifeless pitch that ought to be buried.

A more mature cricketing public is steering the game away from 120 balls of ugly slogging.  A more astute cricketing public is once again licking their lips at the sight of bowler friendly pitches. A public which encourages tweaking the One Day game as opposed to replacing it.

Swing bowling and bowlers are getting standing ovations; flat track bully batsmen are getting a mere warm applause. Some say it’s a new found thirst for wickets, other say it is T20 overkill, I say it’s an appreciation for a basic cricketing principle.

The principle that the game is a battle between the brains and brawn of batsmen and bowlers, and not that the game is a battle between two sets of batsmen. A game between bat and ball ought to have equal platforms for batsmen and bowlers to display their immense skill. These platforms are  finally taking shape.

This is a move that will once again see curators preparing pitches to the strengths of a bowling attack. Many may chatter about the new fad of four day Test matches, but this is an age where fans want to see the batsmen work for their runs. Three slips and two gullies is once again as appealing as a boundary rider retrieving the ball from the stands.

All of this bodes well for a healthy game of cricket. All of this bodes well for a proper game of cricket. A cricket where an IPL is a light dessert after serious servings of Test and ODI cricket. A cricket and his supporters that will once again deem Edgbaston 1999 the best ODI ever played.

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