Gray Nicolls Powerbow Stripe Generation X- Junior Bats

The Gray Nicolls Powerbow Stripe Generation X Junior Cricket Bat is a top of the line cricket bat that is built specifically with Junior’s in mind. The willow on these bats is superb and Gray Nicolls have not gone skimpy at all on the willow because it is in the Junior range. Each of these Gary Nicolls Powerbow Junior bats comes with multiple grains.

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Powerboaw generation x cricket bat
The sweet spot is slightly lower than on many of their full size bats but there is overall power all over the bat.The slightly lower sweet spot may be of benefit to junior cricketers in getting them to play with a straight bat. It is classically easier to play the horizontal bat shots with a bat that has a mid to high sweet spot but this Gray Nicolls packs a lot of power all the same. There is slight concaving but this if anything enhances a feather light pick-up and great balance when taking strike and striking the ball.
The Gray Nicolls Powerbow Stripe Generation X cricket bat is also a budget friendly cricket bat and for the quality of willow that the bat provides, it is incredibly well priced. Junior bats often need a little more tender loving care as they are handled by juniors, these bats come fitted with a scuff sheet and a lovely neon green toe guard. The neon green matches the stickers and overall young but classy look to the bat.
The Gray Nicolls Powerbow Stripe Generation X is an English Willow cricket bat. There may be slight blemishes on the face of the bat along with also slight curvature on some of the grains but the performance of the Gray Nicolls Powebow is top class.
If you were to be picking a cricket bat on performance as opposed to looks before looking at the price tag, this junior Gray Nicolls cricket bat would be high on the list. It would match some of the pricier cricket bats on offer for its performance.

New Balance CK10 Cricket Shoes

New Balance has certainly exploded onto the cricket equipment market with a range of truly high quality cricket bats. Long before that they were making cricket boots and their cricket boots are still of the highest quality. After all, New Balance is and athletics company that made their name making premium athletic shoes and their cricket shoes are definitely no different.

The New Balance CK10 cricket shoe is possibly the best cricket shoe on the market. Much thought has gone into the design of these cricket boots to give cricketers, whether batsmen or bowlers or in the field absolute control, balance and stability.
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In terms of comfort, the CK10 is the first “minimal” cricket shoe. This is truly a shoe and not a cricket boot. The shoe offers the same amount of ankle support as a boot would but it comes with the bonus of not being as weighty or as bulky as cricket boots can sometimes be. The comfort is extended to the mid-sole part of the New Balance CK10 cricket shoes where it has been fitted with New Balance’s renowned REVlite system. The REVlite offers a lightweight feel for the fielders that will be sending long hours on their feet in the field.
Cricketers know how essential balance and control are when it comes to their cricket shoes. The New Balance CK10 cricket shoes have a 4mm drop, New Balance have done this to help the cricketers achieve better proprioception which increases balance and control.

The toe has been reinforced to ensure that it does not wear thin in the area that is put under a lot of stress by the bowlers as they land to deliver the ball and the follow through.

These boots are endorsed by the many players who use New Balance cricket equipment. One of the players to be seen enjoying the use of the New Balance CK10’s is Australia’s Aaron Finch.

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Cricket shoes – Bowling

There are various types of cricket shoes available. These are available in the USA from Cricket Store Online. Some cricket shoes are multi-purpose, this means that they are good for batting, bowling and fielding. There are other cricket shoes that are made specifically for batting or specifically for bowling.

Bowling spikes

The NB 4040 bowling spike cricket shoe is the shoe Dale Steyn wears.

Cricket shoes for bowling are probably the most important. When a fast bowler delivers the cricket ball, he places immense strain on his front foot. It is essential that he has a great cricket shoe to cushion the blow. It is also essential to have cricket shoes with the right spikes, so that the bowler is able to retain his balance when delivering the ball.

Batting spikes

The AB 10 Minimus cricket batting spike is worn by Aaron Finch.

Size is very important when a bowler selects his cricket shoes. Cricket Shoes are available in US sizes. The cricket shoe should never be too tight but a too loose fitting cricket shoe can be equally as damaging. Many bowlers cricket shoes come with added strapping to keep the cricket shoe snugly in place.

Rubber sole multi purpose cricket shoe

The NB 4020 all purpose rubber sole cricket shoe is great for concrete wickets and indoor play.

A good quality bowling cricket shoe will have a slightly higher top. This gives added support to the ankle of the bowler on landing. A good cricket shoe will also have added rubber and stitching around the toe area. This is because the toe area drags and can often be a place where the cricket shoe will disintegrate first.

In older times fast bowlers used to cut the front of their bowling shoes to allow the big toe room to move out. This stopped the toe jarring into the front of the shoe. Nowadays, technology advances in cricket shoes has meant that enough padding is supplied to negate cutting open the front of the cricket bowling shoe.

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Pink Cricket Balls

Day-Night Test Cricket is going ahead with Australia scheduled to host New Zealand in Australia for the first day/night test match.

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A lot of testing has gone on to find the right cricket ball to use for Day/Night Test matches. The red cricket ball obviously won’t work as that will create a visibility problem at night for the players. So, the obvious choice would have been to use a white cricket ball with a black sightscreen. 

The problem with the white cricket ball is that they generally tend to lose their hardness and color after 34 overs. This is congruent with the old ICC rules where the white ball was changed at over 34 of an ODI innings. 

So, Kookaburra went to the drawing board to find a cricket ball that not only can be highly visible at night but also retain it’s structure for the required 80 overs. A cricket ball in a Test match may only be changed at the 80 over mark.

After extensive tinkering with the Pink cricket ball, Kookaburra has now come up with a product that has satisfied many of the big cricket boards. It has been tested in Sheffield Shield cricket. Many find it to be “gimmicky” while others have said that it really does solve the problem.

Here is a question for this blog’s readership:

Was it really necessary for them to tinker so much with the cricket ball in coming up with a Pink one? Why not allow the fielding team to get a new-ball after 50 overs? Or is that not Test Match cricket?

There is a lot more to ponder when it comes to Day-Night Test Cricket. The ball will come on to the bat a bit quicker at night and dew can become a huge factor at certain grounds around the world. 

Can you imagine a 5th day pitch with a world class spinner trying to bundle the opposition out but he is not able to because he cannot get a grip on the ball because of dew?

On the other hand, prime time TV slots is sure to attract a bigger audience.

Which side of the Day-Night Test Match do you sit?

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Knocking in a cricket bat, by Cricket Store Online

When you buy a cricket bat, even from a reliable source, the cricket bat is NOT ready to use. Even if the sticker says ready to play, you will still need to do some sort of knocking in. whether it be the edges, toe or the full face. Obviously it is critical to buy the right bat for your size and for your style of play. But a great cricket bat can become a bad cricket bat very quickly if you play with it without preparing it properly. For many preparing their cricket pre or mid season is a labor of love for others it is tedious and there are some that simply don’t know where to start with their cricket bat preparation. 

We strongly suggest that if you fall into the tedious or know idea category of bat preparation buyer you ask a Cricket Store Online expert for either guidance or take advantage of their superb bat preparation services.

The cricket bat before being match ready will undergo oiling. Oiling ensures integrity of the willow. It molds the fibers in the willow to give the willow resilience and a better ping off the face of the cricket bat. Oiling a cricket bat is not as time consuming as knocking a cricket bat in. The bat needs to be knocked in thoroughly to ensure that all of the wood fibers are compounded and pressed together to reduce the possibility of cracking and improve performance. You can buy a top of the range bat and break it in no time if you are careless or lazy about knocking it in.

Cricket Store Online has a machine dedicated to knocking in cricket bats with machine precision for superb consistency and never any missed spots. There is no proof that a hand knocked in bat is better than one that is knocked in by machine. Quite the contrary, the machine delivers more speed, precision, power and efficiency. The problem with humans knocking in cricket bats is that they are inherently lazy and will often use the term ” thats good enough “. As a veteran of about 1000 cricket bats knocked in Jason Mellet of Cricket Store Online knows what he is talking about. Of course once knocked in, all the bats are tested for their performance by a Cricket Store Online expert bat analyst.

Some players will want to add scuff sheets to their bat face or edges and some may wish to add additional grips. Ask Cricket Store Online today about how you can get your cricket bat match ready.

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Gray Nicolls Silver Batting Gloves

Now this is exciting. A brand new range of batting gloves from Gray Nicolls. The Gray Nicolls Silver Batting Gloves.These gloves are virtually a player’s edition quality cricket glove and they are priced initially by Gray Nicolls at an exceptionally good price.

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For starters with a glove, you obviously look at protection. These gloves come with a fully fiber-glassed shell for the most vulnerable leading index finger. That is the kind of protection you want for what is the most exposed part of the hands when you bat. The middle finger of that leading hand is also fiber-glassed to the half way point as that finger is also in the firing line when the batsman faces up to the bowler.
These gloves are simple but very classy with their sausage style finger design. The sausage fingers offer a good deal of flexibility. The thumb is a 3-piece, the 3-piece thumb offers additional flexibility to the thumb of the batsman who uses his thumb mainly to manipulate the balls direction off his bat.
Many bastmen will check the glove to see what kind of protection is offered where the hand will grip the bat. The Gray Nicolls Silver gloves have great Gel-Tek up the side of the glove with a lot of soft fill to give the batsman an extremely comfortable grip on the bat.
The palm of the Gray Nicolls Silver Gloves is made from very high quality leather with extra reinforced patches on the places of the palm that would wear out first.It has superb breathability and ventilation as well as a very large and comfortable sweat band.
The Gray Nicolls Silver Gloves are off course finished with a very high quality and high durability velcro strap that keeps the gloves snugly on the batsman’s hands.
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Hammer Vapen 3 star cricket bat

If you love a good cricket bat but you are on a tight budget then you may have just found yourself an absolute cricket bat winner with the Hammer Vapen 3 Star Cricket Bat. Introduced at the bargain price of $149.99, this is a cricket bat that plays well above its price category.

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Hammer Cricket have proved that they time and time again produce high quality cricket bats at incredibly low prices and the Hammer Vapen 3 Star is no different. The Hammer Vapen was one of Hammer’s best selling bats and the return of this one will be pleasing to many cricketers. It features incredible 40mm edges. You may expect it to be in the 2lbs9oz or the 2lbs12oz range but this bat generally weighs in at 2lbs7oz, that is incredibly well weighted for a bat that has as much willow as the Vapen does.
The profile is beautiful for a mid to low sweet spot cricket bat. The mid to low sweet spot is the preferred sweet spot area for cricketers, particularly those plying their trade in North America. The weight and balance of the bat is also very pleasing. Aside from being feather light for its willow mass, it feels very comfortable and evenly distributed when holding it.
Aesthetically, the Hammer Vapen 3 Star is very pleasing with black and blue stickers highlighting the willow instead of covering it over. The bat comes finished with a toe guard and upon request from the guys at Cricket Store Online can be prepared for match readiness.
At this price, it may not be long before all of these bats are off the shelf. While you at it, check out some of the other great Hammer gear.

Masuri Club Cricket Helmet

Masuri have clearly pulled away from the competition in terms of cricket helmets with their vision series. Players, officials and fans are far more aware of the cricket helmet these days and the Masuri Vision Series Helmets along with the stem guard are offering a high level of protection. Club cricketers will enjoy the Masuri Club Cricket Helmet.

The Club Cricket Helmet from Masuri has a few outstanding features that really make it a winner for club cricketers. The Masuri Club Cricket Helmet is built with Twin Protection in the shell. This means that there is a double layer of protective composite for double the protection and double the durability.
Like all of the Masuri Vision Series Helmets, the Masuri Club Cricket Helmet has Masuri’s unique AIRFLOW Cooling System. This allows for air to flow freely to the head of the batsman. This keeps him cool in even the most heated situations but in no way compromises the safety structure of the helmet. A more comfortable batsman is often a better performing batsman and Masuri have paid attention to that detail.
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The aspect of the Masuri Club Cricket Helmet along with all other Vision Series Helmets that truly sets them “helmet and shoulders” above the rest is the HALO Reinforcement system. This is what truly gives the helmet its protective edge. This unique system minimizes the movement between the peak and the grille. It’s a doubled protective edge as the HALO system automatically reinforces and stands its ground when it is hit by the ball.
All of this can be rather costly but Masuri along with their retailers have done incredibly well to keep the price of this helmet to a very fair price. It is available in an array of colors and with a multitude of sizes to fit juniors and cricketers.

The Phoenix Fire Blade Cricket Bat

Australia and England are replete with many small boutique cricket bat makers that are making cricket bats that are rivaling and beating the big name brand bat makers for quality and performance. With a huge populace of cricket lovers, India has relatively few. But the Phoenix is rising in a big way with the making of the The Phoenix Fire Blade Cricket Bat. The Phoenix Fireblade cricket bat has all the trimmings and trappings of a really top quality cricket bat.
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The Phoenix Fireblade only comes in Short Handle size with an incredibly light weight range. The weight range is in the 2lbs5oz to the 2lbs9oz. This will make it a remarkably popular bat for batsmen who like a Short Handle bat on the lighter side.
For starters, The Phoenix Fire Blade Cricket Bat is made with unbleached natural English Willow. There is 8 to 11 equally spaced straight grains on every one of these bats. So if you like grains and you like them straight then the Phoenix Fire Blade is definitely an appealing bat.
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There is minimal concaving on The Phoenix Fire Blade Cricket Bat with 2-3mm. This minimal concaving enhances the power of the bat through the shot. The edges are really impressive with 41-42mm edges on the bat. The most impressive feature of the Phoenix Fireblade cricket bat is the pressing. The pressing is done by hand and it ensures that the bat has a good bow and light pick-up with optimal ping and balance. The bat truly has a great balance and pick-up which is quite incredible for the amount of willow packed into it.
The handle is full and four piece quality cane handle with attention paid to the details of the rubber inserts in the handle to absorb any vibration residue. All in all The Phoenix Fire Blade Cricket Bat is a highly impressive bat with a high attention to detail that you may not get with big name bat brands.

CA 15000 Players Edition Cricket Bat

If you are well experienced with cricket bats and no your really good willow from your average willow then there is only one bat that you want to get your hands on this season. This is the CA 15000 Players Edition Cricket Bat. CA must have some sort of willow tree whisperer that makes the most pristine willow trees grow for them. They are untouchable in terms of the impeccable willow that they consistently churn out from their factory and this bat is made from the best of the best.

There is at least 8 straight grains on every one of these bats, so if you are a grains or a straight grains type of batsman you will have something to shout about with this bat. As with CA bats there is a slight concave and the power is in the very center of the bat. The quality of the willow is such that there is an extended sweet spot that gives power to virtually every part of the bat.

The edges on the CA 15000 Players Edition Cricket Bat are no less than 41mm, that is gigantic by any standard and considering how high the quality of the willow is, it really is a complete package bat.
The pick up and weight distribution on sub-continental bats has always been deemed to be slightly inferior to the English and Aussie made bats. They were deemed to be slightly toe heavy and such but that is completely not the case with the CA 15000 Players Edition Cricket Bat. The weight distribution is very even for a very light pick up across all the bat’s weight ranges. It is easy to see why players as good as Dilshan, Kieron Pollard and Nasir Jamshed are finding good reason to use the CA cricket bats.

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