Odd Pieces of Cricket Equipment

Dennis Lillee’s Combat

Lillee with his ComBat – The Age

 

In December of 1979, Dennis Lillee came out to bat with an aluminum cricket bat. The cricket bat was named the ComBat. The umpires stepped in and asked Lillee to replace his aluminum cricket bat with something of the willow ilk. Lillee was unimpressed with the umpire’s decision and threw the ComBat away in disgust. It was feared that the aluminum bat would cause damage to the ball.

John Mooney’s Helmet at Cricket World Cup 2015

John Mooney’s Helmet at Cricket World Cup 2015

John Mooney’s Helmet at Cricket World Cup 2015

Irish all-rounder John Mooney came up with his own unique helmet. This was in response to the fact that cricket helmets were not protecting the neck of cricketers. Mooney who was using an Albion cricket helmet at the time, placed a grille on the back of his helmet to protect his neck. Since this, cricket helmet manufacturers like Masuri and Shrey have manufactured  Stem Guards and Neck Protectors that fit on to the back of the helmet.

Graeme Smith’s Glove in the Sydney Test Match

Mitchell Johnson broke Graeme Smith’s hand in the first innings of the Sydney Test Match of 2009. However, needing to save the Test match for his side, Smith came out to bat in the 2nd innings at number 11. Smith had a reengineered batting glove to protect his broken hand. The physio and backroom staff of the Protea’s took apart a glove and stitched it and taped it to another glove. This essentially gave Smith double protection on the broken hand.

The Fiber Glass Motorcycle Helmet

Dennis Amiss bats in the nets with a helmet before the second Packer Supertest in Melbourne, December 1978 © Getty Images

Dennis Amiss bats in the nets with a helmet before the second Packer Supertest in Melbourne, December 1978 © Getty Images

Dennis Amiss received jeers and booing from the crowd when he came out to bat with a fiber glass motorcycle helmet. The helmet was much lighter than a regular motorcycle helmet but looked the exact same.

Keeper Gloves, here are our Top 5 for 2017

Wicket keeper gloves are an essential piece of cricket equipment. The development of the wicket keeper glove has come a long way. Nowadays many of the great cricket equipment manufacturers are producing quite incredible wicketkeeping gloves. Continue reading

See Whats new in the SG Cricket Gear 2017 range?

SG has produced some superb cricket gear for 2017. There is a lot of SG Cricket Gear to choose from with great quality cricket bats, cricket gloves, cricket shoes and cricket padsWe have done our best to help you out and present 5 stand out pieces of cricket gear from SG in 2017.

1.      SG Player Edition Cricket Bat 2017

SG Cricket Gear

This is the crème de la crème of SG Cricket Bats. It is made with superior limited edition English Willow. It has a very light pick up and huge edges. The mid to low sweet spot gives the bat great balance and immense power. This is the very same type of cricket bat that would be used by an SG professionally contracted cricketer, this SG Cricket Gear it is that good!

2.      SG Sunny Legend Cricket Bat 2017

sg cricket gear

The Sunny range of SG cricket bats are of course named after the great Sunil Gavaskar. The SG Sunny cricket bats have for a long while been a favorite among cricketers. The power and performance from the oval shaped handle is immense. A mid to low sweet spot with huge power in every area of the bat with premier English Willow make the SG Sunny Legend cricket bat, a SG Cricket Gear option for 2017. 

3.      SG RSD Select Cricket Bat

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SG has done a superb job in giving variation in their cricket bat range. This includes variation in price. The SG RSD select cricket bat has great specifications with impeccable sweet spot and great hitting power. The bat is made with English Willow and has a very budget friendly price. The quality of the willow is what influences the price but SG Cricket Gear have really done a superb job to keep the price as low as it is on the SG RSD Select Cricket Bat. 

4.      RSD Supalite Batting Pad

sg cricket gear

It is not only on the cricket bat front that SG has excelled for 2017. SG has done remarkably well with their softs and protective gear ranges. One of the stand out pieces of gear in the protective gear range from SG is the SG RSD Supalite Batting Pad. The best feature of this cricket batting pad is suggested in the name itself. They are extremely light. The extreme lightness of these cricket batting pads does not have any adverse effect on how incredibly protective they are. They are also very durable. 

5.      SG Test Batting Gloves

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If you are looking for the best cricket batting gloves on the market as loved by many international professionals then the SG Test Batting Gloves are a must-have for this season. The gloves have lots of great protection with added protection on the vulnerable fingers of the bottom hand. They also have great breathability with ventilation and also premium leather palms to ensure that the SG Test batting gloves last a long time. 

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CA Tennis Ball Cricket Bat

CA Tennis Ball Cricket Bat

 

So, you are a beginner to the game of cricket and have probably begun playing with a tape ball or a tennis ball. This is a very good move, starting off with a tape or Tennis Ball Cricket Bat before moving on to the real hard leather cricket ball, will ensure that you have adequate bat skills before you have to face the hard ball.

Tennis Ball Cricket Bat
This also means that you have to find a bat that will perform with the tape and tennis balls. Many people falsely think that any old bat would do. This is not so, as you probably want to use something a little less expensive, but still something that gives you the feeling of wielding a real cricket bat. This is why the CA Somo Cricket Bat 2014 is a great beginners bat.
It is sturdy and gives the batsman the feeling of a real cricket bat but is specially crafted for optimum play on a tennis or tape ball. CA’s 2014 range is superlative and they have left no market unchartered. The fact that they have gone the lengths to engineer a bat like the Somo with specific tape ball credentials is something worth marveling at.
If this season you will be facing a tape ball before you move up into the cricketing big leagues, the CA Somo Cricket Bat is a great bat to own. It is priced well and also makes for the perfect backyard cricket bat. If treated properly and protected from the elements, there is no reason why the CA Somo Tape Ball Cricket Bat should not last a lifetime.
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2012 GM cricket batting gloves and helmets

2012 GM cricket batting gloves and helmets

New 2012 GM cricket batting gloves and the new Pro cricket helmet.

 

 

2012 GM original limited edition cricket batting gloves

GM original limited edition cricket batting gloves

 

I really liked the new 2012 GM original limited edition batting gloves. I found the Pittards leather to be very soft and comfortable yet it still allowed for supremem control of the cricket bat. Over all they seemed a bit loose on me and i would probably use a set of batting inners if i were to use these gloves in a match.

 

The construction and design were also very good with the extra protection on the two bowling fingers. There is plenty of top quality leather on these gloves and that adds to the light weight design of the gloves. lots of vents spread around the gloves so we, here in texas dont over heat during the very hot summers and also lots of extra protection so your hands and fingers dont get jammed up against the bat handle if the ball bounces a little higher than expected.

 

Overall a very good set of cricket batting gloves great for any level even international test level.

GM 2012 original limited edition cricket batting gloves 2

 

GM 808 2012 cricket batting gloves

 

GM 808 cricket batting gloves 2012

 

These are the new 2012 GM 808 cricket batting gloves and are basically a cheaper version of the GM original limited edition gloves. The over quality is still very high and these are a high club or county level glove. Still very light and comfortable its just the type of materials used that make these gloves cheaper. Some examples are instead of these gloves being 0.440g like the Original LE’s these gloves are a little heavier at 0.535 g for the pair.

 

Also instead of the Pittard leather these 808 batting gloves are calf leather.

 

Overall though i would say that these gloves are still very good and if you cant afford the expensive originals i would just get these 808’s as they are still adequate for any normal persons cricket.

GM 808 2012 cricket batting gloves 2

 

GM Pro helmet 2012

 

2012 GM pro cricket helmet

 

This is the new adition to the GM helmets for the 2012 season.Some of the notables for this helmet are :

 

These helmets will be available in junior, senior and senior large sizes.

 

There is a rear velcro strap that lets you adjust the overall size of the helmet so you get an exact fit.

The new construction material of the helmet piece has increased the stiffness of the peak making sure a ball cannot squeeze through and overall comfort has been improved.

 

A classic style helmet ready for any challenge you throw at it.

 

 

GM 2012 pro cricket helmet 2

GM 2012 pro cricket helmet 3

 

 

 

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Top 10 Cricket Batting Gloves for 2016 #6-10

Top 10 Batting Gloves for 2016 #6-10

6. Hammer PRO Batting Gloves

Hammer has been making waves since their inception with some top of the line cricket gear. The Hammer PRO Batting Gloves are a high quality pair of batting gloves. The palm of the Hammer PRO Batting Gloves is made of pittard leather. It does not get more durable and comfortable than that. As an added extra bonus, these PRO Batting Gloves come in a wide variety of colors. The high absorption material and the quality sweatband round out a great pair of cricket batting gloves. This is a top pick and they are available at under $79.

Hammer pro batting gloves

7. PUMA White Edition Batting Gloves

The PUMA EvoSpeed White Edition Cricket Batting Gloves are a superb pair of Test Match quality and test match performance professional cricket batting gloves. Everything about these cricket batting gloves screams class and high protection. There is an extreme amount of ventilation points even on the thumbs, which is a rarity for cricket batting gloves. The fingers have an additional fibre shield protection to ensure that they are as protective as can be. The look of the glove is super sleek and the pittard leather palm ensures that they are a top durability cricket glove.

Puma white edition batting gloves

Puma white edition batting gloves

8. Hammer Core Batting Gloves

Yet another high quality cricket gear product from Hammer Cricket. The Hammer Core Batting Gloves are a club level of cricket batting gloves. The palm is made from high quality leather. The highlight of these gloves is the fact that they are super flexible without compromising an iota on being highly protective cricket batting glove. At under 50 dollars this is yet another huge value for money cricket product from Hammer Cricket.

Hammer core batting gloves

Hammer core batting gloves

9. Kookaburra Onyx PRO Batting Gloves

If you like a square fingered pair of batting gloves then the Kookaburra Onyx PRO Batting Gloves are for you this season. In a great charcoal and orange color and used by Glenn Maxwell and Rilee Roussow there is a lot to be said about the Kookaburra Onyx PRO Batting Gloves. The super flow air ventilation as well as the high quality PU protection means that you can rest assured that you are getting a comfortable cricket batting glove that is highly protective, airy and durable.

Kookaburra Onyx cricket batting gloves

Kookaburra Onyx cricket batting gloves

10. Kookaburra Ignite PRO Batting Gloves

The Kookaburra Ignite PRO Batting Gloves is one of the most exciting pairs of cricket batting gloves. This is mainly because of how exciting all of Kookaburra cricket’s gear is, including their cricket bats for 2016. The Kookaburra Ignite PRO batting gloves look super classy in their navy blue and fiery red trim. There is a huge amount of protection, specifically for the exposed and vulnerable fingers in the bottom hand. With 360 degree ventilation and superb lightweight flexibility, you should seriously consider the Kookaburra Ignite PRO Batting Gloves for 2016.

Kookaburra Ignite 2016 batting gloves

Kookaburra Ignite 2016 batting gloves

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BAS Cricket Bags

BAS Cricket Bags

Cricket Equipment – Aim for the Best

Cricket is without a doubt a great sport which requires a lot of preparation to master. However, there are plenty of people out there who are also playing it as a hobby. Regardless of whether you are a pro or you are playing once a week with your buddies, having the necessary cricket equipment is particularly important. 

When it comes to certain sports, there is always that certain equipment manufacturer which manages to stand out on top of the crowd and to create perfect units. BAS is this company in the world of cricket.

Why go for BAS Cricket Equipment?

Well, right off the bat, the company was founded more than 80 years ago back in 1935 by the Kohli brothers in Pakistan. The main intention of the corporation ever since has been to provide the players with the highest quality of cricket bats as well as other necessary equipment such as BAS cricket bags. The company has quite a few benchmark bats, so to speak, such as the Vampire cricket bats which are highly renowned on the international market.

Things to Consider When Purchasing a BAS Cricket Bag

Now, the first thing that you might want to take into account when purchasing a bag of the kind is its size. It needs to be particularly proportional to its purpose. This means that it needs to fit the things that you intend to put within it, including protective gear, helmets, bats, shoes, clothes, and whatnot. Furthermore, you need to account for the slots for accessories on the sides where you put additional cricket equipment or spares. Current BAS range of BAS Kit bags include the BAS Player Kit Bag, the BAS International Kit Bag, BAS Test Kit bag, BAS ODI Kit bag, the Rapier and Centurion Kit bags as well.

 Buying BAS Cricket Bats

When it comes to purchasing a cricket bat, there are a few things that you might want to consider. The products made by Bas are particularly convenient as they have a lot of additional features. For instance, most of them have conveniently textured half moon grip which enables you to be in full control of the blade while using it. It also promotes a moderate bow and a particularly convenient pick up. The bats have thick edge and big sweet spots to ensure effectiveness.

In any case, BAS is without a doubt a trusted manufacturer for high-end cricket equipment that you might want to check out if you haven’t already. They deliver nothing short of excellence and are amongst the best units that you are going to find on the market.

Gray Nicolls F18 Players Cricket Bat

The Gray Nicolls F18 Players Cricket Bat is made with G1 English Willow. This is the highest grade of English Willow. The willow has many straight grains and is pristine for maximum power on the ball.

Handle

When it comes to the handle of the Gray Nicolls F18 Players Cricket Bat, it is a 12 piece handle made from premium cane. The quality of the cane along with the 12 piece composition ensures that there is virtually no vibration through the willow of the bat and maximum power in the blade. The shape of the handle is semi-oval, semi-oval is the handle that affords the most comfort and is preferred by most professionals.

GN F18 players cricket bat image

Finishing

Gray Nicolls has wonderful finishing on all of their cricket bats and the Gray Nicolls F18 Players Cricket Bat is no different. The bat has had somewhat of a knocking in and has a professional toe guard fitted. It also comes with a high quality anti-scuff sheet that covers the face and the edges. Before the application of the anti-scuff sheet, Gray Nicolls applies a light coat of raw linseed oil. This preparation ensures durability in the bat and diminishes the chance of toe swelling and other damage.

Edges

The edges on the Gray Nicolls F18 Players cricket bat are maxed out between 38 and 41mm.

Grip

The Gray Nicolls F18 Players Cricket Bat comes fitted with the New Zone Pro cricket bat grip. The New Zone Pro grip has been known to improve the comfort of the batsman and the feel for the ball. The feel for the ball is important as it helps the batman feel in control and impart maximum power in his shots.

Bow and Sweet Spot

The Gray Nicolls F18 Players Cricket bat has a mid blade bow which compliments a mid to high sweet spot. With lots of traditional touches as well as attacking qualities, the Gray Nicolls F18 Players cricket bat is a bat that will suit many US cricketers for the upcoming season.

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Shrey Cricket Helmet – Pro Guard Titanium

Shrey Pro Guard Titanium Cricket Helmet

If you have been remotely following cricket gear and cricket equipment over the past couple of years, you will know that one of the fastest growing cricket brands in the world is Shrey. Shrey is a line of high quality cricket helmets.

What is the Shrey Pro Guard Titanium Helmet Made Of?

The main materials for the Shrey Pro Guard Titanium cricket helmet are the lightweight PU for the outer shell. PU is a material that is known to give structural integrity as well as be of a lightweight which makes it perfect for cricket helmets. Inside of the PU shell of the Shrey Pro Guard Titanium Cricket Helmet is high absorption material that absorb the shock so that minimal force is taken by the head.

shrey cricket helmet

What about the Grille of the Helmet?

As its name suggests, the grille of the Shrey Pro Guard Titanium cricket helmet is made of titanium. Titanium is a material known for its obduracy even in the face of huge pressure. It is therefore great for batsmen using the Shrey cricket helmet to know that their face is protected with titanium.

There are other quality materials that make up the chinstrap, strap, cloth that covers the shell and various other parts that complete the wonderful Shrey Pro Guard Titanium cricket helmet.

What comfort features does this cricket helmet have?

For starters it is an incredibly lightweight helmet and that is always a huge factor for cricketers. Another thing to admire about this Shrey cricket helmet is how good the ventilation is. Those two are the greatest factors when it comes to the comfort of a cricket helmet and the Shrey Pro Guard Titanium Cricket Helmet satisfies them both.

Where can I get a Shrey Cricket Helmet in the USA?

The best place to buy a Shrey Cricket Helmet is at Cricket Store Online, great service, great advice and of course great prices.

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Masuri OS2 Cricket Helmet

Masuri OS2 Cricket Helmet

You know Cricket Store Online, you love Cricket Store Online and you have come to expect that Cricket Store Online will bring you the latest on cricket gear and cricket equipment.In that light we introduce you to the Masuri OS2 cricket helmet.

Masuri cricket helmet legacy

Cricket Helmets

Cricket Store Online has been a very vocal advocate to ensuring that batsmen are very well protected when they go out to bat. That is why Cricket Store Online promotes helmet safety as often as possible and sells cricket helmets to the USA public, giving them the opportunity to buy helmets that are being used by the professionals. Recently Cricket Store Online added Shrey Helmets to their inventory of quality cricket helmets available for purchase.

The Single Shell Helmet

Masuri Cricket Helmets, which is synonymous with the epitome of high quality cricket helmets have come out with their single shell helmet, the Masuri OS2. At first glance, this helmet makes a lot of sense. A cricket helmet where the shell of the helmet and the peak are of one piece is what has been quite standard but fell slightly away with the vision series. But now the Masuri OS2 is here and it looks incredibly sleek in design and has a very lightweight feel to it.

Cricket Helmets Standards

There has been a revised BSI Standard testing for cricket helmets. The testing was mainly to ensure that the ball cannot get in between the peak of the helmet and the grille at high impact and the Masuri OS2 Single Shell Helmet meets all of those standards.

Stem Guard

The Masuri OS2 Shell is compatible with fitting a Masuri Stem Guard. The Masuri Stem Guard is of course the additional protection at the back of the helmet that gives much needed protection to the neck and behind the ears area of the batsman.

Shrey Cricket Helmets and other great cricket helmet manufacturers out there have really raised their standard over the years and this is another fantastic cricket helmet from Masuri