Karun Nair and his Gray Nicolls Cricket Bat!

Did you notice? Karun Nair and his Gray Nicolls

I am a cricket fan but more than that I am a cricket bat fan. I love noticing the little cricket bat quirks. I have been intrigued that AB De Villiers has been seen training with an MRF cricket bat, does this mean that AB De Villiers will be leaving the Kookaburra cricket bats that he has used for the entirety of his career?

Karun Nair goes big

I also noticed that the MCC has made recommendation that the law be changed to limit the size of cricket bats. How will this affect the game as we know it? Will it stop top edges going for 6?

But most intriguing of all to me was Karun Nair.

Karun Nair scored a magnificent triple century. I watched as India piled on more than 700 runs against a hapless English attack. But all the while I kept on thinking to myself over the long Karun Nair innings, when is the last time I saw an Indian batsman using a Gray Nicolls cricket bat?

Nair was in fact using the Gray Nicolls Pro Performance cricket bat. I cannot even think when is the last time I saw an Indian cricketer using a GM cricket bat or a Kookaburra cricket bat.

Umar Akmal used to use a GM cricket bat and Dinesh Chandimal used a Kookaburra, Kumar Sangakkarra used a Kookaburra for a long while but I cannot remember when is the last time I saw a batsman from India, Pakistan or Sri Lanka using a predominantly English or Australian cricket bat.

It is well known that at lower levels in Indian cricket these bats are very prevalent. There are some GM cricket bats that are even produced in India but is this Karun Nair triple century going to be the beginning of a trend with top professional Indian cricketers using bats like Gray Nicolls. Or will it be a matter of time before we see Karun Nair using an MRF or SG like cricket bat?

This perhaps goes back to another article i wrote about how it always seems to be a Gray Nicolls Cricket Bat that is involved in record breaking knocks.

Hunts County Caerulex Cricket Bat

The Bat : Hunts County Caerulex Cricket Bat

You might remember the days when international cricketers were using Hunts County Cricket Bats. Darryl Cullinan was probably the best proponent of Hunts County cricket bats. Hunts County are still producing very high quality cricket bats. One of their bats is the Hunts County Caerulex cricket bat. It really is a beautiful bat. The stamp on the blade instead of the sticker gives it a very old feel and allows the beauty of the English willow to come to the fore.The no sticker very much lends itself to the very traditional shape of the bat. This bat is handcrafted in England and the quality of the craftsmanship is quite obvious on the cricket bat. From shoulder to toe, this cricket bat oozes high quality.

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Hunts county cricket bats

Hunts county cricket bats

The Hunts County Caerulex has a very vast weight range starting with 2lbs7oz and going all the way up to about 3lbs2oz. One of the most incredible things about the Hunts County Caerulex cricket bat and all other County cricket bats is the fact that the bats are hand balanced. This means that you can rest assured that the bat has an even weight distribution and a great balance. This particular bat has an elongated sweet spot and a bowed profile. The individual balancing of the cricket bat means that every single bat has been also tested for quality before it leaves the Hunts County production floor.

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The Hunts County Caerulex comes with a toe guard fitted standard and a scale grip. The scale grip is known to give a lot of control to the batsman at the same time it has a negating effect on perspiration that may be present.

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Hunts County have made the Caerulex available in a wide variety of sizes for youth and men. It may not be so traditional nowadays to opt for a Hunts County Cricket bat but this particular cricket bat has all the credentials of a really great cricket bat. 

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Newbery 7Even cricket bat

Newbery 7Even cricket bat

The Newbery 7Even cricket bat is a very unique cricket bat and it serves a very important purpose. There is that stage in a cricketers life when he is too big to use a junior cricket bat but not yet ready to use a senior cricket bat. This is the greatness of the Newbery 7Even. It is that perfect in between bat, it is not quite a senior bat but it is definitely not a junior cricket bat.

The all new Newbery 7 academy cricket bat

The Newbery 7 academy cricket bat from Newbery cricket

Older cricketers as well as perhaps shorter cricketers will benefit from the Newbery 7Even cricket bat

Features:

The Newbery 7Even has a full size profile and a full sweet spot. This Newbery cricket bat is considerably lighter, slightly shorter and very easy to pick-up. It is made from players grade willow and has not been compromised because of its size.

The bat has been labelled as “Academy Player” cricket bat and that just about sums up this bat perfectly. It is a superb stepping stone for a player that will graduate to a quality full size cricket bat. Be sure to check out the rest of Newbery’s cricket bat range as their full size cricket bats are very good too.

Newbery has seen a definite gap in the market and plugged that gap with the 7Even cricket bat. As a Newbery cricket bat you can rest assured that the bat has a high attention to detail and is made with the highest quality materials and with impeccable craftsmanship. Newbery is a mid size cricket bat maker and care is put in to every single cricket bat that leaves their manufacturing floor and this is no different with the really impressive Newbery 7Even.

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New Balance is in Cricket to Win It

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Cricket brands should be worried. Very worried. This is because New Balance is making waves in the cricket market and while cricket fans and players will ride on the crest of these waves with superb New Balance cricket gear, competitors may just be washed up in them.

What makes me so sure?

Well, to put it simply, New Balance know what they are doing. New Balance a company which is based in Boston is a $3.3 Billion dollar in sales a year company. The bulk of their money comes from their sales on athletics gear and footwear. New Balance has been leveraging sales of their athletics equipment on the back of brand new exposure to the New Balance brand. By foraying into the cricket gear market, New Balance is now putting its brand in front of billions of eyeballs. This is a huge brand identity stunt that has been working extremely well for New Balance.

This is not new territory for New Balance and this is what should worry New Balance’s competitors. New Balance entered into the baseball footwear arena in the late 2000’s, to date approximately 25% of all Major League Baseballers use New Balance baseball cleats. Yes, that is a quarter of that market in a very short space of time.

New Balance are currently also moving into the soccer market, they have signed some top players like Aaron Ramsay. This was a well calculated move having acquired the Skreamer brand of soccer brand that had the kit sponsorship of Premier League Club, Liverpool.

While New Balance will surely be up against tough competition in the soccer market. The beautiful game could be a bloodbath for equipment investors that cannot keep up with the giants of the industry like adidas and Nike. Even major brands like Reebok found that out. 

New Balance already has made big inroads into the USA cricket market. While you might say that USA and cricket is not a big feat but the USA has one of the highest numbers of active cricket players and if the point is to get in front of eye balls, then when Joe Root, Steve Smith and many others come out to bat, then New Balance are doing that in the biggest way possible. 

New Balance have negated what could only be a dormant Nike and adidas. Nike is barely a company to be taken lightly and while they have built the preeminent sporting brand empire, they have not dominated the cricket market. They do not produce a lot of cricket equipment. 

New Balance differs from brands like Woodworm and Spartan in the fact that they are not promoting cricket as an entity itself but rather they are using cricket leverage to promote sales all over the place. They are doing it very well.

New Balance points to how cricket could really become an entity in American popular sporting culture. They have noticed that as the second biggest sport in the world, cricket is bound to boost their company in a wide variety of sales categories. American businesses and broadcasters need to realize the huge potential that lies in cricket. They probably have already but like New Balance, they have to have the patience and be ready to build it from the grassroots up.

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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.

Powerboaw generation x cricket bat

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.

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.

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.

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.

AS Sports

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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