TOP 5 GIFT IDEAS FOR CRICKETERS

TOP 5 GIFT IDEAS FOR CRICKETERS

Cricketers love gifts of cricket equipment, cricket gear and most of all cricket bats. It all depends how much you want to spend on your cricket mad loved ones. So here is the suggestions that we have come up with for the best cricket gift ideas for cricketers this upcoming festive season.

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Cricket Bats

If you really love your cricket friends then you will go straight for the cricket bats. Nothing says I love you to a cricketer more than buying him or her a beautiful cricket bat. If you are looking for the real high end then you will look for the Kookaburra Surge PRO cricket bat or the GM, you may also look at the GM Mana Original LE cricket bat. Cricket Bats are great gift ideas for cricketers.

gift ideas for cricketers cricket bats

There are more budget friendly options in the cricket bat sections too. All of the GM cricket bats for 2017 in the 303 range are superb gifts and also brilliantly priced.

Cricket Shoes

If you happen to know the shoe size then cricket shoes are also a great gift idea for cricketers and not as expensive. One of the great purchases you can make to gift is the Kookaburra PRO 770 spike cricket shoes. There are many other great options when it comes to cricket shoes, this includes the Gray Nicolls PRO Omega cricket shoes that are absolutely top of the range and the latest cricket shoes out there.

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Batting Gloves Under $50

A pair of cricket batting gloves for under $50 is a great gift and doesn’t break the bank. There are so many fantastic pairs of cricket batting gloves that are under $50. The Gray Nicolls F18 600 Batting Gloves is a superb pair of cricket batting gloves that are brilliantly priced and a high quality pair of cricket gloves.  The Gray Nicolls SuperNova 500 cricket gloves are another pair of cricket gloves that are of absolutely top quality that are under 50 dollars. There are also under 50 dollar cricket batting gloves option available from GM, Slazenger and Spartan.

Cricket Sets

If you have beginner cricketers or kid cricketers on your gift list than look at the GM Icon all weather cricket set. These cricket sets are highly durable and the perfect introduction for any cricketer to the game of cricket. The set comes with a cricket bat made of high durability plastic, stumps and a ball. These cricket sets are great for adults too, they are great for beach cricket and even for garden cricket.

Cricket Helmets

Another great gift idea that cricketers always love is a cricket helmet. There are many great cricket helmets out there in a range of budgets from to cricket helmet manufacturers like Shrey and Masuri. The GM Icon GEO cricket helmet is a fantastic cricket helmet that meet all standards and makes for a brilliant gift. The Gray Nicolls Test Opener cricket helmet is yet another superb cricket helmet that makes for a great gift.

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The possibilities are really endless when it comes to cricket gift ideas for all you favorite cricketers out there.

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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Its “back to the future” for cricket gear!

When one looks onto the horizon of the cricket future. The 20 year horizon that is. One sees the BCCI still opposing the DRS but the umpires will have BMW hover boards to take them from square leg to the standing umpire position. 

There may be many cool additions to the game of cricket but what will the cricket gear market look like. Who will boss the industry?

The primary piece of real estate on the cricket field, is probably the brand name on the face of the batsman’s bat. One can imagine that by 2035, these stickers will be electronically changing on the bat of the batsman thereby allowing the batsman to take on 3 or 4 title sponsors.

futuristic cricket clothing

The title sponsors will have become so different. Big conglomerates will have stepped in and begun vying viciously for the advertising services of the big name players. Whoever the Chris Gayle of 2035 will be, will have a full sponsorship from Red Bull. This player will be decked out in everything but the wings. An aerodynamic microweight helmet that is weightless until an object comes near it for impact. This helmet will include a transparent titanium grille, no more problems with not seeing through the grille. This helmet will of course be equipped with an HD GoPro, just better and Red Bull will sell the rights of footage from this camera to the broadcaster.

Apple and Samsung won’t want to miss out on the giant opportunity that cricket is presenting and will also start producing smart technology equipment. Bats that tell you when you have hit the sweet spot and pads and data sent directly to your I-phone 20 Super Plus. In fact most of Inida’s batsmen will be using Apple gear, except for the few that are using MRF and Coca Cola stuff. Pakistan on the other hand, who are now hosting their home games in Pakistan will have most of their batsmen using Samsung cricket gear. In fact bi-lateral series between India and Pakistan will be known as the Apple-Samsung Cup. 

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Titanium bats made by LG will also be a feature, although LG will struggle to bring it to market under a patent lawsuit from Dennis Lillee.

Pink cricket balls will be a thing of the past and Kookaburra will have lost the rights to make international cricket balls to gaming conglomerate EA Sports. EA Sports will have designed ball that changes color by itself based on the conditions. EA Sports will have also stepped in to beam advertisements onto the pads of batsmen. Teams will challenge this ruling but ultimately EA Sports will win

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As coach of England, Kevin Pietersen will be using the Boeing made sky catching system to train his fielders for high catches in the deep. The precision ball launching machine produced by Boeing will be able to give inch perfect catches, allowing fielders to practice their juggling one foot in, one foot out catches.

GM and Gray Nicolls will have moved their headquarters to China and the USA where they simply have become a cog in the large cricket gear manufacturing machine. They primarily produce gear for traditionalist purist cricket fans who still want to hold onto the game the way it was. 

This may all happen, you never know. Click here to shop top of the line 2016 ( futuristic ) cricket gear and www.cricketstoreonline.com

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.

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.

Gray Nicolls Omega XRD Cricket Bat

There is no doubting the quality of Gray Nicolls Omega XRD Cricket Bat. Their list of ambassadors speak volumes for the quality bats that they produce. Cricketers like Alistair Cook, JP Duminy, David Warner and James Faulkner all use Gray Nicolls cricket bats with great effectiveness. The vogue Gray Nicolls cricket bat at the moment has to be the Gray Nicolls Omega XRD cricket bat. It is the bat that was used in the 2015 Cricket World Cup by Alistair Cook, William Porterfield and Ed Joyce among many.
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The sweet spot on this bat is in the mid to high zone. This would have made it a great weapon during the Cricket World Cup played in Australia on the slightly bouncier pitches. This sweet zone also favors highly players who are great off the back foot and play many horizontal bat shots.
The handle of the bat is an XRD handle. Research and development has gone into producing this handle that reduces vibration to the hands of the batsman and gives maximum output when striking the ball. Another unique facet of this cricket bat is the contour of the shoulders. The shoulders of the bat have been made in a way that takes away nothing from the power of the bat but gives the bat a feather light pick-up.
The English Willow on this Test match level blade is very prominent as the Gray Nicolls bat manufacturers have given this bat a natural blade finish. The natural blade finish on this high quality cricket bat is sure to appeal to purists and those who love the feel of ball straight on willow. You can have scuff sheets professionally applied by cricketstoreonline.com and it will not diminish from the quality of the bat. It is imperative to have this bat properly prepared for play before use and the experts at cricketstoreonline.com are great for that too. A world class cricket bat. Aesthetically pleasing and technologically advanced.

Albion Cricket

From the humble beginnings Albion cricket in 1941 off Little Albion St in Surrey Hills, New South Wales, albion has evolved to pioneer two generations of product development in sport, with expertise in manufacturing high quality team uniform, before becoming an industry innovator through the development of sports protective gear.

The brand’s tradition, reputation and expertise in manufacturing durable and high quality team uniform out of Australia dates back to World War II, when the US army acquired albion’s services to manufacture military kits.

Soon after, albion combined its workmanship with its competitive spirit and passion for sport to begin delivering premium quality, durable and fashionable uniform through all styles of caps for the Ivy League and other sporting associations. In the late 1950’s, the brand became synonymous with team sport after winning the contract to make the Baggy Green – a cap which captures the essence of team unity and solidarity.

The Australian Baggy Green

The Australian Baggy Green

As sport evolved, the need for athletes to reach a personal best became more apparent, and albion’s competitive desire ensured it was part of the winning formula. After pioneering the first ever cricket helmet in the late 1970’s which enabled batsmen to perform at the elite level, albion quickly became the answer to sports protection globally.

By understanding that each human’s anatomy is unique, albion’s full attention is on the athlete. The ability to translate feedback to the laboratory, and to design an exclusive product enables the brand to ‘raise the bar’ in sports performance and protection, providing the athlete with confidence, strength and comfort for competitive advantage.

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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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new balance cricket

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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Cricket Accessories at CricketStoreOnline.com

Cricket Accessories at CricketStoreOnline.com

Cricket Store Online (at www.CricketStoreOnline.com) is known for its wide selection of cricket gear like bats and pads, but the store also carries quite a range of premium cricket accessories.

Many of the accessories at Cricket Store Online are aimed to protect your top quality gear and ensure you get as much use out of each of your pieces of cricket equipment as possible. Cricket Store Online carries bat conditioning kits as well as bat repair kits, all of great quality from Gray Nicolls and Slazenger Cricket. With the use of both of these kits, your bat will perform better and last longer. To lengthen the life of your bat, it’s also wise to use anti-scuff sheets and toe guards, both of which Cricket Store Online have in stock from Kookaburra and SG.

Cricket Store Online also aims to ensure your equipment is exactly as you want it. For that reason, it carries cricket accessories that really allow you to customize your own cricket equipment. For instance, it’s got in stock a wide range of bat handle grips from Gray Nicolls and Slazenger Cricket, in a range of textures and styles that allow you to create the bat that’s going to work best for you.

Cricket Store Online doesn’t only sell accessories to protect your cricket gear; it also sells accessories to protect you, the player. A wide selection of abdominal guards and jock straps from Gray Nicolls and Slazenger Cricket help ensure your physical safety while playing. Cricket Store Online also has sunglasses from Gray Nicolls that are sleek and easy to play in while protecting your eyes from the harsh sun.

The accessories available at Cricket Store Online are also available for use as more lighthearted gifts and trinkets, from miniature Kookaburra bats to Slazenger miniature bat keychains. These make great gifts for yourself or any other cricket-lover you know!

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