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. 

futuristic cricket helmet

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

futuristic cricket bats

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

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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Newbery Kudos SPS Cricket Bat.

New to 2014, Newbery has released its Newbery Kudos SPS Cricket Bat. This is an extremely well made bat, and handcrafted in England out of the finest grade 1+ English willow.

Newbery Kudos SPS Cricket Bat

Newbery Kudos SPS Cricket Bat

Find this bat at your cricket store, as well as other top quality cricket equipment from Gunn and Moore, Gray Nicolls, Slazenger Cricket, Kookaburra, and AdidasCricket.

Newbery Kudos SPS Cricket Bat

Newbery Kudos SPS Cricket Bat

Newbery has really taken care to make sure the Newbery Kudos SPS Cricket Bat is beautifully crafted, with no blemishes and a high number of grains. The decals on Newbery’s Kudos SPS bat are embossed and silver, but very subtle, and really showcase the quality of the wood.

Newbery Kudos SPS Cricket Bat

Newbery Kudos SPS Cricket Bat

In terms of shape, the Newbery Kudos SPS cricket bat has thick edges and a high spine, with a long mid-low middle. The Kudos SPS bat also has a good amount of wood in the hitting area, increasing the size of the middle sweet spot.

Newbery Kudos SPS Cricket Bat

Newbery Kudos SPS Cricket Bat

There is a bit of a weight range for the Newbery Kudos SPS cricket bat, but for the most part, the bats sit at around 2:8 to 2:12, a pretty standard weight for cricket bats. This bat has a very balanced feel, which increases bat speed and really creates an incredibly light pickup.

Newbery Kudos SPS Cricket Bat

Newbery Kudos SPS Cricket Bat

For some nice finishing touches, Newbery has included on its Kudos SPS cricket bat an oval handle, a Newbery Hammer Edge Sheet, and a toe guard. This bat is really great quality, down to the last detail, which is exactly what you’re going to see with all of Newbery’s cricket equipment.

 

Make sure to stop by your cricket store online to find this great 2014 cricket bat as well as other cricket equipment from these premium brands: Gunn and Moore, Gray Nicolls, Slazenger Cricket, Kookaburra, and Adidas Cricket.

Gray Nicolls Maverick 2014 Cricket Bat

Gray Nicolls Maverick 2014 Cricket Bat 

If you’re looking for a great quality affordable cricket bat, take a look at the Gray Nicolls Maverick 2014 Cricket Bat. This Gray Nicolls bat is a great entry-level style bat. It’s perfect if you don’t want to spend a lot of money, but still want a bat that hits hard.

Gray Nicolls Maverick 2013 Cricket Bat

Gray Nicolls Maverick 2013 Cricket Bat

Check out Cricket Store Online for more from Gray Nicolls and these other great brands: Gunn and Moore, Adidas Cricket, and Kookaburra.

The Gray Nicolls Maverick 2014 Cricket Bat has a very thick profile. It’s got big edges at about 40 mm, and a high spine at about 62 mm. In order to keep the edges nice and thick and exaggerate their size, Gray Nicolls has kept the face of the Maverick bat completely flat.

Like I said, Gray Nicolls has made its 2014 Maverick cricket bat a very thick bat, and the weight reflects that. These cricket bats are available in weights Medium, Heavy, and Extreme, which ranges from about 2:9 to 3:0 and higher. The pickup on the Gray Nicolls Maverick 2013 bat is nice, and feels its weight.

The Gray Nicolls Maverick 2014 Cricket Bat has a twelve-piece semi-oval cane handle with a half moon grip. This is a quality Gray Nicolls handle and gives the bat a very comfortable feel. The Maverick bat also comes with a toe guard

The sweet spot on the Gray Nicolls 2014 Maverick bat is mid-blade. However, it does ping nicely higher up on the bat as well, so the Maverick bat is good for hooking and pulling as well as driving. With a fair amount of concaving and an even bow, the Gray Nicolls Maverick cricket bat is thick yet comfortable.

You can pick up your Gray Nicolls Maverick 2014 Cricket Bat along with bats from Gunn and Moore, Adidas Cricket, and Kookaburra at Cricket Store Online.

Puma Platinum Stealth Cricket Bat Blog Review.Read NOW.

Puma Platinum Stealth Cricket Bat

The Bat.

New to 2014, Puma has released a Puma Platinum Stealth Cricket Bat. With customers in mind, Puma has created this bat to be very similar to its popular Black Edition bat, but slightly less expensive.

The Puma Platinum Stealth Cricket Bat

The Puma Platinum Stealth Cricket Bat

Puma Platinum Stealth Cricket Bat has a very full profile, with nice large edges and a high spine. It’s an ideal player shape profile with lots of power behind every hit.

Features.

While on the heavier side, the Puma Platinum Stealth Cricket Bat still has a very nice pickup, thanks to the minimal bow and comfortable, slightly oval, handle. A solid piece of wood, bat is available from weights 2:10 to 2:13.

Sweetspot.

The sweet spot on Puma’s Platinum Stealth 2014 cricket bat is comfortably right in the middle. With little to no concaving, it’s a nice wide sweet spot as well. Check your cricket store for exact specs and to feel it out.

Now I’ve mentioned that this bat is very similar to Puma’s Black Edition, and it is. In terms of shape and profile, it’s nearly identical. The difference here is that for the Puma Platinum Stealth Cricket Bat, Puma has used a slightly lower grade English willow, allowing them to lower the cost and pass the savings on to the customer.

Don’t let the lower grade wood bother you; it’s still a great quality Puma bat. Puma has given its Platinum Stealth 2014 cricket bat a nice sleek look with shiny black and silver decals, with a black and silver handle to match.

Even though this bat is more affordable than the black edition, don’t expect it not to sell out. Head over to your favorite local cricket store to pick one up. While you’re there, don’t forget to check out these top brands: Gray Nicolls, Hammer Cricket, Gunn and Moore, Kookaburra, Affinity Cricket and Adidas Cricket. They’re all sure to impress.

See more at www.cricketstoreonline.com

Hammer Hel156 premium english willow cricket bat

Hammer Hel156 premium english willow cricket bat

Hammer Cricket now has in stock an updated 2014 version of its very popular Hammer Hel 156 cricket bat. Hammer recognized the reputation of the 2013 version of this bat, and therefore only made minor changes to the 2014 version.

Hammer Hel 156 cricket bat

Hammer Hel 156 cricket bat

Each Hammer Hel156 premium english willow cricket bat is handcrafted in England and made from performance grade English willow. This ensures that all Hammer bats are going to have a high number of straight grains with little to no blemishes.

The shape of the premium Hammer Hel156 premium english willow cricket bat allows it to be great for one day play as well as T20 cricket and longer formats. It’s got a slight camber and a very subtle bow, which gives the bat a nice neutral pickup. The edge on this bat sits at around 35 mm, giving the bat a nice balance.

The Hammer Hel 156 bat features a medium hybrid sweet spot. This means it’s got lots of wood where you’re going to be hitting the ball, but it also has a really nice amount of wood up high at the shoulders, allowing you to still play defense and defensive shots well.

This premium Hammer cricket bat is fitted with a comfortable oval handle. New to 2014, the decals on the Hammer Hel 156 bat are updated and take up less space on the bat. They’re still classic orange and black, but a little more minimalist.

Hammer’s Hel 156 2014 cricket bat is available in four grades: Core, Pro, Limited Edition, and Platinum. Platinum bats are custom made to the customer’s specs. Each bat is fitted with a toe guard, scuff sheet, and a Hammer bat cover.

All-in-all, the Hammer Hel 156 2014 cricket bat is a great all around bat for different types of play. Head over to HammerCricket.com or CricketStoreOnline.com to pick up your premium bat today.

See more from Hammer on the following sites.

www.cricketstoreonline.com

www.hammercricket.com

www.willowkings.com

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Gunn & Moore six6 Cricket Bat

Gunn & Moore six6 Cricket Bat

The 2014 Gunn & Moore six6 Cricket Bat F.45 DXM is now available only at Cricket Store Online. I want to tell you what’s new about this particular bat and why it’s so popular right now.

Gunn & Moore six6 Cricket Bat has got GM’s substantial F4.5 contoured edges, which means it’s got a nice big edge and the bow on the face only drops 4.5 millimeters (whereas the F7 drops 7mm, and the F2 only drops 2mm and is nearly flat). This F4.5 allows for a nice balanced combination of a big edge and rounded face. These larger edges do mean that the bat has a smaller spine, so be sure to keep that in mind if you’re used to a bigger spine on your cricket bat.

 

Gunn & Moore six6 Cricket Bat also has an elongated swell height and GM’s Powerarc bow, which along with the contoured edges allow for the bat to have no real roughness or sharpness in its shape. The sweet spot on this bat is medium, or right in the middle, giving it a good ping. GM actually boasts that this model has an elongated sweet spot. GM has on this model reduced the shoulders and toe, so if you’re switching from an older GM model, be aware of that.

Gunn & Moore six6 Cricket Bat handle has the new GM ripple grips, which are helpful for better control. It’s a round to oval handle and gives the bat nice balance. According to GM, this bat is ideal for all-round stroke play, but it’s generally a comfortable bat for other types of cricket play as well. These GM English Willow bats are all designed and produced in England and made from English Willow trees in Nottingham.

The 2014 GM F4.5 bat also has a nice color scheme with blacks and blues.

 

Head to www.cricketstoreonline.com for more information, pictures and of course to buy your new bat.

GM Max • E 707 cricket bat sneak peek

GM Max • E 707 cricket bat sneak peek

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GM Max • E 707 cricket bat sneak peek

Just a real quick look at this 2lbs 08oz GM Max – E cricket bat for the 2013 cricket season. the full review coming in a day or two on youtube..

Sponsored cricketers using Hammer cricket bats

So the list of sponsored players who are using my cricket bats is growing and im very proud and very happy to be helping these guys out in some way shape or form. My very First official sponsored player to be using hammer products is names Davion Davidson. He is an explosive batsman with just about every shot i the book. What strikes you initially when you watch him in the nets or out in the middle is how hard he hits the ball. He is one of these guys that just hits everything hard and he is not the type of guy you want to be standing to close to when you are fielding.

 Here is Davion hand picking his first Beserker RS cricket bat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lastest and newest hammer cricket sponsored player is Jignesh Desai. ex – usa national team player and captain. Jigs is using a lightweight 2.8 Hammer Hel 156 cricket bat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For a look at these bats please feel free to take a look at www.cricketstoreonline.com

 

 

cricket bat scoring system breakdown of where we are up to now.

as there is a possibility of their being error with this moisture technology ive had a look at all my bat reviews done so far with my grading / scoring system and to be fare to everybody ive recalculated the numbers of all bats without the moisture content score and this is how they have fared.

these are the bats that all scored
1 ) 38/45
2 ) 37/45
3 ) 36/45
4 ) 35/45
5 ) 34/45
6 ) 33/45
7 ) 31/45
8 ) 30/45
9 ) 29/45
here is also a breakdown of how my scoring works without the moisture content.

The rating system goes something like this.

# 1. Price. rated out of 10 points. $600 is to expensive regardless of quality. $300 is a perfect price if the bat is good. $100 is generally a low quality bat so even if the bat is $100 it wont necessarily get a good grade unless its exceptionally good. eg. GN legend scores a 4/10 on price. its an awesome bat but $500 is a lot of money. Bat makers should be finding ways to keep their price lower, not making bats more and more expensive.

#2. Willow. Rated out of 10 points. This is a grade for the overall willow quality and aesthetics. overall look, grains, knots, butterflies, watermarks etc.

#3. Overall finish. Rated out of 10 points. did the bat maker take time to make the bat look pretty. Do you want to frame the bat its so beautiful or you dont mind throwing it in your kit unprotected.

#4. Performance. Rated out of 10 points. will this bat perform well. does it have a good balance and pickup. does it pick up light or does it feel bottom heavy or off balance.

#5. Wow factor. Rated out of 5 points. When you open up the box or show it to your friends are you going to think ” wow ” or does it just look like one of the other millions of bats that are produced every single year.