10 July will see England take on Australia in the First Test of this year’s hotly anticipated Ashes series.
If, like me, the big tournaments spark renewed interest in cricket, or you’re already a keen player with kit in need of a refresh, then read on and discover a range to help you enjoy and improve your game.
Seeing the batsman reach half-centuries or centuries is one of the finest sights in cricket… not so much for the bowlers. If you’ve seen enough of the batsman and are looking to put a dent in the opposition’s run tally, pick up Gray-Nicolls’ Club cricket ball. Hand-sewn, it delivers an excellent seam shape and is able to cope with the wear and tear of a match situation. Available in junior or senior weights, it looks the part and is sure to deliver some satisfying results, bowl after bowl.
There’s nothing quite like seeing the ball become a red dot in the sky as you smash one for six - it’s a fantastic feeling. The Oblivion Warrior bat is ideal for intermediate to advanced players. It has a half moon grip and is pre-prepared with a protective face and toe guard, meaning you can enjoy hitting them all round the field for longer.
Powerbow is made from Kashmir willow so it’s extra durable and ultra resilient and it’s designed with a big blade profile and long bow, giving you enhanced power.
Although the Bodyline series has been left well behind, it’s still just as important to protect yourself at the crease. Gray-Nicolls are one of the biggest names in the game and their equipment is championed by many of the top players. Don’t drop your guard and give the bowler anything to smile about: pull on Gray-Nicolls’ Elite cricket helmet - an easy-to-wear, cloth covered helmet that conforms to both British and Australian safety standards - and hit the next ball back down the ground. Alternatively for younger players, there’s the Warrior design.
The brand’s Powerbow cricket pads are available in youth or adult sizes and are designed with an ambidextrous hook and loop fastening, which is ideal for getting out in the middle as quick as possible. Providing the main protection is the cane rod and foam front protection. Plus, running between the stumps is made a little easier thanks to their lightweight construction.
Within the same Powerbow range, you can help to protect your hands from injury with gloves that feature a multi-section anatomical finger construction, allowing you to bend your fingers fully while maintaining a good grip of the bat - good news for you and those around you! To complete your protection, head for Gray-Nicolls’ Abdo Guard - available in boy’s, youth’s or adult sizes - that features cushioned edges and open sections for added comfort and breathability.
It may be a cliché but practice really does make perfect. The thing is, it’s not always easy to take a trip to the nets and you can’t guarantee an appearance at training every week, so why not do a little training of your own in the garden or at your local park? QuickPlay offer a range of training aids for a variety of sports including tennis, football, golf and cricket. The Quick Hit net measures 8ft by 8ft and can be set up in 90 seconds. Attaching the cricket stumps target net (sold separately) will allow you to practise your bowling accuracy with the safety of a net to catch any wayward balls.
A little fun…
If you’re looking for something a little less serious then break out the mini bat. Measuring just 15 inches long, it won’t be taking on any of the Australians this summer but it’s ideal for a summer evening in the garden with friends and there are some excellent shirts to show your support.