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Public vote to decide which projects are worthy to go up for, and eventually win, ‘Best Sport Project’ title in the National Lottery Awards 2011
Sportswear firm named as official kit partner for UK Corporate Games
Teamwear manufacturer and cricket club unveil new kit for county’s Twenty20 cricket team
Sock brand Horizon has heritage in the cricket market, but is far more than a one-sock operation, as David Pittman found out when he spoke to co-owner Matt Forward.
Cricket brand Newbery is proud of its heritage hand-crafting cricket bats, a heritage it is carrying on well into the 21st Century, as it tells SGB Sports.
Jon Hardy & Co has gone through a number of changes since its inception, and continues to evolve to meet the changing needs of the cricket market. David Pittman reports
The fully interactive digital version of SGB Sports April 2011 is now available from www.sgb-sports.com/digital
Buying group to place prominent perimeter signage at key sports events to raise awareness of the brand
Samurai Sportswear targets consumers after signing licensing agreement with BrandCo
Ground cover manufacturer buys cricket equipment manufacturer to increase product range and target larger section of cricket market
England Twenty20 captain Paul Collingwood signed up by Skins as face of brand's cricketing activity
Endorsed by England Twenty20 Captain, Paul Collingwood, the Slazenger V1 offers a lightweight bat to enable maximum response and shot accuracy. Featuring a premium cane oval handle, this bat is designed to deliver improved power, feel and grip, Slazenger say. This model also features a concave back spine, designed for manoeuvrability for all round stroke play.
Designed for the player wanting maximum power, the V3, endorsed by Matt Prior, has an enlarged sweet spot combined with a chiselled toe to help create ultimate power whilst maintaining a light pick up.
The Elite glove features finger wraps for protection and reduced padding movement. A new palm design in quality leather offers improvements to fit, comfort and visual ID, taking its influence from motor cycling and cycling gloves. Other features include AdiPrene inserts, high density foam padding with TPU inserts, high density foam side bar, towelling wrist band, PU finger roll material and ventilation throughout the palm and side mesh panels to help keep hands cool.
Adidas’ ClimaCool technology has been used in its England test shirt, designed to improve airflow through the garment, while the company’s Formotion tehnology is designed to give complete freedom of movement during play. In brilliant white, the shirt has a red stripe and stand-up collar for UV protection.
The Twenty2yds Lite boot features a lightweight 3 layer spacer construction for ventilation and a ClimaCool sock liner for increased air flow. Other design features include an adiPRENE outsole for shock absorption and the company’s Torsion System bar for midfoot arch protection.
Asics has used its technological expertise to produce a cricket shoe intended to be extremely light and durable, using a combination of mesh/synthetic upper, Solyte Midsole and a new PU outsole. Other features include rear foot gel to provide cushioning and shock absorption. The Gel-Advance 2 also comes complete with a combination of screw-in metal and PU soft studs.
Trialled in the Twenty20 Cup, this high impact bat is handmade using the finest English willow for enhanced performance. Design features include shaved shoulders intended to allow redistribution of weight to an enlarged hitting zone for improved power whilst maintaining a light balanced pick up. The handle has been slightly lengthened too, to create additional flex for power and speed.
Newbery has used IG technology for shock absorption and protection in this glove, allowing the energy to be dissipated within the material instead of transferring the force to the play. Also in the Thruxton range is a new pad featuring a rounded high density/low rebound foam construction with seven-bar configuration outer shell and angled top hat and new buckle protection flaps.
RRP Gloves £64.99 Pad £99.99
The 2011 footwear collection sees significant technical development with the launch of two more quality sports specific designs. The Vision offers players an ultra lightweight dual option shoe featuring running shoe technology for comfort. New Spirit also features running shoe technologies and is available in a full spike option, which can be transformed into a half spike, alongside a full rubber style.
RRP Vision £60
This helmet continues to be one of Kookaburra’s most popular lines in this market. The lightweight style features a shock resistant polymer liner and durable rubberised finish giving a strong product for players of all levels. It is available in three sizes – mini, junior and senior, each fully adjustable through the Kookaburra Control System.
A lightweight bat targeted at high impact players, Puma’s Iridium 6000 features a large hitting zone and flexible spine. Puma say most of the driving power has been positioned higher up the bat, aimed at creating improved power and stability. With contoured edges, the blade profile is intended to improve balance and control. It features striking cosmetics and a modern design.
Puma’s Iridium footwear, as worn by Andrew Flintoff, is designed for batting and bowling and is available in Iridium Rubber for indoor and synthetic surfaces and Iridium Spike for outdoor wear. With a lightweight ventilated upper, design features include motion control technology, cushioning and improved support and foot stability.
RRP Full Spike £60
Readers says its Challenger range offers Test Match quality and performance in contemporary style. The 2011 season will see the top of the range Challenger cricket bat, manufactured in unbleached four star willow along with batting leg guards, gloves and a wheelie bag to complete the range.
RRP Bat £150
The Tough Nut helmet from Woodworm boasts a wealth of features including a multi view lightweight steel faceguard and contrast colour air vents for comfort with adjustable chin cup and retention straps. In a smart black and red design, it’s available in Men’s 57-63cm and Boy’s 49-56cm sizes.
The Glowworm Mega is crafted from Grade 4 English willow and features a concave profile, high spine, thick edges, nine-cane handle and 'octopus style' non-slip grip as well as pro-facing and a fluorescent toe guard for protection. Glowworm Fizz uses English willow with expanded sweetspot and thick, contoured edges, while entry-level Glowworm Buzz features Kashmir willow with a multi-piece cane handle, fitted toe guard.
The Quad-NetZ range of cricket bowling and batting practice nets is a patent-pending system that can incorporate four sports into one product. The company says the nets are simple to assemble and modify for different sports. There are three net systems that incorporate cricket– Quad-NetZ2 ,Quad-NetZ3, and Quad-NetZ4.
RRP From £219.99
The Ignite is shaped with a steep spine and large sweetspot and is intended for all-round play. The over-sized face is designed to inspire confidence at the crease, and the bat comes in six different options to suit different levels, from professional to club cricketer.
This striking bat from Gray-Nicolls breaks with bat-making tradition by
employing chrome effects and grooves on the back of the bat with a view to enhancing pick-up. As played by England vice-captain Alastair Cook, the bat is fitted with a premium Octopus Grip for maximum control.
The new range of cricket bats from Kookaburra promises innovation, quality, performance as well as value for money, the company says. With cutting edge graphics, the new Rogue 850 as played by Australia’s Mike Hussey, is a powerful profile with a high spine designed for the power plays of T/20.
A summer with two test series and a Twenty 20 world cup ensures a high profile for cricket, but when it includes an Ashes win, cricket finds its way to the front pages. The industry as a whole is expecting the resulting publicity to attract new young players. Manufacturers in general are also reporting sales of cricket products showing resilience to the recession so expectations are uniformly positive for 2010. Congratulations, as well, go to the ECB whose development programme is bringing the game to ever more youngsters. Cricket is no longer a niche sport.