Monday, February 20, 2012

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Batting Pads/legguards marked down......

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Are Cricket Sets a Good Purchase?

There are many cricket products out there to purchase. It can be overwhelming when you are trying to decide what you should or shouldn't buy and what might be necessary. I wanted to discuss cricket sets and whether or not they are a useful item to buy.
Let's start out by talking about what most cricket sets contain. Looking at the major players; Kookaburra, Gray Nicholls, Gunn and Moore, it seems that most cricket sets contain a cricket bat, cricket ball, stumps and a carrying case for all of it. A cricket bat and a cricket ball are both obviously very useful tools when playing cricket. Throw in the cricket stump and all you need to do is find a few players, with their own cricket kit of course, and you have all you need for a pickup game of cricket. A cricket bag to hold them all in seems to add convenience. Also, it is noteworthy that some sets contain more than one bat, stump and ball.
The price is the next thing to consider. Most cricket sets I have seen range from $20 to $300. As far as cricket equipment goes, this is a very reasonable price for a bat alone and you are getting a bat, a ball and a cricket stump as well as a bag or carrying case to put everything in. So I would say it is a very good bargain. Many of the sets priced less than $50 are geared toward youth players and are offered in smaller sizes.
The quality of the products inside the set can vary a bit. The lesser-priced sets are obviously not as high quality as the more expensive ones. Sets vary from plastic materials to Kashmir Willow bats and wooden stumps to even English Willow Bats. And the price will reflect the quality of the materials used to make the set.
The next thing to ponder is who is the cricket set for? Is the set for a beginner? Is it for a youth? If the answer to either of these is yes than I believe that a cricket set is a great purchase for you. I would start with a plastic or Kashmir Willow set until you have enough experience to decide what type of bat is the best fit for you.
In conclusion, I believe that cricket sets are a great option for many people. As with any purchase, you must make sure to do your homework first and make sure the set you get is a good fit for you. Good Luck and Happy Cricketing!

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

10% off Batting Gloves.....

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Friday, February 3, 2012

Cricket Batting Techniques

Cricket is a very unique sport however; it can be confusing to someone who is more familiar with a simpler sport. There are a lot of rules that just plain need to be memorized or rehearsed. There is also many different ways a batsman can choose to hit the cricket ball. This mostly depends on the batsman's style and how the ball is being bowled to the batsman. I would like to explain some of the different strokes a batsman commonly uses.
To start with you have front foot strokes and back foot strokes. A batsman can change this position based on how the ball is thrown and where it is going. Front foot strokes are when the batsman's front foot stretches down the pitch toward the bowler and his weight is on the front foot. A back foot stroke is when the batsman's back foot is pushed back toward the wicket and his weight on his back foot. There are many shots or strokes that a batsman can use within these two categories and I am going to discuss front foot strokes below.
The front foot defensive is a stroke that is played by moving the front foot toward the pitch, keeping the back foot still. The cricket bat is brought down in a vertical line in a blocking motion. The purpose of this stroke is mostly to defend the wicket from being taken.
The front foot Drive, or the drive, is a stroke where the footwork is similar to the front foot defensive but the intention is to drive the ball. So the swing is a vertical arc motion with the bat angled downwards. This stroke is designed to defend the wicket and score runs both. There are a few different types of drives strokes to mention. On Drive hits the ball in the direction of the fielding position mid on. Off drive does the same but to the fielding position of, yes you guessed it, mid off. The cover drive is hit in the direction of the cover and the square to the direction of the wicket. A lofted drive does exactly as it sounds, lofts into the air, by angling the bat upward.
Lastly, we have the sweep and the reverse sweep. The sweep is when a batsman receives a slow moving pitch and the batsman kneels to reach the ball. The bat is swung horizontally in an arc. A reverse sweep is rare, not often seen but is similar to the above only the bat is turned in reverse. Both of these strokes are used only with slower bowlers.
In conclusion, there are many different techniques for cricket batting. You should try them all to truly understand them. Once you have familiarized yourself more with the game, you will understand which stroke is appropriate at what time.
Lyndea Ward is the author and can provide more information on this and other cricket shopping and caring for tips. Visit today, at we focus on selling top of the line cricket products from premier lines such as; Kookaburra, Gray Nicholls, Gunn and Moore and more. Visit today and receive 10% off your order with coupon code enjoy10.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

US timeline of Cricket

I found this on the espn cricket news site -

I thought it was a fun read:

Important dates in US cricket
1709 William Byrd of Westover, Virginia, playing cricket with his friends
1737 Mention of cricket in Georgia
1742 Highland Scots celebrate St Andrew's Day in Savannah (Georgia) - founded only nine years before - by playing cricket
1751 A match recorded between New York and a London XI. played "according to the London method"; i.e. presumably in accordance with the 1744 rules
1785 Canadians playing in Montreal
1838 Mexican CC in existence
1844 First match between Canada and the USA
First known century scored in North America - 120 by J. Turner
1859 First touring team to leave England (captain, George Parr) visit the USA and Canada. Their matches drew large crowds and, together with their general experiences on the tour, were well-described by their scorer, Fred Lillywhite, in the first book in the long catalogue of "touring literature"
1874 First team from USA to visit England: team of baseballers who also played cricket
1878 The Australian team visits America on their way back from England
1880 First team from Canada visited England: not representative and the tour terminated prematurely
1884 First Gentlemen of Philadelphia team to visit England
1896 Haverford College toured and played English Public Schools
1903 Kent visit USA
1905 First MCC team visited USA and Canada; captain E. W. Mann
1961 United States Cricket Association founded
1963 Revival of USA v Canada match, last played in 1912
1965 United States elected to Associate membership of ICC
1968 Canada elected to associate membership of ICC
2004 USA wins ICC Six Nations tournament and qualifes for the Champions Trophy
2004 ICC anounces Project USA, a multi-million dollar plan to expand the game. This scrapped in 2005 after a major falling out with the USACA and serious governance issues within the US administration
2005 USACA suspended by the ICC (see above) and banned from all major events