cricket kit advise please

(64 Posts)
Labro Wed 24-Apr-13 23:27:23

ds is yr 6, only been in indie since yr 5, but would now like own bat etc for cricket. I have no idea what brands are any good or completely rubbish, so please would you lovely people help me out with decent brand names for bat, bag, shoes, pads and gloves and which to avoid! He's not in any teams, quite a beginner, so nothing too expensive either!!!

weblette Wed 24-Apr-13 23:35:34

Do you have a decent local sports shop? They'll be best at getting the right size bat/pads/helmet (which he'll need for hard ball) otherwise get clothing from anywhere, doesn't really matter.

Kookaburra bats are good, and about the lightest around in a decent price range for that age group. Check if he needs a bat for corkies or not - it changes what you can buy. We got DS his bat in Decathlon.

Sports Direct have some Slazenger helmets and other pads and stuff which out coach reckons are decent - but again, beware of the bats, as they are not always appropriate. We got a decent bag with wheels for half price there too. They also have some whites on offer there too - originally over winter the trousers were reduced to £4 and the tops £2 or £3, but they have gone back up to half price now, at £9 and £7 - Decathlon also had a decent range of whites. We got DS his box and the shorts for them in Sports Direct too.

They have shoes as well, but we ended up getting our spikes in the sale from Decathlon, and the training ones from an independent sports shop.

JollyPurpleGiant Thu 25-Apr-13 07:18:56

This website is quite good, and quite cheap, for basic school sports kit.

JollyPurpleGiant Thu 25-Apr-13 07:19:27

With a working link blush

LIZS Thu 25-Apr-13 07:26:08

Does school not have a shop ? Sports Direct do a good inexpensive range with brands like Slazenger , Gunn & Moore and Kookaburra but he'd need to try the bat for size. Check the type of ball he's using too.

Labro Thu 25-Apr-13 08:03:05

scuse ignorance - what are corkies??

lainiekazan Thu 25-Apr-13 09:24:01

Top Hint: get a cricket bag with wheels. All the cricket gear is quite heavy and ds was dragging his along 100 yds behind all the other boys who were zipping along with their wheely bags.

mimbleandlittlemy Thu 25-Apr-13 12:15:52

Definitely worth going to a sports shop if you can even if it's just so you can try things on before ordering it all half price from Amazon. It's amazing how many kids turn up with the right sized bat but so heavy the poor things don't have a hope of lifting it. Ds's club very tough on the weight of bats and will make kids buy a new one if it's too much for them. I also found that different makes of pads/gloves/helmets come up quite different in size so it's worth just standing there trying on gloves and helmets until you are sure.

I accidentally got a box that was too big - we got a smaller second one, but he certainly has something to, er, aspire to...grin from me, blush from him.

JustGiveMeFiveMinutes Thu 25-Apr-13 12:21:06

Don't go to Sports Direct. They are useless. You need to get a bat that's the correct size. Ask around to see where everybody else goes. Where (roughly) are you? You also need whites (trousers and top), a box and helmet (preferable).

Corky - hard ball - if it's training our club don't use them so much, but for matches he needed a bat that was suitable.

Kookaburra was the lightest we tried in the right size and type - DS is a small YR6 with narrow wrists, so the weight was definitely a consideration.

KathySeldon Thu 25-Apr-13 13:23:39

He'll need cricket pants too!! To hold his 'box' in place!!
Yes yes to a BIG bag with wheels.

He will probably want the same brands as his friends, so get him to ask, what bat/helmet the other boys have.

musu Thu 25-Apr-13 21:55:30

The school will be able to tell him what size bat he needs. There is nothing wrong with getting stuff from Sports Direct.

I would have expected his prep to provide all the protective gear although most boys like to have their own helmet.

lonahjomu Fri 26-Apr-13 13:03:59

Sports direct is far easier to order online from than actually visit. (((it's a terrifying experience))))). Ask your son's PE teacher to measure him for a bat.

My son has 2 pairs of trousers, they are cheap enough.

JustGiveMeFiveMinutes Fri 26-Apr-13 13:09:22

'The school will be able to tell him what size bat he needs.'

Personally, I think you'd be taking a chance. The bat needs to be the right size and weight for your ds. A specialist shop will be able to properly advise unlike the staff in Sports Direct who don't have a clue

I suppose it depends on how serious you are about it to be honest.

Labootin Fri 26-Apr-13 13:10:13

Best place i've found for kit is attached to the county cricket club

I would imagine most of them have a shop in the grounds (Essex certainly do)

And yy to the wheeled bag

Cricket trousers are generally unfinished at the bottom so you can cut to size

Ds has played hardball since he was about six .. Getting a box to fit him was "interesting" .. He wears brief style underpants.

SoMuchToBits Fri 26-Apr-13 13:11:43

Do you have a local independent shop which sells cricket gear? If so, I'd go there, as they will probably have staff who can help and advise you. We have a shop in Ipswich which does, but I don't know which area of the country you are in.

With a bat, especially, he will probably want to try it, to check that it's the right size and weight for him and feels comfortable. Also with cricket shoes he will want to try them on for fit.

We mostly bought Gunn and Moore stuff for ds, which have proved to be hard wearing and good quality. We bought the pads, helmet, gloves, cricket bag etc online from Newitts and the cricket shoes, bat and clothing from our local shop, where he could try them on.

pimmsgalore Fri 26-Apr-13 13:12:04

Just check with school what he needs. Our indie provides everything and tells them only bats and boxes can come from home as there isn't space in the minibus/changing room/ school for everyone to have large cricket kit bags

MissLivvy Sat 27-Apr-13 20:08:38

If you're anywhere near Essex, go to Warsop at East Hanningfield. Really lovely, v helpful, make bats on premises. Believe 6th generation of bat makers! Owner was explaining to my son this week, how so much of willow for bats comes from Essex. Owner spent one and a half hours with my son advising and suggesting bat choices. Excellent service and no more expensive than bat from sports shop. Cannot recommend highly enough.

Bowlersarm Sat 27-Apr-13 20:10:32

Go into your local sports shop. They will be able to advise

Anthracite Sat 27-Apr-13 20:14:08

I bought DS a bat/pad/glove combo from Tesco, for something like £15. Shirt and trousers from Sports Direct for less than £10 each.

School provided the Aran jumper, caps and helmet. They also provided the bat and pads, but boys loved having their own and getting padded up early (essential in DS's team as the outs came in fast succession!).

AlfieBear87 Sat 27-Apr-13 20:18:06

Make sure you buy a bat that's already 'knocked in' unless you want to spend hours oiling and hitting the bat with a cricket ball inside a sock!

Bowlersarm Sat 27-Apr-13 20:41:20

allfie in my limited experience, knocking in is not a problem. Small boys sit for hours 'knocking in' the bat much to everyone's annoyance

storynanny Sat 27-Apr-13 21:07:08

Oh the years I've listened to boys knocking in their bats!!!!! They def need a helmet when playing in a team, I think it's a rule. I remember having to give written permission to one of my sons captains if he didnt choose to wear a helmet aged 17 . I think it's a rule under 18, quite rightly too as the boys get really good at fast bowling.
They def need their own box, my boys told me that the communal box lurked unwashed in the team bag from season to season!
Yes to the bag on wheels. Also be careful about offering lifts to games. Some of the boys had bags so big I would have had to put the boys on the roof.

IDontDoIroning Sat 27-Apr-13 21:08:40

My ds has just started he is nearly 12. We got most of his kit from sports direct - trousers top sleeveless and sleeved jumper box and 2 pairs of underwear for about £30.
He is training with a local club and they have bats they can use but he found them too heavy so my dh took him last w/e to a local independent sports shop. He had a try of some bats and chose a lighter one. He was lucky as it was last seasons and heavily reduced £30 from over £100.

OnGoldenPond Sun 28-Apr-13 00:55:39

If you are anywhere near, Fordham Sports in Kingston Vale is great for cricket and rugby gear. Specialist staff who really know about the sport and can give good advice. Not too expensive either.We have used them for DS who is a cricket fanatic for the last 3 years.

mimbleandlittlemy Mon 29-Apr-13 13:40:36

Second for Fordham Sports if you are in the right area.

harrassedswlondonmum Mon 29-Apr-13 22:24:56

Third vote for Fordham they are great! They have a website too.

Fourth vote for Fordham, they are great! So helpful. Kitted ds out last weekend. Ready for his first Match on Sunday, he cant wait!

His bat was only £20, so good value.

marriedinwhiteagain Tue 07-May-13 21:12:53

What a lot of locals!! Fordham are brill although DS's kast bat was 300 ish. However much you spend on the bat pay for it to be knocked in. I would say for your DS - 50-80 bat, decent bag ( go a size up because he will grow), Basic helmet and a box. You should be able to get 2nd hand spikes, whites, pads and gloves for next to nothing.

If you aren't near fordham google your local cricket clubs and ask who they recommend.

marriedinwhiteagain Tue 07-May-13 21:13:41

And don't forget shades and suncream!!

bizzey Wed 08-May-13 10:39:06

Can I ask a really stupid question please......

Ds asked for own cricket stuff as ,as some of you have said there is a communal school box for "the box"(juck !!)

I have bought him pants and box and "whites"....from SD ...but they are cream . Is that the colour of whites...or have I gone wrong again !!

Just started after school club with school....and I haven't the foggiest about cricket...he had to explain what the box was !!! grin


marriedinwhiteagain Wed 08-May-13 13:13:06

Cricket whites are indeed cream! The faded green shading at the front is grass stains. Aerial removes it - if they have sensitive skin wash again.

bizzey Wed 08-May-13 18:50:18

married thank you ....I had visions of me hunting in the bin for the tags to take them back !grin

Good tip about sun cream...I would not have thought of that ...all Fri afternoon is cricket or match...think I will put a stick or something in his bag...if the sun visits again !!

cricketballs Wed 08-May-13 19:31:33

the bat is a personal preference and he needs to check out the different weights to see what suits him; if he is serious about the sport then you definitely need a specialist shop. But in essences he will need whites (if he is playing for a club, they usually have their own club top from a particular supplier), a box, pads, gloves, bag, bat. one good supplier is jssports it is owned and run by cricket specialists and can give excellent advice

storynanny Wed 08-May-13 20:00:33

Re the green stains....and the red stains where they polish the ball on their trousers! After my boys had finished their match I used to lay all the whites(cream!) out in a line on the kitchen floor and spray excessive amounts of vanish all over them before putting them in the washing machine. It got rid of most of the stains.

Vanish works wonders on Cricket Creams. Sorry Whites.

stealthsquiggle Thu 09-May-13 21:26:11

I swallowed the premium to get DS's bat from local independent shop, but all the rest (whites, box, pants, wicket keeping pads, helmet) came from Sports Direct at a maximum of half the price the other shop was charging for the same items.

seeker Thu 09-May-13 21:32:49

Just got ds cricket stuff from Sports direct. You can easily find out the right sized bat for his height on the Internet, then he can try all the ones in the right size to see what feels right.

Don't forget batting gloves- very important!

We got bat, box, gloves, a couple of practice balls and a bag for about 60 quid.

bizzey Thu 09-May-13 21:35:51

Oh dear ..have I started something now on whites V's cream !!! grin

stealthsquiggle Thu 09-May-13 22:22:59

seeker - I don't ever go into SD unless it is for trainers/cricket boots and the like (and actually not even for cricket boots this time) - I just can't face it, and I justify to myself that the delivery charge is less than the diesel and parking to go there blush.

DS still uses school batting pads and gloves, as he chose to get wicket keeping ones instead (and paid for his gloves himself). He could use school everything (except whites), but some things make a huge difference - especially his helmet, which as wicket keeper he is wearing for a long time, as all the school ones were 'boy' sized, and DS has a very definitely 'adult' sized head.

seeker Thu 09-May-13 22:33:25

I loathe it too- but it's one of my most effective incentives for DS- he will do anything for a trip to Sports Direct and a KFC!

storynanny Thu 09-May-13 23:00:24

... And don't forget, at the end of the season buy next years sizes in the sale!

stealthsquiggle Thu 09-May-13 23:05:39

One thing - I was told absolutely definitely don't go up a size for the bats - they are far better off playing with a too-small bat than a too-big one. Bats "to grow into" are school's pet peeve.

seeker Thu 09-May-13 23:10:50

Sports direct told us that too!

Aaaaahhhh, we are well and truly into the cricket season. Ds has already played 4 matches for school and has his first club match tomorrow evening. But with training sessions he is needing cricket whites about 4 times per week. Lots of washing! grin

stealthsquiggle Thu 09-May-13 23:20:58

seeker - I had it from the independent sports shop, but also from the school - a note home asking that if parents insist on buying bats that are too big, then they should be kept at home grin

I am impressed that you managed to find a real life human being who could string a sentence together in SD - I am sure they are there in ours, but they hide bloody well - hence the online orders.

seeker Thu 09-May-13 23:30:01

So pleased my ds's school doesn't make them wear whites!

stealthsquiggle Thu 09-May-13 23:33:52

Ours don't wear them for training, thank goodness - just for matches - and they are seriously cheap (any whites will do - not sourced through school or anything silly) so I don't really mind except for the washing. One boy in DS's team wears his father's cricket sweater, which is really sweet.

seeker Thu 09-May-13 23:34:54

Our lot have found that not wearing whites means that the opposition underestimate them........!

stealthsquiggle Thu 09-May-13 23:37:40

I can imagine grin - DS's school roll up in scruffy shorts and aertex shirts for other sports and the opposition all have their names on the back of their special made-to-order kit - it makes the occasional victory all the sweeter - but they cave to "peer pressure" when it comes to cricket whites from Y6 onwards.

Ds wears his (second hand ) club cricket top for cricket matches. And his school cricket top for school matches (we caved in and bought him one).

But really, he had cricket match (school) Wednesday, has cricket match (local club) Friday evening, cricket match (school) Saturday, cricket training (local club) Sun morning, cricket training (school) Tues evening...

Lots of cricket, good thing he loves it! grin

My ds just got his first cricket bat from Fordhams. £20. They had a range of adult bats in the hundreds, but the one they recommended my son was just £20. I was very happy with that, as dhs aunt had wanted to buy him the bat for his birthday, it would have been very embarrassing to tell an elderly retired lady that she would have to fork out hundreds of pounds! blush

MrsSalvoMontalbano Fri 10-May-13 09:29:50

Another vote for Fordhams. grin Usually DH deals with the cricket stuff, but when I recently had a mercy dash with DS2 they were great, took a lot of time to make sure was just right.
Cricket trousers are the bane of my life- why do they have to be such yucky nylon rubbish? And why not reinforced knees? Re the green and red stains, A sachet of Dr Beckhams non-bio stain remover in the wash is effective, even @ 30 degrees ( was special offer in Asda last week).
And yes, do not buy a bat 'to grow into' better to buy right size second hand.

storynanny Fri 10-May-13 10:09:51

Ha Norman, it gets worse! There becomes an overlap in mid to late teens when they play for the school, the boys. The youths. The mens teams at club level,, add in a district school team and then indoor league over the winter, plus net practice on the only available night of the week that's left! Plus I had 3 boys do this. Cricket teas cost me a fortune.
However, I am delighted with the way it gave my boys a focus during their teens, the mentoring they received over the years was priceless and it is a hobby (way of life more like it) and passion which has continued into adulthood. At boys and youth club level, the amount of commitment by volunteers is astounding.

MrsSalvoMontalbano Fri 10-May-13 17:38:16

Story Yes! I am pleased that my DS2 who normally has a low boredom threshold seems to have endless patience for the waiting around involved in cricket - even in matches he has not batted or bowled, he is still completely involved - it seems more of a team sport that the rugby and football he also does.

storynanny Fri 10-May-13 17:46:50

I agree, apparently if boys have an all consuming hobby with good male/female mentors other than their own family, they are more likely to stay " on the rails". I think that is a quote from Stephen Biddulph "raising boys"

cricketballs Fri 10-May-13 19:33:03

It is more than a hobby for my eldest DS - he has been very involved in the sport since he was 11; nets, matches etc. It saved him 'face' that instead of telling his mates that he couldn't hang around the streets (cause his mum and dad wouldn't let him!) at night he was at cricket. When he was going through a late surge of teen moods it was the one thing that he kept with and kept him close to the son we knew was hiding there.....hes back to normal know and cricket is still the main thing in his life; coaching the U9s, vice manager of the U15 and plays senior cricket, taking his level 2 coaching certificate and this has helped him gain a place on a volunteer programme in South Africa for 3 weeks next year

I can not thank the sport/life enough for what is has done for him and my youngest who is AS and learning difficulties and has played a game for the U15 - couldn't take the smile off his face for weeks!

storynanny Fri 10-May-13 19:46:59

I agree cricket balls, it also kept mine off joining in with the teen cigarette smoking as they knew it would affect their sporting performances! That has to be good side effect.
This thread has made me smile as I remember all the cricket related stuff that went on in our house for over 20 years! Like a dice cricket game, pages and pages of imaginary cricket league tables, after match analysis of the standard of each cricket tea etc etc. Happy days, however other women now have the delightful pleasure of dealing with the laundry now for 2 of my sons.

stealthsquiggle Fri 10-May-13 20:00:52

hmm storynanny - and those sons would be not dealing with their own manky cricket kit because......?

storynanny Fri 10-May-13 20:36:21

Haha yes of course they should be, their women are toooo kind. They will learn.....

Well, ds's team lost tonight, and he didn't even bowl very well. He still enjoyed it though. He has another match tomorrow, for his school team.

The main problem is trying to balance out his cricket activities with his musical ones (he is also a keen percussionist)! Ok in winter, harder in summer! smile

austenozzy Fri 10-May-13 23:13:48

As stealthsquiggle and others said - the golden rule is to buy a bat that is the correct length and weight. Buying one that is too big will mean he won't be able to play as well as he might, and will lose interest.

At his age, I dare say the make will be more important from a 'looking the part' perspective than a performance one! I've always used Newbery and M&H bats myself, but they're premium.

When choosing a bat, it's helpful to wear batting gloves when trying the 'pickup', as the hands are spaced correctly with the gloves. Without gloves, it makes a large difference to the balance of the pickup. Again, prob more useful to remember that in future years.

Also, to make sure it's the right weight, get him to try swinging a few front foot shots with just his left hand (if he's right handed), as that is the leading hand when batting. If it's too much of a struggle, it's probably too heavy.

Hope this helps. (20 years of cricket and ECB registered coach).

austenozzy Fri 10-May-13 23:14:48

Blimey, that should read 30 years of cricket! Getting oooold...

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