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cricket kit advise please

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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!!!

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.

QuintessentialOHara Wed 01-May-13 23:17:11

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.

QuintessentialOHara Thu 09-May-13 21:10:48

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!

NormanTheForeman Thu 09-May-13 23:14:44

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........!

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