Posts tagged: Cricket bats

Disability County Cricket

By , March 2, 2015 10:07 am

Cricket Deal Direct is very pleased to announce that it will provide SM Cricket gear to Dorset county cricket player Rob Franks.

Rob is the captain of Dorset County Disability County Cricket Club and has also been capped by England twice.

Rob is an all rounder and usually bats at number 4 / 5. He also plays for Poole Town CC

Ian Anderson, Managing Director of Cricket Deal Direct said “This is great for us to provide Rob with kit. We are very close to the Northants Disability squad whom we often see in our shop on the County Ground at Northampton. Rob is our first sponsored player so we will watch his progress with particular interest this coming season.

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2014 / 2015 SM Cricket Emerging Players Program – Lincolnshire Cricket

By , January 8, 2015 8:26 pm

This year SM Cricket and Cricket Deal Direct have sponsored the Lincolnshire Emerging Players Program.

Thirteen of Lincolnshire’s most promising young cricketers started their sessions towards the back end of 2014. The EPP is an ECB initiated program that encourages counties to put forward their most talented players for specialist one-to one coaching.

The chosen thirteen, which this year includes 5 girls, completed their first session at the University of Lincoln’s Human Performance Centre, where they underwent baseline fitness testing. Analysis of the players fitness levels included skinfold tests, a yo-yo test, sprint tests and video analysis using high speed cameras.

Ian Anderson, Managing Director of SM Cricket said we are very proud to be associated with Lincolnshire County Cricket and to sponsor this very important program. The full SM range of cricket gear can be seen at

Lincolnshire County Cricket 2015 EPP sponsored by SM Cricket

Lincolnshire County Cricket 2015 EPP sponsored by SM Cricket

New partnership with Pure Cricket

By , December 22, 2014 5:42 pm

It is with great pleasure that we can announce a new business partnership with Pure Cricket. We have signed an agreement for a minimum of 2 years for Pure Cricket to promote and sell the exciting range of SM Cricket gear. This is further confirmation of the popularity of this fast growing quality brand. Pure Cricket, who also run their cricket Academy in Reading is run and owned by Khalid (Bobby) Malik. After the agreement was signed Bobby confirmed that they are excited to be working with Cricket Deal Direct and the fast growing SM range of cricket gear.



Sonali Patel Joins CDD Young Elite Players Program

By , December 17, 2014 1:03 pm

Cricket Deal Direct runs an Elite Players kit sponsorship junior whereby we support juniors with a  very special kit package. This programme is aimed at those talented young players (both boys and girls) that are already making their mark at the junior levels.

Sonali Patel (pictured with her SM Warrior T20) is the latest to benefit form this program. Sonali is playing for Harrow Town CC and has made progress into the Middlesex Under 13 girls team.  CDD wish Sonali all the best with her SM cricket equipment.



Black Friday Cricket Offer – 30% of all English Willow Bats !

By , November 27, 2014 12:55 pm

Cricket Deal Direct is offering 30% off the price of all English Willow bats for Black Friday only

Just choose the English willow bat you want  go to the shopping cart and add the words Black Friday in the voucher/promotion box when prompted


Cath Dalton batting with SM in Style

By , August 19, 2014 12:14 pm


Cath Dalton, one of SM’s sponsors from Cricket Deal Direct is showing us all how it’s done.

Dalton is looking great on the field with her SM bat and playing her part in the Cricket Revolution of SM bats. Dalton scored a sensational 53 runs on Tuesday in a T20 for Middlesex against Sussex.

To be like Dalton and become part of the revolution check out the range of SM bats at Cricket Deal Direct 




The Cricket Revolution

By , August 11, 2014 2:56 pm

Cricket Yorkshire wrote an article about Cricket Deal Direct and the up and coming revolution of SM bats. SM bats, originating from India, are becoming well known throughout the UK especially with many professional cricketers being sponsored by them such as Steven Crook and Salma Bi. Cricket Yorkshire’s article written by John Fuller can be read in full here. To become part of the revolution, check out Cricket Deal Direct’s website or visit the shop in Northants Cricket Ground.

Crook’s Maiden First Class Century

By , July 3, 2014 12:47 pm
Steven Crook celebrating his maiden first-class century with his SM Swagger bat

Steven Crook celebrating his maiden first-class century with his SM Swagger bat

Northants CCC all rounder Steven Crook scored 131 runs against Middlesex on 1st July. Crook managed to score his maiden first-class century with SM Swagger bat provided by Cricket Deal Direct. Crook is the third Northants Cricketer to sign with SM Cricket Equipment from Cricket Deal Direct. We wish them all the best of luck in forthcoming fixtures.

Cricket Deal Direct are promoting their SM bats with 10% off when bought online.

SM bats and Cricket Deal Direct’s Newest Addition Salmi Bi’s Interview

By , June 25, 2014 2:39 pm


Salma Bi signing with Cricket Deal Direct's Ian AndersonSalma Bi is the new addition to the Cricket Deal Direct family and is currently using the SM ‘US 100 Plus’ Cricket bat. Salma Bi is an inspirational young lady who has advanced grea

tly in her career in County Cricket and is currently playing with Worcestershire Country Cricket Club. Bi explains her introduction, progress and aspirations in her interview with Cricket Deal Direct below.

“Worcestershire County Cricket Club’s Salma Bi is an irrepressible force sweeping through cricket. The Cricket Deal Direct-sponsored player uses the SM ‘US 100 Plus’ bat and has forged a successful county career as a canny spin bowler.

Talking to Salma, going on to play cricket was perhaps inevitable. She’d join in with her four brothers and Dad in the back garden at home and grew up in Birmingham surrounded by the game with cricket often on the telly.It was thanks to Australian legend Shane Warne that for this young girl, a fascination with spin bowling took hold. At secondary school, she captained her school team and came to the attention of Warwickshire county scouts at a final in Derby.

As a youngster, the pathways and further progression into cricket weren’t apparent. Not involved in any local cricket club, her eyes were opened to the possibility of playing at a more serious level:

“Nobody ever told me that there’s other levels of cricket and you can progress and make a career out of this.”
It was in at the deep end. She went to U17s trials at Warwickshire and the reality hit her with the other girls all arriving with their own kit bags, prepared and knowing what was going on:“I didn’t even have a bat with me and I walked in, expecting to be good enough to play.”
It wasn’t
to be initially with Warwickshire but she joined Redditch Cricket Club and worked hard to develop her game with the help of the coaching staff. A second county trial opportunity came up – this time with neighbouring Worcestershire – and buoyed by wickets and runs in club cricket, there was reason to feel like she was no longer out of place: “I thought, ‘walk in…feel confident now, I’ve played a bit of club cricket, got a few runs under my belt….”

Taking on the fast bowlers and bamboozling the batsmen when it came to bowl spin, it went well and a week later, a letter arrived in the post to say she was selected to play county cricket.It was momentous on many fronts. Not least as the first Asian woman ever to represent Worcestershire CCC but it was the start of a rollercoaster that has yet to slow down.

Since county selection, Salma has played cricket for the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and was shortlisted at the Change4Life British Asian Sports Awards (BASA) – she has since won an outstanding achievement award for her work bringing young Asian women into cricket.

That initial, surprise nomination was independent recognition and spurred Salma on and made her realise that there was a wider opportunity here, beyond playing herself: “I decided to be not only a role model but also to encourage more girls so that’s what I did. I did my Level Two Coaching and my Level Three Club Coaching assessment.”

Add in her Level One Umpiring Course and she had acquired an in-depth knowledge of the game to teach and inspire others although there was personal reward with a further injection of belief: “I was on a roll, I was coaching and it really gave me more confidence as at first, I was never a confident person.”

Salma set up her own ‘Believe in MAD (Making a Difference)’ coaching organisation which continues to raise awareness of girls and women’s cricket and disability cricket.

Using her own coaching academy to to organise a successful indoor T10 Women’s World Cup, £8,000 was raised in donations that went towards renovating the Read Foundation School in Pakistan, where her husband Sohail teaches orphaned children.

Salma’s future is firmly intertwined with cricket, on and off the field. As well as playing for Worcestershire and club cricket with the wonderfully named Five Ways Old Edwardians CC in the Worcestershire County League, there is involvement championing the Asian Cricket Awards.

It is breathless but inspiring stuff. Future plans could include an indoor cricket centre in the West Midlands while Salma will be hoping to use her SM cricket kit to good use for Worcestershire and one day perhaps even England.

Watch this space and needless to say, we’re delighted to be sponsoring Salma.

Salma’s cricket blog:

Steven Crook of Northants County Cricket Club does it with a Swagger

By , June 20, 2014 11:46 am
Crook using SM Swagger cricket bat

Crook using SM Swagger cricket bat

Steven Crook of Northants County Cricket Club scored 51-not out, in the T20 against Warwickshire last night. Crook has recently signed with Cricket Deal Direct and scored his half century with our very own SM Swagger Bat. Crook has been the third Steelbacks player to sign with SM Cricket through Cricket Deal Direct following Graeme White and Muhammad Azhar Ullah.

He has been a strong all-rounder for the Steelbacks especially in 2013 with many match winning performances. Crook said “I am delighted to sign with SM, I have seen how good the gear looks and have heard great feedback about the equipment from Azhar and Graeme, which helped make my decision easier. I’m looking forward to using my new kit to score some runs for Northants.”

Cricket Deal Direct now have an offer on all SM bats, including the Swagger favoured by Crook, with 10% off when purchased online.