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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.



Sophia Dunkley Tipped for England Women’s Cricket

By , August 27, 2014 4:57 pm

Sophia Dunkley showing off her SM cricket gear

Sophia Dunkley is taking the revolution of SM Cricket Gear by storm in Young Ladies Cricket.

Dunkley, at only 16 years old was  selected for the England Women’s Development Programme (EWDP) Under19s Super 3s Summer Competition. Dunkley, who is currently at Mill Hill School in North London, participated  in three T20 matches, three 50 over matches and a series of education and developmental workshops at Shrewsbury School in early August.

Sophia, one of SM’s sponsors through Cricket Deal Direct, is showing great progress and development in Ladies Cricket and we all have high hopes for her future.

For more updates on all of our sponsored cricketers follow us on twitter at @4CricketDeals

All SM Cricket Gear available here.

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 




Howzat for SM’s Ravi Patel

By , August 19, 2014 11:46 am


Ravi Patel is a new and upcoming cricketer who has been signed with SM Cricket at cricket deal direct. Patel is a slow left arm spinner for Middlesex. This year Patel has had an impressive performance which has led him to be part of the England Lions line up. Patel’s skill is swiftly maturing into one of the tightest one-day slow bowlers in the county game.

In 2013, Patel finished as Middlesex’s second top wicket0taker with an economy of under seven. Furthermore, in the 2014 season, Patel finished with 18 wickets at an economy of 6.33 which was rewarded with a call up for England Lions’ one-day tri-series against New Zealand A and Sri Lanka A in August.

Angus Fraser, the Middlesex director of cricket and England selector said this about Patel: “He has the potential to become a fine bowler. We have always rated Ravi as a first-class bowler but in 2013 he showed how adaptable and smart he is by being extremely effective in Twenty20 cricket. He is not the finished article and is aware that there are areas of his game which he needs to work on.”

Find out more about Ravi Patel here.

To see more of SM’s cricket gear look at Cricket Deal Direct


SM family continuing to grow with great success

By , July 11, 2014 10:10 am

Last week our Professionals hit the news with some great scores using SM bats – this week it’s the turn of 2 of our younger rising stars. India Whitty playing for Finchley Gunns scored 102 not out, her maiden century. India is scheduled to attend England training at Loughborough University very soon with another of our SM players Sophia Dunkley – both currently using the SM Players Pride bat.

Then along comes Luke! – Luke Chapman, from Knebworth CC had an amazing weekend, again with his SM Players Pride. Luke scored 41 not out for the 1st XI on Saturday then on Sunday carried his bat scoring 114 not out – another maiden century. Luke also made his debut for the CCC Under 25′s this week and took a wicket with his first ball – congratulations Luke.

More updates this weekend!

Play on!

Ian Anderson, Cricket Deal Direct / SM Cricket / Play on!


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:

New Cricket equipment offers with Cricket Deal Direct

By , June 5, 2014 11:39 am

June sees the launch of two new offers on the Cricket Deal Direct website. There is 10% of all SM cricket bats both English and Kashmir willow and secondly FREE glove inners with all SM cricket gloves. Check them out online and grab your self a bargain today!

Worcestershire and MCC cricketer Salma Bi is getting into gear at the start of the new season!

By , May 23, 2014 12:20 pm

Worcestershire and MCC cricketer Salma Bi is getting into gear at the start of the new season the 28-year-old spin bowler has just landed a two-year sponsorship deal with internationally renowned SM Cricket.
Although SM is based in India, the company has an exclusive distribution agreement with Deal Direct (UK), whose commercial director Ian Anderson has arranged a sponsorship package with Salma.
The Birmingham-based sportswoman was delighted to sign the two-year contract on Tuesday, May 20, which sees her become SM Cricket’s flagship female player in the UK.
Salma was presented with a personalised black and gold themed kit of pads, gloves, bag and a magnificent bat.

She said: “It is a pleasure to get on board with SM Cricket and Deal Direct (UK). I visited Northants Cricket Ground to sign the deal, where I met top man Ian Anderson. As main ICC sponsors, SM’s reputation is growing by the minute and we want more future stars on board. For me this is a very good opportunity to get more players involved in the game. Using my business initiative SportingPathways, travelling all over the UK representing several teams per season and hosting world-record fund-raising sporting events will attract the future stars. SM (named after legendary cricket equipment entrepreneur Sunil Mahajan) share the same initials as my husband Sohail Mughal, who has encouraged the continued development of women’s cricket and has supported me well, so it will be special every time I wear the kit. SM sponsor the legendary Sachin Tendulkar and many other great players, so it is a privilege to be selected to represent the company too. This is the new gear that has got a lot of people talking with young player packages to senior kit offers. There is something custom designed for each individual. From kit to clothing SM will provide you with the best equipment for many seasons to come.”

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* First Asian woman to represent Worcestershire CC
* Has represented MCC many times, including versus Japan in 2013
* Plays for several teams – including Five Ways Old Edwardians, Wall CC (men’s team), Hawarden Park (North Wales), Tamworth
* Is a qualified level 1 umpire and coach
* Has twice been invited to nets sessions with the England ladies squad
* Organiser of Indoor World Cup T10 Tournaments for men and women

Twitter @Falmersalma

Salma In the Northants ShopIan with Salma Bi at Northants

Girl power on the Cricket field – Sophia Dunkley

By , May 19, 2014 3:51 pm

The start of the 2014 cricketing season has been greatly enhanced by the inclusion of the first girl to ever play for Mill Hill School’s 1st XI. Sophia Dunkley has enjoyed a great start to the season and has become the first girl to play for the 1st XI in the history of the School helping enormously towards a 100% winning start. She is currently the leading wicket taker for the Firsts and has also assisted with the bat….Sophia is sponsored by Cricket Deal Direct

She is also currently training and playing for the full Middlesex ladies team and is looking to become a professional player in the future following the footsteps of a recent alumnus Adam Rossington, who is currently playing for the Middlesex men’s team. thats what we call girl power!!



Sophia is sponsored by Cricket Deal Direct

Sophia is sponsored by Cricket Deal Direct