Posts tagged: England Cricket

Ellie Threlkeld becomes SM Ambassador

By , May 26, 2016 11:10 am

The top young England women’s wicket keeper, Ellie Threlkeld, has agreed to become an SM Ambassador, as she prepares to take part in the inaugral Kia Women’s Cricket Super League.

Ellie started playing cricket at Rainford High School aged nine, when she also joined Rainford Cricket Club, where she is still a member. Ellie has also played county cricket for Lancashire since joining the Under 11′s and progressing to the senior team from the under 17′s.

Still only 17 years old, Ellie is one of the youngest players in the Lancashire senior women’s team, as well as playing for the Newton Le Willows Women’s team and Rainford men’s first/second team.

With such a fine pedigree, it was no surprise to find that Ellie joined the England Women’s Development programme, starting out with the under 15′s for two years, and then the under 19′s for one year, before being selected for the England Women’s Academy – where she is the youngest player – and played every game on the recent Sri Lanka tour with the EWA as wicket keeper, where she also excelled as a batter with a top score of 58 against Sri Lanka.

With such ability and ambition, Ellie needs top quality cricket kit, which is why she has chosen the SM range, available exclusively in the UK through Cricket Deal Direct.

Ellie has a busy Summer ahead as a squad member of Lancashire Thunder in the Kia Super League, as well as continuing to play for Lanacashire under 17′s and first team, and further England Academy fixtures.

As Ian Anderson, Managing Director of Cricket Deal Direct explains, “We have always been enthusiastic advocates of the women’s game, and are delighted to welcome Ellie as an SM Ambassador alongside England Women’s vice-captain, Heather Knight, and another outstanding England Academy player, Sophia Dunkley.”

For more details about Cricket Deal Direct and the SM range, which includes The Heather Knight Collection of cricket kit designed for women by women, visit

ellie cropped

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!

Future of English Cricket T-shirt

By , November 21, 2013 10:13 am

Our PunkCricket range of quirky, fun and original T- Shirts for men, women and children make the ideal Christmas gift.

Congratulations to Catherine Dalton on being awarded Middlesex Ladies Player of the Year

By , October 2, 2013 10:13 am

Catherine Dalton has been voted as the Middlesex Ladies player of the year. Catherine has been using an SM Players pride throughout this year supplied by Cricket Deal Direct and this has helped her to rise to finish 5th in the national batting averages. Congratulations to Catherine pictured below with Angus Fraser.

Harrisons season so far with his SM gear

By , July 19, 2013 8:51 am

Harrison recently had a school tour to Guernsey where they played games against a Guernsey select side
yr 8/9 where Harrison made 60, and took 3 wickets, on return he made 51 not –out
against Bilton Grange school and then in our annual u12’s inter island game
against Guernsey he made 52 not –out and took 3 wickets. The following week he
played for the Jersey u13’s in their inter insular against Guernsey again and
made 38 not – out, both games resulting in wins for Jersey.


We recently had Middlesex CCC come to the island and play two
matches against Jersey and Harrison was lucky enough to train with and be
coached by some of the Middlesex players, one of which was Joe Denly,
attached is a photo of Harrison with Joe Denly. Middlesex were very
impressed with Harrison and in the near future we are hoping to have forged
links with Middlesex and Harrison will get the chance to go to England and train
with them.


London Tigers Awards Ceremony

By , December 10, 2012 2:48 pm

It is time of the year again for London Tigers to celebrate and recognise individuals for their achievements and Crciekt Deal Direct are invited as a special guest to the Annual Achievements Awards Ceremony 2012

London Tigers is a leading community sports and youth charity working across London
delivering valuable services to community from sports, youth, and volunteering
and employment and health related projects.

This event involves 500 of our members from over 60 nationalities and special guests
include local MP’s, Councillors, TV and sports personalities. The Award Ceremony
aims to recognise and celebrate the positive contributions, achievement and
attainment of London Tigers’ members and volunteers and to motivate talented
individuals to make the impossible possible.

This year we will host our Awards Ceremony at  The Waterlily, 2-10 Cleveland Way, London, E1 4TT on Thursday 13th December 2012.

Cricket Deal Direct will be giving out an award at the event.


England begin their World Cup defence against Sri Lanka

By , December 4, 2012 8:52 am

Charlotte Edwards’s team have been drawn in Group A and face India and West Indies in their two other games before the Super Six stage starts.

World Cup group games

  • 31 Jan: India v West Indies Australia v Pakistan.
  • 1 Feb: New Zealand v South Africa
  • 2 Feb – England v Sri Lanka
  • 3 Feb – New Zealand v Pakistan, Australia v South Africa
  • 4 Feb – India v England , Sri Lanka v West Indies
  • 5 Feb – Pakistan v South Africa, Australia v New Zealand
  • 6 Feb – India v Sri Lanka, England v West Indies


Group B is made up of Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and South Africa.

Hosts India open the tournament on 31 January against the West Indies, with the final held at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on 17 February.

Tournament Director, Suru Nayak said: “The tournament will be played in the city of Mumbai, which holds a special place in the history of the sport.

“The world’s leading female cricketers will display their skills on grounds where some of the greatest cricketers of all time have practically grown up.”

Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium was the scene of India men’s team 2011 World Cup win.

From BBC News website

Kent: James Tredwell replaces Rob Key

By , November 19, 2012 4:43 pm

Rob Key has resigned as Kent

captain after seven years in the


Key, who will be replaced by off-spinner James Tredwell, led Kent to T20 Cup
success in 2007 and to the Second Division title in 2009.

The 33-year-old, who has played 15 Tests for England, first appeared for Kent
as an 18-year-old and has since made 253 first-class appearances for the county.

Tredwell has played one Test and nine one-day internationals for England.

Last season Kent finished third in Division Two, missing out on promotion
after being in contention until the final round of games.

However their performance was a marked improvement on the previous season,
when they finished second bottom and consequently parted company with director
of cricket Paul Farbrace, appointing former West Indies captain Jimmy Adams in
his place.

BBC Sport

India v England: Hosts win first Test by nine wickets on final day

By , November 19, 2012 9:54 am

India dismissed any chance of a famous England escape by wrapping up a nine-wicket win on day five of the first Test in Ahmedabad.

Alastair Cook (176) and Matt Prior (91) kept England alive on day
but when they both fell to Pragyan Ojha, the tourists were on the way
to defeat.

England were bowled out for 406 before lunch as Ojha finished with 4-120.

Set 77 to win, India lost Virender Sehwag, but Cheteshwar Pujara took them to
victory inside 16 overs.

Pujara, opening in place of the absent Gautam Gambhir, added 41 to his first-innings double century as he and Sehwag raced towards their modest target.

Sehwag was well held by Kevin Pietersen at long-on off
Graeme Swann, leaving Virat Kohli to drive Swann down the ground and seal
England’s seventh loss in 12 Tests this year.

The home side fully deserved their lead in the four-match series, having had
the better of all but two sessions in the match, while England must improve in
all departments when the second Test in Mumbai begins on Friday.

The efforts of Cook and Prior, who shared a sixth-wicket stand of 157, just
about kept England competitive after their first-innings collapse to
191 all out.

Between them, the captain and wicketkeeper scored 356 runs in the match,
while the rest of England’s frontline top seven – Pietersen, Nick Compton,
Jonathan Trott, Ian Bell and Samit Patel – managed only 114.

The failure of the majority of England’s top order had echoes of the 3-0 Test series defeat by Pakistan and the failed defence of the World Twenty20 in Sri
when they struggled to deal with high-quality spin on slow, Asian

The visitors can at least take heart from the way Cook and Prior dealt with
India’s slow bowlers in the second innings – Ravichandran Ashwin went 53 overs
without taking a wicket – but 15 England wickets in the match fell to spin.

That fact seems to suggest that England’s selection of only one frontline
spinner in Swann was a mistake, while the pace trio of James Anderson, Tim
Bresnan and Stuart Broad failed to find any of the reverse swing exploited by
Indian pair Zaheer Khan and Umesh Yadav.

Cook’s men can justifiably argue that their bowlers
created chances – four catches were missed on a first day when India racked up
323-4 – but this highlights that fielding is another area that requires

One enforced change will be made, with Bell returning home for the birth of
his child, while left-arm spinner Monty Panesar and pace bowler Steven Finn – if
fully recovered from a thigh injury – could come into the reckoning.

Whatever tweaks England make to their attack, this match was lost by their
first-innings batting.

Cook and Prior saved them from an innings defeat on the fourth day and needed
to do the bulk of the work on day five if the tourists were to avoid defeat.

They survived the first half an hour, only for Prior to miss out on a
deserved century when, playing back, he tamely patted a return catch to
left-armer Ojha.

Cook had defied India for more than four sessions on his way to the highest
score by an England batsman following on, but his resistance was broken four
overs after Prior fell by one that turned and kept low.

England’s demise was only a matter of time, especially with Broad offering a
leading edge back to Yadav.

The counter-attacking Swann was bowled attempting to reverse-sweep
Ravichandran Ashwin, before Bresnan drove Zaheer to cover

By Stephan Shemilt BBC Sport


By , November 14, 2012 4:32 am

Venue: Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad

  • Date: 15-19 November 2012
  • Start: 04:00 GMT


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