Posts tagged: SM Ambassador

All Out Cricket interview with Heather Knight

By , July 27, 2016 2:36 pm

There’s a great @AllOutCricket interview with @Heatherknight55 ahead of the start of Kia Super League called ‘Under The Lid’

You can also read Heather’s new BBC column here

We’re proud to have Heather as an SM Ambassador as well as Sophia Dunkley and Ellie Threlkeld and wish them all every success in the Kia Super League

Don’t forget to check out The Heather Knight Collection - you can use the same bat as Heather!

'Under The Lid' interview with Heather Knight in All Out Cricket magazine

‘Under The Lid’ interview with Heather Knight in All Out Cricket magazine

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

Cricket Deal Direct adds backing to women’s cricket in Scotland

By , March 30, 2016 8:17 pm
CDD working with Cricket Scotland

CDD working with Cricket Scotland

Cricket Deal Direct (CDD) and Cricket Scotland’s commitment to the women’s game continues with a specially negotiated package between the two organisations to bring quality cricket gear within the reach of cricketers at all levels.

Cricket Scotland has agreed to work with CDD which is a specialist importer of cricket equipment designed by women for women. As CDD Managing Director, Ian Anderson explains, “By cutting out the middleman, CDD is able to pass on the savings and supply top quality SM brand bats, gloves and pads at affordable prices, along with a full range or equipment for juniors and men, as well as coaching and ground equipment.

CDD shares Cricket Scotland’s passion for women’s cricket, and is delighted to be providing match balls for the women’s National League and Scottish Cup competitions as well as supporting the indoor tournaments.”

To take full advantage of the pricing package agreed between Cricket Scotland and CDD, all female cricketers should quote ‘Wildcats’ on any orders placed.

Kari Carswell of Cricket Scotland is excited about working with CDD and said “The SM equipment in particular is great and it’s exciting that CDD has a women’s range. There is nothing worse than having to use oversized gloves or pads! I’m pleased that CDD can be used as a one stop shop for not only our female cricketers and clubs but everyone. They have a great range of playing and coaching equipment, medals, trophies – you name it and they’ve probably got it”.

CDD has also this week announced an exclusive agreement with Australian based Albion Sports to distribute Albion teamwear throughout the UK, including clothing designed for women by women.

Scotland Women’s captain Abbi Aitken already uses SM equipment supplied by CDD and, along with men’s captain, Preston Mommsen, and internationlist Con de Lange, are SM Ambassadors.

Scotland captain Abbi Aitken and Wildcats players

Scotland captain Abbi Aitken and Wildcats players

New Facebook page for CDD Scotland

By , February 29, 2016 11:42 am

As part of Cricket Deal Direct’s commitment to support the growth of cricket at all levels in Scotland, Managing Director Ian Anderson met two of our inspiring SM Ambassadors in Edinburgh, Scotland captain Preston Mommsen and Scotland’s Con de Lange, before they joined the squad to fly out to India for the upcoming World T20.

Ian explains, “The number one priority for an SM Ambassador, especially proven international players like Preston and Con, is to focus on winning cricket matches, and we are delighted to provide them with SM bats that meet the quality demanded by players of this calibre.”

CDD is also appointing Club Champions throughout Scotland whose role is to provide advice on how any club or junior player can order from the SM range distributed throughout the UK on an exclusive basis.

A new Facebook page, Cricket Deal Direct Scotland, features news about activities in Scotland on a regular basis, as well as providing the opportunity for cricketers to post their comments.

Photo shows Preston, Ian and Con

Scotland captain Preston Mommsen with Ian Anderson and Scotland's Con de Lange

Scotland captain Preston Mommsen with Ian Anderson and Scotland’s Con de Lange

SM Ambassador Preston Mommsen ready to lead Scotland in WT20 challenge

By , February 16, 2016 8:55 pm

Scotland captain Preston Mommsen is optimistic ahead of his team’s World Cup opener against Afganistan in the Twenty20 in India.

“We will be raring to go against them and we know a winning start could be crucial” said Preston.

A successful group campaign would see Scotland join England, South Africa, West Indies and holders Sri Lanka in the Super Ten.

Cricket Deal Direct is proud to support cricket in Scotland and to have Preston as an SM Ambassador using SM bats. We wish Scotland every success and in particular send best wishes to both SM Ambassadors in the Scotland team, Preston Mommsen and Con De Lange.

Mommsen ready for WT20 challenge

Heather Knight delivers for England once again

By , February 14, 2016 4:20 pm

Congratulations to the England Women’s team who sealed a 2-1 win in the ODI series with a five wicket victory in South Africa today (Valentines Day) including an unbeaten 67 from the flawless and inspiring Heather Knight, who is proudly sponsored by Cricket Deal Direct and an SM Ambassador.

You can use the same bat, pads and other kit used by Heather available exclusively from Cricket Deal Direct as part of the Heather Knight Collection.

Heather Knight Cricket Collection

Heather Knight Cricket Collection

Commitment to cricket in Scotland

By , February 10, 2016 9:45 pm

preston ian con scotlandAs part of its’ continuing commitment to support cricket in Scotland, Cricket Deal Direct’s Managing Director, Ian Anderson, met in Edinburgh this week with Scotland captain Preston Mommsen and Scotland’s Con De Lange to discuss the players’ roles as SM Ambassadors.

As Ian explained, “Cricket in Scotland continues to grow in popularity among players and fans alike, and we are absolutely delighted to be working with Preston and Con, and look forward to seeing them continuing to contribute to the success of the Scotland team.

Scotland Women’s captain, Abbi Aitken, is also an SM Ambassador, and it is great to hear that role models such as Abbi are encouraging more girls to start playing cricket in Scotland as well.”

Picture shows Preston, Ian and Con in Edinburgh



Prime Minister’s award for girls’ cricket coach in East London

By , February 3, 2016 9:32 pm

Saba Nasim, a volunteer cricket coach who has set up a team in East London to give girls the chance to enjoy the sport and learn life skills, has been named a Point of Light by Prime Minister David Cameron.  She was presented with the award by Samantha Cameron at a Downing Street reception for cricket charity Chance to Shine who celebrated helping 3 million young people in schools and communities across the UK to learn life skills through cricket.

Saba achieved her Level 2 cricket coaching qualification with Chance to Shine and wanted to use her skills to help other girls enjoy the sport. She realised there was no team for girls in Redbridge, so in 2013 she set up the Redbridge Rangers.

Saba has dedicated a huge amount of time to going in to local schools to give talks and offer taster sessions of cricket to inspire girls to join in. She now runs weekly training sessions for 60 girls aged 8-18.

As well as learning about teamwork and the values cricket can teach, Saba offers life skills sessions to all the girls she coaches from CV skills to first aid. She also times sessions around prayer times to make sure that girls of all faiths are able to get involved. She has coached several of her team to achieve their own coaching qualifications with Chance to Shine, a national charity that uses cricket to teach vital skills, unite diverse groups, and educate young people.

Saba, 27 from Redbridge, is the latest recipients of a Point of Light award, which recognises outstanding individual volunteers, people who are making a change in their community and inspiring others. Each day, someone, somewhere in the country is selected to receive the award to celebrate their remarkable achievements.

Prime Minister David Cameron said: “Saba has worked tirelessly to give girls in her area the opportunity to benefit from the teamwork and values that cricket can teach. The extra life skills sessions she runs with the girls, from first aid to CV workshops, make this an even more valuable scheme for the girls involved. I am delighted to recognise Saba as the UK’s 460th Point of Light.”

Luke Swanson, Chance to Shine Chief Executive, said: “Saba is an inspirational coach and role model. Her tireless work encouraging girls from all backgrounds to play and enjoy our sport, and to develop crucial life skills, is rightly receiving national recognition. This is a tremendously exciting time for women’s and girls’ cricket in this country, and Saba is at the forefront of a new generation of coaches bringing cricket to new audiences.”

Saba said:“It’s an absolutely amazing feeling to have won this award. Coaching cricket to young girls and helping them to learn life skills as well as working in a team to achieve success is my way of giving back to the community. The project has grown enormously since it began in May 2013 and it is very satisfying to see how it has benefited these young girls and women and I have Chance to Shine to thank for that.

I hope that my project can continue to grow so many more girls can benefit from this great initiative.”

Saba is the 460th winner of the Points of Light award which has been developed in partnership with the hugely successful Points of Light programme in the USA and was first established by President George H. W. Bush. Over 5,000 US Points of Light have been awarded and both President George H. W. Bush and President Barack Obama have publicly supported the partnership with Points of Light UK which honours shining examples of volunteering across the country.

Regardless of whether it’s a doctor restoring local monuments in her free time, a father teaching young people life skills, or a local musician giving a voice to lonely people, the Point of Light award honours shining examples of volunteering across the UK.

1. Chance to Shine is a national charity that uses cricket to teach vital skills, unite diverse groups, and educate young people

2. The Points of Light awards recognise outstanding individual volunteers, people who are making a change in their community and inspiring others.

3. The Prime Minister makes daily announcements of the winners to celebrate, encourage and promote volunteering and the value that it brings to the country.

4. Groups and organisations that are demonstrating the Big Society in their work or activities will continue to be recognised by the Prime Minister through the Big Society awards.

5. If people know someone who could be a Point of Light they should write to the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street.

Saba Nasim receives Points of Light award from Samantha Cameron at 10 Downing Street

Saba Nasim receives Points of Light award from Samantha Cameron at 10 Downing Street

For more information visit the Points of Light website