Posts tagged: SM bats

16 year old goes into the history books with his SM bat

By , August 1, 2016 3:24 pm

With more and more interest in SM these days, it should come as no surprise to find that a batsman has entered the history books with his new SM Players Pride, but what makes this particular achievement so special is that he is only 16 years old.

Finlay Rutherford, who loves his new SM bat, played for Gala 2nds of Galashiels in the Scottish Borders, against Langholm at Castleholm ground on Sunday 17th July 2016 in a 40 over match.

Finlay opened the batting and made 204 caught on the boundary just four balls short of carrying his bat with 25 x 4′s and 7 x 6′s. With such a fantastic achievement, Finlay becomes only the second man in the history of Gala CC to make over a double century – and we’re guessing that he is probably the youngest.

Finlay Rutherford attends Loretto School in Edinburgh , plays for their firsts and his club cricket for Gala CC firsts (as well as any other game that he can get!)

Here at Cricket Deal Direct, we’re obviously delighted that Finlay has acheived this with an SM bat, but most of all, hope that his success serves as an inspiration to other young players. Ultimately, it’s not about age, it’s ability and dedication that counts.

Congratulations from all at CDD to Finlay, who joins the many other younger players who are now using SM bats. The quality speaks for itself – unfortunately, we can’t guarantee a double century every time!

Finlay Rutherford at Gala Cricket Club

Finlay Rutherford at Gala Cricket Club

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

SM Ambassador Heather Knight appointed England women’s cricket captain

By , June 3, 2016 4:44 pm

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has today announced that Heather Knight has been appointed as captain of the England women’s cricket team across all three formats of the game.

Knight’s first assignment will be against Pakistan later this month in the three-match Royal London One-Day International and three-match NatWest Twenty20 International series, with the action getting underway at the Fischer County Ground, Grace Road, Leicester on Monday 20th June.

England women’s vice-captain since 2014, Knight currently leads Berkshire in the Royal London Women’s One-Day County Championship, in addition to having captained the Hobart Hurricanes in the inaugural Australian Women’s Big Bash League. This summer she will combine England duties with taking charge of the Western Storm in the new Kia Super League.

Heather Knight said: “I’m hugely proud and honoured to be named England captain and can’t wait to face the challenges ahead. It’s a fresh, exciting time for the team and I’m looking forward to seeing how we can develop together at the start of this new era for England women’s cricket. All our focus is now on what we have to come, starting with the Pakistan series this summer.

“It will be no easy task to follow the remarkable success and impact that Charlotte Edwards enjoyed at the helm of the England team over the last ten years – she has been a wonderful servant to the game, an inspirational leader and truly world class player. She is a true cricketing legend and it has been a privilege to share a dressing room with her for the first six years of my England career. But I am excited by the challenge and will look to utilise the incredible platform that Lottie has laid to ensure that the England women’s team continues to grow and develop.”

England Women’s Head Coach, Mark Robinson, commented: “Heather embodies many of the traits needed to be a successful captain – a superb work ethic, integrity and commitment, along with good instincts and cricket intelligence. These assets combined with her undoubted ability as a player make her an excellent role model, both for the team and young aspiring cricketers everywhere, and I am looking forward to working with her as we rebuild and move the team forwards together.”

CB Director of England Women’s Cricket, Clare Connor, added: “We are thrilled to see Heather Knight appointed as England captain today. There is no greater honour in our sport and few more precious roles across the entire world of sport than the role of England cricket captain.

“Heather has developed her leadership skills significantly in recent years. She led a successful inaugural Women’s Big Bash League campaign with Hobart Hurricanes, captaining the team to the semi-finals of that competition. Having played under Charlotte Edwards for her entire England career so far, Heather has had an amazing mentor and leader. I am sure she will follow in Charlotte’s footsteps with huge pride and determination to take this England team to an even brighter future.”

Knight will become the 21st captain of the England women’s cricket team, and will work closely with Anya Shrubsole, after the ECB confirmed that the Somerset opening bowler has been appointed as England women’s vice-captain. 24-year-old Shrubsole won the England Women’s Cricketer of the Year award for the first time this year – her reward for a successful 12 months which saw her take 32 wickets across all formats including a spell of 4-19 in last summer’s Women’s Ashes series.

Heather Knight is an SM Ambassador as well as lending her name to The Heather Knight Collection, a range of cricket kit designed for women, by women.

Heather Knight, England Women's Captain at Lord's Cricket Ground (Getty Images for ECB)

Heather Knight, England Women’s Captain at Lord’s Cricket Ground (Getty Images for ECB)

All of us here at Cricket Deal Direct are proud to be associated with Heather and wish her every success in her new role.

SM bats? Never heard of them?

By , May 13, 2016 12:08 pm

sm choice of championsIt might surprise you to find that SM is part of a long established family owned traditional bat making dynasty which traces its’ roots back to a company called BDM.

BDM was named after the grandfather of Uday Mahajan (whose company is SM) BDM being the initials of “Mr. Banarsi Das Mahajan” who passed away a few years ago.

Banarsi Das Mahajan was born in Sialkot (Pakistan) and there he started manufacturing cricket bats in 1925 under the name of Mahajan Sports along with his two brothers. Following the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947, Banarsi Das Mahajan moved to the city which is now the base for SM, Meerut in India and restarted the same business.

In 1967 he independently launched his own brand “BDM”.

At this point, Banarsi Das Mahajan had three sons and three daughters. His middle son was Sunil Mahajan (nicknamed ‘PINTU’). At a very early age, straight after school, Sunil Mahajan started helping his father in the business, especially as his two brothers had no interest in the business.

Banarsi Das Mahajan was a hard working, self-made and most importantly, a very honest human being, and Sunil Mahajan followed in the same footsteps. Over time, the BDM brand started becoming more successful, and Banarsi Das Mahajan slowly and happily handed over his responsibilities to his son, Sunil Mahajan, knowing that he was handling things the same way.

When the business started expanding, Sunil’s brothers also started showing interest in the business and started insisting that their father let them join too.

From there onwards, Sunil Mahajan became the leading figure in the family and the main decision maker in the business. From there, the growth of BDM started in earnest, with Sunil Mahajan making contact with all the cricketers and the buyers with a positive attitude, a smile, and a lot of hard work.

Eventually, BDM became the number one cricket bat and the most talked about brand in India and throughout the world. It maintained its reputation for quality and as market leader for almost two decades.

In 2001, Sunil’s son, Uday Mahajan had gone to Sydney, Australia and graduated in Business Administration in 2005 and started his Masters’ degree in International Business. Sadly, this co-incided with his father being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and so Uday Mahajan returned home, and decided not to return to Australia, joining the family business instead. Eighteen months later, Sunil Mahajan sadly passed away.

Other members of the family left the business and Banarsi Das Mahajan handed over control of the company to his grandson, Uday Mahajan who worked hard to gain experience and maintain the reputation of BDM.

Over a period of four years, Uday Mahajan built up the business, sponsoring national and international players like Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, M.S. Dhoni, T.M. Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Younis Khan, and other domestic Indian players. With the continuing support of his grandparents and in particular, his mother, Uday Mahajan maintained the traditions and reputation of BDM.

Although other members of the family were still involved, the BDM business no longer had the same leading role in the world of cricket, with increased competition and a changing market, and reached a point under Uday Mahajan’s leadership where it needed a new vision and a new focus. After much planning, a new brand “SM” was established in June 2009, which was named after “Sunil Mahajan” with his nick name “Pintu” also registered as a co-brand of SM – as Uday’s father was famous in the cricket fraternity amongst the buyers, players, and anyone who is related to cricket globally who all knew the name of Sunil Mahajan. To support the launch of the brand, a new company, Sunil Mahajan & Sons Sporting Private Limited was formed.

Trading in the SM brand started from October’ 2009 onwards and instantly received an extraordinary response from the market. SM was welcomed in the market due to the goodwill associated with the name of Sunil Mahajan as well as the support of the former BDM employees who had worked as part of the BDM and SM family, for many years.

In two and a half years the company established SM in India and then started to expand in export markets. The company now has two factories and is expanding further with continued construction going on to date.

It is worth noting incidentally that SM launched the brand with the support of Sachin Tendulkar who promoted SM on his helmet, primarily as he had been very close to Sunil Mahajan and is still close to Uday Mahajan.

There is still a long way to go for SM, but the journey which was started with BDM, is now continuing into the twenty first century.

Uday Mahajan pays tribute to his father and grandfather, as well as the continuing support of his mother, and respects a tradition of bat making which can be traced back to the middle of the last century, which is being maintained within SM.

SM bats?

A family business with ethics and craftsman made quality products at its’ heart.

If, by any chance, you happen to meet any Indian who is actively involved in cricket in anyway, regardless of a player of the stature of Sachin Tendulkar or Virender Sehwag, all you have to do is mention the name of Sunil Mahajan (or his nickname, Pintu) and the person you are talking to, will instantly know about his passion for cricket and his genuine attitude towards the business. That is the legacy and the strength of SM.

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

All Out Cricket special offer – find out how to get free Junior Kit worth £89.95

By , March 28, 2016 9:13 am

The new season is getting closer every day, and together with our friends at All Out Cricket, we have teamed up to make you a great offer -

We unloaded a container from India before Easter of the very latest SM bats and kit, which you can now check out on our website but we haven’t got enough space in our warehouse for all this new stock, which is why we’re making you an offer that will win you lots of brownie points with the kids in your family or club.

Have you been checking your cricket gear for the new season? While you’re at it, you can decide what you need to replace for the new season (a bat? Gloves? Pads? Kit bag?) and for every £250 you spend with us, you’ll get a Junior SM Cricket Set (worth £89.95) completely free – that’s everything shown in the picture.

This offer is only available until Friday 29th April 2016 or while stocks last, but think of it this way – you’ll be in great shape for the new season, and the junior cricketer in your family will think you’re a Spring Star!

Take a look or for more details -
Email: enquiries@cricketdealdirect.co.uk
Phone: 01778 345618

Junior SM cricket set worth £89.95 free with orders over £250 until 1st April 2016

Junior SM cricket set worth £89.95 free with orders over £250 until 29th April 2016

SM and Cricket Deal Direct: What makes the difference?

By , March 9, 2016 11:24 am
SM products are available exclusively in the UK through Cricket Deal Direct

SM products are available exclusively in the UK through Cricket Deal Direct

It’s simple: Cricket Deal Direct import all products direct from the manufacturer which means that you cut out the middleman with the savings passed straight on to the customer.

Take a look round the updated website and you’ll see the difference

#NoMiddleman

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

Phillip Defreitas sets up programme for the next generation of stars

By , February 24, 2016 10:07 pm

Cricket Deal Direct is proud to sponsor the new programme launched by England legend Phillip Defreitas to encourage more youngsters to start playing cricket.

CDD founder and Managing Director, Ian Anderson is pictured with Phillip at the launch of the programme in Leicester

Photo courtesy of Leicester Mercury with full story here

Ian Anderson with Phillip Defreitas at the Leicester launch of the programme

Ian Anderson with Phillip Defreitas at the Leicester launch of the programme

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