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Our survey says… Helping shape the future of women’s cricket

By , March 13, 2017 3:58 pm

During January and February 2017, a self-selecting sample group of 124 people completed an online questionnaire entitled ‘Help shape the future of women’s cricket’ with the aim of identifying some of the current thinking and issues to be addressed in order to encourage further participation by women and girls.

The hope is that these findings will contribute to wider discussions at all levels of the women’s game.

The questionnaire was promoted primarily by Cricket Deal Direct, who instigated this initiative, with the support of England captain, Heather Knight. The questionnaire was also publicised by All Out Cricket and Club Cricket Conference.

Summary of the key findings include –

• The majority who took part in the survey were female (68%+)

• 72%+ of all respondents identify themselves as players and are over 21 (75%)

• The average age they started playing cricket was 14. The majority of influences and/or reasons to start playing were either through family connections or having seen cricket on TV.

• Almost a third are cricket coaches (29%+) and 20% are cricket club officials.
Of those who already play cricket, 81%+ play at club level and 28%+ play for their county.

• Less than 5% play at school; and 10%+ play at college or university.
Information and advice

• 92% know how to advise a girl interested in playing cricket and where to start, even though it is almost 50/50 in terms of ease of getting information about the women’s game.

• The most understanding about pathways is at the regional level upwards (27%+) with less understanding about the pathways for progression from school (7%+) to college and university (8%+) and on to club level (19%+).

• 90%+ do not believe there is enough media coverage of women’s cricket.

• 87% would read a specialist online/print magazine about women’s cricket and 94%+ would watch the Women’s World Cup and Kia Super League in person or on TV (if shown).

• In answer to the question “Which topics would you find most interesting to read about in an online and/or print magazine about women’s cricket?” there was a broad range of responses, which include interest in – news, access to information, performance hints and tips, celebratory stories, and reports about the women’s game.

• It is believed that that there is not enough formal support for the women’s game at school (90%) college or university (60%+) and clubs (60%+) This is mirrored by the belief that there are not enough competitions at school, college, university, local and regional level for girls and women.

• 72%+ of clubs have a women’s/girls team with 56%+ of clubs having someone responsible for the development of the women’s game.

• 37%+ of clubs have a female coach and 42%+ of respondents believe that it would make a difference to attracting more female players is the club has a female coach.

• In answer to the question “As a Player, what would make it easier for you to play more often if that’s what you wanted to do?” there were various responses including –

o More time
o Better facilities
o Improved access to nets
o Format of games
o More opportunities
o Cost

• In answer to the question “As a player, what prevents you from playing cricket on a more frequent basis? NB if you’re happy with the amount of time you spend playing then just say so” there were various responses including –

o Lack of time
o Many players are happy with the amount of time spent playing
o Not enough teams/other players

• In answer to the question, “What one thing do you think would help the women’s game to grow in the UK?” there is a very broad range of responses, many of which are very detailed, and demonstrate that the respondents to this survey have given a lot of thought to this question.

Many of the suggestions build on answers to earlier questions and include -
o The need for greater investment and clearer pathways at grass roots
o More support for playing cricket in schools
o More media coverage
o Greater support and co-ordination at county level

Our survey tells us that 57% of clubs have someone responsible for the development of women's cricket - what about the others?

Our survey tells us that 56% of clubs have someone responsible for the development of women’s cricket – what about the others?

Help shape the future of women’s cricket & claim £10 gift voucher

By , January 23, 2017 11:40 am

At Cricket Deal Direct (CDD) we’re passionate about women’s cricket, and with the support of England women’s captain, Heather Knight – and our other SM Ambassadors – we are spending the next few months finding out as much as we can about the women’s game in the UK, as well as the hopes and fears of current and potential players, with a view to publishing our findings and informing debate at all levels about the future of the game.

With input from Heather, as well as a steering group of top women’s cricket stakeholders, we designed and introduced The Heather Knight Collection of cricket kit three years ago. But there is much more to think about over and above the availability of specialist women’s equipment.

We would like to hear your views about the women’s game and invite you to click here to complete a short online questionnaire

To thank you for completing this questionnaire, you will receive a £10 Gift Voucher which you can redeem against any purchase of women’s cricket kit from CDD, and what you say will be added – anonymously – to the voices of other women who share our view that the women’s game will go from strength to strength in the years ahead.

Your email details will not be shared with anyone else, and will be securely stored subject to our internal security policies in line with Data Protection legislation.

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)


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.

Imagine updating your club teamwear and getting loads of free kit for juniors too… it’s now a reality

By , March 19, 2016 12:39 pm
Albion teamwear launch offer

Albion teamwear launch offer

If you’re thinking about updating your club teamwear, here’s a great reason to talk to Cricket Deal Direct.

We’ve just agreed an exclusive distributor contract with Albion Sports in Australia to supply their superb quality teamwear to UK clubs (on a bulk order basis) including men’s, women’s and junior ranges. That’s right, the range includes teamwear designed specifically for women.

Details are on the website and we have a great launch offer for you to think about if you’re looking to update your club teamwear.

First and foremost, it’s important to point out that we will not be taking orders direct through the web site. Why? There are so many variables regarding design, style, colour, size and quantities, that each order will need to be discussed in detail with each club. We know that every club is different and want to make sure that you get exactly what you want.

The step by step process is as follows -

We suggest that you go through each of these steps to work out what you need -

Use the web site as a starting point, from which you can see that there are lots of colour and design options. It will probably prove helpful for the club committee and members to discuss the style, design and colour of garments needed at an early stage.

You or any other club contact can arrange a phone consultation initially with Ian Anderson at CDD ( 01778 345618 or email

This will normally be followed by a club visit to look at the range and for you to see samples of this top quality clothing range.

Sizing for both Adults and Juniors will usually be discussed together with the club – quite often when looking at samples.

Club logos and sponsor logos can be discussed – these are produced and applied on the clothing by CDD at their own UK in-house facilities.

Ian will clarify the process with lead times explained to fit in with the Club calendar

Eventually customers can buy from web site, but at this stage it is more of a shop window.

Launch offer

This is where it gets really exciting! There is a great launch offer on orders received by 30th April 2016 – for a minimum order of £2,000 worth of Albion teamwear, the club will receive £500 worth of junior kit free of charge (£625 worth of junior kit on orders over£2,500 and £750 worth of junior kit on £3,000+ orders)

How can we afford to do this?

By importing direct, we are cutting out the middleman and able to pass those savings on to the customer as well as launch Albion Teamwear with this great offer.

New teamwear with free kit for juniors? It’s now a reality…

Albion teamwear now available in the UK

Albion teamwear now available in the UK

Cricket Deal Direct partners with Albion Sports to offer top quality club teamwear in UK

By , March 19, 2016 12:11 pm

Australian based Albion Sports and Cricket Deal Direct UK have today announced a new working relationship to distribute the Albion range of Teamwear & Headwear throughout the UK.

Cricket Deal Direct (CDD) sources quality cricket equipment from manufacturers and craftsman across the world to provide the cricketer with a one stop shop online service of the best brands.

Albion has long been known worldwide as supplying the famous Baggy Green caps but also provides almost all test nations, the ICC and thousands of clubs worldwide.

The connection between Albion and CDD means further opportunities to expand the growing professional grade Albion Teamwear & Headwear range in a new region of cricket lovers.

Albion Chief Executive Brendan Denning had been working on developing partnerships in the UK over the past year and says “Despite our Ashes battle lines the team at Albion is excited about our new partnership and the opportunity to expand our brand via our Teamwear & Headwear range into the UK with Cricket Deal Direct. With a new helmet range to follow it is an exciting time to wear Albion.

CDD offered us an opportunity for customers in the UK to have access to the same quality Teamwear & Headwear we’ve been proudly supplying our Australian customers’’

Ian Anderson, Managing Director of Cricket Deal Direct adds, “The full Albion range will be available exclusively to CDD customers. The range includes fully-customisable cricket wear which includes sublimated shirts, trousers and training gear all available in club colours or design with sizes for men, women and juniors, all representing the quality you would expect from the Albion brand.”

Albion is looking forward to partnering up with CDD to benefit cricket at all levels in the UK for the 2016 summer.

For more details email as well as asking about a great launch offer that means your club can get at least £500 worth of junior cricket kit free of charge with your club teamwear order.

Albion teamwear now available in the UK

Albion teamwear now available in the UK

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


How to make your hobby pay for itself

By , February 6, 2016 12:08 pm

If you’re passionate about cricket, and want to play as much as possible, there may be times when you look at the overall cost of your hobby and wish there was a way of making some extra money to cover it. Now there is.

All you need is enthusiasm for cricket and the ability to talk to other members in your club, and you can become a Club Champion for Cricket Deal Direct to promote their great brand of SM bats and cricket gear. SM is a fast growing range of cricket equipment, which Cricket Deal Direct imports directly from the manufacturer to cut out the middle man to offer high quality products at discount prices.

As well as all the cricket gear you would expect to find, Cricket Deal Direct also has an impressive range of women’s kit designed by women for women called The Heather Knight Collection, with the full support of England Vice Captain, Heather Knight.

There’s also superb products for coaches and juniors, as well as great value outdoor cricket equipment.


It won’t take up much of your time, and the only up-front cost is a small outlay towards the cost of a sample kit for you to use, which you will easily recoup with your first order. Everything you then earn throughout the year will be yours to keep, which you can use to pay for your hobby.

To find out more about becoming a Club Champion for your club, call Ian Anderson, the Managing Director of Cricket Deal Direct for an informal chat on 01778 345618 or 07711 681136 .

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Catherine Dalton Announced as SM Ambassador!

By , February 18, 2014 3:27 pm

Cricket Deal Direct (CDD) are pleased to announce the appointment of Catherine Dalton (Middlesex) as SM brand ambassador for the UK and Europe.

 Catherine Dalton first burst onto the scene in 2011 making back-to-back hundreds (147 and 137) for Essex Under 17s and finished with a season’s batting average in excess of 100. In 2011 and 2012, she was taken on the England Academy as an opening bowler and made her International debut in ODI’s and T20 against South Africa in Potchefstroom. Limited opportunities at Essex led to a switch to Middlesex in 2012 and this saw her career take another upward turn when she won the coveted Middlesex ‘Player Of The Year” award alongside her male equivalent, England Lions’ player Sam Robson, last season.

 In 2013, SM and CDD sponsored Catherine for the first time and she finished 5th in the ECB National Batting list averaging a shade under 70, using an SM  Player’s Pride bat.

Cath remains one of the few women to play regular Saturday men’s cricket where she turned out for Halstead CC 1st XI in Essex as an opening bowler and middle order batsman in Division One cricket in 2013. She is a regular in the womens’ national Premier League for Finchley Gunns CC.

We Wish Catherine all the best for the upcoming season which hopefully will be even more successful than the last! Cath will be extending the SM range of bats during the new season.

Catherine Dalton uses SM Cricket equipment

Catherine Dalton uses SM Cricket equipment

Sophia Dunkley hits 90 not out as CCC win!

By , August 14, 2013 1:29 pm

Sophia Dunkley of Finchley CC and CCC ladies team posted 90 not out vs the combined services using her SM Players Pride bat yesterday while the whole team was sporting the great new kit made especially for them by Deal Direct.

CCC posted 179 in their 40 overs with Sophia’s mammoth 90 not out helping with the bulk of the runs!

In the end CCC ended up beating the combined services by 16 runs.

Well done Sophia and keep the runs coming!