Cricket 2015 is nearly upon us. Though that feels odd to say during a cold snap, with memories of hectic online Christmas shopping still etched into the minds of all at Barrington Sports [we managed to get all orders out to our customers pre-Christmas, albeit with an appropriate level of sweat….].
Right now, the Cricket World Cup takes centre stage on televisions up and down the country. And for those who were glued to the Big Bash 4 Finals in January, the spectacle and skills on show in top international cricket appear unprecedented. Think Buttler, Warner, Steyn, McCullum, Johnson….and dare I say the mercurial KP. Switch hits galore.
So, as the days get longer and the sun starts to, hopefully, re-emerge……it’s time to dust off those pads, perform your annual inventory of the old kit bag, and get down to the nets pre-season with club mates up and down the country.
For our part in the annual ritual, we invite you to our own Big Bash Open Day on Saturday March 21st for those in need of delving into new 2015 equipment ranges. So save the date for a trip to our store in Knutsford.
The Big Brands will join us to offer their expertise as usual. Expect our biggest ever in-store display dedicated to cricket; player appearances from New Balance; bat-making in action from Gray-Nicolls, and some interactive activities in our strike zone. Oh and refreshments as well of course, though sadly not Little Van Man who has moved onto pastures new.
On equipment stories, there are few to whet the appetite. Many are already in stock. New Balance from top-to-toe is new for us this year, including Steve Smith’s DC Bat which is limited in availability across the UK. Kookaburra has also released a limited edition Xenon bat available from March.
Masuri have now fully rolled-out their new helmet, in line with British Standards, to increase player safety. Different and heavier for sure, but we are all conscious of how important quality helmets are across all age groups, following tragic recent events in Australia. Gray-Nics and GM have also been quick to move with helmet updates to improve safety.
GM are also leading the way on women’s cricket this year with a women’s specific bat, pads and gloves - demonstrating that the success of female cricket on the international scene continues to mean flourishing participation at grass roots level.
In fact, there are changes afoot and trends emerging everywhere in 2015. The Bats are obviously massive [you can cover drive off their edge profile alone], though the pick-ups ooze performance. The bags are getting bigger, with on trend duffle bags [Jo Root eat your heart out] getting so big you might want to deploy them as a one man tent up Snowdonia in the off season.
And last but not least, let’s not forget the England Supporters kit. Whilst bright Orange remains on the T20 strip, many of you will have spotted a deeper shade of blue on your screens during the world cup 50 over format. So plenty of colour options for you to don as we support England, through thick and thin, all the way up to and past the crucial the Ashes Series at home this summer. Here we go again!