The annual Barrington Sports in-store cricket day was on Saturday 22nd March and saw customers and leading cricket brands mingle, explore the store and get excited about the season ahead.
Doors were flung open at 9am and Liam from Little Man Catering made quite an impression with his scotch eggs and hot drinks served from the back of his three wheeled piaggio van, parked up indoors.
Derbyshire County Cricket Club batsman Stephen Moore was on-hand for coaching tips in the practice area and expertise was not in short supply with the likes of batmaker Paul Bradbury from Bradbury Cricket jetting over from Australia to be there.
Stephen Moore’s lunchtime question-and-answer session was one of the highlights with a candid and entertaining talk on a breadth of issues. We got to hear of his ordeals out in the middle against Shoaib Akhtar and Shane Bond at Worcester and opinions on the next England coach and cricket in schools.
The afternoon saw a blizzard of sausage rolls and scones with England huffing and puffing against New Zealand on the big screen in the World T20. Their opening match was ultimately a damp squib, unfortunate to lose by five runs to Brendon McCullum’s thanks to Duckworth-Lewis.
But in Cheshire – where we were treated to some lively weather and hail showers of own – all eyes were on the new England T20 kit which had just gone on sale and caught the attention.
Other than exploring the Barrington Sports store, there was plenty to do with those of a competitive nature eager to test their hand-eye co-ordination with the CrazyCatch rebound net competition.
The prizes on offer during the day ranged from two tickets to watch England take on Sri Lanka at Old Trafford in a one-day international to bats from New Balance and Adidas.
The final few hours allowed for more shopping, browsing, talking and post-match celebrations from nearby Tatton Brewery. It was good to see old friends and new customers come along and the cricket season can’t come soon enough…