Scenes from Around Our Cricket Store in London

Ealing Green
The amazing greenery just outside our cricket equipment store in London.

We’ve been based in London since 1978. Having started our cricket business from Slough in Berkshire in 1973, once it was time to expand, numerous locations were mooted including Portsmouth, Southend and so many more. Ultimately we felt London was the place to be. With so many clubs in and around the city as well as an amazing catchment area, Ealing was the preferred choice. With some top clubs surrounding us such as Ealing Cricket club, Brentham, Uxbridge and Harrow to name just to name just a few, this was the place to be.

London theatres
Londons theatres are amongst the best in the world

To those that live outside London, the city can seem like a daunting place with the never ending traffic, the sound of police sirens as well as aggressive and rude people. The actual reality however is very different. London has a never ending collection of wonderful parks, greenery, wide open spaces as well as a cosmopolitan society that embraces every culture and type of individual.

Coldplay live at wembley stadium
Coldplay live at Wembley Stadium earlier this year and we were there

Our passion for London and all that it embraces has seen us work on a wonderful project over the last two years, which includes an app and website both of which will be soon released.

We have put an enormous amount of work into the project and really are hoping for big things with it. It’s an iconic brand that we have and we can’t wait to let you know all about it very soon.

aerial view of london
Landing into Heathrow airport and the views are stunning.

The amazing selection of shows at London’s theatres to the biggest bands coming to play at the O2 Arena and Wembley Stadium, London is a city to which people all over the world travel to, in order to see the best perform live. Earlier this year for example Coldplay sold out Wembley Stadium night after night and then the following week we had Rihanna and Beyoncé. Every summer season London become a musical extravaganza in not only the amazing stadium venues but also with Hyde Park been transformed into concert arena for hundreds of thousands during London’s amazing summer nights.

If you like eating out, we have an amazing selection of restaurants around us store catering to all types of food junkie. From Vietnamese to Chinese to Indian to Italian to French as well as some amazing fish and chips, we have it all within walking distance from a store. Are yes let’s not forget the fantastic kebab places to as well as some of the finest Persian cuisine you would have tasted anywhere.

So if you’re planning to come to buy some cricket equipment from us, why not make a day or a weekend of it and spend some time around us in London. There really is so much to do and when our app and website are launched that should help you to make the most of this amazing city.

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An amazing World Cup

The title says it all, this has truly been an amazing World Cup. 

Pitches that have been prepared to produce some wonderfully exciting finishes and allowed batsmen and bowlers alike to produce match winning displays. Catches that defy belief and minnow displays that make us wonder what thier involvement is even being questioned. 

As I write this, we still have the Australia v India semi- final and then off course the final. Whatever the results may be in those games, the top 4 nations certainly made worthy semi finalists and whoever is victorious will be worthy of the title. 

Cricket – the future in England.

The World Cup only comes around once every four years and it’s every players dream to be a part of it.

Lose your opening two games and all of a sudden the dream can seem like a nightmare. The media analyse every mistake and all of a sudden you simply can’t wait for the return flight home.

Having played two games so far, the England team seem to have been woefully exposed. They are without doubt a talented bunch of cricketers with the potential to go all the way, but it just doesn’t seem to be happening at the moment. So where is it all going wrong?

The problem I feel seems to stem from the powers that be, in English cricket. The failure to allow certain players the security of knowing they have a place in the team is a serious problem that has been around in the English game for many years. Mark Ramprakash for one, who is now deemed to be good enough to be a part of the English coaching setup, was during his playing career in and out of the team more times then clothes in a washing machine at the launderette. In the present day that cricketer seems to be Ravi Bopara. A young man that has on many an occasion played an important part in English victories, is time and time again made to be felt like an outcast whose days are always numbered.

Then we have the KP factor. A brilliant player yes, a match winner yes, but also an absolute royal pain. KP was dropped and yet he continues to make his statements which I feel are there to cause cracks in the England set up, more than they are to try and earn him a recall and that I feel is sad. So much was made by him of wanting to play in the IPL and yet in the recent auctions his actual worth was realised, as he went for the paltry sum of Rs 2cr when Yuvraj Singh went for 8 times that amount.

I could bring up so many other issues, but the general feeling from within seems to be that the hierarcy in English cricket need to toughen up a little, become firmer with those that stray, give some stability to those that play and sometimes fail and wise up to those that are in the comfort zone.

I love English cricket and want to see the national team lift the cup. It won’t happen in this tournament, but with the players and the infrastructure that is here, there is no reason why that can’t be the case in 4 years. We see so many young players coming through our doors on a weekly basis, those playing for the junior Borough teams and beyond. The future can certainly be bright for English cricket, it’s now simply up to the higher powers to ensure those that are playing the game at such a young age, are given the encouragement to continue to the end and succeed.

The politics that is inherently there in the structure of the game needs to be eradicated, those with the talent need to be given the chance, regardless of the contacts they have or the grovelling that they do. Why is it that some can continually fail, yet remain in the setup, whereas others that falter once are Immediately disposed of.

The future can very easily be bright , It’s up to some to simply make it so.

Cricket World Cup…runs, runs, runs.

First impressions on this cricket World Cup and I think its going to be a run-filled one. Pitches look like they have been prepared for the batsmen and there will be lots of high scoring games.

As for who looks strong, its early days of course but the 2 hosts seem to be in the zone!

Well for all of us based in England its lots of 3am starts and all eyes on the updates as we travel into work. Enjoy..its sure to be a good one!