Stag Cricket Bats turns 1
Stag Cricket Bats would like to thank all those involved in Maidstone Cricket and Kent Cricket for their support during the first year of our Kent Cricket Bat Making business. We have had the pleasure of supplying and selling handmade cricket bats and getting some amazing feedback.
The year was more successful than we expected at the outset, we can’t say it was anything compared to our competitors, but we are still young, learning and growing as business. Our first few years will be the toughest whilst we establish ourselves in competitive market with our peers.
We would like to thank our business partners…
- Kent grown willow supplier (anonymous)
- Kent cricket bat willow (Salix Alba Caerulea) tree supplier (anonymous)
- Linton Park Cricket Club
- Kuehne Nagel, Dartford
- McCabe Ford Williams, Ashford
- Pillory Barn, Maidstone Studios
Our Stag Ambassadors.
We have been very lucky to sign some amazing Stag Ambassadors in our first year and we would like to thank them in turn:
Barbados and West Indies left arm spinner. Jomel played a major part in the West Indies’ historic series win in Bangladesh is early 2021 taking a number of key wickets in partnership with Rahkeem Cornwall. We are proud that Jomel was our first Stag Cricket Ambassador to use Stag Cricket Equipment in a Test Match / ICC International.
This was a major achievement for the Stag Cricket team as we had to achieve sign off of our cricket equipment, design, labelling, branding, cricket bat stickers on all products in line with the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) regulations – which will hopefully lead us to sponsoring more internationals in the coming years.
Gudakesh was the leading wicket taker in the Caribbean Pro 50 – 50 over List A / One Day cricket competition in early 2021 for the Guyana Jaguars. To top off this magical performance he made his Caribbean Premier League – CPL debut for the Guyana Amazon Warriors and made two Man of the Match contributions.
He has credited learning from International legends Imran Tahir (South Africa) and Shoaib Malik (Pakistan). Gudakesh continues to push for higher honours with the West Indies.
Nial Smith impressed West Indian legend Sir Curtley Ambrose with his raw pace in the Caribbean Pro 50 tournament early in 2021 playing for the Guyana Jaguars. He was rewarded with his performance by being included in the wider West Indies training squad for the Test Series vs South Africa. Unfortunately for Nial he missed out on selection for the final squad.
Fionn had a sterling summer with both bat and ball for Munster Reds in the Cricket Ireland List A / One Day competition. He enjoyed smashing a couple quickfire 50s with plenty of 6s hit. More remarkable was his caught and bowled which was a hit round the world on social media and even made it on to the ESPN CricInfo main page / feed.
The gifted young, 17-year-old Bajan batter. Jordan was introduced to us by his brother Raymon Reifer who plays for West Indies, Barbados and Guyana. He joined us an ambassador early in 2021 and played 1st Team Cricket for Bedes School, Sussex after securing a scholarship to the prestigious cricket school with cricket pros Alan Wells, ex Kent and Sussex batter and the world-renowned ex England International and Sussex wicket keeper batter Sarah Taylor. He top scored for his school with a score of 150 in the ECB Cup and in doing so caught the eye of Sussex CCC.
Reifer finished the year not only playing for Sussex Academy but also in making his Sussex CCC 2nd XI debut against a very strong Middlesex 2nd XI including ex Ireland International Tim Murtagh.
Megan’s 2021 season has been amazing, COVID stopped the 2020 season so 2021 was a very important year. Megan captained the Kent County Cricket Club women’s first team for the first time. This allowed her to work on her game as well as helping her teammates. Kent won both the T20 cup and also the 50 over cup.Having worked hard on her fitness throughout the winter, Megan completed her first ever half marathon for cancer research!
After the county season had finished it was time to prepare for the hundred with the Oval Invincibles. Thanks for the support of Stag Megan was all kitted out ready to prepare. It was the first time she had ever been around cameras when playing cricket and said it was a little daunting. The first game played had around 11,000 people there. Megan remembers feeling very overwhelmed… but it was a good feeling.
After the first game the team got used to the cameras and the crowds and everyday felt very different. They would train most days at The Oval and if there was an away game would travel around the country and train at some world class grounds. Winning the hundred has to be one of the best memories of Megan’s life, playing with world class players will always stay in her memory. They played at Lords in the final and had a memorable lunch in the long room. The 2021 season will be a year Megan will never forget.
Megan is quoted as saying: “Being an ambassador for Stag has made me feel very proud and valued.”Megan can be seen batting with Roe Stag Grade 1 Cricket Bat – with the new pink Stag Cricket Stickers Range, Roe Stag Batting Pads and Roe Stag Test Batting Gloves
In 2022 we will miss our colleague Danny Snaith of CM Cricket in Leicestershire who unfortunately will be closing their business. We will stay in touch with Danny as he is a big support of Stag Cricket Bats and was one of the first to purchase a Stag Sika Cricket Bat – a monster at 3lb 2oz.
About Stag Cricket
Stag Cricket Bats are cricket makers and artisans, creating the finest handmade cricket bats in Chart Sutton, Maidstone, Kent. We also make and supply softs: Stag Cricket Batting Pads, Stag Cricket Bats, Stag Cricket Batting Gloves, Stag Cricket Bags (both Stag Cricket Wheelie Bags and Stag Cricket Duffle Bags), Stag Cricket Bat Grips, Stag Cricket Balls, Stag Cricket Wicket Keeping Gloves, Stag Cricket Wicket Keeping Pads amongst other Cricket Equipment.
Going forward into 2022 we will be making a few minor design changes and will be looking to broaden our offer into the cricket market for cricketers (amateur and pro alike), resellers and equipment makers. The Stag Cricket team continue to invest considerable time in the Research and Development and strive for continuous improvement of their products for their customers and Ambassadors. We hope to be able to announce our changes and new offerings in the coming months and certainly well ahead of the 2022 cricket season.
Our focus for 2022 will be to continue to grow, sustainably, at home in the UK as well as in our markets identified abroad in Japan via Meritok and the Japanese Cricket Association and Ireland via Munster Cricket Union and Malahide Cricket Club. We are hoping to add to another key country to the Stag Cricket market in 2022 and again this will be announced in the coming months subject to successful contract talks.
Best wishes Team Stag.