If you look through our website you will notice that we provide a lot of choice for our customers. While this is great for most of our loyal customers, if you don't know what you should be buying it can be awkward.
Here we provide you with a list of what you need and a couple of suggestions to make life easier.
1. Helmet This is the most important piece of equipment for two reasons; firstly your child's head is vital and secondly they will not be allowed to play hard ball cricket without one. Cricket helmets have undergone a major transformation in the last three years to make them much safer - specifically to avoid facial injuries and concussions as well as offering optional protection to the vulnerable neck area. It is important that your helmet adheres to the new safety standards which offer this increased protection.
Masuri are the market leaders in helmets and represent the vast majority of our helmet sales. They don't pay any players to use their product so every Test player you see using them is doing so because they believe them to be the safest.
The two most popular helmets are the Test and the Club, the Test offers even better ventilation, concussion protection and vision.
2. Abdo Guard. This is also known as a box and protects the delicate area between the two thigh pads! Broadly speaking all Abdo Guards are the same so feel free to choose whichever one you wish.
Two popular choices:
3. Pads. As you will notice, there is a very wide range you can pay for Batting Pads (Legguards). You should look at the standard of cricket being played as a guide to what's appropriate - for example kids playing county standard cricket shouldn't be playing in £25 pads - at the very least £35 to £40 ones. There two types of pads - ambidextrous and handed ones. Handed ones offer better protection as they have a bigger protective wing to the pad. As you pay more for pads, they become more protective, more comfortable, lighter and wrap around the leg better making it much easier to run.
Popular Lower-Mid Range Pad: http://www.romida.co.uk/gunn-moore-606-batting-pads-2060.html
Popular Mid-High End Pad: http://www.romida.co.uk/kookaburra-verve-800-batting-pads-2060.html
4. Gloves. In cricket the hands are the most vulnerable part of the batsman -for that reason we don't stock any gloves we won't be prepared to send our kids out to play in. The better glove, the more comfortable it will be with better protection - again look to start at £17-£18 for kids starting out but those playing at a much higher standard or against faster bowling should look at gloves at least in the £30 range.
Popular Entry Level Glove: http://www.romida.co.uk/gray-nicolls-f18-300-gloves-2143.html
Popular Lower-Mid Range Glove: http://www.romida.co.uk/gunn-moore-606-batting-gloves-2068.html
Popular Mid-High End Glove: http://www.romida.co.uk/kookaburra-verve-800-batting-gloves-2016.html
Top Quality Glove: http://www.romida.co.uk/newbery-merlin-batting-gloves-12592.html
5. Other Protection Equipment. Other options are Arm Guards and Chest Pads and they do have their place but in reality nearly every player should have a thigh pad in their bag - and they should use them - a cricket ball on the thigh is painful even for adults. Thigh pads come in two guises - the first is a plain old fashioned thigh pad and the second an all-in-one inner and outer thigh protector. The latter is extremely popular and is very easy to put on - we highly recommend those.
Basic Thigh Pad: http://www.romida.co.uk/kookaburra-verve-thigh-pad-2060.html
All in One Thigh Protector: http://www.romida.co.uk/aero-p3-stripper-thigh-pad-521.html
6. Bags. The most important thing with bags is to get one that fits all the gear in it - the pads are the most important item controlling the length of bag you need.
Boys: At least 700mm long
Youths: At least 850mm long
Large Youths/ Teenagers: At least 880mm long
Overall: Most importantly, advice is always available in any of our stores or feel free to call us on 01706 882444 and we'll happily advise you on the appropriate equipment for your child.