WE DON’T LIKE CRICKET, WE LOVE IT!
It’s that time of year again……
Time to blow the cobwebs off the four woolly jumpers you’ll no doubt be wearing, get the bag and boots out of the back of the garage, and linseed oil the bat. Yes, cricket is back, with the County Championship starting today. Summer’s here!
Based right in the heart of the country – in Stoke-on-Trent – at Beswicks Sports, we are perfectly positioned to continue being one of the leading, global Sports Management operations in the country. And we love our cricket……
At Beswicks Sports we have a number within our midst who have played and love the game themselves – and we have an exciting array of talent on our client portfolio, both in playing and coaching roles. In the past, we have directly represented a number of cricketing greats, such as Stephen Fleming and Mushtaq Ahmed, plus county and international cricketers and coaches….. and our present portfolio continues the sterling work we’ve done.
We’ve always had strong links with New Zealand. For a nation of less than five million people, it has always punched above its sporting weight, and we are delighted that we have four Black Caps overseas players on view in England this summer.
Off spinner Jeetan Patel has played for New Zealand in all formats of the game, and was named as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 2015 and the Professional Cricketers' Association (PCA) Most Valuable Player award for a second time last year after taking over 100 wickets during the season. Patel has now taken more than 50 wickets in a season in the County Championship for five straight seasons – a superb record!
All-rounder Mitch Santner has quickly made an big name for himself in international cricket with a string of excellent performances with both ball and bat. Santner is a left arm spinner and left handed batsman, and made history by becoming the first player in history to make his test debut in a Day/Night Test Match. He didn’t stop there, striking his first ball in test cricket for four!
Santner will be playing at New Road for Worcestershire Rapids in the T20 Blast this summer and is noted for being a talented and extremely versatile cricketer; one who has already made two test fifties and acquired the best bowling figures by a New Zealand spinner in World Twenty20 (4 for 11 against India last year).
Another player who will be bringing excitement to the T20 tournament in England this year is Ish Sodhi. Like Santner and Patel, Sodhi has played in all formats for New Zealand, but made big waves in T20 this winter after taking an amazing 6-11 to help his Adelaide Strikers team to victory over Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League in just his third game for the team! Capped 41 times in all formats, Sodhi is seen as one of the leading leg spin bowlers in world cricket, and is bound to be a bit hit at Trent Bridge wearing the colours of Notts Outlaws this summer.
Joining Jeetan Patel at Edgbaston for Birmingham Bears’ T20 games will be exciting New Zealand all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme, who made his test debut in November 2016 in Christchurch, making an immediate impact by taking a five wicket haul in his maiden innings of Test match cricket, and winning the Man of the Match award in the process. Some start to your test career, that!
de Grandhomme is fast-medium bowler and is also noted for his huge hitting – his T20 batting strike-rate is at an incredible 171, currently, the best in the game. So, you may want to think twice about parking your car too close to any cricket ground where de Grandhomme is playing!
And we have lots more exciting cricketing news at Beswicks Sports……
Former England left arm spinner and Ashes winning hero Ashley Giles played 54 test matches for his country, and since he retired from playing has forged an excellent reputation for his innovative coaching. He recently returned to his former club Warwickshire as their Sport Director; an exciting role, which sees Giles overseeing the county’s professional teams, as well as its academy.
Beswicks Sports client Daryl Mitchell was recently elected as the new Professional Cricketers Association chairman; great reward for the likeable and highly professional ex-Worcestershire player who represented the county’s first team with aplomb for well over a decade, scoring almost 15,000 runs and taking 154 wickets for them.
Coaching-wise, we have a plethora of talent with us at Beswicks Sports, which includes the likes of Paul Farbrace (England’s Assistant Coach); Mushtaq Ahmed (spin bowling legend, and now the spin bowling coach with the Pakistan national team); Simon Willis (the former Kent coach, who is now the High Performance Manager with Sri Lanka); Bob Carter (the New Zealand High Performance Coach); Chris Adams (recent interim Netherlands Head Coach); and Alan Richardson (the ex-Middlesex and Warwickshire player, who is now the Warwickshire bowling coach and who was recently chosen to coach in the England Cricket Pace Programme in South Africa)
Beswicks Sports are also proud to have on board a strong base of players too, such as Babar Azam, Sohail Khan, Umar Gul, Shadab Khan, and Wayne Parnell - and our commitment to progressing both ourselves and our clients was seen recently when Beswicks Sports Nick Phillips and Darren Long flew out to Dubai for the Emirates T20 tournament.
Good luck to all our Beswicks Sports cricketing clients this summer!
Beswicks Sports is the trading name of Beswicks Sports Limited
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