Six of the Best Cricket Gifts this Christmas

At Cricket Yorkshire HQ, our festive cricket gifts shortlist has now been assembled like a superstar World XI to help you sort your presents with minimal stress.

Get ready for ideas to cover all budgets…we’ve scoured Google so you don’t have to.

Sit back, break out the mulled wine and chocolate yule log and have a read.

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Zing Backyard Flashing Bails (£14)

Cricket fans can illuminate their games of cricket with an affordable set of flashing bails that have become a firm favourite across international and domestic limited-overs cricket.

There aren’t mainly daylight hours at this time of year for those of us on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) so how about creating a day-night ODI of your own?

These flashing bails light up when completely dislodged from the stumps and take two AAA batteries per ‘Zing’ or bail.

They can be used with any set of stumps or you could buy their Zing Backyard Cricket Stumps instead.

**A word of caution…these are NOT the same as the ones used by England and Australia in the day-night Ashes Test at Adelaide (which are most robust).

The Backyard Bails are designed for soft rubber and tennis balls so no pinging in 90mph rockets across the living room or an office as it will only end in tears.

But this is one of those great cricket gifts where the whole family can be involved, set an attacking field and get zinging!

Shrey Cricket Helmet

Shrey Air cricket helmet (£85-150)

Shrey is a brand that has quietly been making inroads into the cricket market since launching in 2013.

I’ve noticed England’s batsmen are using them in the Ashes (as did Virat Kohli when he hit his latest double hundred) so that’s quite the professional endorsement in such a small space of time.

Head safety innovations are improving and the Shrey Air lid is billed as the lightest cricket helmet on the market with a removable and washable sweatband.

B3 Cricket are offering a mens Shrey lid for £85 (stainless steel grille) or £150 for the even lighter cricket helmet with titanium to protect your good looks.

The sizing is small, standard or XL with a choice of navy, green, black or maroon.

*Furthermore, you can have a customised Shrey Air Titanium with your club badge and a complimentary titanium neck guard – all included!


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Cricket Originals 1 in 4 T-shirt (£10)

Here at CYHQ, T-shirts form a prominent part of dress code so it is no shocker to see a T-shirt feature in the cricket gift shortlist.

Cricket Originals impressed for a number of reasons; not least their T-shirt collaboration with the not-for-profit, Opening Up Cricket, with all profits going to this organisation doing mental health workshops and awareness.

Out of curiosity, I bought one from Cricket Yorkshire’s research and development fund and from the packaging that felt like an unexpected Christmas present to the soft, 100% ring spun combed cotton, it was a hit.

It has passed another T-shirt test too: after a few washes, the fabric has not become so coarse that it can reinvent itself as an ingenious way to sand down cricket bats instead.

Though discounted at the time of writing; this is a £20 T-shirt so cricket fans can buy with confidence and know that they are also helping to support a very worthwhile cause.

The design cleverly incorporates the ‘4’ synonymous with cricket as a way to flag up the powerful statistic that 1 in 4 people experience a mental health problem every year.

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Cricket Bat Patent Print (from £11.70 excl p&p)

Hunnap Print House do patent and old map reproduction posters from their base in Izmir, a city on Turkey’s Aegean coast.

So, what do you get the cricket fan who has everything? How about a Cricket Bat Patent Print on Poster Paper or Cotton Canvas Fabric?

This is a high-resolution image of the first bat design that was patented on 2 December, 1890, reproduced on matte 250gsm archive matte paper with inks that will last a lifetime.

I noted 100% five-star reviews (138 at time of writing) and contacted someone who bought the print to check its quality and delivery from Turkey; they emailed back to say they gave it the thumbs-up.

According to Hunnap Print House, they ship orders via DHL Express and it takes 2-3 business days to be delivered to the UK.

You have choice of poster or canvas sizes and four colours/styles – old paper, graphic notebook, chalkboard and navy blue.

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CricViz app (free)

Ok, so this isn’t strictly a present – though it could be to yourself!

CricViz is a cricket intelligence & score predictor that is an unusual twist on the conventional cricket scores app you’d download for your phone or tablet.

Available for free from Google Play or Apple’s App Store, I’ve downloaded it and CricViz has lots going for it. There are no ads or hidden in-app purchases for starters.

The analytical tools (PlayViz, PredictViz, PlayViz and BatViz) with historical and live data are fun to experiment with and deduce win probability, match outcome, team performance measures and batting difficulty.

With live scorecards, in-play blog, results and fixtures too, a cricket fan looking to track international cricket matches has a wealth of data at their fingertips.

Picture of a cricket ground with a match going on; image of The Cricketer Calendar 2018

The Cricketer 2018 calendar (£14.99)

This A4 colour calendar attempts to answer a pressing question: which are the most beautiful village cricket grounds in the country?

When it comes to assessing pedigree, The Cricketer Magazine have run the National Village Cup for decades and are plugged into the amateur game so there is no shortage of cricket photography to marvel at.

For those of you who prefer a paper reminder to organising life electronically, you can gawp at some of the most visually arresting cricket grounds across the land.

Not a bad way to start 2018, eh?

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