Best In Class & 2nd Overall
We were very happy to receive news that we had won Best in Class in The Cricket Magazine's Good Gear Guide for 2018 but even more pleased to be told we had come 2nd Overall. As we enter only our 3rd season to be beating some of the best know brands in the world is testament to the hard work and craftsmanship of James our bat maker and the quality of what we are producing at Viking Cricket. The Anthony Joshua of Cricket bats.
A couple of the guys said they didn't like the stickers which to me is ok as Stickers don't score runs bats do so if we are to be known for great bats then wonderful and stickers are a very personal thing and it was great that they then ended up loving the bat "The Middle was voluptuous" "what a Gorgeous middle, great power."
I am sure the first thing a cricketer thinks about is the quality of a bat lets be honest a bat can have lovely stickers but if it's an ordinary piece of willow it's not going to do the business when you as a batsmen need it most.
Our Valhalla has been well received and we have already seen them going out to Australia, New Zealand and at home in the UK.
The Valhalla is a fully customised bat that give you lots of options to make your dream bat, we have had a couple of guys visit the workshop and choose the cleft watching the start of the bat making process, the feedback has been wonderful "Thanks so much for the brilliant experience in choosing the cleft of my own bat and meeting with you in the workshop today not something I have ever thought about before, it was a great experience"
"All I can say is wow, the quality of the gear you are producing is phenomenal" Oliver.
Viking Cricket Sign Yorkshire CCC KARL CARVER
We are delighted to announce the signing of Karl Carver of Yorkshire CCC.
Karl is an English first-class cricketer. A left-handed batsman and slow left arm orthodox bowler, Karl is contracted to Yorkshire County Cricket Club, for whom he played his debut first-class match in 2014.
With us being a Yorkshire based company having a Yorkshireman as our first sponsored player is fantastic, Karl has been with Yorkshire Under 14s, 15s and 17s as well as the England Under 19s.
In 2012, he debuted for the Yorkshire seconds in August in a three-day friendly against Nottinghamshire before taking two wickets against Somerset in a four-day friendly the following month.
In 2014, he also played five one-day internationals for England under 19s, who beat world champions South Africa, taking seven wickets with a best of 3-67, and helped the Yorkshire Academy to their league and cup double triumph.
2016 saw Karl claim his career best bowling figures in all three forms of the game.
He claimed 4-106 in the first innings of the White Rose’s champion county defeat against the MCC in Abu Dhabi, removing Ian Bell in both innings.
Karl will be using the Valhalla & the Odin cricket range.
We are hoping 2018 will be a fantastic season for Karl, Viking Cricket and Yorkshire CCC.
Viking Cricket Teams up with Middlesex Cricket for 2018
At Viking Cricket, we try to help many good causes and have done all sorts in the past, like giving bats for raffle prizes after floods/break ins to clubs working with the TCA a local foundation etc. However, each year we will have one cause we will get behind and give a donation to. We know what an amazing game cricket is and how it has helped turn around the life of many a cricketer. We believe in trying to encourage people to try and play cricket especially for youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds who might never have had the chance to play our wonderful game. We know what being part of a team can bring to individuals, like friendship, fun, self-esteem, belonging etc, so for 2018 we are very proud to announce we will be working with Middlesex Cricket Disability and Participation.
We are very proud to continue working with Middlesex having worked with them in 2017.
Michael Wilson who is the Participation coach and Head of disability county cricket at Middlesex Cricket says.
“We have two disability county squads and a regional disability program with a further 4 teams.
Some of the players on this pathway come from some of the most deprived areas in the country, so even a second-hand bat or a cheap bat is not an option because of the lack of available money. Not being able to afford their own kit can have a big impact on their lives, as a lot feel like they will not be accepted by their peers.
For all our squads, we have a team kitbag with everything needed to play the game’s safely but there is something about having your own bat that is extremely important to the players and helps form a partnership.
We have given out some of the team bats to individual player’s in the past and seen a dramatic change, not only to the players game, but in their social skills and their willingness to be involved in parts of sessions that were difficult for them to do previously.
The players are learning to bat, and they value the bats given to them. It really means the world and we have seen players really push on and become the top players in their respective teams. Knowing you can rely on your bat and choose a bat that suits you is something that we all take for granted, so our kitbags are a short-term solution and our aim is to be able to provide every player in all our 6 teams with their OWN equipment. We strive to give every player the opportunity to be the best they can be, whilst building confidence and feeling comfortable as possible.”
Viking will be donating some cricket gear of our own and making a donation at the end of the season, but we would like to ask any of our followers or local clubs and players to please give any cricket gear you aren’t using to us, as long as it’s still usable we will make sure it’s put into the hands of disadvantaged youngsters whom it will make a world of difference to. We are happy to collect in the Yorkshire area from clubs and will have a few drop off points, so please look out on our social media site for full details and visit our website in ‘our about’ us section. We can be contacted on 07866 371437.
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