I started in Cricket over 50 years ago at the Rowe and Jarman store in Adelaide as a tacker and immediately fell in love with the smell of linseed oil and the feel of English Willow Cricket Bats. In 1970 I worked at Gray-Nicolls Robertsbridge where I was taught by the late Ted Jolly – an icon bat maker learning the art of Cricket Bat Making. Additional to this, Len Newbery and John Newbery taught me the whole business of bat making. Bill Gray and John Gray taught me how to run a business from A to Z. I thank these men very much.
Returning to Australia in late 1971, I joined Gray-Nicolls Australia as the production manager. The last 10 years, I served as the CEO of Gray-Nicolls. Till 1990 when Nick Gray came and took over as Managing Director.
After years in the industry, I felt the need to develop the “CricketKit” – a specialist supplier of great cricket equipment and clothing.
Cricket Kit is nothing like any other shop on the planet.
At “CricketKit” we are more or less a Gray-Nicolls exclusive client. We have a fine relationship with them and we specialise in Australian handmade bats. We are different from our competitors that we give great service and quality and we understand the Cricket business. Additional to this, we support our own newly developed homegrown bats “CRUSADERS” – handcrafted by Stuart at Gray-Nicolls.
“CricketKit” is a proud supporter of the “Crusaders” youth development programme and the “Outright” supporting the development of young players and their knowledge of the long form of the game.
Add us to your favourites and keep a look out for our latest developments with links on Facebook and Twitter. There is always something happening at the “CricketKit”.
Hit a six and have fun!
Swan Richards OAM
+61 450 613 337