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Anya Shrubsole awarded MBE for services to cricket

Tuesday, 9 January 2018 12:10:54 Europe/London

GM would like to extend a huge congratulations to England star Anya Shrubsole for her inclusion in the New Year Honours List. The last twelve months will live long in the memory for the 26 year old after helping England win the Women’s World Cup, being nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award in December, and being part of the England women’s cricket team who won the SPOTY Team of the Year award.

Anya popped into GM HQ recently to pick up some kit ahead of a winter training camp and for a quick chat.

“2017 will without doubt go down as one of the most memorable years ever! To win a World Cup on home soil, in front of a sold out Lord’s is the sort of things dreams are made of. For the whole team is was the result of a lot of hard work and to come out on top was amazing. I think it would be fair to say it changed a lot of the girls life’s for the better but most importantly really put women’s cricket further on the map.”

The New Year Honours list for 2018 is defined as recognising the achievements and service of extraordinary people across the UK. Despite the accolades and recognition though, which also include a Player of the Match performance in the World Cup Final, it won’t be surprising to anyone that has ever met Anya that her own personal success comes very much second to the team’s achievements.

“For me personally it was just really nice to contribute to the team in such a big game. I certainly didn’t imagine some of the stuff that’s come afterwards would happen. To be on the shortlist for Sports Personality and to receive an MBE is hugely humbling but it really is all about the team’s success. We did it all together and everyone deserves everything they’ve got. Now it’s up to us to make sure we keep pushing forward and improving as a team as we’re not the finished article.”

One of the most iconic moments in the 2017 cricket calendar was the climax of the World Cup semi-final when Anya, new to the crease, held her nerve in one of the most high pressure situations imaginable on a cricket field, to hit the winning runs and secure England’s place in the final. The immediate ecstasy in watching the ball race through the covers to the boundary quickly took a back seat in order to console the distraught South African opponents which speaks volumes of Anya both as a player and a person.

Not a bad way to follow up in the final either….!

Comments | Posted in GM Cricket By Nicola Isherwood

From the Playground to the Test Arena

Tuesday, 5 December 2017 16:25:13 Europe/London

Well doesn't a lot happen in eight days of the Ashes? And, for most of the time, this is the reason why we are well and truly hooked on every Ashes Test Series, at home and abroad.

Where do we start with the 1st Test? During the first three days, the game was played like a junior playground game of football where eventually a couple of the big lads on the opposition side managed to kick a few of the smaller lads a bit harder and then score vital goals whilst distracting them. Did Australia play smarter cricket? Probably! Did Australia play harder cricket? Without question! When you have so much pressure put on you , you finally fall. England fell flat on their faces and the chirpy old Aussies romped home with a test win.

Three things won't change throughout the whole of the series and I know I'm repeating myself but: 1) First innings runs 2) 20 wickets 3) Control from Spin. Are you starting to see the story unfold.

One thing that I took from the pundits after the test match was from Micheal Vaughan. "England need to identify key moments in the game". I think this happened on a number of occasions during the test and it came to the detriment of England. Good sides, that win in any sport, seem to 'box clever' at the right times. Maybe this is how to tame the 'big lads on the opposition'.

Lets put the 1st Test to bed and move onto this 2nd Test .

Well, after day 4 we are all gripped. The winner of this test match is going to be the team that makes the fewest mistakes now. England bowlers hit their straps 2nd Innings but again, 1st Innings runs will/could come to bite them on the butt. Steve Smith - What are you doing? I think he has been put under pressure and mistakes have started to show. Tomorrow morning is going to be a vital part of whole test series. This has an Edgbaston (2005) feel to it and I hope it goes down to the wire obviously with an England win. Then lets see the Aussie press flog Steve Smith & his merry men.

On a final note.

The devastating news about the passing of Russell Evans left a number of us at GM soul searching on Friday. Russ played a huge part at GM over a number of years before deciding to move on. I and many others who worked with Russell will miss him enormously. Rest well, Russ, and thank you for everything.

Regards Rich

Comments | Posted in GM Cricket By Nicola Isherwood

GM at the Ashes 2017/18

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 11:25:52 Europe/London

So, all the trash talking is done, players prepped and team selected. Who has the advantage? Only tonight at midnight (GMT) when the players take centre stage for the first time can the cricket can finally do the talking .

I look forward to sitting back tonight and watching the cricket , if sleep deprivation allows. For more than one reason, like most of the Unicorn Group workforce, I will have added interest in how our GM guys get on, Dawid Malan , James Vince & Jake Ball have all been selected for the first test and we wish them the very best of luck. Team GM in Nottingham at the factory, everyone one of them have put something into what the guys will be using on the field of play tonight. So hopefully (or should I say when) James & Dawid raise their bats in achieving landmarks during the series, they are thanking Kev , Brian , Dave , Ade , Mark , Janice and the whole team. 

Let's get back to the subject of cricket rather than talking solely about GM.

The most important question is who is going to win the Ashes? Well the bias in me says England. However, ruling  with the head not with the heart I still think England.  Four weeks ago there was concern that England would not score first innings runs. Three weeks ago, concerns over England's ability to take twenty wickets.  However after looking at the Australia team selection, that Australia side should worry any cricket team in Australia . Rightly or wrongly only the next five days will tell us if GM know anything about cricket.

Well enjoy watching, remember some of the best cricket we have watched has been against the old enemy. The press love ' trash talk' as they know, it sells papers so we need to get used to it

Come on GM (sorry can't help myself) & come on England.

Richard Harris
GM Sponsorship



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Anya Shrubsole wins 2017 Christopher Martin-Jenkins Spirit of Cricket Award

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 11:45:30 Europe/London

England women’s bowler Anya Shrubsole has won the 2017 Christopher Martin-Jenkins Spirit of Cricket Award.

Gunn & Moore star Shrubsole becomes the first women’s cricketer to receive the award thanks to her selfless actions in the ICC Women’s World Cup Semi-Final victory over South Africa at Bristol in July.

In a tense finish, England booked their place in the World Cup Final at South Africa’s expense with only two balls remaining, having already lost eight wickets.

Shrubsole’s boundary off Shabnim Ismail sealed the victory for England, but in an act akin to Andrew Flintoff consoling Brett Lee at Edgbaston in 2005, the 25 year-old seamer opted to comfort distraught South Africa captain Dane van Niekerk before celebrating with her teammates.

England of course went on to win the World Cup in thrilling fashion at Lord’s later in the month in front a packed crowd, as Shrubsole bowled the hosts to victory over India with devastating figures of 6 for 46, including five wickets in 19 balls.

The award was created by Marylebone Cricket Club and the BBC in memory of former MCC President and BBC Test Match Special commentator Christopher Martin-Jenkins, who passed away in January 2013, and was passionate about promoting the spirit of the game.

The previous winners of the award since its inception are GM’s Wayne Madsen of Derbyshire, Sussex’s Luke Wright, Brendon McCullum for his sporting conduct as captain of New Zealand, and Tom Fell of Worcestershire, also a member of Team GM.

President of MCC Matthew Fleming said, “MCC works tremendously hard at promoting the Spirit of Cricket at all levels of the game along with the ‘Play Hard, Play Fair’ message, and it is entirely appropriate that the actions of players like Anya are rewarded.

“England Women have of course enjoyed an unprecedented year of success and we are delighted that a player who starred in one of the most memorable Lord’s finals ever is the recipient of this award.”

BBC Test Match Special Producer Adam Mountford said, “Anya demonstrated the true spirit of cricket by thinking about the feelings of an opponent even in a moment of dramatic victory.

“She is a deserved winner of the CMJ award and I am especially delighted that in the diamond anniversary year of the programme Judy Martin-Jenkins was able to present the award.”

Shrubsole was presented with an engraved crystal champagne ice bucket on Day Three of the Investec Test Match between England and West Indies at Lord’s.

GM’s Managing Director Peter wright says: “We are very proud to have Anya as a member of Team GM and everyone at GM sends her our warmest congratulations on this prestigious award.”

Photo courtesy Getty Images

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A great night for GM players

Friday, 18 August 2017 12:14:14 Europe/London

Pink Ball, White Ball , Red Ball...... Any colour ball, GM players will find a way to score runs. Congratulations go to both Adam Lyth & Daniel Bell Drummond.

Adam Lyth scored the highest domestic UK T20 score last night – 161 – as Yorkshire made 240-4 against Northants, which is the highest UK domestic T20 score.

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Full details of Adam's Chrome L555 DXM bat.

Meanwhile, Daniel Bell Drummond contributed 80 to a World Record opening partnership of 207 for Kent Spitfires against Essex Eagles.

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Fingers crossed for Dawid Malan today.

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GM Launches #GMVillageSnaps Instagram competition

Friday, 14 July 2017 15:17:14 Europe/London

Get snapping!

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GM release minute long film

Wednesday, 7 June 2017 15:49:13 Europe/London

GM has launched a minute long film to showcase their 130 years of making cricket bats in the UK.

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