The one and only Kevin Pietersen stopped by to promote his new range of Spartan bats and raise awareness of his new passion, a conservation project closely linked to Save the African Rhino Foundation.
In the last couple of years Kevin has become a real voice for the rhino, speaking out about the illegal trade in horns, and generously donating all the profit from his Rhino range of cricket bats to charity.
Kevin explained this is something very close to his heart and heritage, 'a rhino gets killed in Africa every eight hours. It kills me to see it and hear about it on a daily basis. Wildlife is my thing having been brought up in South Africa, and the conservation side is something that I love doing.'
Save the African Rhino Foundation is now in its 30th year of rhino conservation. They remain hopeful and stay tenacious, as they know that rhinos can be brought back from the brink. In fact if it were not for the Save the African Rhino Foundation, the black rhinoceros would already be extinct in Zimbabwe by now. All this has been achieved with grassroots support, a loyal membership base and the assistance of patrons.
“Kevin made the day so special for everyone who came down. He is a great guy who really cares about a great cause,” said Andy Woodard, owner of Romida, 'we'd like to thank him for generously giving up his time to spend with us and giving all the local kids, and most of their parents, a day they'll never forget."
We will miss your mastery on the pitch Kevin, but are 100% behind you in your charitable endeavours.
We went to meet Chris Gayle and have a look through his Spartan kit bag. He has some of the biggest bats we have ever seen and we have seen many thousands! We hope you enjoy the video. To see our Spartan range click here.
We caught up with England cricketer, record smasher and all-round good egg Alex Hales at Trent Bridge to talk about his kit and cricket in general - enjoy. To see our range of Gray-Nicolls cricket equipment click here.
If you look through our website you will notice that we provide a lot of choice for our customers. While this is great for most of our loyal customers, if you don't know what you should be buying it can be awkward.
Here we provide you with a list of what you need and a couple of suggestions to make life easier.
1. Helmet This is the most important piece of equipment for two reasons; firstly your child's head is vital and secondly they will not be allowed to play hard ball cricket without one. Cricket helmets have undergone a major transformation in the last three years to make them much safer - specifically to avoid facial injuries and concussions as well as offering optional protection to the vulnerable neck area. It is important that your helmet adheres to the new safety standards which offer this increased protection.
Masuri are the market leaders in helmets and represent the vast majority of our helmet sales. They don't pay any players to use their product so every Test player you see using them is doing so because they believe them to be the safest.
The two most popular helmets are the Test and the Club, the Test offers even better ventilation, concussion protection and vision.
3. Pads. As you will notice, there is a very wide range you can pay for Batting Pads (Legguards). You should look at the standard of cricket being played as a guide to what's appropriate - for example kids playing county standard cricket shouldn't be playing in £25 pads - at the very least £35 to £40 ones. There two types of pads - ambidextrous and handed ones. Handed ones offer better protection as they have a bigger protective wing to the pad. As you pay more for pads, they become more protective, more comfortable, lighter and wrap around the leg better making it much easier to run.
4. Gloves. In cricket the hands are the most vulnerable part of the batsman -for that reason we don't stock any gloves we won't be prepared to send our kids out to play in. The better glove, the more comfortable it will be with better protection - again look to start at £17-£18 for kids starting out but those playing at a much higher standard or against faster bowling should look at gloves at least in the £30 range.
5. Other Protection Equipment. Other options are Arm Guards and Chest Pads and they do have their place but in reality nearly every player should have a thigh pad in their bag - and they should use them - a cricket ball on the thigh is painful even for adults. Thigh pads come in two guises - the first is a plain old fashioned thigh pad and the second an all-in-one inner and outer thigh protector. The latter is extremely popular and is very easy to put on - we highly recommend those.
At Romida we are the experts on cricket equipment - we buy and sell more than any other cricket specialist in the UK. So we are in a great position to say what we think about each product we sell.
To this end, we have introduced the Romida Protection Rating. It's a 1 to 5 rating and should help you understand why some equipment is much more expensive than others. It should also help you compare items of similar price to see how we perceive the protection level to be.
The levels are:
LEVEL 5: Test match standard. This is the very best and will be the same as the pros wear. This level of premium equipment offers the highest level of protection and comfort.
LEVEL 4: Pro standard. This will be of a very hign standard and many county pros will use this. The protection will be similar to Level 5 but might not be quite as comfortable.
LEVEL 3: County standard. This is a intermediate standard. It will have some of the same features as the higher levels but will be made from cheaper materials.
LEVEL 2: Club standard. This is really an entry level for decent junior or low adult cricket. This level is generally not nearly as protective as level 3 and will be much less comfortable to wear.
LEVEL 1: Junior Club standard. This is an entry level for junior cricket. It offers excellent value for money but should only be used for low speed cricket.
At Romida, we take your comfort and safety very seriously - if you have any questions regarding the Protection Rating or need any advice as to what products are appropriate for you, please ask. We are happy to help.
We are pleased to announce that the brand Extra Cover Cricket is now part of the Romida family. ECC has been a recognised supplier of quality cricket goods since its foundation in 2010.
Like Romida, ECC has always provided the service that professionals expect, to all levels of cricketer and to suit all budgets - supplying major and niche brands and providing a customisation service, in a bricks and mortar shop.
Romida Sports was originally formed in 1978 as a family business and was given a new lease of life in 2012 when Extra Cover's Andy Woodard took ownership and management.
Joining forces with ECC is another milestone in the history of the business. At Romida we pride ourselves in having the best range of cricket products with outstanding customer service. This merge is the ideal addition to our brand.
"Romida has made some great advances over the last couple of years and we now feel it's time for Extra Cover Cricket's loyal customers to feel the benefits of the improvements we've made." Andy Woodard
Note for existing Extra Cover Cricket customers: we have transferred your account across to Romida, except the password in the interests of Data Protection and to provide the safest possible transition. The Romida/ECC website holds no bank or card information.