Kent Women's Cricket Shirt Launch

Kent Women launch new kits for 2015

Kent Women will wear the Samurai Sportswear Royal London One-Day Cup shirt in 2015.

The shirt, adapted from the men’s kits into a female fit range for the Women’s team will feature the logo of Major Sponsor Canterbury Christ Church University on the playing and training shirts for this season as part of the recently renewed partnership.

Kent bowler and Christ Church Sport Scholar Jenni Jackson was the first player to wear the new shirt at the club’s media day earlier this month.

“I really like the kit as it’s the one the Men’s team wore on the way to the semi-finals last year. We used to play all our games in whites so it’s great that we can wear a few more colourful kits and each player will be able to choose their own squad number. I have chosen the number 11, my lucky number since I was a kid.”

The team begins their campaign with two home fixtures at The County Ground, Beckenham on Sunday 3 May and Bank Holiday Monday 4 May against Yorkshire and Sussex respectively.

Next up is another double-header at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence on Sunday 24 and Bank Holiday Monday 25 May against Lancashire and Nottinghamshire.

Article used courtesy of Kent Cricket

Hashim Amla signs for Derbyshire

South Africa Captain Hashim Amla signs for Derbyshire

Derbyshire County Cricket Club have filled the gap created by Martin Guptill’s Test recall by signing world-class South Africa batsman and Test captain, Hashim Amla.

Amla, who is currently ranked as the world’s number three Test batsman, will join the Club at the start of May and be available for two LV= County Championship matches and three NatWest T20 Blast fixtures. The 31-year-old, who is widely regarded as one of the best batsman in world cricket, has featured in 82 Tests scoring 6,757 runs at an average of 52.78 and a top score of 311 not out.

He is also an experienced limited overs batsman, scoring over 2,500 runs in 100 Twenty20 appearances, with a high score of 88 not out, and a strike rate in international Twenty20 cricket of 122.44 at an average of 25.0. Amla’s first fixture for Derbyshire will be the LV= County Championship match against Northamptonshire at The 3aaa County Ground, Derby, beginning on Sunday 10 May.

Elite Performance Director, Graeme Welch said: “Hashim is a world class batsman and a proven match winner on both the Test and limited overs stage. “He’s a player I have worked with before and I know he will be a great influence on the younger lads. He will also bring a wealth of experience to the side as we look to compete at the highest level in both red ball and white ball cricket.”

Amla added: “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to play in England this summer. Derbyshire are an ambitious Club with an exciting young team and I’ve enjoyed working with Graeme before. I’m looking forward to making a strong contribution in both four-day and Twenty20 cricket for Derbyshire next month.”

Chairman, Chris Grant commented: “I am delighted that we have secured the services of Hashim for our NatWest T20 Blast and LV= County Championship campaigns. He is an outstanding cricketer in all formats of the game and watching him play here at The 3aaa County Ground in Derby will be a treat for all cricket fans.

“We’re working tirelessly to bring success to the county and our ability to augment our young Derbyshire squad with world-class players like Martin Guptill, Tillakaratne Dilshan and now Hashim Amla is another signal of the huge progress we are making as a Club on and off the field.”

Article used courtesy of Derbyshire CCC

Swansea University captains at the Liberty Stadium ahead of the Welsh Varsity 2015

Welsh Varsity 2015 – As it happened

Swansea University v Cardiff University

Quite simply it’s one of the biggest student sports events in the country and second only to Oxford v Cambridge in terms of participation and support.

What started nearly twenty years ago as a rugby match between Swansea University and Cardiff University has grown beyond recognition and is now a chance for students at both universities to compete against their rivals in their chosen sports and we backing the Swansea Green & White Army this year!

2015 will see 37 teams taking part in a massive day of sport – the culmination and highlight of a hectic sports year for the students. BUCS points and finals go out of the window because for both the players and the huge number of spectators its bragging rights and pride that are at stake.

For the first time in five years the Welsh Varsity is being played in Swansea and the home sides will be backed by a huge number of fans as exams and coursework are put on hold.

The Swansea teams, in their specially designed Samurai kits, will be looking to close the gap on their big rivals before the finale of the day, the men’s rugby match played in front of more than 20,000 fans at the city’s Liberty Stadium.

For Samurai it’s our first taste of the Welsh Varsity and we’re getting behind the teams on the day, you’ll notice our website, Facebook and Twitter pages turning green in the build up and we’ll bring you live updates and pictures throughout the day as the action gets underway from 10am with Badminton, Netball, Sailing, Swimming, Tae Kwon-do and Tennis starting the action.

Swansea Lacrosse
Swansea Netball

2015 Welsh Varsity Final Score

Swansea University

13 – 24

Cardiff University

Saturday 18th April

Sport Venue Result
Rowing River Tawe Cardiff win

Monday 20th April

Sport Venue Result
Equestrian Dinefwr Cardiff win
Cycling Maindy SWANSEA WIN!!
Boxing Refectory SWANSEA WIN!!

Tuesday 21st April

Sport Venue Result
Shooting Swansea Rifle Club SWANSEA WIN!!

Wednesday 21st April

Sport Venue Time/Result
Badminton (Mens) LC2 Drawn
Netball Sports Hall Cardiff win
Sailing Tata SWANSEA WIN!!
Cricket Bishopgore Cardiff win
Swimming National Pool SWANSEA WIN!!
Taekwando Pavillion Cardiff win
Badminton (Ladies) LC2 Cardiff win
Tennis (Mens) Outdoor Courts Cardiff win
Golf Pennard Golf Club SWANSEA WIN!!
Squash (Mens) Tennis Club Cardiff win
Ultimate (Mens) Astroturf 2 Cardiff win
Volleyball (Ladies) LC2 SWANSEA WIN!!
Football (Intramural) Sketty Lane SWANSEA WIN!!
Fencing (Mens) Pavillion SWANSEA WIN!!
Football (Mens) Sketty Lane Drawn
American Football Sketty Lane Cardiff win
Ultimate (Ladies) Astroturf 2 Cardiff win
Hockey (Ladies) Astroturf 1 Cardiff win
Rugby (Ladies) Sketty Lane Cardiff win
Lacrosse (Ladies) Council Pitches Cardiff win
Basketball (Ladies) Sports Hall Cardiff win
Tennis (Ladies) Outdoor Courts Cardiff win
Canoe Polo National Pool Cardiff win
Squash (Ladies) Tennis Club Cardiff win
Volleyball (Mens) LC2 Cardiff win
Football (Ladies) Sketty Lane SWANSEA WIN!!
Lacrosse (Mens) Council Pitches Cardiff win
Fencing (Ladies) Pavillion Cardiff win
Hockey (Mens) Astroturf 1 SWANSEA WIN!!
Rugby (Freshers) Sketty Lane SWANSEA WIN!!
Basketball (Mens) Sports Hall Cardiff win
Rugby (Mens) Liberty Stadium Cardiff win
New Sale Sharks fluro away shirt

New Sale Sharks fluro away shirt launched

We are delighted to announce the launch the new 2015/16 Sale Sharks away shirt, a design that will undoubtedly stand out from the crowd both on and off the pitch.

Designed using our market leading fluorescent ink technology the hi-vis yellow kit is a complete contrast to previous designs and gives a striking contrast the navy and white home shirts for next season.

Samurai are pioneers in the use of fluorescent colours in shirt designs, with the Samurai 7s team wearing fluro kits as long ago as 2009 when the team won the Manchester 7s, but this is the first time one of our Aviva Premiership sides have chosen to wear a fluro design.

The Sale fans are able to pre-order the shirt before the end of this season, and the kit will get its first wear by the team for Sale’s final home game of the season when Newcastle are the visitors to the AJ Bell Stadium in the Aviva Premiership on Saturday 9th May.

Lisa Robinson Sale Sharks Retail Manager said, “This is by far the most striking kit the club have ever designed and marketed. Staff at the club who have seen the kit are impressed and we hope the fans like it as much as we do. Samurai have done a fantastic job getting this turned around and we can’t wait to see both the players and supporters wearing it.”

Mike Humble, Sales Director for Samurai added, “We are delighted with the new Sale Sharks away kit design. The brief was clear, to create an instantly recognisable design, and one that both the players and supporters could be proud of. The new kit is something a bit different from the previous kits we have produced for Sale Sharks and we firmly believe that this is a kit that will stand out. Both the colours and design create a shirt that is vibrant and bold, and one that will turn heads both on and off the pitch.”

Image credit: Connor Kilroy

Team Derby thrash MK on home NBL debut

Team Derby made a stunning start to life at their new Derby Arena home by thrashing Milton Keynes 5-0 in the National Badminton League live on Sky Sports last night.

The match was the first major sporting event at the new arena which had only openned its doors on Friday, with the court and seating setup in the middle of the velodrome in the £27m building. The setting proved perfect with 800 fans packing the seating courtside and the Sky cameras on hand to record the victory.

Decked out in the Samurai orange and blue kits, that are part of the sportswear and leisurewear used by the University of Derby, the Team Derby players looked the part both on court and in the stands supporting their team mates.

Team Derby captain Donna Kellogg named herself in the Women’s Doubles as she made a return to competitive action, and her side bounced back from a heavy defeat against Surrey to win a crucial tie against MK convincingly. The victory puts Derby third and right back in the mix for the end of season play-offs in the NBL’s first season.

Experienced Derby pair of Gail Emms and Martin Campbell had started slowly in the mixed doubles with a number of errors handing young Milton Keynes pair Jess Pugh and Ben Lane the first game, but they fought back strongly to win the tie 3-1 with the fourth game seeing a resounding 9-1 victory.

Team Derby’s German star, Karin Schnaase, built on the momentum recording a comprehensive win over Elizabeth Cann in the Women’s Singles, before Kellogg and Kate Robertshaw combined in the Women’s Doubles to beat Jess Fletcher and Sophie Sankey 3-1 to clinch the match for the hosts.

Derby captain Rajiv Ouseph put on a masterclass in the Men’s Singles as he demolished Sam Parsons 3-0, before the final tie of the night saw Andy Ellis and Chris Coles give up a 2-0 lead as Milton Keynes forced a decider, but on a triumphant night they clinched the fifth game and with it the clean sweep for the team and the perfect debut for the Derby Arena.

Team Derby have one more regular season match, when they host Nottingham at the Derby Arena on Monday 27th April and they will be hoping to cement their place in the playoffs with a win.

Image used courtesy of Connor Kilroy.