With England’s Test team about to do battle with arch enemy Australia, we take a look at which parts of the country are bowled over by our cricket equipment…
It’s one of the oldest and most hard-fought clashes in world sport. For nearly 150 years the finest cricketers from England and Australia have gone head-to-head out in the middle to lay claim to a historic trophy that while only measuring 11cm tall, scales the highest pinnacles in terms of sporting achievement and glory.
England’s Test team travel Down Under as the current holders of the coveted Ashes trophy as a result of their 3-2 victory on home soil back in 2015. It was a topsy-turvy series that included crushing innings victories for both teams, with Stuart Broad’s unforgettable spell of 8-15 on his home ground at Trent Bridge skittling the Baggy Greens for just 60 to set up the decisive triumph.
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Of course, the last time the two sides met in Australia was a different story however. England were again defending the ‘Little Urn’, but a tour dubbed a ‘Pomnishambles’ disintegrated early on in the face of hostile fast bowling from Mitchell Johnson. The result? A 5-0 whitewash to the Aussies and the tourists in tatters with Jonathan Trott sent home with a stress-related illness, off-spinner Graeme Swann retiring midway through the series, and controversial batsman Kevin Pietersen never pulling on the Three Lions again.
And with England’s much-anticipated Ashes Test cricket series against Australia set to start later this week at the infamous ‘Gabbatoir’ in Brisbane, Net World Sports has analysed the facts and figures to rank the UK towns, cities, counties, and postcodes which have placed the most orders for cricket equipment on its website since the start of the year. With the festive season just around the corner, we’re predicting many more batters and bowlers will be looking to catch themselves a special Christmas cricket gift in the coming weeks!
Yorkshire comes out on top of the batting and bowling averages when sales were compared from the 18 traditional regions that make up cricket’s annual County Championship competition. The white rose county, the home team of current England Test captain Joe Root plus fellow Ashes squad members Jonny Bairstow and Gary Ballance, just pipped Surrey to the top of the table, with bitter rivals Lancashire in third.
Essex, which claimed the domestic crown out on the actual field this season for the first time since 1992, ranks the fifth best county for cricket equipment sales.
In contrast, it’s a sticky wicket for Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, and Durham, who would finish bottom of the Net World Sports Alternative Cricket County Championship Table. Widening the statistics to incorporate counties that don’t currently host top-tier cricket teams, Hertfordshire would rocket into 9th place in the rankings, with other stand-out performances for Berkshire (10th) and Buckinghamshire (12th).
Unsurprisingly, London hits the opposition for six in our rundown of the UK towns and cities where most cricket equipment orders have been made. Customers from the capital placed ten times as many orders as the next location on the list. Cities that host the ‘traditional’ Test match grounds are well-represented with Leeds (2nd), Birmingham (3rd), Manchester (5th), and Nottingham (11th) all featuring in the top 11, alongside perhaps more surprising locations such as Reading (8th) and Edinburgh (9th).
As well as analysing the nation’s cricket-crazy counties, towns, and cities, the sports firm, which supplies a comprehensive range of cricket nets, matting, pitch covers, sightscreens, scoreboards, bowling machines, and other essential cricket equipment, also analysed sales by specific postcode districts.
And it’s Haywards Heath in Sussex that can lay claim to the title of the UK’s cricketing capital, with more orders made from the town’s RH17 postcode district than any other in the country. The KT12 area of Waltham-on-Thames in Surrey took runners-up spot, with another Sussex district, RH13 in the market town of Horsham making up the top three. Postcode districts in the south of England dominated the top 11, with 6th placed WS15 in Rugeley, Staffordshire and 9th placed SK12 in Stockport, Cheshire considered the “Best in the North”.
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