Country's Cricket Hotspots Revealed Ahead Of Ashes Action
The UK's most 'cricket crazy' hotspots have been revealed according to new figures released by leading sports equipment supplier Net World Sports.
By: Net World Sports
Yorkshire comes out 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.
It would be a sticky wicket for Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, and Durham, who would finish at the foot 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 Net World Sports' 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".
Chris Owens, Communications Manager for Net World Sports, commented: "There's a famous old saying in cricket, 'Strong Yorkshire, Strong England', so perhaps the county topping our alternative league table will prove a lucky omen for Joe Root and his team Down Under this winter!
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Chris Owens, Communications Manager