First of all I still have the same pair that I originally invested in a good 15 years ago. For the keen cricketer, these are a great addition to any garden setup, or cricket training session.
The base is heavy cast iron with spring back stumps. Meaning, one...the durability is going to be up there with the best and two...there is no constant re arrangement when they get hit. Depending on how good the bowling is ha.
From a training point of view, it does save the grass, to the groundsmans delight. Due to the heavy base, when the stumps are finally hit, they're not flapping about everywhere and the whole set gets knocked over, no, sturdy heavy base makes sure of that.
I really would recommend a set to any club, player, cricketing bunch to get a set of these. Great addition. Without costing the earth too, always a bonus. Especially with all the other cricket kit needed.
Gunn & Moore is not a brand name I am familiar with, although the quality of this product means that if I see the name again I'll certainly consider buying their products. This product is a set of cricket stumps with bails that are attached to a spring loaded heavy cast iron base. This means that using them is a lot easier in many respects than playing with actual stumps which you have to place individually into the ground.
The main advantage these have over regular stumps is likely to be within a practice session. Any serious game of cricket is likely to employ traditional stumps with the three individual willow stumps, but these for practice purposes are really good if you don't want to have to keep setting them up every time you hit them with the ball. Bowling practice can be tedious if your accuracy means that you keep knocking them over, whereas these have a spring loaded mechanism in the base which means that if you do hit them they give a knocked over effect before then standing up straight again.
The base is very solid, meaning that it's actually quite heavy compared to a traditional set of stumps. Transporting them is only a slight inconvenience though as they're easy enough to carry, with the added bonus of the weight meaning that if someone comes steaming in and whacks the stumps with a fast bowl, they're unlikely to be shunted off their place, and you can carry on bowling. Needless to say, a perfectly positioned yorker that connects at top speed with the base of the stumps may indeed move them somewhat, but in general, hitting the stumps some way up them doesn't produce any movement.
The bails though are a different matter, and there's no way of getting round this, really. If you hit the stumps, the bails fall off, and you'd have to put them back on. For practice purposes though, this isn't really that much of an issue, and you can just continue bowling as the stumps themselves will still be there. I find that the quality of this product doesn't diminish with a lot of use. The only that happens is that the vibrant green of the base can fade with use and weather, etc, and the stickers come off. The quality of the base, springs and wooden stumps doesn't deteriorate - they've even been useful for a couple of matches when we haven't been able to provide a complete traditional set.
They're not cheap though, allow around £40 for them if you can bag a bargain, although I've seen them for more than this, and not less. The quality and longevity of the product is worth the money, as I've experienced cheaper sets that just don't last as well and you end up forking out again when you might as well have spent a little more to start with and not just bought the cheapest you can get. Ultimately, it comes down to value for money, and these certainly have it. The springs are still strong, the wood firm and the base heavy and supportive. I'd definitely recommend these.
Cricket is something that I have always enjoyed. I used to play as often as I could at school, I used to play with my neighbours on the driveway and I always enjoy watching cricket when it's on TV. One of the problems with cricket though is that to have a proper game you need a lot of things that are quite hard to come by! For instance, you need a large round area, a decent bit a grass, at least 13 people and lots of expensive equipment. For these reasons it's only once every few years that I actually manage to get a decent game of cricket in. So I have to settle for the occasional game of the driveway. Now I'm a bit older this does not happen that often, but back in the day you would find me out there every evening with my friends slogging sixes over the main road.
On thing that was an issue when we played was wickets. For years we played using a large wheelie bin as a wicket. This was not ideal as it was a huge target to aim for as a bowler and it meant that when batting you pretty much had to always get bat on ball or you would be given out. Then one day we started using these! The Gunn & Moore Springback cricket stumps. My friends dad got us a set of these and they made are driveway slogathons much more professional. For me the biggest advantage of these is the fact that you get a regulation size of cricket stump, but you don't have to stick them in the ground. The stumps are mounted on a heavy iron plate which means even if you wallop them with a cricket ball, they should remain upright.
The wickets themselves are on springs. So basically if you hit them, they bend backwards and then spring back into place. We always made sure that we put the bails on just so you would know for sure that the ball had actually hit them. As I mentioned the wickets are the correct size, so you can use these in a proper game and save making large holes in the ground. The stumps look very nice and although they don't quite make the nicest of sounds when you hit them, they do a good job and perform as you would want them to.
These are ideal for using indoors in the nets or in a sports hall. The wickets are quite heavy due to the iron base but they are not so heavy that they are difficult to carry. You can buy a set of Gunn & Moore springback stumps for around £35. If you shop around you may be able to pick them up slightly cheaper, but for me £35 is quite expensive. However, they do seem to be pretty durable and so if you do buy a set of these they should last you quite a long time. I must admit there was a certain charm to playing cricket and using a wheelie bin as a wicket, but the fact is that when we starting using these wickets it made our game far more fair and far more professional. If you want a good set of wickets that you can use pretty much anywhere then I would highly recommend the Gunn & Moore spingback cricket wickets.
Gunn and Moore spring back stumps are cricket stumps which can be placed anywhere and used as cricket stumps without the need to drive the stumps into the ground. They are the correct height, width and weight for stumps used during a proper cricket game and give the same feel of real cricekt stumps as they require the ball to be travelling at a reasonable pace to knock the stumps back.
In cricket there are companies whose name is associated with quality, Gunn and Moore are probably at the top of that list and have been supplying cricket bats, bags and general cricket equipment since the 19th century. The bat to have when I was a kid was a Gunn and Moore with their distinctive white face and blue handles but this review isn't about a bat but a set of wickets. However, the general feel for quality is still evident in these stumps, they are heavy and have a solid metal base, the stumps are thick, sturdy and as I said require a bit of pace on the ball to knock over.
The best of the product though is the stability of the wickets, they are heavy and even if the ball hits the stumps the stumps don't fly all over the place and can cause injuries to the wicketkeeper if they fly back fast enough (I've seen it happen). They are also grooved at the top to allow placement of bails for a fully intergrative games and have a very good springback mechanism which means that the stump bounces back without the fielder needing to push it back and hope it doesn't flop back mid-game.
There are a couple of quibbles one is the weight, they are seriously heavy which means trasnsporting them is an issue so you need a car or a large grass garden to leave the stumps on the grass permanently. The other is the price at around £30 which is very expensive for the stumps but these are more aimed at cricket clubs or used in weekend cricket games rather than the homestead market.
So once again Gunn and Moore have made a product which is probably the best in the market, they have the quality, strength and the name to make them the desired product for cricket clubs up and down the country.
What is the most annoying part of trying to practice cricket in the garden or in the park. For me it is having to fix stumps into the ground and then get them to the right level for the bails to fit on top correctly. Depending on who you are playing with, you then have to regularly readjust them when the wicket is splayed all over the place.
As a spinner myself, I don't generally cause too much damage when I hit the wicket, in fact I don't generally hit the wicket much, but some of my more aggressive friends who prefer the art of fast bowling can really mess up the stumps if they hit them flush. This is a real aggravation for me, mostly for losing my wicket, but also for then having to resecure the stumps into the ground.
Thankfully Gunn and Moore have made these, which are cast iron cricket stumps, this means they can be used in the local park, we can use them in training, or even on hard surfaces to practice against pace and bounce. My cricket club bought three of these after a club meeting, they cost £150 in total from Amazon for three and we sometimes take them out as groups for practice, or use them at the club. I personally think especially for our bowlers these have been a valuable addition to practice, as we now enjoy practice more often, I sometimes go to the park 2-3 times a week with a few of the guys who live near me and we can have a decent practice without fear of constantly readjusting the stumps.
If we are in a hurry at training we place them in the nets too to give us more time for practice, but generally this isn't such a concern.
Produced by Gunn and Moore, who are always at the forefront of cricket developments, but keep it traditional, these are strong stumps on a heavy metal plate, they will move when hit, but then spring back into position, so there is still little dispute between batsman and bowler when a wicket has been hit. They weigh around 5kg so when your carrying them around they are a reasonable workout in themselves.
The metal base unit is painted green and looks very pleasant while the stumps are excellent quality wood with the Gunn and Moore logo imprinted on them. The stumps are supplied with one set of bails and are incredibly simple to use, there is a supporting bar and spring back mechanism which are easy to load.
We have used this kit for over 6 months during the off season, part of the reason they were bought was because the club decided they wanted something to use in any conditions, we have even used them in local tennis courts and in a street, as these give us hard surfaces to practice bowling lines and batting against a rising ball on. The wicket is entirely flexible to this and can obviously be used on any surface.
I think this is a brilliant invention, most people will probably wonder why, but it just makes cricket easier to practice and more accessible in any terrain or climate. It looks incredibly smart and professional and we've not had a single issue with it. I do accept that purely for occasional recreational use this can be quite expensive, especially as it is currently priced at £65 on Amazon, but for my club needs it works a treat and I can imagine if i'd had this when I was a kid I would have spent even more time in the garden or the park honing my bowling skills especially without the depressing need to constantly reset the stumps.
Gunn and Moore are renowned for their quality, and this is definitely a smart part of their kit, to any cricketers or budding cricketers I would recommend this, if we have a little boy soon, I definitely plan on buying a set of these when he is old enough to carry them, so that he can practice and enjoy cricket in the garden or even on the patio with friends in any conditions.
My son loves his cricket. He is a great fast bowler and opens for our local town team in his age group. He seems to have a natural flare but like all good sportsmen he needs to practise to improve his skills and to build his stamina.
We do not have a very big garden and he was frequently putting his cricket stumps into the grass and trying to bowl to them but he couldn't get far enough away without trampling on the flower beds. Alternatively he would take them over to the green near our house but he spent most of his time putting them back into the ground again every time he hit them. None of his team mates live close by and his bowling is now too fast and accurate for his none cricket-playing friends to be willing to face so he ends up practising alone when at home.
I spotted a boy at the local park one day with a set of spring back stumps and thought they would be a good idea so we purchased him a set for his birthday a couple of years ago. They are currently on sale at various retailers for about £40 which is a similar price to what we paid for them.
I suppose before I bought them I didn't actually think about how they stayed up or the spring back mechanism so when they arrived I was rather shocked by the weight. The base is made of cast iron and so these weigh just over 7kg. Although they are quite heavy they are surprisingly easy to carry, I just hold the middle stump and face the base plate away from me and they don't bump my leg or seem awkward.
The stumps look very smart when new. The base plate is coated in green paintwork and the wooden stumps bear the Gunn and Moore logo. The stumps are supplied with one set of bails.
The base plate is about 19cmx21cm. It is predominantly a flat metal base with the Gunn and Moore name cast into it. Just to the inside of the edge stumps there are thin metal stands of about 12cm high. The stumps are supported by a fixed round bar that goes through the stumps and the metal uprights. On the back of the stumps you find the spring back mechanism. Each stump is attached to the cast-iron base by a heavy duty spring that is attached underneath the level of the round bar. As a stump is hit the low level spring immediately acts on the stump to put it upright.
My son was very impressed with his present and immediately started using them in the garden. The patio across the back of our house is the widest part of our garden so he actually had enough room for a reasonable practise run as he didn't need soft ground to put them in. He also found they were handy to take onto the green to play as he didn't have to keep bashing the stumps in whenever he hit them; all he had to worry about was chasing the ball!
Having watched him play with these stumps a lot I have been pleased with them. They are very sturdy and are suitable for older children and adults to use. They do not flip madly backwards when they are hit by a well-aimed bowl. They do move and then immediately spring back into place but even if the bails are not in position it is easy to tell when they have been hit because they make a very characteristic rattling noise. When the noise of the cricket ball annoys me too much my son will bowl with a tennis ball and the stumps are not at all stiff and will respond to being hit by this lighter ball too.
The stumps stand 72cm high which is about normal for cricket stumps so they do give the batsman a realistic challenge to defend them. My husband will sometimes bat against my son (having gone out and bought himself suitable protection!) and he likes the fact that the stumps are easy to move but don't require any maintenance whilst they are playing. They don't use the bails but decide that if the stumps make a noise he has been bowled.
The main problem with these stumps is that they are only supplied with one set of bails, for quite an expensive product I would have thought they could have supplied a spare set. I think my sons have now officially been lost although they may turn up in the garage or the bottom of his cricket bag one day. Having said that it is easy to use these stumps without the bails.
I have no idea what wood the stumps are made from but it is incredibly hard-wearing. Although my son has been told to keep these in the garage they have been left in the garden for the majority of the last two years. They have withstood everything that the British weather could throw at them including being under snow for weeks. The Gunn and Moore stickers that were on the front of the stumps fell off very early on in their life but they looked smarter without these anyway. The base plate is now showing signs of rust but that is to be expected considering the amount of wet weather they have seen. The wood has mellowed to a silvery grey but there is absolutely no sign of damage or splitting and they are also perfectly smooth and splinter-free. The spring back mechanism and supporting bar are as silver and shiny as the day they were bought, I have no idea what the metal is that they are made from but it is certainly hard-wearing and up to the job. I expect several more years use out of these.
After two years of heavy use these stumps have proved themselves to be good value. They are hard-wearing yet still portable and are great for any enthusiastic cricketer. Their heavy weight and high stumps also mean that they have come in very handy for holding back my French doors in the summer, truly a versatile piece of sporting equipment!