“ Brand: Gunn & Moore / Type: Cricket Set „
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What a fun idea! This is great for kids who want to learn how to play cricket but who don't have the space or inclination to get a set of stumps and go full pelt. Very basic and therefore very cheap, it's a bat and ball cricket set with a set of stick on stumps that you can apply to various surfaces (intended for wheelie bins as you can tell from the title). I'd say its main use is to teach accuracy in throwing/bowling and also to teach people how to defend a wicket.
The ball is a softer bouncy ball, meaning that it won't dent your wheelie bin. It does make a racket if you keep hitting the bin while it's empty, especially if you're launching the ball as opposed to practicing bowling, but essentially it's the sort of game where you're likely to be playing with a group anyway, so this may not matter so much. Either way, sport often involves noise so this isn't an issue.
The bat is very basic, and won't withstand much damage to be honest. It's certainly not one to be used for a proper cricket ball, it would get destroyed in seconds if you start doing this with it. It's also very small, indicating that this set is probably best suited to kids playing cricket than adults. My 8 year old son wields it quite well and he says it feels a comfortable size for him.
The stumps themselves are quite tacky, in more ways than one. It's just a picture of stumps on a sticky background, so you shouldn't expect much. They'll stick to most smooth surfaces, and are certainly just right for sticking to wheelie bins. They don't really come off too easily either, so you can rest assured that when you throw or bowl the ball at them the contact is unlikely to dislodge it.
In terms of entertainment this is very good. Obviously it's intended for practice and for fun, and is unlikely to give you much effective training. The hand eye coordination is well exercised, and you can try practicing bowling for distance and form purposes, but the ball isn't right for swing, seam or even proper spin bowling. It's just not the same. It certainly builds confidence and understanding, and also allows for a whole lot of fun where restrictions may lie, but it won't reinvent the game. Perhaps street cricket will become more of a trend and we'll see KP doing for cricket what Rooney did for street football, using this sort of thing for skills and getting on TV. It should certainly encourage people to focus on the game of cricket a bit more, and at the dirt cheap price of around £4, this is so much cheaper than the real thing that its lack of quality in bat, ball and stumps in comparison just doesn't matter.
Those really serious in cricket will buy the real thing or attend somewhere where you can get proper practice in, for those will smaller kids who want to learn by having fun, this is ideal. I've seen it even cheaper than the £4 or thereabouts price, but even at its full price it's a bargain. Not top quality, but it's good value for money and a fun way to have a go at cricket.
I have never before seen a cricket set like this, and it's a brilliant pocket money toy or low cost gift for kids. Here's my review:
**Price and Availability**
The Hero Bat, Ball and Wheelie Bin Stump Set is available on the high street, I've seen it in both B&M Bargains and Home Bargains, and my mum has seen it in a larger Asda Supercentre.
The price in Asda was £3.99 which is a great price, but it's even better at both B&M Bargains and Home Bargains where it was only £1.99!
**What's in the Set**
The set comprises of a ball, not an actual cricket ball but a softer, bouncier ball, probably due to this being more of a kids' toy than a serious cricket set and they can cause a lot less damage with a ball of this type than a harder cricket ball (not that I recommend you use this set near windows either!)
You also get a decent (especially given the price) wooden bat, which is about the right size for an average ten year old to use, and a 'wicket' which is actually a sticker you stick on (and it can be removed fairly easily) onto a wheelie bin - you could also use say an upturned bucket or cardboard box.
This all comes in a plastic bag with a card hanging strip.
It's fun to use - obviously it's not one for serious cricketers but as a fun garden game it's good quality and it works well.
Obviously you don't knock the stumps off the wicket, but this doesn't detract from the game - it just means you're not constantly replacing them, or losing them.
Every penny! It's a fabulous little set, lots of fun, and great value for money. I highly recommend it, it's built to last, and a good toy to take to the beach or caravanning or camping without worrying about expensive parts being lost.
I have since bought another as part of a summer hamper gift :)
It was Hollie's birthday on Wednesday, one of her friends from nursery bought her this cricket set - she absolutely loves it and believe me you'll be ASTOUNDED when I tell you the price!
It's a cricket set with a difference; you've got a ball and bat as you'd expect, but the 'stumps' come in the form of a large sticker that you attach to the front of your wheelie bin. It's a great idea, not everyone wants to stick wooden stumps into their lawn (I know I don't!) so to have these fake wickets is perfect. We don't actually have a wheelie bin but Mark put the sticker up on the back gate instead, it's a decent quality sticker with good strong adhesive - thinking about it now I think the sticker is made from the same sort of stuff that those numbered wheelie bin stickers are made out of. I suspect it will last even in wet weather, time will tell I suppose but it absolutely lashed it down here in Brum just after Mark put the sticker up and it looked to be pretty waterproof to me as the rain just slid off it.
The bat is great quality, it's a size 3 cricket bat so therefore a bit tall for Hollie (ie. nearly as tall as she is!) but she quickly got round that and learnt to hold the bat at a comfortable and playable angle. Now if she misses it's the bowlers fault for not throwing it "right at the bat properly". The handle is covered in a rubberised non-slip material, I actually think this could be better as sometimes the bat will slip out of Hollie's hands when she takes a swing. To be fair I think this set is for children slightly older than my daughter due to the length of the bat, but even so having a non-slip handle that actually IS non-slip would be very useful!
If I had one complaint it would be that the ball is too bouncy, it's a completely rubber ball rather than one made to be anything like a real cricket ball. This would be great, but I can't help being terrified about our windows every time one of us hits the ball! It's fine for Hollie as she hasn't really got the strength to hit the ball too hard, but I really am dreading Mark getting hold of the bat as the huge bounce you get from this ball (combined with the fact that he'll hit it as hard as possible despite the fact that he's playing a four year old!) will just be an accident waiting to happen.
Obviously the stumps don't fall like they would with a 'real' cricket set, the bowler will be able to see if they've been hit - or if you have a particularly competitive family then an impartial umpire might be a good idea! I like it because Mark can let Hollie off, although he's a competitive sod himself so even likes to win against our youngest (able bodied, obviously five month old David won't be playing for a while!) child. I very nearly belted him round the head with the (surprisingly solid) bat yesterday for gloating about beating Hollie. Twat.
There were no rules or instructions in the bag with the cricket set, a small stickie declares it suitable for children aged three and above and there's a large (and very cheaply printed) leaflet that really says nothing in about 300 words.
When I thanked the little boy's mum for Hollie's gift she told me she'd bought a few in B&M recently as they'd been on sale for just £1.50! That is an AMAZING price for such a well made and fun outdoor sports set - and even though it was a gift she was right to tell me the price as in the parenting community you've just got to pass on bargains like this. I know B&M are a regional thing but she did mention she'd seen the same product in Asda for £1.99, which for the quality is still an outstanding price.