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Mitchell Johnson wins the Allan Border Medal

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 11:21:29 AM Australia/Sydney

Mitchell Johnson’s fairy tale return to cricket just keeps getting better and better.

After a disappointingly missing out on the Ashes series in England last year, Johnson made a heroic return to the Australian squad for the Australian Ashes Test series, dominating the English batting order and a bowling performance not seen in on Australian soil for a long time.

Johnson collected more wickets then any other player across all three formats of the game.

"It has been an amazing journey coming back from injury, having a lot of doubters out there," Johnson said.

"But I just knew in my own heart that if I had that opportunity that I could make the most of it."

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A look back at Michael Clarke's road to 100 tests

Thursday, December 12, 2013 5:54:10 PM Australia/Sydney

 

Sarah Jones from Fox Sports takes a look at Michael Clarke's career so far leading into his 100th Test on Friday.
Click here to watch the video

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Spartan Aussies Superstars Shine in Match One

Monday, November 25, 2013 6:02:22 PM Australia/Sydney

Michael Clarke & Mitchell Johnson - Game One 2013 Ashes Series

Two of Spartan’s superstars have shined for the Australian cricket team to help lead the Aussies to victory in game one of the 2013 Australian Ashes Test Series.

Mitchell Johnson's short bowling against England was brutal and effective, as were his efforts with the bat. With a combined total of 103 runs and 9 wickets MJ was a clear standout choice for player of the match.

''To get a five-for in a Test match in an Ashes series, is an unbelievable feeling,'' the 32-year-old said. ''All the boys just racing in and getting in the huddle. It was just a great celebration for us. It's been a long time for us winning a Test match. It was a great moment.''

Australian Captain Michael Clarke also showed why he is one of the best test batters in the world making an impressive combined total of 114 and steadying his team to victory.

Game two commences on the 5th of December and both players are looking forward to the challenge of the Adelaide wicket.

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Spartan Signs Indian Powerhouse MS Dhoni

Friday, November 8, 2013 3:19:57 PM Australia/Sydney

Spartan Signs MS Dhoni

Spartan Sports is proud to announce the signing of our latest superstar ambassador, Indian cricket team captain MS Dhoni.

Dhoni joins other international superstars already playing with Spartan including among others, Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke, English keeper Matt Prior and t20 rock star Chris Gayle.

Dhoni has made the move to Spartan as his official bat sponsor and will proudly be using our gear on the pitch.

One of the hardest working players in the cricketing community, MS Dhoni captains all three formats of the international game for India, as well as IPL Team Chennai Super Kings.  His hardworking, unconventional style fits in perfectly with the culture here at Spartan and we look forward to bringing out the MSD 7 range of cricket and fitness gear to sporting retailers all around the world.

His new bat the MSD 7 (pictured below) is hand crafted to exact specifications to suit his playing style and is regarded as one of the best bats on the market.

MS Dhoni's new cricket bat from Spartan - The MSD 7

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Michael Clarke helps in bushfire appeal

Friday, November 1, 2013 9:25:59 AM Australia/Sydney

Michael Clarke has put a smile on the faces of some Blue Mountains bushfire victims by donating cricket gear to the Springwood Cricket Club.

Spartan Sports and the Aussie captain put together two large kitbags to donate to the club after the devastation caused by the recent bushfires has left the club without any gear.

They were handed over before the second day’s play of the NSW Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania at Blacktown, just 40km from where fierce fires swept through Springwood and the surrounding districts a fortnight ago.

Nine families directly involved with the club lost everything when their homes were destroyed according to vice-president and junior co-ordinator Matt Rogers.

"The people who lost everything obviously lost their individual kits but we also had club houses get damaged and coaches who had kits lost them," Rogers said.

"The generosity has been fantastic from the greater cricket community, it’s been awesome.

The Saturday after the fires went through all local cricket was cancelled by the Penrith-based association but is hoped all will be back to normal soon.

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Spartan Introduces the MC Random Bounce Ball

Friday, October 25, 2013 7:27:10 PM Australia/Sydney

Spartan's Random Bounce Balls are one of the most exciting new products to hit the market this summer.

We are taking the age old game of schoolyard handball and completely turning into a modern new exciting game by introducing randomness to the ball.

Our patent pending technology takes a normal high bounce handball used in schools throughout Australia and adds special sections to the ball that when the ball is bounced and lands it has the possibility to bounce in any direction.

Three different balls are included in a standard pack and vary in difficulty depending on which ball is used.
By providing three different levels of ball it will allow kids to start with the entry level ball and progress up to the expert ball for an even more exciting challenge.

Our Random Bounce Balls are also a perfect training aid and help children increase their hand eye coordination and improve their reflexes.

Posted in News By Luke Gilligan

New Commando Steve Range

Monday, October 7, 2013 11:07:42 AM Australia/Sydney

Spartan Sports is proud to announce our new range of hardcore fitness products developed in conjunction with renowned fitness expert Commando Steve.

The products will help thousands of people of all levels of ability to reach their fitness goals. Whether you want to increase cardiovascular endurance, increases fitness, tone the body, develop strength, coordination or accuracy. The products are developed to aid Steve's Commando Fit training philosophy.

His Commando Fit philosophy uniquely brings together the principles of Cross Fit and years of military training. A philosophy built around mental strength and physical endurance; balance of body and mind. Add to this, an uncompromising attitude of never giving up. Commando Fit is about developing unwavering self-belief, discipline and determination.

Commando Steve workouts are high intensity and combine a wide variety of functional movements. Always varied, always changing, always producing results.

 

RESISTANCE BANDS

  • Builds strength and tone
  • Increases flexibility
  • Good for stretching, spine de-loading, 
    group training and outdoor training
  • Ideal for exercising while traveling

20KG SAND BAG

  • Improves total body conditioning 
  • Builds brute strength
  • Increases physical endurance
  • Improves coordination


6KG / 9KG WALL BALLS

  • Builds strength
  • Develops muscle
  • Control accurate movement and intensity 
  • Increases athletic performance 
  • Aids metabolic conditioning

6KG / 9KG SLAM BALLS

  • Develops power by applying maximum force in minimum time
  • Improves total body conditioning 
  • Builds explosive strength in the torso and legs 
  • Develops coordination
 

AB MAT

  • Builds abdominal strength 
  • Improves abdominal stamina
  • Aids stretching between repetition
  • Support for your spine
 

SPEED ROPE

  • Increases cardiovascular endurance
  • Increases fitness
  • Helps tone the upper body 
  • Helps tone legs
  • Develops coordination and accuracy
 

GYM RINGS

  • Develops the upper body
  • Works core stabilising muscles
  • Increases muscle strength
  • Complete chest workout
 

15 METER BATTLING ROPE

  • Provides a grueling cardiovascular workout 
  • Aids grip strength
  • Builds shoulder endurance
  • Targets the core
  • Improves upper/lower body and core strength

 

 

Get down to a Rebel or Amart store and purchase one of Steve's new products. With every purchase you receive a free online workout with Steve.

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Gayle leads Jamaica to victory

Monday, August 26, 2013 10:11:44 AM Australia/Sydney

Another exhibition of power hitting by captain Chris Gayle and the consistent Andre Russell guided Jamaica Tallawahs to a commanding seven-wicket win over the Guyana Amazon Warriors and the inaugural Caribbean Premier T20 League title.

The pair smashed an unbeaten 62 from 34 balls as the Tallawahs rattled up 129 for three in 17.3 overs in reply to the warriors' 128 for five off 20 overs Saturday night, reports CMC. Gayle finished unbeaten on 47 off 48 balls with six boundaries.

Gayle also earned himself man of the match honours.

Posted in News By Luke Gilligan

Laura Geitz named as Diamonds captain.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 12:32:29 PM Australia/Sydney

Spartan Ambassador Laura Geitz can now add Australian Diamonds captain to her growing list of accolades.

Announced this morning by Netball Australia, Laura’s appointment as captain sees her being the first Queenslander in over a decade to hold the position.

Laura becomes the 23rd person to lead the Diamonds, taking over from the retired Natalie ver Bertouch. She has been chosen for the highly contested position over netballers Kim Green, Renae Hallinan and Bianca Chatfield.

Laura’s first series as Diamonds captain will be in the Constellation Cup against world no 1 team New Zealand, on September 15.

Posted in News By Luke Gilligan

Spartan talks with Matt Prior

Thursday, July 18, 2013 9:17:21 AM Australia/Sydney

Hey Matt, congratulations on the win for Match One, how are you feeling after the first week?

Hello to everyone Down Under at Spartan Sports and all those whole follow on Facebook and Twitter.

Wow what a week! The first game of the Ashes and I have to say how happy I am with all my Spartan gear. Fingers crossed there's some more runs for me at Lords this week.

Your gloves are getting a good workout and looking fantastic on the TV over here, how are you finding them?

The gloves as you all saw got plenty of coverage and when Michael was there in the middle Spartan was well represented. 

The gear looks great, wears well and I'm very happy to be wearing it.

What are your thoughts leading into Match Two?

An amazing game and if that's the calibre of cricket over the next few months wow, everyone’s in for a cricketing treat.

Thanks to everyone for all their support. It's a great game and to be one up gives us great confidence going forward 

Thanks all

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Aussie skipper backs bid to help good young Poms

Thursday, July 18, 2013 8:58:09 AM Australia/Sydney

After leading Australia to defeat in the first Ashes Test, captain Michael Clarke, right, opted to take on aless intimidating team at the launch of a new youthcricket programme in the capital.

Clarke, 32, was joined by pupils from Paddington Academy’s under-13 and under-15 teams as heunveiled a junior cricket scholarship programmebacked by sports equipment brand Spartan.

He was also launching Spartan’s latest cricket gear in the UK.Australia are preparing to face England in the second Test at Lord’s today following the home side’sthrilling victory at Trent Bridge on Sunday.

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Spartan Talks to Michael Clarke after the First Test

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 10:59:52 AM Australia/Sydney

Michael Clarke Interview

 

Hi Michael, all of our fans have been avidly following you via our Facebook updates and we are hoping to get some insights for them from you on the first Test Match.

Hello team Spartan and followers on Facebook from over here in the UK.

Well after the first test I've had time to reflect and think about the last 5 days. Certainly some highs and lows in what was probably one of the most exciting games I've played in.

All the talk from the first innings has been around the debut of Aston Agar, what are your thoughts on him?

We knew young Ashton Agar had talent and he certainly proved that in the first innings. A young man with a great future!

Any other standouts?

Brad Haddin came close to making cricket folklore and I'm sure he will in the next 4 tests.  A great knock, Very unlucky.

There seems to be quite a bit of controversy surrounding the DRS this Test, can you give us your insights as the Captain around this?

People have asked me about DRS and the role it played in this test. Let me say it’s here to stay and it's part of the game we just have to make sure we use it to its full capacity and not waste decisions.  I'm all for technology and history has shown us it's worked well for both teams.

It was good to see Spartan out in the middle for both teams and we can’t wait to see more, thanks for your time today.

It was good to see Spartan being used in both camps. Thank you all.

Be sure to becone a fan of ours on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram for more exclusive interviews, comments and photos.

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Back injury will not hamper Clarke

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 10:48:54 AM Australia/Sydney

Spartan Ambassador Michael Clarke still expects to face England in the Champions Trophy opener despite receiving treatment on his ongoing back problem.

Clarke’s longstanding injury flared up again while Clarke was playing test matches in India earlier in the year which has left Clarke out of the warm up games including Australia’s loss to India today.

Fill in Captain George Bailey commented that: "It would be a huge blow if he is not available, he is our best batsman and our captain and he is someone we need in the side and look forward to having in the side."

"Michael is still experiencing some lower back pain and, as such, is not fit for the warm-up game against India," team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said on Tuesday night (EST).

Michael has travelled to London for specialist treatment.

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Gayle launches the Chris Gayle Academy

Monday, June 3, 2013 12:40:47 PM Australia/Sydney

Spartan t20 all-rounder Chris Gayle, fresh from breaking the record for the fastest century in cricket last month, travelled to the UK to launch the Chris Gayle Academy at the Cricket for Change (C4C) Cricket Centre in Plough Lane.

Gayle's project and its sister academy in Kingston, Jamaica, is part of the C4C initiative which aims to give disadvantaged young people the chance to change their lives through the sport.

Gayle said: "Cricket is indeed a powerful tool. It has certainly changed my life and I hope that my involvement with this academy will help to change the lives of others in a positive way as well."

Foundation director and Gayle’s manager, Radcliffe Haynes, was excited about the prospects and possible impact of the project.

“We hope that this will go a far way in helping Lucas Cricket Club, the home of George Headley, Chris Gayle, Gareth Breese and a number of other persons, in realising the dream of taking back Lucas on top of cricket in Jamaica and helping the youngsters as well,” said Haynes.

London-based participants in the Chris Gayle Academy will be based at the Wallington centre for a year and will have the opportunity to take part in an exchange programme with the Kingston academy.

All participants will draw up personal development plans with their coaches that cover their cricket training as well as life skills.

Spartan Managing director Kunal Sharma was also at the launch & announced a scholarship element, which will see one youngster, chosen by Gayle, receive full cricket supplies to aid in his development.

Posted in News By Luke Gilligan

Fastest 100 in Professional Cricket History

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 7:32:12 AM Australia/Sydney

Video Highlights of Gayle's fasted 100 in professional cricket.

 

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Gayle Asserts his Authority

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 7:17:21 AM Australia/Sydney

Chris Gayle's 175 that demolished Pune Warriors took only 66 deliveries, and included 17 sixes. While that may seem like the very definition of sustained hitting, and makes it hard to imagine a period where the batsman took it easy, Gayle spoke about how he paced his innings.

"I didn't want to just get the hundred and continue blasting and blasting and get out, you know how quickly this game can change," Gayle said after delivering a 130-run victory for Royal Challengers Bangalore. He reached his hundred off 30 deliveries in the ninth over, before taking it slightly easy for the next few overs.

"I wanted to stay there till the end, make sure I bat at least 18 overs, if not all, which I did, I look on that as a point of view, where I try and bat as many overs as possible, get the hundred, and then actually let Dilly [Tillakaratne Dilshan] take charge while I get a break and pick it up back in the end."

Having broken the record for the fastest T20 hundred, the highest individual score in T20 and the most sixes in an innings, Gayle said it was too soon for him to gauge the magnitude of his achievement. "Words can't explain how I feel, I think later on tonight when I am by myself I can look back and reflect on what I've done today," he said. "I'm grateful, overall from a team point of view, I'm really happy with the win, that put us on top of the table, just one of those innings, one of these days when you come out and things go according to how you want it to."

Aaron Finch, the Warriors captain, watched helplessly as his bowlers, and his own bowling, was ruthlessly taken apart by Gayle. There were no qualifiers in his praise for Gayle. "That was simply the best innings I've ever seen," Finch said. He later joked: "Maybe we should ban him from the game. Maybe he's too good, he hits it too far."

It wasn't just with the bat that Gayle did damage. Asked to bowl the final over of the match - his first chance with the ball this IPL season - he picked up two wickets, before celebrating with his famous Gangnam Style dance. "It was really good to finish off in that particular way, " he said. "Some people keep on asking, 'they have seen me do Gangnam Style in international cricket, why not in IPL?' I thought that was the perfect time to do it, you get a wicket, everything just worked for Chris Gayle today … I'm an entertainer, I try to entertain as much as possible."

With Warriors conceding a record 263 runs - the most in the history of Twenty20s - Gayle was asked whether he felt sorry for the bowler s. "Sometimes I get knocked over first ball, I would love to ask the bowler as well 'Do you feel sorry for me'. We're paid to be competitive out there, serious event the IPL, lot of money being spent, you want to put on your best performance at all times."

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Gayle destroys Kolkata Knight Riders

Friday, April 12, 2013 9:59:35 AM Australia/Sydney

 

Chris Gayle took centre stage once again for Royal Challengers Bangalore, to continue RCB’s run of victories.

The Jamaican big-hitter regained his magical touch after two poor outings, as he clobbered nine sixes and four fours in an unbeaten 85 that helped RCB home with nearly 15 balls to spare.

Changes of pace, cutters, and variations in length were all futile against Gayle, who was the architect of another dominating Royal Challengers performance.

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Clarke named Wisden's leading cricketer of 2012

Thursday, April 11, 2013 11:23:53 AM Australia/Sydney

 

Australian Test captain Michael Clarke has been named Wisden's leading cricketer of 2012.

In an individual boost before 2013's Ashes double header, Clarke has been recognised with Wisden's Leading Cricketer in the World award after a scintillating year with the bat in Test cricket.

Clarke averaged 106.33 at the crease for 2012, scoring a mammoth 1,595 runs, including four double centuries.

He becomes the third Australian to receive the honour after Ricky Ponting (2003) and Shane Warne (2004).

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Prior Saves NZ

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 4:27:16 PM Australia/Sydney

Our newest recruit Matt Prior’s unbeaten score of 110 off 182 balls has managed to save the England v New Zealand test match on the last ball of day 5.

“ I am not really one to celebrate draws but this was a phenomenal effort. First innings was disappointing. To get to the line is unbelievable. We had to bat 90 overs, the wicket was good, only going to get slower, you don't want to be blocking everything, you want to play your shots. “

Prior's biggest slice of fortune came when he was on 28. Struggling to deal with a brute of a bouncer from the wholehearted Wagner, Prior saw the ball bounce, via the bat handle and his neck, onto the stumps but fail to dislodge a bail.

The resilience of the Spartan ambassadors has once again been shown by the brilliance of Matt Prior’s innings today.

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Spartan Approved as SA8000 Compliant

Thursday, March 14, 2013 12:02:01 PM Australia/Sydney

Spartan Sports Industries has offically recognised as conforming to the Social Accountablility 8000 International Standard.

The SA8000 standard is based on conventions of the ILO, UN and national laws and spans industry and corporate codes to create a common language for measuring social compliance.

To comply with SA8000 Spartan Sports Industries, have adopted policies and procedures that protect the basic human rights of workers. The management system supports sustainable implementation of the elements of SA8000: child labor, forced and compulsory labor, health and safety, freedom of association and right to collective bargaining, discrimination, disciplinary practices, working hours, remuneration.

The elements we conform to are:

  • Child Labor: No use or support of child labor; policies and written procedures for remediation of children found to be working in situation; provide adequate financial and other support to enable such children to attend school; and employment of young workers conditional.
  • Forced and Compulsory Labor: No use or support for forced or compulsory labor; no required 'deposits' - financial or otherwise; no withholding salary, benefits, property or documents to force personnel to continue work; personnel right to leave premises after workday; personnel free to terminate their employment; and no use nor support for human trafficking.
  • Health and Safety: Provide a safe and healthy workplace; prevent potential occupational accidents; appoint senior manager to ensure OSH; instruction on OSH for all personnel; system to detect, avoid, respond to risks; record all accidents; provide personal protection equipment and medical attention in event of work-related injury; remove, reduce risks to new and expectant mothers; hygiene- toilet, potable water, sanitary food storage; decent dormitories- clean, safe, meet basic needs; and worker right to remove from imminent danger.
  • Freedom of Association and Right to Collective Bargaining: Respect the right to form and join trade unions and bargain collectively. All personnel are free to: organize trade unions of their choice; and bargain collectively with their employer. A company shall: respect right to organize unions & bargain collectively; not interfere in workers’ organizations or collective bargaining; inform personnel of these rights & freedom from retaliation; where law restricts rights, allow workers freely elect representatives; ensure no discrimination against personnel  engaged in worker organizations; and ensure representatives access to workers at the workplace.
  • Discrimination: No discrimination based on race, national or social origin, caste, birth, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, union membership, political opinions and age.  No discrimination in hiring, remuneration, access to training, promotion, termination, and retirement. No interference with exercise of personnel tenets or practices; prohibition of threatening, abusive, exploitative, coercive behaviour at workplace or company facilities; no pregnancy or virginity tests under any circumstances.
  • Disciplinary Practices: Treat all personnel with dignity and respect; zero tolerance of corporal punishment, mental or physical abuse of personnel; no harsh or inhumane treatment.  
  • Working Hours: Compliance with laws & industry standards; normal workweek, not including overtime, shall not exceed 48 hours; 1 day off following every 6 consecutive work days, with some exceptions; overtime is voluntary, not regular, not more than 12 hours per week; required overtime only if negotiated in CBA.
  • Remuneration: Respect right of personnel to living wage; all workers paid at least legal minimum wage; wages sufficient to meet basic needs & provide discretionary income; deductions not for disciplinary purposes, with some exceptions; wages and benefits clearly communicated to workers; paid in convenient manner – cash or check form; overtime paid at premium rate; prohibited use of labor-only contracting, short-term contracts, false apprenticeship schemes to avoid legal obligations to personnel.
  • Management Systems: Facilities seeking to gain and maintain certification must go beyond simple compliance to integrate the standard into their management systems and practices.
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Matt Prior signs with Spartan

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 7:44:38 PM Australia/Sydney

Matt Prior

 

The cricket world has been speculating over the last few months on who the new cricket supplier will be for the World’s best wicketkeeper, Matt Prior.The wait is now over.  On Wednesday in the first test match between England and New Zealand in Dunedin, New Zealand, Matt Prior will reveal his new cricket kit as he joins the elite circle of players now using Spartan.  

He’s in great company with the current top batsman in the World, Michael Clarke and West Indies heroes Chris Gayle and Darren Bravo and legend Sir Viv Richards all loving the style and refreshing approach Spartan are taking.  

Spartan Founder Kunal Sharma is thrilled to have Matt in the Spartan camp.  

“We had the opportunity to meet in Australia during the twenty twenty big bash series in Sydney and were really impressed with Matt’s approach.  Straight away we had a meeting of minds.  We felt strongly that our long term plans has a great fit andalready in a short time, we’ve made great progress together. We’re very excited.”
Matt Prior’s take on the subject is just as positive. “I am absolutely delighted to be joining such an exciting brand as Spartan.  It’s a really impressive team of people and I’m looking forward to helping them build the brand in the UK.  The next few years will be really exciting for both myself and Spartan.”

Spartan CEO Mike Conway is also delighted to have Matt on board. “It’s obvious to all that Matt is such a talent and sets such high standards so this was a perfect fit for us.  We’re thrilled to be working with him and looking forward to the cricket World seeing him use Spartan in New Zealand during theTest series and of course being part of such an exciting double Ashes year too!  We’ve had a fantastic response about the Spartan range already and very shortly we will be announcing how cricket lovers and players can access our products through our partners in England as they already can in Australia, New Zealand and India.  We have long term plans to be involved in cricket in all territories and Matt’s involvement is a very important part of our UK strategy.”

For more information please contact us or contact Mike Conway mike@spartansports.com.au

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Chris Gayle Smashes his Way to BPL Finals

Monday, February 18, 2013 1:03:02 PM Australia/Sydney

 

He may have scored just 18 runs from three ODIs and a T20 against Australia recently but Chris Gayle returned to his aggressive best in the Bangladesh Premier League. He smashed 114 from 51 balls (last 87 runs off 22) to help Dhaka Gladiators enter the final on Friday.

Seven bowlers were asked to find a way to stop Gayle but apart from Mohammad Nabi (economy of 4.25) and Sajidul Islam (economy of 5.75 with three wickets), none managed to do much to stop the utter carnage. As many as twelve sixes flew off Gayle’s bat as the 33-year-old batsman dispatched most of the bowlers with utter disdain.

Chris Gayle was on 27 (29 balls)... This is what happened to his next 20 balls: 4, 1, 4, 6, 1, 6, 6, 2, 6, 6, 4, 6, 6, 6, 6, 2, 1, 1, 6, 6. 15 minutes later - Gayle 114 (51 balls)!

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Benji To Lead NRL All Stars Again

Saturday, February 9, 2013 6:52:06 PM Australia/Sydney

Benji Marshall & Wayne Bennet - 2013 NRL All Stars - Picture: Brendan Radke

 

Spartan ambassador Benji Marshall will walk out on the feild tonight once again leading the NRL All Stars.

Benji has backed the format and says he will play as long as recurring coach Wayne Bennet sticks around.

"I think Wayne is the best coach for this concept. He really buys into what it's all about," says the Spartan Ambassador.

"The way he breaks down the week for all the players and makes them aware of what it all means is something to be proud of.

"Just to be involved, what it stands for and to be able to help out the indigenous community - we're all pretty proud to be involved in it.

"He's coached a lot of indigenous players in his time. He knows what it means to them and he doesn't want to disrespect them by not taking this seriously.

"I've told Wayne: 'as long as you're here, I'm here'. That's why I keep getting automatically selected."

Marshall conceded the indigenous line-up was stacked with players who could break the game open if given a chance.

"I think both teams have got enough strike power to show a lot of flair," he says.

"For us, we've got a strong forward pack and, if we can get through the middle, or even dominate them in the middle, it'll give us a good chance of winning."

Marshall warned his players wouldn't fall into the trap of just going out and tossing the ball around.

"We want to win the game which means completing our sets and playing off the back of quick play-the-balls," he says.

Benji's NRL All Stars led team will be after their 3rd win from the 4 clashes in front of an expected 40,000 plus crowd in Brisbane.

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Michael Clarke wins 4th Allan Border Medal

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 11:00:19 AM Australia/Sydney

Michael Clarke Allan Border Medal

Spartan Ambassador Michael Clarke has won his record equalling 4th Allan Border Medal.

An emotional Clarke choked back tears as he joined Ricky Ponting as the award's only four-time winner, polling 198 votes to finish well clear of his teammates despite playing little more than half of the one-day internationals and no Twenty20 internationals.

Clarke blitzed the field in the Test count and given each Test match vote was worth twice as much as those for one-dayers and three times that for T20s, it was enough to give him the main honour.

The Australian skipper smashed 1080 runs in nine matches in the voting period between February 25, 2012, and January 28 this year at an average of 77.1 -- the main share of his national record 1595 runs in calendar year 2012.

Watch Michael Clarke’s press conference below:

Posted in News By Luke Gilligan

Geale keeps his cool against fiery Mundine.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 12:47:41 PM Australia/Sydney

Spartan Ambassador Daniel Geale has once again proved his resilience against being baited by the hot-headed Anthony Mundine at Monday night’s press conference.

After Geale’s manage Gary Shaw mentioned that Mundine’s career would be over after Geale beats him in tonight’s bout, Mundine launched in to a tirade of insults and abuse towards the Geale camp, mentioning that he thinks that Geale is still the same fighter that he fought in 2009. Geale replied that he hopes Mundine thinks he is still the same fighter as he has come a long way since then.

Geale is tipped by experts to be the favourite for tonight’s bout. On being asked who he thought would the fight, Hall of Famer Jeff Fenech replied:

"Geale. Anthony is saying Daniel is the same fighter - well he might look the same, brother, but he's a world champion now. Anthony's only hope is if he catches him and if he does it will be a fluke. The best thing is that, finally, people are going to love Daniel for what he is. And for what he is going to do."

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Daniel Geale Visits Bushfire Relief

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 11:38:15 AM Australia/Sydney

Spartan boxing ambassador Daniel Geale has made a trip to the devastated are of Dunally in Tasmania 50kms from Hobart.  Daniel originally from Tasmania, along with his boxing team and with the support of Spartan Sports thought it would be a great gesture to visit the community of Dunally and to donate some much appreciated sporting goods.

With the assistance of Virgin Australia, Geale & Spartan representative Duncan Kerr made the trip down form Sydney with 6 large boxes of bats and balls to donate to the community. First stop was to the Royal Hobart Hospital, where items were donated & all Daniel was welcomed as a hero. This was then followed on by the trip to Dunally, where Daneil met with the Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings and assisted in handing out sporting goods and signing countless autographs for the much applicative local resident that had been affected by the bushfire tradgedy.

"I was shocked to see the extent of the damage, particularly in Dunalley," Geale said. "I was straight on the phone to find out what we could do to help."

Ms Giddings praised his commitment to the state at a time when he is busy training for his major bout against Anthony Mundine at the end of the month.

"We want to make sure he puts Anthony Mundine in his rightful place," she said.


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Chris Gayle's Samshes Eighth T20 Century

Monday, January 21, 2013 9:44:53 AM Australia/Sydney

Jamaica looked favourites when Gayle, playing his second match of the competition, smashed 122 off 61 deliveries - his second-highest Twenty20 score - to propel his team to 183 for 6.

He ruined the figures of spinners Devendra Bishoo, Royston Crandon and Veerasammy Permaul, who was smashed for 28 runs in his only over. He smashed 12 sixes, breaking his own Caribbean T20 record of the maximum number of sixes in an innings (9) that he had gained in his previous knock.

Gayle began his big hitting in the second half of the Jamaica innings, helping them score 142 runs in the final ten overs after scoring 41 off the first ten.

Posted in News By Luke Gilligan

Michael Clarke Uses New Spartan MC Bat

Friday, January 18, 2013 3:23:58 PM Australia/Sydney

 

Spartan Ambassador Michael Clarke has stepped on to the pitch today using his new Spartan MC Bat.

Building upon the technology used in his bat from last year, the new Spartan MC range has been designed with a very contoured full profile and equally big edges and will dominate bowlers everywhere.

The new MC range will be available for purchase in all major sporting stores in the very near future.

Posted in News By Luke Gilligan

Michael Clarke Scores a Double Ton

Thursday, November 22, 2012 8:31:11 PM Australia/Sydney

Michael  Clarke continued his Bradman-like form and became the first Test  batsman in history to pass 200 four times in a calendar year, as  Australia destroyed an injury-hit South Africa on the first day of the  second Test in Adelaide.

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*** Fake Bats ***

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 5:56:02 PM Australia/Sydney

*** FAKE BATS ALERT ***


Please be aware that there a number of fake copies of our bats being sold around the internet.

Spartan has no deals in place with any international resellers, so anything being sold online outside of Australian or NZ online stores are fake.

Bats can be purchased from the stores below:

http://www.kingsgrovesports.com.au/Products.aspx?SportGroupID=16

http://www.cricketcentre.com.au/product_list/pages/product_list.php?Operation=SetSessionVariable&Variable%5Bcat1%5D=-1&Variable%5Bcat2%5D=-1&Variable%5Bcat3%5D=-1

http://www.meulemans.com.au/l190/spartan

Please report any fakes you see to info@spartansports.com.au

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Chris Gayle Smashing Sixes

Friday, May 18, 2012 12:16:33 PM Australia/Sydney

Chris Gayle has had an amazing match against the Delhi Daredevils, smashing an unbeliveable 128 not out off only 62 balls using his CG Spartan Authority bat.

Click the picture below to watch the highlights.

Chris Gayle - Hitting Sixes

Posted in News By Luke Gilligan

Spartan represents at the IPL

Thursday, May 3, 2012 5:30:00 PM Australia/Sydney



Aussie cricket captain and Spartan ambassador Michale Clarke will make his IPL debut this season after being signed by Pune Warriors, the franchise announced on Wednesday.

“We are thrilled to have Michael Clarke on board. The reigning Australian skipper is one of the world’s best cricketers,” the franchise said in a statement.

“His presence in the side, and cricketing proficiency, will boost the prospects of Pune Warriors India in the IPL 2012.”

Clarke will join West Indian & Spartan ambassador Chris Gayle in this years IPL comp.

Big hitter Gayle has previously played in the IPL and will be rejoining his former team the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Daniel Vittori, the Royal Challengers captain was quoted as saying “We are fortunate to have Gayle from the start as well and this makes a big difference”.

Both players will be using their new Spartan Bats and hope to hold them high.

Posted in News By Chris Davis

MC Ranked Number 1

Thursday, May 3, 2012 11:44:27 AM Australia/Sydney



After a superb summer with the bat, Clarke has gained the top spot on the ICC batsman rankings after his tally of 626 runs.

The updated rankings were released last week and Clarke is sharing the top spot with South Africa’s AB de Villiers.

It is the second time Clarke has headed the batting table, having first topped the batting list in August 2009 after he scored 93 against England in Australia’s victory by an innings and 80 runs in the Leeds Test.

He is back at No 1 position due to the previous leader, Kumar Sangakkara, making zero and 14 in Sri Lanka’s win over England in Galle.

Clarke believes the past one-year has been fantastic for the Australian team, but feels his team needs to be more consistent.

“It”s been a great 12 months. We’ve obviously played some outstanding cricket, and there have been some patches in the past 12 months where we haven”t been as consistent as we would like,” the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Clarke, as saying.

“Overall we’ve grown as a team, I think we’ve come a long way,” he added.

Australia continues their pursuit for the world’s No.1 Test ranking when the three-match series in the Caribbean starts next Saturday where he is preparing for the upcoming series.

ICC Batsman Rannkings – Top 10

1     M.J. Clarke
1     A.B. de Villiers
3     J.H. Kallis
4     K.C. Sangakkara
5     Younus Khan
6     S. Chanderpaul
7     T.T. Samaraweera
8     H.M. Amla
9     I.J.L. Trott
10   R.L. Taylor

Posted in News By Chris Davis