Worcestershire County Cricket Club is proud of the relationships formed, which continue to develop year on year. Our sponsors and partners are of huge importance to us and we look forward to continuing our alliance in the future.
SPONSORS & PARTNERS
Club Main Sponsor
Blackfinch Investments Ltd is an established UK provider of tax-efficient investment solutions. Based in Gloucestershire, their philosophy is based on transparency and simplicity, with their services providing real solutions to real financial planning challenges faced by individuals today. Having featured on the sleeve of Worcestershire CCC & Worcestershire Rapids playing shirts for all formats during the 2016 season, Blackfinch have extended their fantastic support at New Road to become Official Main Sponsor for 2017, continuing what looks set to become a long term partnership.
Club Shirt Sponsor
MB Insolvency exists to help people and businesses who find themselves in, or are facing, financial difficulty. Over 25 years of experience in dealing with insolvency related matters enables MB Insolvency to provide a quality solution driven service on a friendly sensible basis. MB Insolvency provides solutions for all stakeholders, and provides advice to people and companies that aims to provide the best possible solutions.
Club Shirt Sponsor
Sovereign Business Solutions Group are providers with a formidable reputation within the industry for giving sound advice, and forming close bonds, with its’ clients. Whilst, in a difficult economic climate, many of their competitors have replaced account managers in favour of faceless tele-sales contact, and elected to make deliveries via third party couriers, Sovereign focuses on providing knowledgeable representation to work in partnership with clients to reduce costs on a regular review basis. From basic Office Supplies, through Bespoke Print, to Furniture, Janitorial Supplies, Workwear, Promotional Products and more, each element of the business has a specialised team ready to share their expertise.
Club Shirt Sponsor & Official Automotive Partner
Listers Audi Worcester offers a wide range of new and approved used Audi vehicles, all offering great deals and competitive finance options to suit all desires and budgets, also providing details on small business and fleet purchases with dedicated Audi servicing and parts teams on site. Situated on the A44 Bromyard Road, Audi Worcester offers everything you need for the perfect Audi experience in Worcester and the surrounding areas. Listers Audi Worcester feature on the back of the Worcestershire CCC playing shirts in the Specsavers County Championship in addition to being headline sponsors of the Club’s Annual Golf Day.
Club Shirt Sponsor And Official & Exclusive Telephony & Print Services Partner
EBC Group has a wealth of experience in providing managed office services to businesses across the UK, encompassing a comprehensive range of managed services from print solutions and document management, to IT services, cloud computing, disaster recovery and unified communications. Already strongly connected to Worcestershire CCC for a number of years through shirt sponsorship and supply of the Club’s telephony and print software and support, the 2018 season sees EBC Group sponsor the collar of the Worcestershire Rapids playing shirts for both Vitality Blast and Royal London One-Day Cup campaigns.
Club Shirt Sponsor – Three Pears Ltd
Three Pears Ltd was established in 1973 and today is one of the UK’s leading wholesalers, supplying toiletries, household goods, cleaning products, pharmaceuticals, health care, fragrances, cosmetics, make-up, hair and beauty and wines. Based in Rowley Regis, the company has over 5,000 registered customers and demand continues to grow, with the financial strength of the company giving them the buying power to negotiate the best prices from suppliers and pass on great savings to customers on high volumes of competitively priced branded and non-branded goods. In addition to an excellent wholesale cash and carry service, a dedicated wholesale fragrances and cosmetics department is also available in their perfumery for customers looking to buy the leading brands in fragrances, cosmetics, make-up and hair and beauty products, whilst an ever increasing number of customers are now utilizing their online ordering facility at www.threepears.co.uk, which is updated daily to reflect stock holdings, new product ranges and special discount offers.
Club Shirt Sponsor
Repairtech Services ( UK ) Limited, is a Company formed by Industry Professionals with decades of collective experience in both Sales and After Sales Product Care.
The Company belief is that any product failure should be dealt with Promptly, Efficiently and Effectively with the minimum amount of disruption and inconvenience to the Consumer, always remembering that today’s problem is tomorrows new Sale.
Repairtech continued their ongoing support of WCCC for the 2018 season through sponsorship of the back of the Rapids playing shirts for the Royal London One-Day Cup competition.
Club Shirt Sleeve Sponsor & Epos Solutions Provider
Langley Business System’s integrated EPOS Solutions perform seamlessly to manage & support all aspects of your business operations. Langley have linked up with the County as shirt sponsor for the Rapids after successfully implementing a new EPOS till solution across the venue.
McMinn Developments is one of the region’s premier property developers. They are renowned for creating some of the most prominent pieces of architecture in Worcestershire. Joining up with Worcestershire County Cricket Club for the first time in 2016, McMinn Developments is a proud sponsor of the marquee at Blackfinch New Road.
Official Auditors, Accountants And Taxation Partner
Bishop Fleming Chartered Accountants is a leading UK accountancy firm who are wholly committed to providing businesses, and individual clients, with the full range of pro-active support and advice. Situated just a short walk from the ground next to the Cathedral, Bishop Fleming have long been supporters of the Club and often host events at Blackfinch New Road.
Stowford Press is made in rural Herefordshire by Westons Cider – who have been making cider on their family farm since 1880. Made from 100% local and home-pressed apples, Stowford Press, at 4.5% ABV, is a refreshing medium-dry sparkling cider that is bursting with the flavour of crisp cider apples. We are passionate about our cider making, our cider brands and our sponsorships and are thrilled to be The Official Cider of Worcestershire County Cricket Club. Swing by a bar in the ground and enjoy a pint of cider during your visit.
Official Creative Partner
WEAREBEARD is a creative branding studio in Worcester, offering a range of design, illustration and web development services. These services include logo design and print design based services, such as brochures, banners, leaflets and much more. Our current website has been designed and developed by their team – in fact every bit of creative material at Blackfinch New Road stems from the superbly talented team at Wearebeard and their input is integral to the Club’s marketing activities.
Official Event Landscaping Partner
Keyscape Design & Construction Ltd are a creative landscaping and garden design company delivering the highest standards in landscaping and horticultural excellence. They have won Seventeen Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Medals and Eleven other show and professional landscaping awards, and over twenty years, Keyscape has built up a reputation as one of the leading landscaper companies in the country.
Official Strength Equipment Supplier
Specialising in strength and conditioning, sports science and rehabilitation, Perform Better are the elite sporting destination for some of the industry’s best sport and performance monitoring equipment. The only one of its kind in the UK, they support you through every step of your sporting journey. Perform Better first linked up with the County in 2016, completely refurbishing the players’ gym at Blackfinch New Road.
Official Helmet Sponsor
Masuri first started out in 1988 by manufacturing stainless steel grilles for cricket helmets and have grown to become the market-leading creator of cricket helmets which cater for players of all levels. They lead the way in safety, engineering and design; making Masuri’s helmets the preferred choice for cricketing professionals around the world. Masuri are proud to deliver cricket helmets on a global scale which are comfortable to wear, look great and are – above all else – safe.
Official Insurance Broker
Jelf Group is a leading independent consultancy providing expert advice on insurance, employee benefits, healthcare and financial planning for businesses and individuals. Offices in Worcester, Redditch & Malvern mean the County is a real hotbed for Jelf, who have acted as Official Insurance Broker to Worcestershire CCC since the 2016 season.
Anja Potze Fine Jewellery is an award-winning independent jewellers based on historic Friar Street in the heart of Worcester. Anja Potze specialises in jewellery made from certified diamonds and the finest Tahitian, South Sea and cultured pearls, bought from reputable suppliers all around the world. Anja Potze is Official Jeweller for 2018 and will also be headline sponsor of the County’s ever popular Ladies Day event.
Official Junior Membership Associate Partner
The King’s School, Worcester, consists of three, thriving independent day schools, two Junior and one Senior. Together they make up one of the leading educational establishments in Worcestershire for boys and girls aged 2-18. Another of the Club’s significantly long term partners, the Kings School’s sports fields are adjacent to the Club’s ground at Blackfinch New Road and naturally offer a close working relationship.
Official Maintenance Contractor
Inter-Fix Interiors UK Ltd is a family run business, with over 30 years experience in the internal refurbishment trade. They provide a complete interior refurbishment package, from alterations to complete installations in all workplace environments, and played a huge part in the recent Foley’s project at Blackfinch New Road.
Official Online Retail Partner
Speed One Sports was established in 2002, with the company’s primary purpose being to provide sports clothing and equipment, ensuring the delivery of quality products with personal attention to detail. Speed One Sports have been working closely with the County for 4 years now, assisting in a variety of areas including embellishment of playing & training kit, in addition to supplying retail products and even uniform for the casual staff at Blackfinch New Road. Speed One Sports will be managing all aspects of the WCCC’s new online store, fulfilling orders and dealing with enquiries from supporters.
Official Press Partner
The Worcester News is a tabloid newspaper and the largest selling daily local newspaper in Worcester. Published Monday to Saturday, the Worcester News covers the city and the surrounding areas within Worcestershire. The Club has a strong partnership with Newsquest and the Worcester News, receiving extensive coverage and regularly advertising its wares in the publication to reach a solid base of local people.
Official Signage Partner
Universal Display Ltd is one of the premier banner, sign, graphic and event solution providers and installers, serving clients locally, regionally and nationally. Universal are one of the most versatile suppliers the Club uses and their expertise in such a variety of area is integral to operations at Blackfinch New Road. From perimeter advertising boards to retail products with plenty in between, the locally based business regularly work to fractional lead times to ensure various departments at Blackfinch New Road are able to operate most efficiently.
Official Specsavers County Championship Ball By Ball Commentator
Hereford and Worcester is the BBC Local Radio service for the English counties of Herefordshire and Worcestershire, on which presenter Dave “Bradders” Bradley provides a ball by ball commentary for all of Worcestershire’s Specsavers County Championship matches. A partnership which stretches back a long way, the broadcast service is renowned in the local area and is as regular a fixture at Blackfinch New Road in the summer as the players themselves.
Official Sponsor Of Anniversary Gates
Crown Domestic Appliances have gained vast experience over many years in the sourcing of products from all over the world, but majoring their activities on China, Turkey, Italy and Eastern Europe. Their objective is to use that experience to provide all of their clients with access to the right products at the right price whilst giving them a “Painless Trading Experience ”. The Crown team is made up of professionals in; Procurement, Shipping, Sales & Marketing, Finance, Transport, Legislation and Technical matters, and that means that Crown is your “ One Stop Shop ”. Having supported the Club for a number of years, 2016 saw Crown sponsor the new Anniversary Gates at Blackfinch New Road, which in addition to improving the aesthetics at the main entrance, also significantly improve security at the County’s home.
Official Winter Training Facility
Malvern College is a co-educational boarding and day school for pupils aged 13-18 offering both A level and IB in the Sixth Form. The indoor facilities at Malvern College are first class and provide the Worcestershire CCC squad with a venue at which they can train throughout the winter months without being reliant on the weather.
Partner – Cricket Shropshire
Cricket Shropshire is the body responsible for all recreational cricket in Shropshire and ensures the smooth running of the game on a number of different levels with the aim of making the game accessible, available and enjoyable for everyone. It also directly manages and operates all county age-group cricket in Shropshire.
Partner – University Of Worcester
The University of Worcester has been one of the fastest growing universities in the UK. Over the past decade, the number of students choosing to study at the University of Worcester has more than tripled to a community of over 10,000 students and 1,000 staff members, drawn from over 60 countries and a wide variety of disciplines, including nursing and health, teacher training and education, biological science, business, arts, humanities, psychology, law, sports science, management and more. Their graduates are among the most employable in the UK and they’re ranked in the top 10 of all English Higher Education Institutions, according to recent Government data. Their many innovative facilities include The University of Worcester Arena, the UK’s first indoor sports arena purpose designed to include the wheelchair athlete and The Hive, Europe’s first University and Public Library. You can find out more about the University on their website at www.worcester.ac.uk
Sponsor – Andyfreight
Andyfreight carries products for many major national and international organisations, helping to ensure that supply chains have the stock they need to meet customer demand, efficiently and cost-effectively. Andyfreight strives to make the whole logistics process as efficient as possible and welcomes the challenges of fulfilling all of your requirements.
Sponsor – Green Self Storage
At Green Self Storage your safety and the security of your belongings is a priority. Their comprehensive security measures include 24 hour CCTV, perimeter fencing, staffed reception during opening hours and sophisticated building alarm and fire detection systems. Green Self Storage have linked up with WCCC to provide off-site storage space in the winter months in case of flooding at New Road.
Sponsor – Hartlebury Trading Estate
Hartlebury Trading Estate is a unique and popular location for a wide range of businesses, providing not only an extensive choice of property but also an unrivalled business park setting with excellent security, landscaped environment and good transport links. Hartlebury Trading Estate is able to meet the property demands and requirements of modern businesses, whether a sole trader or multi-national entity given the diverse range of commercial property on the park.
Sponsor – Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber Of Commerce
Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce is a dynamic member-led, not for profit organisation, working to support the local business community and specifically their 1,400-strong network of member businesses. The Chamber works to strengthen the position of its members and ensure that the interests of local businesses are heard. At the heart of their business is a desire to see member businesses flourish. Growth and prosperity are the key to sustainable communities and the Chamber’s comprehensive support provides added value for businesses regardless of size or stage of development. The Chamber is also a social enterprise that re-invests any surpluses in the development of support for our members, whilst its membership remains truly representative of the diverse community across Herefordshire and Worcestershire with over 50% of members employing less than 10 staff.
Sponsor – Nicol & Co Estate Agents
Nicol & Co Estate Agents are an award-winning independent estate agency, selling and letting properties throughout Worcestershire area. Nicol & Co have two offices situated in the prime locations of Droitwich Spa and Barbourne, Worcester, providing advice, guidance and an insight into the current market based upon their wide-ranging experience in the industry.
Official It Partner
TechTeam is an award-winning, Midlands based IT support and services company with a fresh approach, fantastic people and a clear understanding of how businesses work. TechTeam linked up with the County ahead of the 2016 season in a multi-year partnership as Official IT Partner, in addition to sponsoring the players’ training kit.
Official Nutrition Partner
Market leaders in sports nutrition, USN UK pride themselves in offering only the best sports supplementation and expert advice. Aimed at fuelling the ambition of any fitness enthusiast across the globe, their ambition is to help any individual that has a goal or objective to reach higher and push harder. USN UK’s vision gives a clear indication of how they work, they want to motivate you to try something new, whether you’re a seasoned pro, or a complete beginner, setting challenges and providing a shock to the system can be the push start you need to help you get that step closer to where you deserve to be. USN UK has an extensive range of products to suit every individual, whatever your goal. Whether that is Weight Loss & Toning, General Health & Wellbeing or Muscle Gain & Building, USN UK are confident they have a suitable product for you.
USN UK look forward to supporting Worcestershire CCC with key nutritional products to aid their recovery & performance through the 2018 season.
Partner – Cp Hire Ltd
CP Hire Ltd is a family run company offering a service which is a cut above the rest. Reliable equipment, friendly customer service and a personal approach are CP Hire’s key promises. 2018 saw CP Hire commit to a 5 year sponsorship deal with the Club including sponsorship of the WCCC ground staff and the new Blotter machine they have purchased to enable them to continue to produce fantastic playing surfaces at Blackfinch New Road.
Partner – 1St Point Communications
1st Point Communications are a trusted Business Mobile Phone Communications provider based in Worcestershire and the West Midlands. From upgrading your Business mobiles onto the latest packages with O2, EE and Vodafone to getting the latest phones to meet all your business requirements, 1st Point Communications offer expert advice with friendly local support
Stuart Fleming, Managing Director
Sponsor – David Lloyd Clubs
David Lloyd Clubs offers 112 premier gyms & fitness clubs across Europe. David Lloyd Worcester has a state-of-the-art gym with fantastic kit including the innovative SYNRGY360 functional training equipment and the incredible Boditrax system. If you like to work out with a group, their trainers can guide you in a group exercise class in one of their studios, on the gym floor, in the pool or even outside. Play tennis or go for a swim inside or outdoors, you can even keep the kids entertained by the brilliant range of kids’ classes, or make the most of time together at one of David Lloyd’s family social events.
Sponsor – The Car Refurb Centre
The Car Refurb Centre are a friendly independent, Insurance approved family run business situated in the centre of Worcester with over 30 years experience in the car body repair industry working for large groups and independent business alike. They have been established in the Butts for 8 years and pride themselves in their growing client base, including insurance approvals, local franchise dealerships and vehicle hire companies for whom they carry out high quality regular work; not to mention the growing reputation from private customers as to the quality of their work and customer service. They carry out all aspects of car body work repairs and refurbishments, smart repairs to larger dents, scratches and scuffs, vehicles returning from lease, insurance/ accident repairs and alloy wheel repairs.
Lunch on Day 2 at Chelmsford. Essex 381-6 - a lead of 287
Essex 352-6 - a lead of 258
Barnard gets the first wicket of the day as Wheater is bowled for 66. Essex 330-6.
Essex 311-5 - a lead of 217
Bopara on 56 dropped by Mitchell at second slip in what is still Parnell's first over of the day
Wheater on 58 dropped in gulley area by Fell off first ball of Parnell spell today. Essex now 304-5
Bopara on 45 dropped at deep square leg off Pennington. Essex 288-5
Barnard giving Bopara a searching examination and has 2 lbw shouts in same over turned down
Early introduction for spinner Ben Twohig in place of Ed Barnard
It's Barnard and Pennington sharing the attack at Chelmsford. Essex now 260-5
Bowling: Tongue 13-1-54-1, Parnell 15-1-63-1, Barnard 17-6-35-2, Pennington 13-1-36-1, Twohig 9-1-48-0, Mitchell 3-0-6-0
It's stumps at Chelmsford and Essex are 252-5 off 70 overs
Essex are 232-5 - a lead of 138
Essex 215-5 - a lead of 121
A wicket for Pennington as ten Doeschate edges to Clarke at first slip. Essex 201-5.
Essex 201-4. 15 overs remaining in the day.
Sharp take by Cox standing up to dismiss Westley for 55 off the bowling of Barnard. Essex 170-4.
A single to deep mid-wicket off Parnell takes Westley to his 50 off 117 balls. Essex 166-3.
Ed Barnard takes the wicket of Dan Lawrence, lbw for 1. Essex 139-3.
Josh Tongue gets the wicket of Murali Vijay, bowled for 85. At tea Essex 138-2. Leading by 44 runs.
Tongue is back into the attack and Essex are 114-1 and a century stand completed between Vijay and Westley
Essex are 92-1 off 29 overs
Vijay reaches his 50 with the help of a six off Twohig. Essex 86-1
It's Twohig into the attack at 75-1
Pennington into the attack at 60-1
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