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 Malvern, 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. MB Insolvency will appear on the sleeve of Worcestershire CCC playing shirts in the Specsavers County Championship during the 2017 season.
Club Shirt Sponsor
Based in Worcester, Gemini Packing Services Ltd provides contract packing solutions for small to medium size businesses. Their low cost base allows them to provide packing services at competitive prices whilst maintaining high customer focus. Gemini have linked up with the County for 2017 and will appear on the shirt collars in the Specsavers County Championship.
Club Shirt Sponsor
Montpellier offers a refreshingly friendly, approachable and cost effective alternative to the big brands, making appliances for the real world with products that combine technology with function, style and reliability. Whether it’s a fridge, oven, freezer, dishwasher or washing machine, every Montpellier appliance is built to their exacting standards and your everyday needs. Montpellier will appear on the back of the Worcestershire Rapids playing shirts in the NatWest T20 Blast & Royal London One-Day Cup competitions for the 2017 season.
Club Shirt Sponsor
Gtech , based in Worcester, design and manufacture cordless products. Their mission is to provide uncomplicated design, ease of use and a product that will make your life easier. From design to customer service, Gtech ensures the customer is able to get the most of out of cordless technology and enjoy it. For the first time, Gtech will feature as a sleeve sponsor of the Worcestershire Rapids for their 2017 season and look forward to starting a great new partnership with Worcestershire CCC.
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 2017 season sees EBC Group sponsor the collar of the Worcestershire Rapids playing shirts for both NatWest T20 Blast and Royal London One-Day Cup campaigns.
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 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 New Road.
Old Speckled Hen is a delicately crafted beer with a rich, malty taste and is often enjoyed by those on the hunt for the less conventional things in life. Supplied, like all beverages at New Road, by long term partner Greene King , Old Speckled Hen is a favourite amongst the Club’s supporters and is enjoyed on a daily basis whether for cricket or non-cricket functions.
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 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 Gym Equipment Provider
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. Linking up with the County in 2016 as part of a two year deal, Perform Better have completely refurbished the players’ gym at 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 will act as Official Insurance Broker to Worcestershire CCC from 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 2017 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 is an English independent school and one of the leading academic institutions in the West Midlands. Another of the Club’s significantly long term partners, the Kings School’s sports fields are adjacent to the Club’s ground at New Road and naturally offer a close working relationship.
Official Kit Supplier
Canterbury of NZ are the Official Kit Supplier to Worcestershire CCC & Worcestershire Rapids. Canterbury, one of the biggest sports apparel suppliers in the world, supply playing apparel to many cricketing teams around the world, from grassroots to elite, as part of their dedicated team wear business, including the New Zealand Black Caps.
Official Legal Partner
QualitySolicitors Parkinson Wright is part of a national network of law firms with offices in Worcester, Droitwich, Evesham and St Johns. Their Solicitors provide expert legal advice to individuals and businesses local to Worcestershire and nationwide. The Club are already deep in discussions with the team at Parkinson Wright to explore ways in which the company may be able to offer its services to members and supporters at New Road by means of special offers and they are regularly in attendance at New Road showing their support of the Worcestershire lads.
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 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 3 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 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 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 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 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 sees Crown sponsor the new Anniversary Gates at New Road, which in addition to improving the aesthetics at the main entrance, also significantly improve security at the County’s home.
Official Ticketing Partner
Ticketmaster has all your entertainment needs under one virtual roof with tickets for theatre, concerts, sport, family events, clubs and more. Ticketmaster has teamed up with Worcestershire CCC in 2017 to sell tickets to the range of concerts the Club has arranged for this year.
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 Steve Rhodes’ 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 landlord of Worcestershire CCC’s Official Main Sponsor, Arctic Spas, and 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.
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.
Official Nutrition Partner
Grenade® is an innovative and trusted sports performance and active nutrition brands that has grown rapidly since its launch in 2010. Now selling products to over 80 countries, Grenade® has a huge following, ranging from professional athletes and fitness enthusiasts through to those who demand great tasting healthy snacking options.
Grenade® will be supporting Worcestershire CCC with key nutritional products to support their recovery and fitness training throughout the 2017 season.
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Rhodes is caught at extra cover off Cotton for nine. Rapids 98 all out lose by 48 runs.
Rapids 96-9 off 15 overs
Brown lbw Tahir - his fourth wicket - for 0. Rapids are 89-9
Barnard bowled behind his legs for seven by Tahir. Rapids 87-8 in 14th over
Hepburn ct behind by Smith off Henry for 10. Rapids 87-7 in 13th over
Rapids 80-6 off 12 overs
Whiteley caught at long on for 28 off Tahir and Rapids are 80-6
Whiteley cover drives Tahir for another four
Whiteley cover drives Tahir for four
Whiteley is on 20 and Rapids are 70-5 off 11 overs
It's half-way and the Rapids are 58-5
Rapids 52-5 off nine
Whiteley cover drives Viljoen for four. Rapids 49-5 off eight overs
Rapids 42-5 off seven overs
Santner plays on to Tahir's first delivery for 8. Rapids 39-5
End of powerplay and Viljoen are 39-4
Cox lbw Viljoen 2. Rapids 39-4 in sixth
D'Oliveira bowled by Viljoen 6. Rapids 37-3 in the sixth
Rapids 37-1 off five.
Clarke (23) is caught at point off Cotton. Rapids 26-2 off four overs
Rapids are 18-1 off three overs
Rapids 9-1 off two
Rapids 4-1 off one. Santner has joined Clarke
Leach is bowled second ball by Madsen for 0
Henry (15) run out going for second run. Falcons close on 146-8
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