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The people who know me best understand my passion for the game of cricket. It's in my blood. I grew up a stones throw from Headingley cricket ground and some of my earliest memories, and some of my earliest photo's, are of playing cricket.

I played junior representative cricket and at the age of 18/19 was trialing with Yorkshire CCC and then at Derbyshire which gave me exposure to some world class coaches. While trying to break into the professional game I played semi-professional cricket and worked in a sports store which specialized in selling cricket equipment. Never was a young man happier, surrounded my all the latest cricket gear with fellow cricketers coming in every day to chew the fat and buy some new kit!

Nothing beats the smell of leather, willow and linseed oil.

I play cricket, I coach cricket, I make cricket bats and I design & develop new cricket equipment through my brand Crictech. I'm also involved in both regional and local cricket administration and development here in Southern California, whilst maintaining my contacts with professional players, coaches and administrators around the world. Hopefully, eventually, the USA will turn on the professional cricket.

I started First Choice Cricket to connect with more US based cricketers, to give my passion for the game an online presence and help them find the best quality gear that suits their style of cricket.


I'm always happy to chat cricket and cricket equipment so feel free to reach out.



Richard Blackledge