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IndustrySports equipment, textile
Founded1855; 166 years ago (1855)
FoundersH.J. Gray
L.J. Nicolls
HeadquartersRobertsbridge, East Sussex, England
Area served
Europe, Oceania, Asia
ProductsCricket clothing and equipment, team uniforms, accessories
ParentGrays International

Gray-Nicolls is an English cricket equipment and clothing brand and is a subsidiary of Grays International. Formed as a result of merger between two companies, Grays and Nicolls, the company is based in Robertsbridge, East Sussex.[1]

Gray-Nicolls manufactures and commercialises a wide range of products for cricket equipment, such as bats, batting gloves, balls, pads, athletic shoes, team uniforms, and bags.[2]


The Gray company was founded as H.J. Gray and Sons by H.J. Gray in 1855. This company later began manufacturing cricket bats for leading Cambridge University cricketers such as Ranjitsinjhi and the then Prince of Wales and remained a family business. L.J. Nicolls started manufacturing cricket bats in 1876.

These two manufacturers merged in the early 1940s and thus Gray-Nicolls was formed. After World War II, famous cricket stars such as England Captain Wally Hammond and Australian all-rounder Keith Miller started to use Gray-Nicolls bats.[3][4][5]

In 1974 the company introduced the 'scoop' bat, sometimes named as cricket's most famous bat.[6][7]



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  1. ^ "How Gray-Nicolls bats are made". December 28, 2010. Retrieved 2015-03-16.
  2. ^ "Manufacturers embrace their heritage". Sky Sports. 3 March 2014. Retrieved 23 January 2021.
  3. ^ "Gear Review: Gray-Nicolls Powerbow & Prestige Bats". Wisden. May 1, 2018.
  4. ^ "160 Not Out. A history of Grays Nicolls cricket". Cricket Direct. 9 March 2015. Retrieved 23 January 2021.
  5. ^ "Gear review: Gray-Nicolls Powerbow & Prestige bats". Wisden. 1 May 2018. Retrieved 23 January 2021.
  6. ^ Gray Nicolls Scoop, the bat every kid wanted for Christmas, turns 40 on The Guardian
  7. ^ "The return of the greatest cricket bat". The Guardian. 10 January 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2021.

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