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World Racquets champion H.J. Gray founded the racket-making company H.J. Gray and Sons in Cambridge, England in 1855. The company later began manufacturing cricket bats for leading Cambridge players such as Ranjitsinjhi and the then Prince of Wales and remains a family business. L.J. Nicolls started making bats in 1876 in his workshop in Robertbridge, East Sussex, where the company is still based today. These two well-regarded bat manufacturers merged in the 1940s to form Gray-Nicolls and stars such as England Captain Wally Hammond and Australian all-rounder Keith Miller soon started to use Gray-Nicolls bats.
The brand continued to be well regarded worldwide in the 1950s and 60s. At one stage, Ted Dexter, Richie Benaud, Frank Worrell, John Reid and Trevor Goddard, who were the captains of five Test playing countries, all used Gray-Nicolls bats. During this time, Gray-Nicolls pioneered certain bat technology, with major innovations including the revolutionary Steel Spring and the first shoulderless Superlite bat.
The 1970s saw Gray-Nicolls become the first cricket company to use coloured bat labels, soon to become a trend on cricket bats. The company introduced the revolutionary scoop bat in 1974, which was a radically different bat with a weight reducing scoop profile. A new Gray-Nicolls factory was opened in Melbourne to supply the growing demand from the Australian and New Zealand markets. The company's expansion during the 1980s and 1990s required the company to move to larger premises in Robertsbridge, the company's current home. Leading test players such as David Gower, Robin Smith, Tony Greig, Clive Lloyd, Gordon Greenidge, the Chappells all wielded the famous red stripe.
A host of leading players used Gray-Nicolls bats into the new Millennium including Matthew Hayden, Michael Slater, Andrew Symonds, Darren Lehmann, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, JP Duminy, Mohammed Yousuf, David Warner, Aaron Finch, Ben Dunk, James Faulkner etc. and England Captains Mike Atherton, Nasser Hussain, Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook. The brand is also now well known for its clothing - used by leading teams such as Durham County Cricket Club, Glamorgan County Cricket Club, Gloucestershire County Cricket Club and the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). - and its footwear and helmets; which are now worn by many of its players at test level.
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