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IndustrySporting goods, textile
Founded1855; 164 years ago (1855)
HeadquartersRobertsbridge, East Sussex, England
Area served
ProductsCricket bats, batting gloves, balls, pads, footwear, team uniforms
ParentGrays International

Gray-Nicolls is an English sports equipment and apparel brand specialising in cricket and owned by Grays International. Gray-Nicolls was formed when the two companies Grays and Nicolls merged. The company is based in Robertsbridge, East Sussex.[1]

Gray-Nicolls manufactures and commercialises a wide range of products for cricket, such as bats, batting gloves, balls, pads, footwear and team uniforms.


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.

In 1974 the company introduced the 'scoop' bat, sometimes named as cricket's most famous bat.[2]

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  1. ^ "How Gray-Nicolls bats are made". December 28, 2010. Retrieved 2015-03-16.
  2. ^ Gray Nicolls Scoop, the bat every kid wanted for Christmas, turns 40 on The Guardian

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