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ABOUT SWAN RICHARDS

As co-founder of Crusaders Cricket Australia and former CEO of Gray- Nicolls Australia for 20 years, Swan Richards OAM is a wealth of Cricket Knowledge. Starting his career at Rowe & Jarman Sports Store at the age of 12, they taught him the beginning of the trade by doing Cricket Bat repairs. In 1968, Mr. Len Newbery, CEO of Gray-Nicolls UK, made a visit to Adelaide to look at the prospects of setting up Gray-Nicolls Australia. They offered Swan to go to UK and learn all about Bat making – from tree felling to making the complete bat.

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on October 05, 2021
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It all began in the northern suburbs of Adelaide where Swan grew up battling a trifecta of afflictions that severely handicapped his early years. Dyslexia, a touch of autism and a debilitating stutter, made the early years extremely challenging for a sensitive youngster...

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Sitting and meeting Swan Richards for the first time is a slightly overwhelming experience. I love my cricket, but this man really loves his cricket. Sitting at a long table at the back of his Cricket Kit cricket shop, surrounded by cricket apparel in boxes and cricket memorabilia on the...

on June 29, 2021
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If you have ever made even one run using a Gray-Nicolls bat, you should take a moment and thank Robert “Swan” Richards. If he is not the greatest bat-maker alive today, he is certainly bat-maker to the greatest. Greg Chappell, possibly the best batsman the wrong side of six feet...

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