Sheeds' Say
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2018 certainly has thrown up it’s fair share of interesting moments and challenges

G’day and thanks for reading. I guess it is important to let everyone know of the good work that Tails Never Fails has been doing over the past 4-6 months and why we are where we are now.

In June the Tails Never Fails business split from Director and friend of mine Shannon Young. The building at TNF HQ (the cricket mecca that it was) was sold to developers and was to be knocked down and developed for apartments. Shannon and I decided that post the selling of the land that we would go our separate ways. It has all been amicable and we are still friends today.

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As for us, we have gone from strength to strength. We have been able to shift 100% of our time and focus into our core cricket products of apparel and hard-goods and ensured that our customers are serviced across the country in a timely manner with the cricket season starting a couple of weeks back. Post the upheaval of a very difficult 2017/18 season in relation to delivery times and customer service we have taken stock and listened to what our valued customers thought of us and where we could improve. 

Needless to say it has been a blessing. All of the feedback both good and somewhat constructive has been heard and we are really pleased as to where our customer service is and that will only improve as we continue to make our processes more efficient and communication effective.

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The exciting part of this summer for TNF Cricket is again based around two key pillars

  • Creating great customer service that reflects well on our products and processes to get it to cricketers all over the country

  • Equipping our Big Bash players with the BEST products we can in the men’s and women’s game and then making those products available to any cricketer that is keen to use.

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The summer has already seen some amazing individual performances from our young Ambassadors. Most recently at the Australian Under 17 Nationals we were proudly represented by Will Collins (TAS), Jono D’Roazario (NT), Ryan King (SA), Miles Sellenger (VIC) Will Parker (VIC).

The two Will’s, Collins and Parker earnt All Australian spots at the end of the carnival due to their terrific performances with bat and ball. Great work to all of our lads that did such a great job throughout the big tournament.

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The JLT has been and gone and we are into the red ball stuff with a number of TNF King bats floating around the circuit. Be sure to keep an eye out for our newest TNF Ambassador Sam Rainbird for the Tasmanian Tigers. We welcome Sam to the TNF group with open arms and look forward to seeing him do well for the Tassie Tigers and featuring in the Big Bash as we get closer to Christmas.

Our ever strong Australian Southern Stars team continues to win no matter where they play. The girls are a formidable line up and will be the ones to beat next month when they embark on the West Indies for the T20 World Cup. Elyse Villani again stamped her dominance of the white ball with her White Diamond in hand against the Kiwis in the recent T20 series. Elyse dominated proceedings at North Sydney Oval with a fine 50* off just 39 rocks.

In the lead up to that series Elyse and her partner in crime Meg Lanning put on 234-runs for the Vic Spirit against the South Australian Scorpions. Elyse amassed 106 as they won by 7 wickets. It truly is great to see Elyse back in the navy and white for her domestic duties however will head back over to represent the Scorchers in the WBBL this summer. We wish Elyse all the very best in the Carribbean with the Southern Stars.

A special mention goes out to one of our favourites Scott Edwards who has recently returned from the Netherlands on National duties. Scott last weekend smashed (reverse swept; traditionally swept; switch hit; basically took the P155) 112 at a run a ball for the Monash Tigers in a First Grade game against Ambassador Tim Ludeman’s Geelong Cats. To top off the man of the match performance he got 4 stumping. A great day out.

Whilst going around the grounds Netherlands team mate Ben Cooper has returned to South Australia to join brother Tom at grade club Port Adelaide. It didn’t take long for Ben to hit some good touch getting a match winning 66 against Adelaide University with his long handled TNF King in hand. Be has already got 167 runs on the board for the summer and is set for a big run into Christmas.

Over at Kensington arguably one of the finest cricketers that South Australia has produced, Ambassador Jake Brown has started the season like he always does, as the most dominant player in the game. In four hits (yes 4 hits) Jake has already got an astonishing Bradman like 411 runs including scores of 113*, 83, 102 and 113*. Somewhat ridiculous really. Heaven knows how many runs Browny may get this summer, is there a SA gig in the wings?? Only time will tell.

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Johan Botha recently took a squad from the Hobart Hurricanes over to Abu Dhabi for a T20 tournament worth $150,000. Botha and his men along with young TNF sensation Keegan Oates took on the Lahore Qalandars from the Pakistan Super League, the Yorkshire Vikings from England’s T20 Blast, the Titans from South Africa’s T20 Ram Slam, and the Boost Defenders from Afghanistan’s Shpageeza Cricket League.

“The experience that I got from spending the week away with this group will hold me in great stead going forward this year and beyond. I have had a taste of what it is like on the road and to be a professional cricketer (albeit only for a week) and I loved it. I will be much more confident that is for sure the next time I get a chance at the higher level no matter what colours I am wearing. I am very grateful for the opportunity that the Hurricanes have given me and look forward to getting stuck into some Tasmanian duties along with club cricket at Lindisfarne” said Oates to us at TNF HQ last week on his return.

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South Take White Ball Final
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On a perfect day weather wise, the CSB White Ball finals were held across seven divisions on Sunday 4th February. From Championship through Division 1 to Division 6, the top two places in the white ball ladder (results of One Day and T20 matches) played off for the White Ball Premiership.

In the Championship, it was a replay of last season with South Caulfield taking on Bonbeach in what ended up being a cracker of a game. Bonbeach were sent in by South’s and that strategy paid off quickly as Bonbeach found themselves at 3/19, where Tom Smith and David Fernandez set about steading the ship before Smith (36) was out with the score at 80. Fernandez (63) continued on, only to be dismissed with the score at 7/163 and Bonnie making 8/183 from their 40 overs, Sampath Perera 4/44 leading the South attack. The total looking to be short of a competitive score against South’s on their home deck.

Dan Mueller stirred up the Bonbeach crowd by grabbing the wicket of South’s captain Luke Russell (4) in the first over, but then young Elliot Bradley (35) and Lewis Mildenhall (52) set out in pursuit of the 184 required. At 3/110, Bonbeach looked to have turned the game with Player of the Match, Tom Smith (5/27) stepping in with the ball, reducing South to 5/119, then followed another Smith wicket and run-out and it was 7/153.

With 2 overs to go it was 12 balls, 12 runs, as Johnno Curtis (26*) and Kanishka Alvitigala (11*), set about finalising a win. Curtis, amongst a last over run-out chance was also dropped when a sharp catch went down, but managed 2 runs for it. In the end it was Curtis and Alvitigala getting South over the line with 2 balls to spare.



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Under 21 Title to Cricket Southern Bayside

CSB Under 21 Neil Wright Shield ChampionsCricket Southern Bayside won its first title when it defeated the West Gippsland Cricket Association in the final of the Under 21 Neil Wright Shield at Schramms Reserve Doncaster on Sunday 28th January.

Reduced to a T20 match commencing at 9am due to the forecast heat, Parkdale United’s Rahul Shanmugam (79) took no time to get going taking down the attack, whilst fortunate to survive being dropped twice, Shanmugam took full advantage of the short eastern boundary. Losing Mentone’s Michael Waller (2) early, South’s Elliot Bradley (73*) looked at ease with some excellent batting before being joined by Murrumbeena’s Will Kelly (50*) as the two took control racing CSB to 2/209.

After a first over blitz from the West Gippy Warriors, the bowlers settled into their stride, for West Gippy their opening bat Matt Welsh who looked a real threat in peppering the short boundary, dislocated his knee, and then the wickets began to fall consistently with the Warriors finishing at 9/117 in 17 overs. Bonbeach’s Tim Mulholland 1/30, Hampton’s Tom Marron 2/15 and Will Bowden 1/20, Beaumaris and CSB Captain Cam Watts 1/20, Michael Waller 0/17, McKinnon’s Dylan Thomas 0/10 and the 3 run-outs.

CSB congratulates all the players who participated in the matches throughout the series, with the team completing the task undefeated. For Bonbeach President Michael Hogan, it had been four years with the U21’s as team manager and scorer, Michael having put in a significant amount of time with the program and the win is a great reward. Michael was joined this year by Beaumaris captain Sam Coates as coach,  working with all the team to help improve them as cricketers, and working to bring them together as a team with practice sessions and additional games, his effort bringing reward with CSB’s first title.

For Tom Marron and Cam Watts, the program continues and we congratulate them both on being selected in the VMCU U21 representative side. The VMCU take on the VCCL at Bendigo on February 11.


The CSB lads looking top shelf in their TNF Apparel  

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Guess who is BACK??
 Former Southern Stars all rounder Sarah Coyte has coming out of retirement to play in the last round of the @WBBL for the Sydney Sixers

Former Southern Stars all rounder Sarah Coyte has coming out of retirement to play in the last round of the @WBBL for the Sydney Sixers

TNF- Why the comeback Sarah? 

SC-  It’s not a comeback necessarily - I was just presented with an opportunity to help the Sixers girls out for a few games and wanted to see how much stronger my mind has gotten over the last year and if I still have the ability to play at a high level.


TNF- How did all of this come about?

SC- Ben Sawyer gave me a call out of the blue after noticing I played a grade game for Penrith. He asked if I’d be interested in playing the last round and we took it from there.


TNF- What have you been doing in your short lived retirement from cricket? 

SC- I’m currently working as a School Learning Support Officer at a Juvenile Justice Detention Centre. I do that full time and I also coach Crossfit and compete locally as well.


TNF- What Training have you been doing yo get into shape for the comeback? 

SC- I’ve been training all Crossfit. A huge focus has been on increasing my strength while maintaining my metabolic conditioning. Physically I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in. I’ve joine the Sixers girls for three sessions now and had a decent bowl and hit so I’m feeling somewhat confident leading in to my first game back.


TNF- You have been back playing some grade cricket of late, has it been enjoyable?

SC- Grade cricket has been the reason for my call up. I’ve played a few games here and there - mostly the t20 component. One day games are far to long for my liking now! 

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Is this one of the BEST designs ever by TNF CRICKET?

Glengarry Cricket Club approached TNF CRICKET at the start of the 2017/18 season about TNF becoming it’s apparel supplier. Mitch Sharp the man in charge popped into 1517 Dandenong Rd Oakleigh to visit us at TNFHQ and the process of arranging a new range of apparel began.

There was no rush for any of the apparel and merchandise that the Magpies are after and we all agreed that we can get moving on it all when the time is right. 

We at TNF CRICKET threw some initial designs at the club to get the ball rolling and soon enough the juices were flowing and it was time to get serious.

So... with some help from our full time graphic designer and Glengarry champion Mitch we came up with this USA inspired one day shirt amongst other products that they are offering to players and members on their online store at


What do you think? One of the better designs you have seen for a local cricket club???? 


Glengarry is a town in the Gippsland region of Victoria, Australia. The town is located in the City of Latrobe local government area, 165 kilometres south east of the state capital, Melbourne. At the 2011 census, Glengarry had a population of approximately 1000. 

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Gentleman & Player Caps - our chosen traditional cap supplier

TNF CRICKET is extremely proud to be associated with English company Gentleman and Player. Over the past 12 months we have established an outstanding relationship with mD Chris Sketchley and his team and delivered many quality traditional caps to Aussie clubs all over.  

G & P Caps have very quick turn arounds on production. Can match your existing cap. Are very well priced starting from $40 per cap only and can even put player numbers or initials on individual caps for a very small price. Most importantly they are of excellent quality and durability. So good that the English Cricket Team use them as their supplier. 

This week marks a special celebration for the English company and the former English Skipppr Alistair Cook as he becomes the 1st English player to play 150 Tests for his country. 

As you can see below his cap made by G & P . If your club is in need of new onfield caps please be sure to hit us up ASAP Quote this article and receive 10% off your purchase. 


#repost @englandcricket  

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TNF CRICKET & Richardson Caps

For all your on and off the field caps needs TNF CRICKET are powered by one of the best headwear specialists in the World- Richardson- FACT! 

“Richardson caps are enormous all over the World but in particular in the US where they originated from the early 1970’s” 

“When Tails Never Fails approached us to discuss the quality and durability of the Richardson Caps we hit it off extremely well immediately and have gone ahead leaps and bounds since those initial conversations.” said Australiasian Licensee Steve Shaw.

 “We had had complaints from customers about the fading of caps in the Aussie sun to which we knew was inevitable but as problem that we had to find a solution for.

Number 1- We wanted caps that fitted well

Number 2- We wanted caps that didn’t fade and kept their colour and sharpness

Number 3- We wanted to work with a supplier that wanted to work with us! 

- “Today we  (Richardson) produce a full line of headwear options for customers around the world. We (they) are a vertically integrated design and manufacturing company, with a large selection of high-quality styles and colors ready for immediate delivery. We (they) are also a leader in the custom cap market, creating personalized hats for youth & college baseball teams, retail brands, corporate business, breweries, and everything in between” - Richardson Website 

You can see many more examples of the Richardson caps digitally at


Above 👆The Richardson Range at TNF HQ 1517 Dandenong Rd Oakleigh Victoria 3166. Contact


Above 👆 Where it all happens Springfield, Oregan. 


 👆Above- The Tallarook PTS20 & Flat Bill SnapBack looking sharp 👌

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Repost - “Chalkley mauls BDCA bowlers”

Taken from the Bendigo Advertiser written by Adam Bourke

Brayden Stepien and Andrew Chalkeley showed their class by hitting spectacular centuries in Tuesday night's BDCA Twenty20 matches.

Stepien blasted the highest individual score in BDCA T20 history when he made a brilliant 136 off just 59 balls to lead White Hills to victory over Eaglehawk. View rest of article here 


TNF Ambassador Andrew Chalkley from the Richmond Cricket Club collected 130* with his brand new KING LE on Tuesday night in Bendigo. 

To see all the bats in the TNF range head to now.  

Well done Chalks! 

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Strano & co ready to go... #WBBL

It was a quick drop into TNF HQ (1517 Dandenong Rd Oakleigh, open til 2pm today) this morning by Ambassador Molly Strano to stock up and catch up with us as she prepares for the WBBL this summer.

Getting her hands on some of the newest White Diamond bats and gloves plus some Renegades pads Molly was as always in great spirits and ready to go.  

“We have camp the next two days here in Melbourne and then fly to Sydney on Wednesday morning to play the Perth Scorchers in a praccy match and then have a few days up there before Round 1 kicks off.” 

The Perth Scorchers will feature Ambassadors Elyse Villani and Emily Smith who will be behind the stumps no doubt getting into the ears of all her opponents.  

“She just loves it Sheeds!” said Strano on Smith. “I am absolutely stoked that she has been given a crack also as she took a punt moving to Perth earlier this summer in order to play for the Scorchers, good on her!” 

We will keep you all up to date with the Women’s BBL and Men’s of course throughout the Big Bash Summer of Cricket  


Follow all things TNF across all social mediums-  @tnfcricket  👍

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New @tnfcricket BlackJack's #TNF17

A selection of 21 BlackJacks have hit TNFHQ

Made from quality hand selected grade 1 English Willow these are sublime.

They boast an apex to to toe and have a slight concave. Up to 44mm edges and 65mm apex these sticks are the best quality cricket bat on the market in our eyes.

if you have a chance to come in and feel one you won't be disappointed or if you purchase online we will most certainly make sure we select you a beauty that is suitable to your game. Simply tell us what weight you are after and we will choose. 

The BlackJack 21 is elite once again this pre season. 

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