Vitae Sports are delighted to announce we have agreed for Indian Test star Hanuma Vihari to join Warwickshire for the County Championship.
We are delighted to announce Michaela Kirk has joined Trent Rockets for the 2021 The Hundred! Congratulations Michaela - can't wait to see you in action.
We are delighted to welcome Somerset, London Spirit and Holland all-rounder Roelof Van Der Merwe to Vitae Sports.
Vitae Sports coach Jim Troughton has been named new Somerset assistant coach. Congratulations Jim and great news for Somerset
We are delighted to announce Nepalese spin sensation Sandeep Lamichhane will join the Worcestershire Rapids for the 2021 Vitality Blast!
A big welcome to Sky Sports & BBC Test Match Special commentator Charles Dagnall to Vitae Sports. Great to have our old friend and star on and off the pitch Daggers join the Vitae family!
Vitae Sports are delighted to announce we have agreed a new contract extension for England star James Bracey to extend his stay at Gloucestershire Cricket until 2023!
Big congratulations to Vitae Sports Kevin Sinclair on his debut international call-up for the West Indies in their forthcoming ODI & T20 series against Sri Lanka.
Vitae Sports South African international Pieter Malan has signed for Warwickshire for the upcoming County Championship campaign.
Pieter told Vitae Sports Youtube Channel: "It has always been an ambition of mine to play county cricket. I can't wait to get started with the Bears and am very excited to be afforded the opportunity at a top county with a proud history like Warwickshire."
Former New Zealand and Warwickshire player Jeetan Patel has been announced as the new England spin bowling coach. Jeetan has been working with the England coaching set-up as a consultant but was this week named the full-time coach. Vitae's owner Darren Long said: "It is a great accolade and well deserved for Jeets. It is quite an achievement for someone who only retired from playing last year but shows how highly his coaching is rated world-wide. "He will be the perfect man for the job and a great asset to the England coaching set-up."
We are delighted to announce Vitae Sports star Miles Hammond has been drafted by the Birmingham Phoenix for this year's Hundred! Miles joins fellow Vitae Sports boys Shaheen Afridi and Pat Brown. Go smash em' Miles! (literally)!
Vitae Sports are delighted to welcome South African international Pieter Malan to the Vitae family. Pieter has one of the top batting records in the game averaging over 40 in all formats and representing South Africa - scoring 84 against England last year. Welcome to the team Pieter!
Congratulations to Vitae Sports & Worcestershire star Daryl Mitchell on being named new PCA Director of Cricket Operations - a great honour and no-one better for the job - well done Mitch!
Vitae Sports are delighted to announce we have agreed a new contract extension for Oliver Hannon-Dalby to extend his stay at Warwickshire County Cricket Club. Congratulations Oli - one of the best guys in the game!
Vitae Sports are delighted to announce Yorkshire seamer Ed Barnes has joined the company. The 22-year-old paceman is one of the upcoming stars of the Yorkshire fast-bowling production line and spent time on loan at Sussex last season. Welcome to the team Ed!!
Vitae Sports are delighted to announce we have agreed a new contract extension for Gloucestershire young gun Miles Hammond to remain at the county until 2022.
Vitae Sports are delighted to announce we have agreed a new three year contract for Sussex captain Ben Brown to remain at the club. Ben will be staying at The 1st Central County Ground until at least the end of the 2023 season. The 31-year-old said: ““I’m delighted to be committing to the club for the next few years, which I’m hoping can be the best of my career so far. I’m looking forward to pushing myself to make sure that they are, and I’m excited about the challenges ahead. “I’ve loved captaining the side over the last two years and hopefully I can continue to do that for many seasons to come, as well as play my part in driving the whole club forward.”
Vitae Sports are delighted to announce leading West Indies presenter and commentator Barry Wilkinson has joined the Vitae team! Welcome aboard Barry
Vitae Sports are delighted to announce we have agreed a new contract extension for England star Pat Brown to extend his stay at Worcestershire County Cricket Club until the end of the 2023 season! Congratulations Browny!!
Vitae Sports presents ‘An Evening with Ashley Giles & Pat Murphy’. If your club or organisation is interested in hosting an evening with Ash & Pat, please contact Vitae Sports for further details.
Vitae Sports are delighted to announce USA Cricket star Karima Gore has joined the team. The talented 21-year-old all-rounder has already represented his country 11 times making a fantastic impression and looks set to have a big future in the game. Welcome to the Vitae family Karima!
Congratulations to Vitae Sports star Emma Lamb on being selected for Manchester Originals in the inaugural Women’s Hundred.
Vitae Sports are pleased to announce we have agreed a new contract extension for PCA Chairman Daryl Mitchell to stay at Worcestershire until 2021.
Vitae Sports are delighted to announce we have agreed a new contract extension for Keith Barker at Hampshire CCC!
Vitae Sports are delighted to welcome Guyana’s multiple title-winning coach Esuan Crandon to the team. The 38-year-old is one of the Caribbean’s star coaches guiding Guyana to the Regional Four-Day Competition title for the past five years. Vitae Sports Darren Long said: “Esuan is one of the leading lights on the West Indies coaching front. He has performed incredibly to lead Guyana to five consecutive titles in the four-day game and has an exciting future ahead of him.”
Congratulations to Vitae Sports Pakistan Captain Azhar Ali scoring 119 for Central Punjab and helping them to victory against Northern in the final of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. Earlier in the match Vitae Sports/Saya Corps star Faheem Ashraf took a brilliant 5-54.
Well done to Vitae Sports star Tom Blundell scoring a brilliant century for New Zealand against Australia in the Melbourne Boxing Day Test.
We are delighted to announce we have agreed a new two-year extension for Luke Procter to extend his stay with Northants. Congratulations Proccy from the Vitae Sports team.
Vitae Sports/Saya Corps star Shaheen Afridi will be joining Hampshire for the 2020 season’s T20 Vitality Blast! Shaheen will already be gracing the English cricket scene with Birmingham Phoenix in The Hundred but fast-bowling fans will get double the action as the World Cup record-breaking paceman heads to the south coast to delight the Hampshire faithful.
Congratulations to Vitae Sports Gloucestershire star James Bracey on being named in the England Lions 50-over and four-day squad for their tour of Australia in January 2020!
Congratulations to Vitae Sports star Pat Brown on being selected for England’s ODI and T20 squad for the upcoming tour of South Africa.
Vitae Sports are pleased to announce they have agreed a new two-year contract extension with Worcestershire for club captain Joe Leach. Vitae Sports Darren Long said: “Joe is one of the most professional sportsmen you are ever likely to find. “He is a real pleasure to work with and we are delighted he will be continuing his career with Worcester where he has already enjoyed a lot of success.”
Vitae Sports are delighted to announce Jeetan Patel will be the England spin bowling consultant for the upcoming tours to South Africa and Sri Lanka.
We are delighted to welcome Floyd Reifer to the Vitae Sports team. The 47-year-old was interim Head Coach for the West Indies this year during their World Cup campaign and lead the West Indies Emerging Team to the Super 50 Cup title with an incredible 205 run victory over Leeward Islands. Floyd also represented the West Indies as a player from 1997-2009. Domestically he represented Barbados where he won 6 Carib Beer Cup titles.
Vitae Sports are delighted to announce they have agreed a contract extension for Worcestershire seamer Charlie Morris to continue his successful spell at the club. The 27-year-old paceman enjoyed a stellar campaign at New Road last season finishing as the leading wicket-taker in the County Championship with 44 wickets at 21.48, the second highest wicket taker in the Royal London Cup and playing in the T20 Vitality Blast final. Vitae Sports Darren Long said: “We are delighted for Charlie, he is an incredibly popular player and a pleasure to work with. “He has had a fantastic season and really made his mark, we can’t wait to see how he progresses in the future.”
Vitae Sports are delighted to welcome Yorkshire paceman Jared Warner to the team. The 23-year-old bowler made his first-class debut last season during a successful spell at Sussex. Vitae Sports Darren Long said: “Jared is an exciting young talent, he has genuine pace and will be looking to breakthrough at Yorkshire on a regular basis after impressing on his loan spell last season.”
Vitae Sports are delighted to announce we have agreed a new two-year deal for Harvey Hosein to extend his stay at Derbyshire until the end of the 2022 season!
Vitae Sports are excited to announce they have agreed a deal for England and Worcestershire seamer Pat Brown to join the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash tournament. Brown will replace Dale Steyn for the second-half of the the tournament and finals.
Vitae Sports are delighted to announce we have agreed a two-year deal for England under-19s paceman James Taylor to join Surrey. The 18-year-old left Derbyshire at the end of the season and has agreed to join Surrey after impressing at The Oval. Vitae Sports Darren Long said, “It is a fantastic opportunity for James. He has been involved in the young England set-up for a while and is one of the most highly rated young quick bowlers on the circuit. We can’t wait to watch him progress at Surrey.”
Vitae Sports are delighted to welcome Warwickshire Head Coach Jim Troughton to the team. The 40-year-old enjoyed an illustrious career for The Bears, representing England during his time at Edgbaston before taking over the reigns as head coach in 2016. Vitae’s Darren Long said, “We have known Jim for many years as a player and coach and are excited to work with him going forward. He is one of the top young coaches in English cricket and has enjoyed considerable success already”
Congratulations to our overseas stars Sandeep Lamichhane and Shaheen Afridi who were drafted into The Hundred. Nepalese spin sensation Sandeep was drafted into the £100k category by the Oval Invincibles while Shaheen will join fellow Vitae client Pat Brown at The Birmingham Phoenix after being selected for £60k. Looking forward to seeing you both in action next summer!
Congratulations to our very own Vitae Sports star Azhar Ali on being named the Pakistan Test captain. A truly wonderful honour for a great person, could not have been more deserved, Pakistan cricket is in good hands! Best of luck Azhar!
We are delighted to welcome Worcestershire paceman Adam Finch to the Vitae family. The 19-year-old is highly rated representing England under-19s and already breaking into a potent Worcestershire bowling attack making 12 County Championship appearances. Vitae Sports Darren Long said, “We are really excited about working with Adam. He bowls close to 90mph and has showed great promise. All of the Worcester lads speak very highly of him and believe he has the ability to reach the top.”
Vitae Sports Pat Brown has been drafted by Karnataka Tuskers in the Dubai T10 League. He will be playing alongside fellow Vitae star, Sandeep Lamichhane. Pat has also been named as Birmingham Phoenix icon player for next year’s Hundred tournament. The 21-year-old Worcester paceman has made a big impact in the T20 world over the past two seasons and has been recognised to lead the new Birmingham franchise forward with fellow Worcestershire team-mate Moeen Ali.
Vitae Sports are delighted to welcome Leicestershire all-rounder Ben Mike to the team. The 21-year-old is one of the most exciting talents on the county circuit playing in all formats for The Foxes last year and also enjoying a successful loan spell at Warwickshire. We are really looking forward to being part of the journey.
Vitae Sports are delighted to announce we have agreed a new deal for Pakistan star Faheem Ashraf to re-join Northants for the 2020 season. The talented all-rounder represented the Steelbacks in this year’s T20 Vitality Blast campaign and will now join the club in Division One for the first-half of the season.
Vitae Sports T20 star Pat Brown has been called up to the England squad to tour New Zealand this winter. The 21-year-old excelled in the T20 Vitality Blast finals day again this year for Worcestershire and has been rewarded for his great form with his debut international call-up. Vitae Sports Darren Long said, “Pat has worked incredibly hard to achieve this recognition. He is his own biggest critic and always trying to improve his game. It is an excellent achievement for someone his age and I am sure he will enjoy a great tour.”
It was another great Vitality Blast finals day with Worcestershire’s Pat Brown, Daryl Mitchell, Charlie Morris and Joe Leach as well as Derbyshire’s Anuj Dal and Fynn Hudson-Prentice representing the Vitae Sports team. It was a great effort from reigning champions Worcestershire who put up an amazing fight in the final and fell agonizingly short losing out on the last ball to Essex.
We are delighted to welcome Derbyshire all-rounder Fynn Hudson-Prentice to the team. The talented all-rounder has made a big impact after breaking into the first-class scene this year after graduating through the MCC Young Cricketers Programme. Vitae’s Darren Long said, “Fynn has been one of the big success stories of county cricket this year excelling with bat and ball. He has been a key figure in Derbyshire’s T20 Vitality Blast success and getting them to the finals.”
Vitae Sports would like to welcome new signing Charlie Morris to the team. The popular Worcestershire paceman has enjoyed a successful campaign in red and white ball cricket where he played a key role in helping The Rapids make the T20 Vitality Blast finals day. Vitae Sports Darren Long said: “Charlie is a much valued member on and off the pitch at Worcester and enjoying an excellent season.”
Congratulations to Vitae Sports Lancashire trio of Tom Bailey, Danny Lamb and Toby Lester on being crowned County Championship Division Two Champions. The victory was particularly sweet for Tom Bailey who captured a brilliant ten-wickets in the penultimate game to claim victory and devastate the Middlesex batting line-up.
Sandeep Lamichhane is returning to the Big Bash League with Melbourne Stars! The teenage leg-spin sensation will be leading the Stars challenge again after a successful campaign last season. The 19-year-old has made a big name for himself already starring in the IPL with Delhi Capitals and playing for Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League T20. Melbourne list manager Trent Woodhill said, “We’re really excited to have Sandeep back at the Stars. He’s a young, energetic and talented leg-spinner. To secure his signature for the entire Big Bash season is a great testament to the level of competition. He was definitely a fan favourite last season so it’s great that fans will have the opportunity to come and watch someone so exciting for the entire Big Bash campaign.”
Congratulations to Vitae Sports Lahiru Thirimanne on being named Sri Lanka’s ODI captain for the forthcoming tour of Pakistan!
Vitae Sports are pleased to announce Durham all-rounder Gareth Harte has joined the team. The 26-year-old has represented Durham in all formats this season and we are looking forward to helping him in his career.
We would like to introduce you to new Vitae Sports signing Trinidad and Tobago star Amir Jangoo. The talented 22-year-old batsman wicket-keeper has already made 15 first-class appearances and 27 List A games for the Trinbago Knight Riders and is one of the most promising talents coming out of the Caribbean playing representative cricket against England Cricket earlier this year. Welcome to the team Amir!
It is our pleasure to announce former England Cricket Performance Director David Parsons has joined Vitae Sports. David worked for the ECB for 19 years including 12 years in the prestigious role of Performance Director and also operated as National Spin Bowling coach during his tenure. Vitae’s Darren Long said: “David has an enviable wealth of experience in international cricket and is a popular figure in the game. “We are looking forward to helping David achieve his ambitions at the top level of the game.”
Vitae Sports are delighted to welcome New Zealand & Wellington star Tom Blundell to the team. The 28-year old was part of the Black Caps squad who agonizingly lost to England in the recent World Cup final and blasted a century against West Indies prior to the tournament. Vitae Sports Darren Long said: “Tom has an excellent record in all formats of the game and has consistently performed when called upon by the Black Caps. He is now entering his peak years as a cricketer and has the ability to make a big impact on the world stage.”
Vitae Sports are delighted to announce former Guyana cricket player and USA coach Kevin Darlington has joined the team as consultant in North America and West Indies. Vitae owner Darren Long said, “Kevin and myself go back nearly 25 years on and off the cricket pitch and it will be great to work together to establish more links in North America and the Caribbean and also help more players achieve their aims on the world cricket scene. Kevin has achieved considerable success on the pitch and in helping the USA national team achieve ODI status for the first-time this year.”
Vitae Sports are delighted to announce Warwickshire and Birmingham Bears seamer James Wainman has joined the company. The 26-year-old has represented The Bears in red and white ball cricket this season. Welcome to the team James!!
Vitaee Sports are delighted to welcome young Gloucestershire star Miles Hammond to the team. The 23-year old has established himself in all formats at first-class level but has particularly excelled in T20 where he has built a reputation as a destructive opener with a strike rate of nearly 160. Vitae Sports Darren Long said: “Miles is one of the most exciting players coming through the county system at the moment. His style is perfect for the modern game and he has the ability to go all the way to the top without a doubt.” Welcome to the Vitae team Miles!!
Well done Vitae Sports star Emma Lamb leading England Academy to victory against Ireland with a top score of 42 in their match on the 16th July 2019.
Vitae Sports are delighted to announce Gloucestershire star James Bracey has been called up to the England Lions squad to play Australia ‘A’ on 14th July 2019. The 22-year-old batsman has been in brilliant form this season averaging over 40 with the bat. Vitae Sports Darren Long said, “James has been performing to an exceptional level for a long time now and the recognition is well deserved. He is highly respected throughout the first-class scene and has a fantastic attitude. He has already performed well against Australia this season and there is no reason why this won’t be the next step to the England team this summer.”
Incredible day for Vitae Sports Pakistan star Shaheen Afridi as he bowed out of the World Cup on a massive high. Shaheen became the youngest player ever to take a five wicket haul in the World Cup and the first Pakistan player to ever take six wickets in the tournament with his 6-35 against Bangladesh. Earlier in the day, fellow Vitae Sports client Iman-ul-Haq cruised to a run-a-ball century to finish the tournament with more than 300 runs.
Vitae Sports are delighted to announce the beginning of a new international partnership with South African company The Sporting Agents. Very exciting times ahead with a highly respected sports management company who we have built a strong relationship with in recent times. Vitae owner Darren Long said: “We have had an excellent relationship with Chris Cardoso for a good while now. Chris and the team are very well respected, they represent some of the best sporting talent in South Africa and their aims and values tie in perfectly with ours at Vitae Sports.”
Vitae Sports are pleased to announce Durham Cricket and Ireland Cricket star Stuart Poynter has joined the team. The 28-year-old wicket-keeper batsman has a wealth of domestic and international experience representing his country on 21 ODI’s and 25 T20’s while also making his Test debut against Afghanistan in March.
Vitae Sports are delighted to announce 21-year-old all-rounder Aaron Thomason has joined Sussex County Cricket Club. Vitae Sports Darren Long said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Aaron. He has so much ability and he is going to a great county where we believe he will make a real impact in all forms of the game.”
The T20 Vitality Blast is around the corner and the World Cup is in full flow (when it’s not raining!). Now is a great time to get your company name exposed on an international platform as a bat sponsor this summer. The Vitality Blast is the most televised domestic cricket competition and drew nearly a million spectators through the gates last season. Vitae Sports and Worcestershire youngster Pat Brown was labelled ‘The Find of the Tournament’ and finished leading wicket taker with 31 wickets last season as he and fellow Vitae Sports colleague Daryl Mitchell led ‘The Pears’ to their first-ever tournament victory on Sky TV. If your company is interested in sponsoring one of Vitae Sports domestic and international players on show throughout the country this summer then please get in touch
Vitae Sports star Oliver Hannon-Dalby extends his contract at Warwickshire County Cricket Club. Keep up the great work Oli!
Vitae Sports are delighted to announce England Cricket spin bowling consultant Chris Brown has joined the team. Welcome to the team Chris!
Congratulations to Vitae Sports’ Azhar Ali on guiding Somerset County Cricket Club to victory over Hampshire Cricket in the Royal London One-Day Cup final at Lords. The 34-year-old set the foundations for victory with 45 off 53 balls as Somerset built on their solid start to comfortably win by six wickets. The Pakistan Cricket Team international played an integral part throughout the trophy scoring 451 runs at an average of 41 and also weighing in with 7 wickets at 19.42 with the ball including a brilliant 5-34 against Worcestershire County Cricket Club in the quarter-finals. Vitae Sports Darren Long said: “It is a fantastic achievement for Azhar in his first full season in county cricket. “He is a delight to work with and incredibly popular with Somerset on and off the pitch. Andy Hurry never has anything but praise for his character, work ethic and what he brings to the club.”
Derbyshire County Cricket Club star Anuj Dal has joined the Vitae Sports team. The 22-year-old batsman has been making significant progress in the Derbyshire set-up this season representing the team in the County Championship and Royal London where he scored his maiden half-century against Lancashire Cricket last week.
Congratulations to Vitae Sports’ Gloucestershire star James Bracey on his debut List A century against Essex and also his first wicket in the first-class game! A brilliant innings of 113 off 93 balls including five 6’s saw Gloucestershire to victory by 4 wickets with 7 balls to spare in the Royal London Cup to continue a fantastic start to the season for James.
Vitae Sports are delighted to welcome Yorkshire star Karl Carver to the team. The 23-year-old has made 8 first-class, 15 one-day and 9 T20 appearances for the White Rose county and has represented England at under-19s level. Vitae’s Darren Long said: “Karl is a really exciting talent and has already made a number of appearances for Yorkshire at a young age. He has a great attitude and work ethic and we look forward to helping him achieve his goals.”
Darren Long catches up with Vitae Sports Pakistan players prior to the World Cup starting. Darren says, ” the Pakistan team have some phenomenal talent and a great team spirit. A very exciting generation coming through, I am sure they will be a potent force for the World Cup and produce a lot of exciting cricket throughout the summer!”
Vitae Sports are delighted to announce West Indies coach Toby Radford has joined the team. The 47-year-old was part of the coaching team that recently masterminded West Indies 2-1 Test victory against England. Toby was formerly head coach of Middlesex CCC and Glamorgan CCC and has a wealth of knowledge in world cricket.
We are delighted two more of the Vitae Sports team have been selected for the 2019 Cricket World Cup with Dimuth Karunaratne being elected captain and joined by Lahiru Thirimanne. Best of luck for the tournament!
Vitae Sports are delighted four of their Pakistan Cricket stars have been selected in the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Congratulations to Shaheen Afridi, Faheem Ashraf, Imam ul haq and Mohammad Hasnain.
Vitae Sports are delighted to announce they have agreed a contract extension to keep Pat Brown at Worcestershire County Cricket Club until 2021. The 20-year-old enjoyed a stellar T20 campaign last season when he shot to prominence with a brilliant 31 wicket campaign to fire Worcester to the Vitality Blast title. Vitae Sports Darren Long said :”It is great news for Pat to extend his stay at Worcester where he loves his cricket. “It has been an amazing year for him on the back of the T20 campaign and we received a lot of interest in him for overseas tournaments. “He has a fantastic head on his shoulders and is a pleasure to work with. We can’t wait to see him continue his rise in the game.
Leicestershire’s Tommy Taylor enjoyed not one but two career bests with 6-47 and match figures of 10-122 to catapult him to the top of the PCA MVP rankings. New ball partner Chris Wright snagged four wickets alongside him and skipper Paul Horton guided the side to victory with a crucial 61. Derbyshire’s Harvey Hosein top scored in both innings to fire his side to a convincing victory against Durham where youngster Liam Trevaskis impressed with an unbeaten 27 in the second innings. Keith Barker took three wickets and scored an unbeaten 31 to help Hampshire to victory over Essex on debut while Northants Luke Procter secured 81 not out against Middlesex. Somerset’s Azhar Ali helped his side to an early season victory against Kent in a low-scoring affair. Aaron Thomason was the star of the University warm-up matches blasting 62 not out and following up with a brilliant 5-6 and 2-25, team-mate and captain Jeetan Patel got into rhythm for the season with 3-12 against Leeds/Bradford. New Lancashire loanee Mark Footitt was also in the wickets with 3-26 against Loughborough and Worcestershire star Daryl Mitchell scored 74 against Cambridge.
The 30-year-old opening batsman has enjoyed a stellar year with Sri Lanka and was voted into the ICC Test team of the year last month. Hampshire Director of Cricket, Giles White said: “We’re delighted to have Dimuth with us for the first half of the season and we’re excited about what he brings to the group, both on and off the pitch. Dimuth Karunaratne said: “It has always been my dream to play in the County Championship and I couldn’t be happier for it to be at a county like Hampshire. I am looking forward to continue building on the success from 2018 by playing an important role in Hampshire’s future.”
Nepalese leg-spin sensation Sandeep Lamichhane returned to Big Bash action this week and promptly sent Melbourne Stars straight into finals Lamichhane now holds the best bowling average in the tournament for bowlers with more than 10 wickets and his return from Bangladesh Premier League and international action was perfectly timed for the Melbourne faithful. Vitae Sports Darren Long said: “Sandeep has to be the most exciting spinner in the world right now and he is only 18. We are in regular contact with the Stars and they love him on and off the pitch. “He is averaging just 13 with the ball and has an economy rate of less than 7 so you are getting everything you could possibly ask from him with the ball.”
Vitae Sports are proud to announce that Ashley Giles has been named the new Managing Director of English cricket. The 45-year-old replaces Andrew Strauss and will be responsible for the strategy, coaching and management of the England teams. Vitae Sports Darren Long said: “It is an incredible achievement to reach the top of your game on and off the pitch. “It is well deserved recognition for Ash and we are delighted to have been part of the journey and through many exciting times.” – 14th December 2018.