Laver & Wood APPOINTS CricHq's simon baker to board

Laver & Wood Cricket Bats, a Hawkes Bay, New Zealand based hand crafted cricket bat maker, has appointed CricHQ’s Simon Baker as a non executive director.

James Laver, the owner and chief batmaker at Laver & Wood, is very pleased with the appointment. “Simon Baker has been a long time customer of Laver & Wood, so we know him well. He brings a huge amount of knowledge about the global cricket market, online marketing and expanding into countries where Laver & Wood has identified as high priorities,” says James.

“We are particularly excited about having Simon involved with our business because there is no one in New Zealand who has knowledge and detailed data of the world cricket market he has. His connections in the United States, currently Laver & Wood’s largest market, and India, our next growth market, make his appointment an important part of our expansion,” says James.

According to Simon Baker, there is a natural fit between CricHQ and Laver & Wood. “As a long time user of Laver & Wood custom made bats I find it hard to even consider buying a bat that has not been made by James and his team. I am looking forward to bringing my expertise in the global cricket market to the Laver & Wood board, and helping Laver & Wood grow”.


Laver & Wood produces customised hand crafted bats for discerning cricketers all over the world.

CricHQ was founded in 2010 by CEO, Simon Baker and a leading group of world-famous international cricketers. Today, CricHQ is the world's largest digital platform for cricket. The company has grown to be the online home for all levels of cricket around the world, making cricket even better for everyone by providing mobile enabled cricket administration, high performance, data and content management tools and CRM capability for cricket organisations; our customers include 53 out of 105 national governing bodies, 350 associations, thousands of leagues, tournaments, clubs, schools, teams and millions of players, coaches, parents, administrators and of course the fans.

CricHQ employs more than 100 staff across six countries including; England (Worcestershire), New Zealand (Wellington), India (Kochi and New Delhi), Sri Lanka (Colombo), South Africa (Cape Town) and Pakistan (Islamabad).