McCann’s have had a great partnership with Cricket United being their official tailors for a good few years now and on the Saturday 29th July we decked out Sky commentators Shane Warne and Shaun Pollock and BBC Test Match Special commentators Mark Nicholas, Geoffrey Boycott, and Dan Norcross. This year was slightly different, with it falling on the Kia Oval’s 100th Test match and 60th Birthday of the Test Match Special. Though lets not forget the women’s being its 106th Test match!

Cricket united is three charities, with the one aim to change lives through cricket. The Lord Taverners which provides more sporting chances for disadvantaged and disabled young people, Chance to Shine which spreads the power of cricket in schools and communities and PCA Benevolent Fund which runs a confidential counselling service, providing advice and treatment to players suffering from debilitating issues, either mentally or physically.

We made royal blue and pastel blue jackets in a Bateman Odgen Merino Wool, which are a symbol for the charity. With a red lining and stitching to echo a cricket ball and finished with Mother of Pearl buttons.
Both of our tailors were there for the day, and here’s our Alex Katsef with England legend. And our Neil McCann fitting Sean Pollock.

You can get involved by simply wearing blue to the cricket ground, wearing a Cricket United cap or organising a Blue Bails Day at your local cricket club, Although this is celebrating the day, any day can be raising awareness and supporting the cause. You can also donate here: or text ‘CRICKET’ to 70123 and donate £5.

The charity helps many different causes from people like Jamie Hood, former Yorkshire Cricketer who had a serious road accident, or schoolboy Harry who is autistic and has used cricket at school to improve his self-confidence.

Not only did we supply the commentators with jackets, but for those that one to keep looking great and support a great cause if you quote ‘CRICKETUTD20’ when ordering from us, we’ll donate 20% of your order to Cricket United.

Neil McCann, owner of suit-makers McCann Bespoke, is delighted to once again be supporting the charitable event.

“We’ve been working in cricket for many years now, so it felt very natural for us to get involved in Cricket United again this year, after tailoring suits for the commentators for last year’s event. We’re all part of the ‘cricket family’ at the end of the day, and initiatives like Cricket United really serve to bring all cricket lovers closer together. The blue suits are a great way for all of us to demonstrate our support on the day. We hope they become an annual fashion staple!”

The silk ties have also been made by McCann and have been meticulously and specifically designed for Cricket United, involving all three charities logo’s woven into the silk.

Andrew Lloyd