It was when I came across base-ball and ice-hockey puck bottle openers in the States when the lightbulb moment was there. But rather than cutting balls in half; that is what you see elsewhere; I thought the generous hold of a full size cricket ball is how it should be!
Suddenly you have an idea and you realise what's next? Do I make a few and use myself and give to family, relatives and friends on birthdays and at Christmas or shall I do something different? Well the answer is here thanking those who helped and inspired.
Have a look in my Etsy shop Cricket but Different where all items are available to order - and there will be more on the way. Meanwhile, if you have any questions please get in touch as I look forward to hearing from you.
Now I have got loads, so many that it is time I am selling some, no ... selling loads!
NEW - CRICKET BUT DIFFERENT ball version available now! A real cricket ball which will open your bottle in style, so CHEERS!
Have a look a bit further down on this website and you come across a cricket read which is very different from what you are used to! Different, that's why it is on my website and I recommend you read it. Cricket in the Netherlands and it's rise to World Cups by the man and player who made it all happen ..... have a look, I am sure you like it!
Recently added some new cricket themed pen/pencil pouches making them an
eye-catching protection for your cricket pen and / or pencil!
There is more to come so please keep checking out the website!
It all started with making real cricket ball bottle openers after I saw baseballs and ice hockey pucks changed into bottle openers and thought ............ I can do this with cricket balls!
During a long time of playing and enjoying cricket I have been looking for appropriate gifts in relation to "The Beautiful Game".
Well I did think that was not that difficult, other than to find out that not many 'original' gifts were available!
That was the moment I thought of "Cricket but Different" - using cricket items as we know them best but changing them into
something .......... different!
Have a look for yourself and see what takes your fancy - all items are (small) stock items, but if you are after larger quantities just get in touch or if you have an idea just shout
I'm working on new ideas and different ways of bringing you new products all the time so if you cannot find anything just now come back and have another look any time soon.
I Am Han, a sport fanatic, cricket and ice hockey in particular, I am Dutch, living in the UK with my wife Chris, and our two dogs, I am happily retired and love the time I have doing what I am doing - making things like you find on the Cricket but Different website. Always thinking of something different .............
With a little magnet stopping the bottle top falling on the floor!
Adapted to open bottles just like that!
Looking good when opening the next bottle
Different colour - same result!
Always be careful with sticking and removing from your fridge in case of possible damage
Always "at the ready" on your fridge!
An eye-catching item there where you need it most - on your fridge!
Opening a bottle has never felt so good ....!
Different colours - flags or themes
Check on Etsy for available stock
Check on Etsy for available stock
Check on Etsy for available stock
Now you can read that for yourself - an intriguing read for everybody interested in how cricket took hold of Steven Lubbers - Captain of The Netherlands, the man who delivered The Netherlands to the world stage!
With a "Nederland" cricket-ball-bottle-opener - so you can enjoy a beer whilst reading!
Use the contact form below - NOT on Etsy!
This real-cricket-ball-bottle-opener branded "Nederland" is a must for every Dutch cricketer - it does not matter if you play for HCC, Qui Vive, Salland, Quick (N), The Flamingo,s SGS on Saturday, Sunday or any other day of the week. No doubt you like a refreshment after the game and you will steel the show if you open them up with one of these!
Perfect for the fan of Dutch cricket!
Ideal presents which do not cost the earth but mean the world!
A GREAT item to receive, have and give!
Again a great item for "everyone" - if you want to have both you can buy the set for £60.00
A perfect protection for your cricket-pen or pencil - or both! In fine leather with a magnetic clip and cricket-ball-seam-stitching - nice to see and hold
Doing what the website says "Cricket but Different"
Ideal for your own keys or those from the changing-room, the umpires-room or the pavilion!
You won't be losing your keys again - stylish and striking at the same time! White, red, blue, purple, pink, green, orange and yellow
A Cricket but Different themed ball with a flat side - ideal as a paperweight on your desk at home or on your scoringbook when scoring for your local club
It's WHO's THAT? not HOW's THAT? - Cast Iron robust appearance with real cricket but different - ball
Stylish present for those who enjoy a nice glass of wine - and are cricket fans! THIS IS A CORKER - a beautiful shaped decanter with real Cricket Ball Stopper, a Decanter rest and a real Cricket Bail Corkscrew to complete the set
For the cricket fan who has everything this may be just missing from his/her collection, the Beer Trio - A GLASS WITH EMBEDDED MINI BALL, A COASTER AND A REAL CRICKET BALL BOTTLE OPENER - How's that ..... !
Yes, really, used in various cricket matches and now given a new life as a useful product for those who like to recycle!
Used once and ready for your use to open a bottle!
Still, it does what it is made to do best - opening bottles! With a little magnet stopping the bottle-top from falling on the floor!
What time is it? - Cricket inspired time pieces for on the wall or on a desk or table
Carefully selected vintage bats with 3 weather station elements; thermometer, hygrometer and a barometer; fitted, making it a useful and beautiful piece for the avid cricket-fan
Making it an eye catching clock. Ideal as a present for every cricket fan or "Thank You" for a longstanding member or just for you to see what time it is!
It holds more than "2 overs of deliveries" - wooden legs looking like "cricket-balls on the grass" - a grass green electric cord with dimmer and a lampshade with cricket-bats and cricket-balls - the ULTIMATE lamp - HAND-MADE - COLLECTION ONLY - USE CONTACT FORM or WhatsApp BELOW!
Following on from the very succesfsull range of cricketing items herewith some inspiring golfing gifts
A beautifully created "Golf-Ball" bottle opener. A generous size, easy to hold bottle opener - easier to use that the smaller real golf-ball version. With magnets so it sticks to the fridge door "at the ready"
Other golf items will be introduced "soon"
A quality time piece in a "Golf-Ball" on an Oak presentation plinth - perfect as a gift, or an award, a "Thank You" or just for yourself on your desk!
A cricket ball in various colours LASER ENGRAVED with any logo and made into a CRICKET BALL BOTTLE OPENER - How's that ..... ?
For the cricket club which is looking to do some fundraising - get a minimum of 24 balls LASER ENGRAVED and sell them over the bar! Minimum order of 24 with a price of £30 each! How's that?
Special because of the livery - either in your club colours if they are red and yellow or in the National colours of NEDERLAND
Giftboxes are an extra and are priced at £2.50 each
For the Laser engraved balls I need a logo in VECTOR format. But please get in touch using the below "If you want to know more .... "-form, please?
Still, it does what it is made to do best - opening bottles! With a little magnet stopping the bottle-top from falling on the floor - or with magnets so it 'sticks' to your fridge!
A cricket ball in various colours to suit your companies logo and corporate colours is now available in many if not all variations. You can have them packaged in different ways - like the above acetate box with a cricket-grass-like background, or ....
..... I can provide you with some bespoke packing like tins in red and silver or just get them to you in 'bulk' - it is your choice how to stand out!
Like the balls the tins can be personalised - JUST ASK!
Special because of the livery - tailored to your logo and company colours, brand, image and values
For corporate balls I need a logo in a so called VECTOR format. But please get in touch using the below "If you want to know more .... "-form, please?
Either Screen Printed or Laser Engraved and filled in in white, black or your corporate colours
Wooden balls made into bottle openers and engraved with your company logo
Real beech wood balls made into smooth and easy to hold and use bottle openers
The technique used is laser engraving which allows me to show the intricate detail of any business logo.
This item is lovely to present and at the same time nice to receive. I can make them in a small batch from 40 pieces for £35 each! Interested, please get in touch