MEDIA RELEASE: Barmy Army announced as a FairBreak Invitational Women’s Cricket Team Sponsor

Barmy Army announced as a Team Sponsor for the FairBreak Invitational Women’s Cricket Tournament in Dubai

Sydney, Australia (22 March, 2022) – One of cricket’s best-known brands, The Barmy Army, will sponsor a team at the FairBreak Invitational Women’s Cricket T20 Tournament scheduled for Dubai from May 1-15, 2022.

Named ‘The Barmy Army’ by Australian media during England’s 1994/95 Ashes tour of Australia due to their undying loyalty and desire for having a good time in a hopeless situation, this ragtag bunch of backpackers has evolved into a world-famous supporters’ club, sports promoter and cricket brand.

To aid in the advancement of the women’s game globally, The Barmy Army has recently moved into the development of mixed cricket academies. Sponsoring a team in the FairBreak Invitational aligns with The Barmy Army’s mission to open the game to a wider audience with a focus on women, families and younger supporters.

“Spreading the joy of cricket is what the Barmy Army does well. We are delighted to have the world’s most recognisable fan-club brand sponsoring a team in our tournament,” says Shaun Martyn, FairBreak founder. “The Barmy Army has helped grow the popularity of cricket across all ages and backgrounds through their passionate support, fundraising, songs and anthems.”

Barmy Army founder, Paul Burnham, says, “FairBreak and the Barmy Army are a tremendous fit and working with Shaun and his team over the last few weeks has been truly eye opening. As an organisation, we are really excited about being involved with our first branded team and helping promote the world’s best sport globally and, obviously, winning the tournament off the field and on it!”

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2022-03-22T13:55:22-04:00March 22nd, 2022|News, Uncategorized|

FairBreak UK 2019 tour wrap-up


Our four game UK tour was a wonderful week of cricket for 14 players from 10 countries, including six past or present national captains participate during the week.

Coach – Khyati Gulani from Delhi, manager – Saba Nasim from the UK, and senior players Sana Mir (Pakistan) and Alex Blackwell (Australia) challenged the team to play with consistency across all four games. All payers responded to this challenge and it was incredible to see how quickly the team ethos developed with players working hard for one another as individuals and as a team. Everyone contributed to the success of the tour.

There were excellent ‘player of the match’ performances on field from Sterre Kalis (Netherlands), Shameelah Mosweu ( Botswana), Akanksha Kohli (India) and Ryana Macdonald-Gay (England). Mariko Hill (Hong Kong) continued to develop her captaincy skills in the 40 over game against a Kent Invitational XI.

Watch the recorded live-stream of the Wormsley game here, thanks to Ion Sport.

A highlight for everyone was the opportunity to again play at Wormlsey. An invitation to attend the Garsington Opera after the cricket capped off a great day and wonderful experience for the team. 2018 FairBreak XI captain, Suzie Bates (New Zealand) also made an appearance at Wormsley to do ‘throw downs’, talk with players and run the drinks. This all-class involvement from Suzie is the epitome of the true nature of who a #FairBreaker is, supporting all players from all backgrounds in any way possible.

Other poignant #FairBreaker examples of particular note were the efforts made by Stephanie Frohnmayer (Germany) and Celeste Raack (Ireland). Stephanie is a gynecologist who returned to Germany on our weekend off to deliver four babies before flying back to London to play the MCC in back to back T20 matches. Celeste made a ‘lightning’ trip back to Dublin to her physiotherapy practice before returning to deliver more leg breaks, flippers and googlies.

The looping spin and bounce from Ruchitha Venkatesh (Hong Kong) proved a handful for all opposition during the week, and Laura Mophakedi (Botswana) was reliable behind the stumps. Having to keep to Sana Mir was both a great thrill and significant learning experience for Laura.

Although Kathryn Bryce could only make one appearance during the week it was fantastic to have her with us and we look forward to Kathryn making many more appearances with us.

A big thank you to Lydia Greenway and her ‘Cricket 4 Girls’ program for introducing English players Chelsey Rowson, Grace Scrivens and Ryana Macdonald-Gay to FairBreak. All outstanding young players who made significant contributions to the team and results. All will be invited back as #FairBreakers and we will be following their progress closely.

Finally, a special thank you to Sana Mir and Alex Blackwell. Both women are icons of the game. They enjoy global recognition for their achievements both on and off the field for the great example they set. To have them give so freely of their time, advice, encouragement and knowledge to all players is invaluable.

Thank you to everyone for a fabulous week of cricket, dinners, lunches, opera, laughs and friendship.

FairBreak would especially like to acknowledge the wonderful contribution made by Gencor and R.V. Venkatesh.

Thank you to our associated sponsors and supporters: Kookaburra, ANP Solar, Globetrotter Travel, VOOST, Rudy Project, Happy Faces, and our CSR partner SolarBuddy.

FairBreak is about equality and opportunity, the concept of a ‘fair go ‘ for all and the purity of sport.  #FairBreaker @FairBreakGlobal

Connect with us on Twitter and see the live updates, photos and videos from the games in our Twitter feed!






2019-08-19T08:33:33-04:00August 19th, 2019|News|

A robust discussion about gender equity at our inaugural Gala Dinner

A huge thank you to all those who contributed to a successful and most enjoyable evening at our first FairBreak and SolarBuddy Gala Dinner at the Sofitel Wentworth in Sydney on June 7.

The Pymble Ladies’ College Jazz band and vocalists set the scene perfectly to start the night, followed by sensational vocalists through the night.

Our esteemed panel of Jim Maxwell, Senator Bridget McKenzie, Mary ‘Kaye’, Vicki Waters and Eugenie Buckley was brilliantly facilitated by Sharn Bedi in addressing a number of gender based issues across sport, business, education and government. You can read some of the highlights in the tweets below.

A big thank you to those students who work