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The 1876 story

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HJ Gray's business established.

1855
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HJ Gray plays cricket for Cambridge.

1856
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NULLH Hitchcocks opens a cricket ball factory.

1860
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W Gray plays cricket for Middlesex.

1872
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LJ Nicolls starts bat making business in Robertsbridge.

1876
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Nicolls products in Australia.

1881
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WG Grace uses GN bat to pass a 1000 runs.

1889
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Grays first factory and London office.

1891
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KS Ranjitsinjhi uses Grays bats.

1893
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Drawing of Grays Bat in Ranjitsinjhi's Jubilee Book of Cricket.

1897
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England batsman Ranji and G. Hurst use Nicolls bats.

1905
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Nicolls bats used by CB Fry.

1907
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Prince Albert (George VI) a customer.

1909
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Grays factory turns to war work making posts, tables, forms & mallets.

1914
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Grays first advertising campaign.

1930
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Gray-Nicolls formed.

1940
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Wally Hammond uses Gray-Nicolls bat

1945
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Covered bats launched.

1953
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Steel Spring handle launched.

1955
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Keith Miller uses Gray-Nicolls.

1956
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Don Ward scores over 5000 runs with one Gray-Nicolls bat.

1957
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Grays purpose build a sawmill.

1962
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West Indies team visit Grays.

1963
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Two sided bat used in a Test Match.

1966
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Gray-Nicolls bats used in South Africa's last Test series before sanctions.

1968
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Gray-Nicolls factory established in Melbourne.

1972
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Gray-Nicolls launch the Scoop.

1975
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Nick Gray joins the company

1976
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Bob Woolmer scores three Test centuries with GN Scoop.

1977
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Wisden Cricket Monthly launched by Grays.

1979
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Grays 125th Anniversary

1980
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David Hookes scores fastest Test century.

1982
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David Gower scores a record Ashes series aggregate with his GN Powerspot.

1985
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Elite bat launched.

1990
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Neil Gray joins the company.

1991
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New Warehouse built at Robertsbridge.

1993
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Brian Lara scores 501 - the highest first class individual innings.

1994
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Richard & Jason Gray join the company.

1994
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Paul Gray joins the company.

1999
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Floods engulf Robertsbridge.

2000
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Matthew Hayden scores Gray-Nicolls highest Test score.

2003
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Andrew Strauss scores a Test Match debut 100 v NZ with a GN Powerbow.

2004
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Alastair Cook scores a Test Match debut 100 v Ind with a GN Powerbow.

2006
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Mohammed Yousaf scores a record 1788 Test match runs in a calander year.

2006
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Mark Ramprakash scores his 100th hundred using a GN Powerbow.

2008
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Shiv Chanderpaul scores 10,000 Test Match runs.

2012
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Alastair Cook becomes England's most prolific century maker

2013