Recommendations & Testimonials
Players and Clubs:
Just a few of the recommendations we have
received over the years from Clubs and Individuals alike.
We used Rob Ashwell at Ace Cricket Exchange last season to
acquire our overseas professional, test cricketer Prasanna Jayawardene. The
process was seamless, the flights, visa and coaching courses were organised and
communication excellent throughout. During the season Rob always checked on
performance and welfare of Prasanna and was always available to discuss any
issues. With the cancellation of the Sri Lankan premier league, everything was
looked after by Ace in ensuring we had the player for an additional 7 weeks with
all flight amendments etc all sorted. We also used Rob for a UK resident Sri
Lankan bowler to cover injuries, this again was fantastically organised and we
had another quality performer. We would certainly recommend Ace Cricket Exchange
to any club organising their overseas pro. We have already used Rob to resign
Prasanna Jayawardene for 2014.
Paul Timby Head Coach
Woodhall Spa CC
Rob Ashwell has provided our club with a first class all round service. We made
contact with Rob and discussed our needs. He provided a number of options for us
to consider and a gave us very detailed information on each player/coach. Robs
knowledge of Sri Lankan cricket is comprehensive and from my many conversations
with Rob we narrowed our options to our requirements expeditiously. From this
point on Rob's work was faultless, he arranged all the related transfer of
documentation for our applications to Cricket Ireland and the UK Borders Agency
in a timely manner. I was promised that our chosen professional would be with us
in time for the first game of the season, something that hasn't happened before
with other agents/professionals. Yes, Rob promised and delivered. In short Rob
Ashwell Cricket Exchange service has provided Coleraine Cricket Club with
accurate, honest information and delivered in all areas. I would thoroughly
recommend his service to all clubs.
Trevor Harper 1st Team Manager, Committee Member 2012 - Coleraine RF & Cricket
Club North West Cricket Union, Northern Ireland.
This is the 4th consecutive
year that we have had Dinuk Hettiarachchi as our Professional. Rob Ashwell has
been Dinuk’s agent for all of these years. Rob has been instrumental in helping
St Annes CC get Dinuk into the country as soon as possible and also making sure
he has been looked after during the season. I would recommend Rob to anybody who
is looking for an overseas professional. He is helpful, always available and
makes sure he answers your questions as fully and as soon as possible. Without
Robs help the job of getting Dinuk into the country for the start of the season
would have been even more difficult than it already is.
1st team Captain and Cricket Chairman, St Annes Cricket Club – Northern Premier
I was first introduced to Rob the
summer of 2006 after a Test tour in England as I was looking for a club to
sub-pro for a while. I was a bit apprehensive as it was my first stint
playing league cricket in England, but Rob arranged everything almost
overnight and made sure that I was well looked after at Blythe CC (my new
club). One of the biggest problems I had as a new international cricketer
was getting good bat contracts and making sure that I received my payments.
This was one of the main reasons I signed Rob as my manager and he
immediately sorted me out with a CA contract for two years, and I they have
provided me with some excellent bats, and have been prompt with payments.
Rob and I get along really well and he is now more of a friend than a
manager I am extremely satisfied with his service and have no hesitation in
recommending him to anyone.
Long gone are the days when a cricket
club could afford to pay an overseas professional cricketer to turn out at the
weekend and attend a senior net or two in midweek, if he felt like it. The
emphasis these days is very much on recruiting a player who will prove to be as
useful a coach with a club's junior teams seven days a week as he is with the
bat and ball in the 1st XI on a Saturday. We believe we may have achieved that
ambition - and at a reasonable price - through the excellent service provided by
Rob Ashwell and his strong association with first class players in Sri Lanka. At
Keswick Cricket Club we also think it is an important part of the game to
provide an opportunity for a young overseas player, setting out on his career,
to qualify as a coach and to gain valuable experience overseas. It widens the
horizons of the game and the people who play it, establishes friendships between
nations and across cultures and is extremely beneficial all round. The arrival
of a young Sri Lankan at
our club this season has been a breath of fresh air and the fact that it has
happened is due in the first instance to Rob Ashwell and his connections.
Keith Richardson (Chairman, Keswick Cricket Club).
We had been promised the world by an agent
claiming to be the best in the UK, turned out he was trying to get our chosen
player into the country illegally and subsequently the player was returned home
to NZ. Our club was in dire need of a quality player/coach at the very, very
last minute. All hope seemed lost until I spoke to Rob Ashwell of Ace Cricket
Exchange, who found us a player and had a contract signed and returned inside 2
days!! We are stoked with our player, Lyndon Brown of Kwa-Zulu Natal in South
Africa, he is a fantastic guy, very sociable and a great coach. I rate Ace
Cricket Exchange as the best in the business in UK because of their honesty and
speed of service, hats of to them.
Robert Humphries, Norwich &
Coltishall Wanderers Cricket Club
When one sees recommendations for a particular company on that company's
website, they are usually read with some scepticism. In the case of Rob
Ashwell's website this is far from the case. As Chairman of Haxey Cricket Club,
we have had Sri Lankan players from Rob for the last three years and the
professionalism of both Rob and his charges have been first class. I have
recommended Rob to a number of other clubs in our league (Lincolnshire Premier
League) and would have no hesitation in saying that his website 'acecricketexchange.co.uk'
should be the first site that you look at if you want service and a quality
Don Lange Chairman of Haxey Cricket Club
Haverigg CC worked with Rob Ashwell in securing the services of S Sriram in
2007. Rob has been a consummate professional in establishing contact with Sriram
and acting fairly for both sides during negotiation. Rob has remained in contact
with player and club throughout the season and has shown a genuine interest in
the progression of player and club. We would be happy to recommend Rob to other
Simon Bremer secretary Haverigg cc Lancs & Cumbria Premier league
Hartlepool Cricket Club have played in the NYSD Premier League for
over 100 years, and take their cricket very seriously. This years Professional
for Hartlepool is Janaka Gunarathna from Sri Lanka.
Robbie has co-ordinated Janaka's agreement of contract and all the extra
paperwork involved bringing overseas Pro's into the country this year. Robbie
has handled all Club requests very efficiently and effectively
throughout, and Hartlepool were fully prepared with their chosen professional in
place for the beginning of the 2009 Season.
Hartlepool are second top of the League at the moment. Thanks again Robbie.
Our club has used Ace Cricket / Rob for several years now. They are always
efficient , very helpful and always available to discuss ours and the target
players needs and requirements , taking into account our clubs budget and the
requirements of the player. They always ensure the necessary documentation is
in place in a short period of time & will even arrange flights at competitive
rates. We have never had a problem with our professionals since we started
using Ace and intend to continue using them in the future.
Chris Barker - Secretary- Walsden CC Central Lancashire League
Having dealt with numerous agents over the years, there are two things that sets
the Ace Cricket Exchange apart from other agencies:
1) We us a club had very specific requirements for a cricket professional who
would be an enthusiastic coach to work in schools full time, and Rob found us
what we consider to be the "perfect" person to assume this vital role for the
2) Rob is in constant contact with both the professional AND the club throughout
the season, taking a genuine interest in the performances and progress of the
player and the club.
Andrew Hall Chairman Penrith Cricket Club
Ashwell Cricket Exchange