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Recommendations & Testimonials

from Players and Clubs:


Just a few of the recommendations we have received over the years from Clubs and Individuals alike.

From: John Waller
Date: 19 April 2016 20:47:34 BST
To: "'Ashwell Cricket'"

I have no hesitation in recommending Robert Ashwell of Ashwell Cricket Exchange to any Club seeking an overseas player.   Dunstall CC has acquired, through Robert  a cricketer of proven quality in Kevin McClean from the West Indies. Kevin is also a Level 2 coach who will help out with Junior coaching. Robertís help and guidance throughout the whole process of obtaining a Visa and organising flights for Kevin has been invaluable. It would have been much more difficult without Robertís assistance. We shall certainly use his services again-hopefully for another season with Kevin!


John Waller Hon. Secretary  Dunstall C.C.

Rob Ashwell has provided our club professional Harsha Cooray for the last three season and has been proficient and professional in all of my dealings with him, in 2014 he also assisted in providing us with an outstanding amateur player. A key part of our requirements for a professional was identifying a player who would fit with our youth development plans, Robs understanding of his players allowed him to identify an ideal player who has a real love of coaching and we are reaping the benefit. On the playing front Harsha has been a key part of Aberdeenshire winning the Eastern Premier League and Club Championship in 2014 and is the leading professional in the league. Rob Ashwell Cricket Exchange has provided Aberdeenshire Cricket Club with accurate, honest information and delivered in all areas. I would thoroughly recommend his service to all clubs.

Bob Buchan Cricket Convener Aberdeenshire Cricket Club.

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 Dinukís 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.


Andy Kellett      1st team Captain and Cricket Chairman, St Annes Cricket Club Ė Northern Premier League

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.

Jehan Mubarak

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).

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 '' should be the first site that you look at if you want service and a quality player. 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 clubs.'
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.

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 club.   
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


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