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  1. Which Bat is Good For You?
  2. English Willow versus Kashmir Willow
  3. Wood Grades
  4. Style of play - Size, weight, sweet-spot, and handle!
    1. Bat sizes and player height
    2. Weight of Cricket Bats
    3. The Sweet Spot
    4. Handle
  5. Bat Warranty
  6. Bat Care and maintenance

For Natural finish (untreated) bats

Before use, apply a light coat of raw linseed oil (bat oil) to the face, back edges and toe with the fingers and palm of the hand. Avoid oiling the splice area.
At weekly intervals, 3 or 4 further light coats should be applied to the face, edges and toe. Clean the bat using fine sand paper before each application. Repeat occasionally if the bat is very dry.
After oiling lay the bat flat for a few hours.

For bats with a cover on the face

Apply oil as described above, but only to the back, uncovered edges and toe.

For polycoated bats

No oiling is required, however, during play the polycoating will wear from the toe area and the exposed willow should be lightly oiled as described above.

Knocking in!

All our Grade 1 and 2 English Willow bat faces have been expertly pressed to provide an optimum resilient playing surface and do not need further pressing. In addition, the bats have been knocked in the face, especially the front edges, which further improves the bat's useful life. The knocking has been done with an old leather cricket ball, or a specially designed bat mallet.

For any bats that you plan to knock in , a few words of caution: take great care when knocking in the edges and toe as hitting too hard may crack the willow - take your time and be patient!

The blade should be knocked in on the face of the bat including the edge of the face but not on the sides of the blade, the underneath of the toe or back of the blade.

Playing in!!

After knocking in , the bat should be used to hit short catches and/or "throw-downs" with an old, good quality cricket ball. It is advisable to initially avoid use against a new ball in either nets or a match.

MAINTENANCE

To maintain your bat in peak condition we recommend you to follow this simple advice.
Don'ts
Don't expose to extremes of temperature
Avoid prolonged spells in Car Boots/Trunks/Interiors
Don't over-oil. It is more dangerous to over-oil than to under-oil. Over-oiling adds weight, spoils driving power and may cause rot.
Don't ever, ever stand the bat in oil.
Don't allow the bat to become damp.
Don't misuse or treat carelessly off the pitch, for example at nets, or in changing rooms.
Don't use cheap hard balls. These will damage the bat.
Don't continue to play with a damaged bat; this will aggravate the damage to a point where the bat may be beyond repair.
Do's
Do prepare the bat carefully
Do store the bat in off-season in a cool dry atmosphere away from excessive heat or damp.
Do re-oil the bat after any prolonged period of non-use: it's particularly important to remember to do this prior to using in pre-season indoor nets.
Do inspect the bat regularly for damage in play and repair promptly.

 

Bat Making

Saliix Alba Caerulea or commonly known as English willows grow to a maximum height of 21-27m about 90 feet and a diameter of 0.9-1.2m(3-4ft). The tree will be encouraged to branch out at about 3m (10') height. Trees grown for manufacture of cricket bats are felled when they reach a circumference of about 56".

Once felled, the willow is cut into 71 cm lengths (clefts), the willow supplier grades it and seasons it. The cleft is now roughly shaped and goes through a phase where it is dried and seasoned. By experience, naturally drying and seasoning the blade for 12 months has proved the best method to get quality cricket bat blades. When the blades are allowed to lose moisture over a long period of time, it gives the bat far more even moisture content and means that you are far less likely to get moisture trapped inside the blade, which causes heavy weight.

The blades are subsequently put in driers to get the correct moisture content. Now the bat-maker is ready to carve out the bat from the blade

A wide, flat drawknife is then used to carve the back and toe of the bat whilst a thin blade with a steep bevel is reversed to blend the shoulders into the handle of the bat.

The wooden plane is then used to achieve a more refined profile. An adjustable smoothing plane is used for final smoothing.

The shoulders and lower part of the handle are smoothed and tidied up with a spoke-shave. The handle is then rounded off using a rasp.

The blade is then sanded and polished by hand and burnished with a wax compound for a smooth finish. This finishing stage is a complex process that is accomplished by an expert bat-maker.

The handle is wound with twine and an adhesive is used to bind the twine to the handle. Once this has all dried the rubber grip is rolled on using a gripping cone.

About English Willow

Cricket Bat Willow , close - bark willow

 

 

 
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