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    Cricket Articles

    English Willow - Grading and general information.

    When it comes to purchasing your new bat, you'll probably want to know what grade of timber has been used. Most customers will of course look for the higher grades available in the price range they are looking at. However is this a crucial factor in terms of selection? We have sourced some information from one of the largest English Willow suppliers worldwide - JS Wright & Sons. When it comes to English Willow, this company is regarded as the world leader - it is very likely when purchasing a new English Willow bat from The Cricket Warehouse - JS...Read more

    New Cricket Bat Preparation

    We recommend you use either a ball or wooden cricket bat mallet, as this enables you to have greater control during the knocking in process.

    The knocking in process could take approx. 6 hours depending on how soft the willow is. However, if applying extratec then the knocking in process shouldn't take longer than 4 hours. Start the knocking in process initially by hitting the mallet against the blade firmly, but not hard, with the pressure being increased after an hour. After 2 hours the mallet can be hit reasonably hard against the blade.

    OILING PROCESS
    (This should be...Read more

    Size Guide

    All top coaches will agree that having the correct size equipment is crucial especially for junior players.

    Bat Sizing (Using Players Height): PLEASE NOTE - BAT SIZES ARE AN APPROXIMATION ONLY Full Size /Short Handle - 1.75m & over Small Adult/Academy - 1.68m - 1.75m Harrow - 1.63m - 1.68m 6 - 1.57m - 1.63m 5 - 1.50m - 1.57m 4 - 1.44m - 1.5m 3 - 1.37m - 1.44m 2 - 1.29m - 1.37m 1 - 1.22m - 1.29m 0 - 1.10m - 1.22m 00 - Up to 1.10m Too often junior players use bats that are too big for...Read more

    Cricket Bat Oiling Process

    Firstly check to see if your bat needs another coat of oil. To do this, using a reasonable amount of pressure, run your thumbnail up the blade of the bat, from the toe to just below where the front sticker is. If there is a tiny speck of oil where your thumbnail is, there is enough oil. However, if there is no oil the blade will need to be oiled again.

    YOUR BAT SHOULD BE TESTED IN THIS MANNER APPROX. EVERY 3 TO 4 WEEKS.

    Lightly sandpaper the surface of the bat with 180 - 200 grit sandpaper.
    THIS SHOULD BE DONE PRIOR...Read more

    Ready Play Bats

    Some of the bats we stock are pre-prepared in the factory by our suppliers.

    We recommend at least a couple of hours with a ball mallet, and light throw downs with old balls in the nets to ensure your bat is "Game Ready". A light coat of oil on the exposed timber is also a good idea to protect the timber.

    Most of these bats have Extratec anti scuff sheeting applied to the face of the bat which should remain on the bat during its lifespan. The Extratec anti scuff sheeting can be replaced, however we would suggest having this done in...Read more