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    Cricket Articles

    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.

    (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:                 Too often junior players use bats that are too big for them. Bats that are too long prevent the bat being picked up correctly as the top of the handle gets in the way.

    Gloves Sizing:
              It is important that gloves have a nice snug fit. If they are too loose the palm will bunch up and cause discomfort and they...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.


    Lightly sandpaper the surface of the bat with 180 - 200 grit sandpaper.

    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

    Seasonal Cricket Bat Maintenance

    To maximise the life of your cricket bat it is important to maintain it well.

    We recommend you go over your bat thoroughly and check for any excessive wear or damage at least once a year for a "Ready Play" bat, and approximately every three months for an oil or natural bat.

    Types of damage to look out for include:

    Shoulder splits - Easily repaired in store, bats which develop shoulder splits can be easily repaired, particularly if they are picked up early.

    Splice cracking - Lower splice cracks can be repaired in store, and will always require binding. This sort of...Read more