Made to order

custom bats

Let your imagination fly.

Our Custom range empowers you to build your dream shape through our website. Select various profile, edge, handle, and spine designs to custom make your perfect Fantail cricket bat.

Once we receive your order, you will work with Blake, our bat maker, to draw up a design that moulds to your game.

Our custom range also includes replicating bats. You can send or drop your bat off in-store, or we can use pictures and specifications to draw up a design. You can type that you'd like us to make a replica in the additional information box on each custom product page.

HOW OUR MADE TO ORDER BATS ARE MADE

Each cricket bat willow tree is grown in the UK for around 20 years before being processed & into raw clefts. The clefts then get sent to Meerut, India.

Our high-quality Singapore Manu cane & cork cane handles are made in Jalandhar. The handles then get sent to Meerut for splicing into our clefts. The clefts are then machined and go through our three-stage pressing process, which maximises the potential performance of each piece of willow.

The bats are then shipped to New Zealand, where they are given a final grade, shaped by hand and finished to your chosen specifications. We trust in our process, which allows you to walk to the crease with confidence, knowing that you're using a premium product that will perform under pressure.

selection guide

All the information you need to select the correct options for you.

Size Guide

SMALL MENS - SM

Players Height: 1.68m - 1.75m
Bat Length: 84cm
Blade Width: 10.7cm
Handle Length: 29.5cm
Weight Range: 2lb 6oz & Above

SHORT HANDLE - SH

Players Height: 1.68m - 1.88m
Bat Length: 85cm
Blade Width: 10.7cm
Handle Length: 29.5cm
Weight Range: 2lb 6oz & Above

LONG HANDLE / SHORT BLADE - LH/SB

Players Height: 1.68m - 1.88m
Bat Length: 85cm
Blade Width: 10.7cm
Handle Length: 31.5cm
Weight Range: 2lb 6oz & Above

LONG BLADE - LB

Players Height: 1.88m & above
Bat Length: 87cm
Blade Width: 10.7cm
Handle Length: 29.5cm
Weight Range: 2lb 9oz & Above

LONG HANDLE - LH

Players Height: 1.88m & above
Bat Length: 87cm
Blade Width: 10.7cm
Handle Length: 31.5cm
Weight Range: 2lb 9oz & Above

LONG BLADE / LONG HANDLE - LB/LH

Players Height: 1.88m & above
Bat Length: 89cm
Blade Width: 10.7cm
Handle Length: 31.5cm
Weight Range: 2lb 9oz & Above

Bat weight

The general rule is light bats for the controlled players and slightly heavier bats for the aggressive and attacking stroke-makers.

Heavier bats have a slower bat speed than lighter bats. The effort required to move the bat increases as the weight of the bat increases. A lighter bat will allow faster bat speed and increase the chance of middling the ball. A heavier bat will not be comparatively easy to middle the ball with, but it will stay hit when you connect with it.

Light (2lbs 6oz - 2lbs 8oz): We recommend this weight range if you are moving to your first full-size bat or into the finishing stages of your playing career, as it may help if you carry a lingering injury

Standard (2lbs 9oz - 2lbs 10oz): Most professional cricketers use a bat of this weight. It is an excellent balance between bat speed and bat performance.

Heavy (2lbs 11oz +): From 2lbs 11oz, you get a bat less about bat speed and more about blade performance. This weight range is for players who want to score their runs through boundaries and want a large and imposing bat.

Bow & Face

Our 3-stage pressing technique generates a balanced bowed blade to deliver increased power and control. Our modern flat face allows for enhanced shot placement. The edges are boned (hardened) to strengthen and decrease the chance of cracking.

Profile

Full

With little to no scallop, wood is left where it is essential to ensure performance. If performance is your priority, then this should be the focus. This is the shape that most professional cricketers seek due to it offering maximum forgiveness when hitting off centre. However, a full profile significantly increases the weight, which means it's not usually possible on lightweight bats.

Semi-concaved

Semi-concaving is a balance between concaved and full, allowing an even distribution of willow through the edges and spine while maintaining good off-centre power. This is especially suited to lightweight bats as the concaving is required to reduce the bat's weight.

Concaved

Concaving allows a maximum spine and edge. However, off-centre strikes aren't as powerful as a full profile. Weight is removed through the back of the blade whilst keeping a high edge and spine. If you're after an imposing edge and spine, then this is a great option.

sweet spot position

The sweet spot or middle of the bat is the blade area where you achieve the most significant amount of power. Therefore, if you have a bat with a high sweet spot, you need to regularly hit the ball high on the blade to get the best out of the bat.

When choosing the spine position, remember the higher you go, the better the pick up will be.


We give you the option of having a different spine peak position to the edge. Having an offset edge and spine is designed to lengthen the middle, improving the pickup and balance. This option is optimal if you like a low sweet spot.

High

A high sweet spot is located 25cm to 28cm from the toe. This bat suits a player who opens or plays the ball late & prefers playing short-pitched bowling off the back foot. The weight distribution is higher up the blade, meaning that the bat speed is improved. This type of bat suits batters who like to cut, hook and pull.

Central

Most players will have a bat with the central sweet spot located 22cm to 24cm from the toe. A bat with a central sweet spot will suit a batter who plays the full range of shots. This sweet spot does not favour any style in particular.

Low

A low sweet spot is located 14cm to 17cm from the toe. This type of bat suits a player that enjoys driving the ball and playing aggressively. It is particularly suited to wickets that don't have much bounce. The pick-up won't feel as balanced due to the willow mass sitting closer to the toe.

Toe shape

Round

A round toe will help prevent toe damage, particularly if you are a constant crease tapper. Both round and semi-round shapes assist you in sliding your bat into the crease.

semi-round

The semi-round toe is our most popular choice as it gives you the best of both styles. Both round and semi-round toes assist you in sliding your bat into the crease.

square

International players have widely used a square toe as it makes the blade appear wider and is stable while in stance. The drawback is the corners are prone to damage and digging into the pitch when sliding.

handle Shape

Round

The round handle is best suited to those who like to use their bottom hand and wrists for control and power. The round handle is popular in the subcontinent.

Semi-Oval

The semi-oval handle is our most popular choice as it gives you the best of both styles. It allows for a consistent and comfortable feel for most batsmen.

Oval

The oval handle provides more strength to the handle as the circumference is larger. The oval shape on the bottom hand also gives the bat a better directional feel & means that the bottom hand isn't dominant, enabling the top hand to control the shot.

CONFORM TO MCC LAWS?

In October 2017, the new MCC laws on cricket bat sizes came into force for the professional game. The new code means that the maximum dimensions of a cricket bat will be 108mm in blade width, 67mm in spine height with 40mm edges. A bat gauge has been developed for umpires to check players bats, and we use one in the workshop to guarantee your bat will fit through.

The laws are only applicable to the professional game, but there is a moratorium period for the amateur game. This period means that amateur players can still use and purchase oversized bats that may violate the Law, which is why we give you the option.

Grip Texture

Dynamite

Essentially a pyramid grip, with hundreds of mini pyramids across the grip. The bottom hand is banded to create a thicker grip with simple pyramids on the top hand.

Aqua Wave

The surface texture of the Aqua Wave grip resembles alternating wave ripples, which create an important solid bond between gloves and bat.

Spiral Coil

Thicken up the handle on your cricket bat with our high-quality spiral coil grip—the thick ridges aid in helping to prevent your hands from moving when playing a shot.

Chevron

Add some stability to the grip on your cricket bat with the popular chevron cricket bat grip alternating bars (of approx 3cm width) of diagonally raised grooves.

Octopus

The surface of this grip is covered in hundreds of mini octopus-like suckers and was the first grip texture to give a prominently raised feel.

additional information box

We encourage you to give us as much information as possible. Whether that is replicating your current bat, a bat you've found online or creating a new shape altogether.

If you're not sure what would suit you, let us know your playing style, pitches you play on, best & worst shots, formats you play, bats that you've previously used and what you liked/disliked about them, age & build we will then design a shape based on the information you provide that moulds to your game.

Remember the specifications you provide are to give us a guide. Once we receive your order, we will be in touch within a few days with an initial design. We can then proceed or make as many changes as you like until you're happy.

English willow grading

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A Grade LE (limited edition) is the best looking and performing blade money can buy. A typical GLE will have 9+ grains, no blemishes on the playing surface and a tight, clean and straight grain structure. These are outstanding pieces of willow turned into the most exceptional bats imaginable.

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GP (performance) bats are graded on performance. The ping/performance of these bats is often equivalent to our top GLE grade, but they don't meet the same grain structure/aesthetics required. You can expect upwards of 8 grains, with the possibility of small blemishes and heartwood.

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A Grade 1 is aesthetically sound and high performing. You can expect a beautiful bat with at least six straight grains visible, that will perform to a high level. The odd blemish or heartwood is not uncommon, but in general, they will have a clean grain structure.

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Grade 2 willow still produces great quality cricket bats. Often heartwood can be seen on the edge of these bats, this has no effect on the playing ability of the bat it is purely cosmetic. There will be at least four straight grains on the face of the bat with maybe some blemishes, pin knots or "speck" visible.

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A Grade 3 bat may have up to half heartwood across the bat. Again this has no direct relation to the playing ability of the wood. It just has less visual attraction. There will be a minimum of 4 grains on the face of the bat, which may not always be perfectly straight. Again some small knots or a little 'butterfly' stain may be present with perhaps more prominent "speck".

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Butterfly stained willow doesn't have the aesthetics of the grades above. Fortunately, good looks can only go so far, and butterfly willow can often perform exceptionally well. The ball can ping off a bat with a butterfly stain. This grade makes a standout value for money cricket bat.