FANTAIL PROFILE SHAPE 1

FPS1 - SENIOR

Based off our previous Swell shape. The FPS1 is created for cricketers who want an equal level of performance on the front and back foot.

The FPS1 allows for an outstanding pickup with optimum performance in the centre of the blade. The spine peaks in the middle of the hitting zone with sufficient willow carrying through to the toe allowing for excellent weight distribution and performance.

This shape will transform the way you play. The exceptional pickup enables you to generate quicker hand speed and have more control over your shots.

CONSTRUCTION

This bat conforms to MCC Law 5 bat regulations, which means that the bat needs will fit through an approved bat gauge with maximum dimensions of 108mm in blade width, 67mm in spine height with 40mm edges

Spine & Edge

You can expect the edge and spine to peak between 235mm & 225mm from the toe of the bat. The edge and spine height will differ based on the weight & size you select, plus the density of the willow used. However, the edge will be between 35mm & 40mm and the spine between 60mm & 67mm.

Bow & Face

Our 2-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

The profile refers to the amount of scallop between the edge and spine. The FPS1 has a semi-concaved to full profile, equivalent to scalloping between 0mm and 3mm. This differs based on the weight, size you select, and the density of the willow used.

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.

Our high-quality Singapore Manu cane & cork cane handles are made in Jalandhar, India.

Once the raw clefts and handles arrive in our Auckland, New Zealand workshop, the clefts are machined, handled and run through our two-stage pressing process, which maximises the potential performance of each piece of willow.

They are then given a final grade, shaped by hand and finished to your chosen specifications. We trust in our process, which allows you to confidently walk to the crease, 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 ADULT - SA

Players Height: 1.68m - 1.75m
Bat Length: 83.5cm
Blade Width: 10.8cm
Handle Length: 29.5cm
Weight Range: 2lb 6oz & Above

SHORT HANDLE - SH

Players Height: 1.68m - 1.88m
Bat Length: 85cm
Blade Width: 10.8cm
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: 10.8cm
Handle Length: 31.5cm
Weight Range: 2lb 6oz & Above

LONG BLADE - LB

Players Height: 1.88m & above
Bat Length: 87cm
Blade Width: 10.8cm
Handle Length: 29.5cm
Weight Range: 2lb 9oz & Above

LONG HANDLE - LH

Players Height: 1.88m & above
Bat Length: 87cm
Blade Width: 10.8cm
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: 10.8cm
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. The FPS1 shape can only be made 2lbs 6oz and above.

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.

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.

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.

English willow grading

LIMITED - EW

The best looking and performing willow money can buy. A Limited cleft will have 10+ grains, no blemishes on the playing surface, and a tight, clean, straight grain structure. These are outstanding pieces of willow turned into the most exceptional bats imaginable.

PERFORMANCE -EW

Graded on having equal performance to our Limited willow without the higher price tag. The only difference is the grain aesthetics. You can expect upwards of 8 grains, with the possibility of minor blemishes and heartwood.

VINTAGE-EW

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 are common, but generally, they will have a clean grain structure.

LEGACY - EW

We move into a slightly broader grain structure which is still relatively clean, producing great bats. There will be at least five straight grains on the face of the bat, and you'll commonly see heartwood, blemishes, pin knots or "speck" visible.

CLASSIC - EW

We move into a grain structure that isn't always straight, but the performance is still of a good standard. There will be a minimum of 4 grains on the face of the bat. Again heartwood, small knots, and a little 'butterfly' stain may be present with perhaps more prominent "speck".

PRIME - EW

Less visual attraction than our higher grades, but it's a great value for money option. There will be a minimum of 4 grains on the face of the bat, which won't always be straight. Again heartwood, small knots, and a little 'butterfly' stain may be present with perhaps more prominent "speck".

POTENT - EW

With more prominent blemishes than our higher grade requirements, this grade still produces great-performing bats. There will be a minimum of 4 grains on the face of the bat, which won't always be straight. Again heartwood, knots, and 'butterfly' stain may be present with perhaps more prominent "speck".

SELECT - EW

Still structurally sound, these bats produce excellent entry-level cricket bats. There will be a minimum of 4 grains on the face of the bat, which won't always be straight. Again heartwood, knots, and 'butterfly' stain may be present with perhaps more prominent "speck".

BUTTERFLY - EW

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.

The willow won't look exactly the same as in the picture, as it's a natural product.

When placing your order, select 'Yes, please' in the 'Send pictures of willow options' section if you want a specific grain structure. We will email you options once we've received your order (we will refund your order if you don't like any of the options).

If the grade you want to order is sold out, view when new stock will be available HERE.