FANTAIL PROFILE SHAPE 5

FPS5 - JUNIOR

The spine is the key to the FPS5. It runs high and long from the handle and finishes above the toe generating a balanced pick-up and performance off the front and back foot.

You'll notice the forgiving nature of this shape when hitting throughout the length of the hitting zone. The pick-up is good, but we maintain a larger volume of willow through the shape than our other shapes, which is a minor drawback.

This shape is ideal for players who want an extended sweet spot for all-round forgiving strokeplay.

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 in the central of the hitting zone. 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 34mm & 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 FPS5 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

3

Players Height: 1.37m - 1.44m
Bat Length: 72cm
Blade Width: 9cm
Handle Length: 23.5cm

4

Players Height: 1.44m - 1.50m
Bat Length: 76cm
Blade Width: 9.5cm
Handle Length: 24.5cm

5

Players Height: 1.50m - 1.57m
Bat Length: 78cm
Blade Width: 10cm
Handle Length: 25.5cm

6

Players Height: 1.57m - 1.63m
Bat Length: 80cm
Blade Width: 10cm
Handle Length: 27cm

h

Players Height: 1.63m - 1.68m
Bat Length: 82.5cm
Blade Width: 10cm
Handle Length: 28cm

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: We recommend this weight range if you are of a slimmer build but within the recommended height. Sometimes a standard weight can feel too heavy, and it's essential to have a bat that you can control and feel confident using.

Standard: If you're of a standard build for your height, this range is an excellent balance between bat speed and bat performance. It also allows for a regular weight increase of 2oz -3oz when moving to the next size.

Heavy: Heavy bats will reduce your hand speed and may affect your ability to time the ball consistently. 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.

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.

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.

Scale

The surface is covered in hundreds of half-moons, all facing the same direction, giving a texture resembling fish scales or snakeskin, generally considered one of the best texture for the bond between bat and gloves.

ENGLISH WILLOW GRADING

PERFORMANCE - EW

The top shelf of junior English willow in performance in grain structure. 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.

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".

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.