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FANTAIL CRICKET

CUSTOM - G1 ENGLISH WILLOW BAT


Regular price $749.90 NZD Save Liquid error (product-template line 140): Computation results to '-Infinity'%
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Only 17 items in stock!
INCLUDES A BAT COVER.
The specifications you provide above 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. Please allow 4-7 working days once your design has been confirmed for your Fantail Custom bat to be made.

 

These timelines are a guide not a guarantee and change throughout each month.
We will do our best to have your order ready as soon as possible. If you are collecting your bat you will receive a text when your order is ready for pick up. Otherwise you will receive an email once your order has been dispatched with tracking details.
Please don’t call the store. We can have 60+ open orders at any moment, and as we work on a first-in, first-served basis, we can’t give you a time or day. Therefore, we can only provide you with current timelines below.

New Bats

Pre-made - 2 to 4 working days once your selection is confirmed - For any services to be completed.

Made to order - 4 to 7 working days once your selection is confirmed - For your bat/s to be made and any services to be completed

Custom - Once your design is confirmed allow 4 to 7 working days - For your bat/s to be made and any services to be completed

Services & Repairs

1 to 3 working days - facings and toe guards.

3 to 5 working days - knocking in and clean face services.

4 to 6 working days - handle replacements and weight reductions.

2 to 5 working days - crack repairs and all other services.

Please note: Working days are Monday to Friday

We offer a personalised Bat ID service for all new Fantail bats.

Choose up to 14 characters to be applied in black vinyl to the back of your new Fantail cricket bat. It not only gives it a personalised look, but no one can mistake it for yours, which reduces the risk of loss.

Please allow an additional 2-4 working days for your service add-ons to be completed.

Knocking In:

We highly recommend giving your new cricket bat the best start to life with a Fantail knocking in service. We apply a coat of linseed oil then combine hand knocking of the edges and toe with our state of the art Smart Knocking in machine to complete the process.

Facings

We highly recommend applying a facing which helps to protect and prolong the life of your cricket bat. As it adds a barrier to protect from blade damage and also excess moisture and dirt.

The clear facing is recommended for new bats and bats that are still in good condition. As the clear facing offers a superior protective layer compared to the fibre option

The fibre facing is recommended for bats that are starting to show surface cracks on the face. The fibres help to hold the face together. Some players prefer this on new bats as it is slightly lighter than the clear option

Toe Guard:

A toe guard is designed to protect the toe of a cricket bat from wear and tear and to prevent the toe from soaking up moisture.

Our rubber toe guard adds a thick layer of protection between the toe and surface. It's excellent for preventing excess moisture and damage from crease tapping and sliding your bat. 

Our Fibre epoxy Toe guard is considerably harder than the rubber option, which offers support to the vulnerable corners of the toe. If you are a hard crease tapper or have problems with cracking of the toe, then this is the recommended option for you.

We offer a limited warranty against any fault of manufacture on all Fantail Bats for a total period of 12 months. This warranty covers all repairs required that are caused as a result of reasonable use of the Fantail Cricket bat. Repairs carried out within 12 month warranty period are free of charge, though there is normally a return post and packing charge.

Subsequent repair and servicing are chargeable. Reasonable use involves, and is limited to, the use of the Fantail Cricket cricket bat to hit balls specifically designed for use in the sport of cricket. If the Fantail Cricket cricket bat is deemed unrepairable within a 6 month period then a free replacement will be offered. Fantail Cricket Ltd reserve the right to renege on this warranty if they believe that the bat has been used in ways not deemed reasonable. Fantail Cricket Ltd also reserves the right to renege on this warranty if labels were removed or chosen not to be applied. No cash refunds will be offered and the postage costs relating to the returning of bats will be borne by the customer.

Should you believe a warranty claim to be necessary, the product must be returned to us for inspection. Proof of purchase is required to be provided for any claim to be valid. 

The warranty period does NOT include the following;

  • Misuse
  • Insufficient knocking in and preparation prior to use
  • Superficial cracking
  • Damaged edges or toe, or excessive use
  • Bats used against bowling machines are not returnable as these especially damage cricket bats.
  • Damage due to moisture and or dirt

In the case of a replacement product, the remaining warranty period on the existing product only will be carried onto the replacement bat.

To get a shipping quote, add the items you would like to purchase to your cart and proceed to the checkout. Our system will calculate shipping rates based on your delivery address, order weight and order value. All orders are trackable from dispatch to delivery.

  • Domestic / New Zealand orders get sent via Post Haste. Allow 1 to 3 days for delivery.
  • International Orders get sent via DHL Express. Tax & Duties get calculated in the checkout of our website. Allow 1 to 4 days for delivery.

    Click & collect allows you to place your order through our website and and collect your order from our Auckland store.

    How do I select store collection?
    Proceed to the checkout of our website with the items you'd like to purchase in your cart, you will then be offered a delivery method of "Ship" or "Pick up". Select "Pick up" then proceed with your payment details.

    During what times will Click & Collect be open?
    Click & Collect will run as per our regular store opening hours.

    Is the Click & Collect option free?
    Yes, our contactless Click and Collect is completely free.

    How will I know my order is ready for collection?
    We will email you when your order is ready for you to collect.

    I am still confused, is there someone I can talk to? 
    If you are still unsure, please contact us via our online form or call our store.

    HOW OUR ENGLISH WILLOW MADE TO ORDER BATS ARE MADE

    What you need to know

    ENGLISH WILLOW

    G1

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

    If you're looking for a specific grain structure, select 'SEND PICTURES OF WILLOW OPTIONS' above. If there isn't an option you like, we will refund your order.

    DETAILS ON ALL GRADES

    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

    SELECTING THE CORRECT WEIGHT

    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.

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

    Use these weights as a guide when choosing the weight of your bat:

    Light (2lbs 6oz - 2lbs 8oz): We recommend this weight range if you are moving from junior sizing to your first full-size bat or if your moving into the finishing stages of your playing career and are looking for a lighter bat which may help if you carry a lingering injury

    Regular (2lbs 9oz - 2lbs 10oz): This is a standard weight range for a full-size cricket bat. The majority of 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 overall performance. This weight range is for players who want to score their runs through boundaries and want a large and imposing bat.

    SPINE & EDGE PEAK POSITIONS

    The sweet spot or middle of the bat is the blade area where you achieve the most significant amount of power. If you have a bat with a high sweet spot, you need to be hitting the ball high on the blade regularly 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 customers 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 batsmen 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 batsman 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.

    SPINE & EDGE HEIGHT

    As cricket bats are made from a natural product, each cricket bat will feel and perform slightly different. The same-sized clefts can weigh 10oz different to the next, which comes from the density of the willow. Most batsmen like to see a bat with thick edges and a high spine, but we don't recommend prioritising this over performance and bat speed.

    As a guide, we always recommend prioritising a fuller profile over edge and spine height. Very often, bats are chosen based on the measurements, not on what will best suit the player. When you select the edge and spine height, take the information above into consideration and remember it is to give us a guide only. The specifications given may need to be adjusted to achieve the weight & shape you're after.

    PROFILE

    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.

    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.

    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.

    CONFORM TO MCC LAWS

    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 only drawback is the corners are prone to damage and digging into the pitch when sliding.

    handle shape

    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. The thicker handle means that the bottom hand isn't dominant, enabling the top hand to control the shot.

    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.

    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.

    Grip Textures

    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.

    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.

    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.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    We encourage you to give us as much information as possible. This area is a space to tell us precisely what you want, 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.