HOW OUR ENGLISH WILLOW 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. They are then given an initial grade and dried.
The raw clefts then get sent to Meerut, India. Our high-quality Singapore Manu cane & cork cane handles are made in Jalandhar and are sent to Meerut, where they are spliced into our raw clefts. The clefts are then machined and go through our 3-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 you can rely on to perform under pressure.
HAVE THE CONFIDENCE TO PLAY 360°
The Swell is ideal for cricketers who want power on the front and back foot. The Swell's shape 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 distribution of weight throughout the hitting zone. This allows for a well-balanced bat which, enables yourself to have more time and control over your shots.
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.
If you are looking for a specific grain structure, please get in touch, and we'll let you know what is available.
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 quite as easy to middle the ball with, but when you connect with the ball, it will stay hit.
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 (1lb 14oz - 1lbs 15oz): We recommend this weight range if you are of a slimmer build and 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.
Regular (2lbs 0oz - 2lbs 1oz): This is a standard weight range for a harrow cricket bat. It is an excellent balance between bat speed and bat performance. This also allows for a standard weight increase of 2oz -3oz when moving to a size 6 bat.
Heavy (2lbs 2oz +): From 2lbs 2oz up 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 bat that is large and imposing.