Custom SM - English Willow Bat | Fantail
Custom SM - English Willow Bat | Fantail
Custom SM - English Willow Bat | Fantail
Custom SM - English Willow Bat | Fantail
Custom SM - English Willow Bat | Fantail
Custom SM - English Willow Bat | Fantail
Fantail Cricket

Custom SM - English Willow Bat


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The specifications you provide here are to give us a guide of what you're after. Once your order is placed 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 1-2 weeks once your design has been approved for your Fantail Custom bat to be made.

We offer a personalised Bat ID service which is available on all Fantail cricket bats.

Choose up to 14 characters to be laser engraved onto the face of your new Fantail. 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 2-3 working days for this service to be completed.

Please allow an additional 2-3 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. Our rubber toe guard adds a thick layer of protection between the toe and surface. It's great for preventing excess moisture and damage from crease tapping and sliding your bat.

PLEASE NOTE: if you are in-between sizes, consider getting the larger size
BAT SIZE
PLAYERS HEIGHT
BAT LENGTH
AVERAGE BLADE WIDTH
WEIGHT RANGE

ZERO

Up to 1.20m

60cm

8.9cm

1lb 4oz to 1lb 7oz

ONE

120cm -1.29m

64cm

8.9cm

1lb 7oz to 1lb 9oz

TWO

1.29m - 1.37m

68cm

8.9cm

1lb 9oz to 1lb 11oz

THREE

1.37m - 1.44m

72cm

9cm

1lb 11oz to 1lb 13oz

FOUR

1.44m - 1.50m

76cm

9.5cm

1lb 13oz to 1lb 15oz

FIVE

1.50m - 1.57m

78cm

10cm

1lb 15oz to 2lb 1oz

SIX

1.57m - 1.63m

80cm

10cm

2lb 1oz to 2lb 3oz

HARROW - H

1.63m - 1.68m

82.5cm

10cm

2lb 3oz to 2lb 5oz

SMALL MENS - SM

1.68m - 1.75m

84cm

10.7cm

2lb 7oz & Above

SHORT HANDLE - SH

1.68m - 1.88m

85cm

10.7cm

2lb 7oz & Above

LONG BLADE - LB

1.88m & above

87cm

10.7cm

2lb 9oz & Above

LONG HANDLE - LH

1.88m & above

87cm

10.7cm

2lb 9oz & Above

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.

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Please Note: International Customs/Tax

Additional charges by customs must be borne by you; we have no control over these charges and cannot predict what they may be. Customs policies vary widely from country to country. If you are unsure of these, you should contact your local customs office for further information. Customs forms for all international packages list the value of your order's contents.

ENGLISH WILLOW GRADING

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For guidance on our English Willow grades.

Service Add-ons

Knocking In: We highly recommend giving your new cricket bat the best start to life with a Fantail knocking in service. We combine hand knocking with our state of the art Smart Knocking in machine to complete the process

Facing: 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
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 then the clear option

Toe Guard:A toe guard is designed to protect the toe of a cricket bat from wear and tear. Our rubber toe guard adds a thick layer of protection between the toe and surface. It's great for preventing excess moisture and damage from crease tapping and sliding your bat.

Weight

Dead Weight: We refer to dead weight as the measurable overall weight on the scales.

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 (2lbs 6oz - 2lbs 8oz): We recommend this weight range if this is 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 a great balance between bat speed and bat performance.

Heavy (2lbs 11oz +): From 2lbs 11oz 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.

Balance & pick-up describes the bat’s ‘centre of gravity’. If the bat’s ‘centre of gravity’ is too close to the handle the pick-up is quite poor. If the centre of gravity is approximately 8 inches from the shoulder, then the pick-up should be good. We do not advocate measuring for the centre of gravity – you should test the pick up using the method described below.

To test the pick-up of your bat, hold it in your top hand and lift it using your normal pick up. If the bat feels heavy then the pick-up is not great. If it is easy to pick up and the bat does not feel heavy then you have a bat with good balance and pick-up.

A bat with a good pick-up will allow for a better bat speed than a bat with a poor pick-up.

A bat that has an even weight distribution will have a faster bat speed than a bat that has its weight near the toe. Put another way, this means that a heavier bat with a good distribution of weight will have a faster bat speed than a light bat with a lot of weight in the toe.

Spine & Edge peak position

The sweet spot or middle of the bat is the area of the blade where you achieve the largest amount of power in the shot you are playing. 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

High: A high sweet spot is usually 5” to 13” from the toe. This bat suits a batsman who opens or prefers playing short pitched bowling, and off the back foot. The weight distribution is higher up the blade, meaning that the bat speed is faster. This type of bat suits the player that likes to cut, hook and pull, in other words, the controlled player.

Central: Most players will have a bat with the central sweet spot . This would be about 4” to 12” 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 favor any style in particular.

Low: A low sweet spot is usually 3” to 11” 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 do have much bounce. The pick up may be affected due to the weight of bat being nearer to the toe.

When choosing the spine position remember that 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 which also improves the pickup and balance. This option is optimal if you like a low sweet spot

spine & Edge height

As cricket bats are made from a natural product each cricket bat will feel and perform & weigh differently. The same sized clefts can weigh 10oz different to the next which comes from the density of the fibres. This is why you can have a bat that is lighter and bigger then the next.

Most batsmen like to see a bat with thick edges and a high spine but this shouldn't be compromised 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 from what is going to best suit the player. Edges are important and it’s great to have a bat with thick edges, but always but performance, bat speed & the pick up above them

When you choose the edge and spine height above take the information above into consideration and remember that this is to give us a guide only. Most of the time the specifications given need to be adjusted to achieve the weight & shape you're after.

profile

Full Profile: With little to no scallop wood is left where it is important to ensure performance. If performance is what you want then this should be the focus. This is the shape that most professional cricketers seek due to the value for strokes with this forgiving profile.

Semi-concaved: A semi-concave shape is in between concave and full and is balanced between big edges and good off centre power. If you seek performance but still want a good sized spine and edge then this is the option for you

Concave : A concave shape allows a maximum spine and maximum edge. Off centre strikes aren't as powerful as a full shape. Weight is removed through the back of the blade whilst keeping a high edge and spine. If you seek large edges and spine at a light weight then this is the option for you

Conform to MCC Law bat regulations

From 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 use 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 at present but there is a moratorium period for the amateur game. This period means that amateur players can still use and purchase oversized bats which may be in breach of the Law. It is expected to be several years before the same law is imposed on club cricket.

Handle Shape

Oval: The oval handle provides more strength to the handle as the circumference is larger. The oval shape in the lower handle also gives the bat a better directional feel. It is also harder to grip the bat too hard with the bottom hand as a result the top hand controls the shot. We recommend the technical batsmen to go for an oval handle.

Semi-oval: The semi-oval handle is our most popular choice as it gives you the best of both styles which is why we use it on all of our Designer Range bats.

Round: The round handle is best suited to those who like to use their bottom hand for control, to hit the ball hard and lift it.

Our handle options above also allow you to choose the diameter these measurements are taken 3 cm from the base of the handle before the binding/thread is applied

Toe Shape

Square Toe: A Square toe has been widely used by current international players as it makes the blade appear wider and is comfortable while in stance. It also gives the feeling of a bigger toe area due to there being less wastage in comparison to the round toe. The only drawback is that with sharp corners the square toe is more prone to damage. If you want a square toe we would recommend a toe of at least 22mm.

Semi-round Toe: The semi-round toe is our most popular choice as it gives you the best of both styles which is why we use it on all of our Designer Range bats. Both round and semi-round toes assist you in sliding your bat into the crease

Round Toe: A Round toe in general will help prevent damage of the bat toe particular if you are a constant crease tapper. Both round and semi-round toes assist you in sliding your bat into the crease

Angled Toe: The main reason for an angled toe is that it helps minimise damage from tapping at the crease and running in, as the toe is slightly offset.

Additional information

We encourage you to give us as much information as possible. This is a space to tell us exactly what you're after whether that is replicating your current bat, a friends or a bat you've found online.

If your not sure what would suit you let us know your playing style, pitches you play on, best & worst shots, formats you play, age & build we will then design a shape based on the information you provide that moulds to your game