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.
A MODERN APPROACH FOR THE CLASSIC STROKEMAKER
The Core's shape allows for a power-packed mid to low hitting zone. Its spine shape enables the bat to pick up better than most mid to low sweet spot bats. If you seek the confidence to get forward and get value for your shots, then the Core is for you.
Junior grade 1 willow produces excellent performing cricket bats. Often heartwood can be seen on the edge of these bats. This does not affect the playing ability of the bat; it is purely cosmetic. There will be at least four straight grains on the face of the bat with maybe some blemishes, pin knots or "speck" visible.
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.
All the information you need to select the correct options for you.
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 1oz - 2lbs 2oz): 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 2oz - 2lbs 3oz): This is a standard weight range for a size 6 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 H bat.
Heavy (2lbs 4oz +): From 2lbs 4oz 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.