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FANTAIL CRICKET

SWELL - INDOOR ENGLISH WILLOW BAT


Regular price $279.90 NZD Save Liquid error (product-template line 140): Computation results to '-Infinity'%
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Only 10 items in stock!
INCLUDES A BAT COVER.
Indoor bats don't require knocking in and can be used straight away.
Please allow 4-7 working days for your bat to be made in our Auckland, NZ workshop.
PLEASE NOTE: 'Made To Order' bat orders can't be cancelled unless you have selected 'YES' to send you willow options, and we don't have an option you like. They also can not be returned because you don't like the bat. If you have any questions, please send us an email before placing your order.

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.

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  • 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

    OPTIMISE CONTROL AND PLACEMENT OVER YOUR SHOTS.

    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. This allows for a well-balanced bat, enabling you to have more time and control over your shots.

    CONSRUCTION

    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.

    PLAYER TYPE

    Batsmen who want a lightweight bat so they can maneuver the ball to their chosen area. While also maintaining an even spread of willow throughout the blade to give a forgiving hitting zone.

    SWEETSPOT

    The edge peaks in a mid to low zone, with the spine peaking 210mm to 220mm from the toe of the bat. This offset allows for a longer sweetspot and better distribution of weight throughout the hitting zone. Allowing for both power and control over your shots.

    PICK UP

    The Swell's shape is designed primarily around having a well-balanced bat that picks up exceptionally well. It typically picks up slightly lighter than the actual weight of the bat.

    BOW & FACE

    Our 3-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.

    SPINE, EDGE & PROFILE

    You can expect an edge peak between 30m & 35mm and a spine peak between 55mm & 63mm. The profile is concaved with a scallop between 3mm and 6mm. These differ based on the weight you select and the density of the willow used.

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    indoor

    Acquired specifically for indoor cricket, our Indoor willow is cosmetically inferior to the rest of our grades but still structurally sound. Heartwood, pin knots, blemishes, fleck and wavy grains are all common. This willow grade produces some fantastic bats as indoor cricket is all about hand speed and control rather than outright bat performance.

    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

    SELECTION GUIDE

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    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.

    Indoor bats are considerably more lightweight than outdoor bats as the game is more about bat speed and control over outright bat performance and power.

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

    Light (1lb 15oz - 2lbs 1oz): 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 2oz - 2lbs 5oz): This is a standard weight range for a full-size indoor cricket bat. It is an excellent balance between bat speed and bat performance.

    Heavy (2lbs 6oz +): 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 by hitting the back net.

    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.