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.
BE THE GAME CHANGER, SET THE TONE.
The Tone is an intimidating, modern shaped bat. Its imposing profile is ideal for big hitters who want maximum wood in their hitting zone. The broad edges and full profile are suitable for aggressive players looking to clear the boundary with ease.
GP (performance) bats are graded on performance. The ping/performance of these bats is often equivalent to our top GLE grade, but they don't meet the same grain structure required. You can expect upwards of 8 grains, with the possibility of small blemishes and heartwood.
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.
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.