Hunts County Caerulex Cricket Bat

The Bat : Hunts County Caerulex Cricket Bat

You might remember the days when international cricketers were using Hunts County Cricket Bats. Darryl Cullinan was probably the best proponent of Hunts County cricket bats. Hunts County are still producing very high quality cricket bats. One of their bats is the Hunts County Caerulex cricket bat. It really is a beautiful bat. The stamp on the blade instead of the sticker gives it a very old feel and allows the beauty of the English willow to come to the fore.The no sticker very much lends itself to the very traditional shape of the bat. This bat is handcrafted in England and the quality of the craftsmanship is quite obvious on the cricket bat. From shoulder to toe, this cricket bat oozes high quality.

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Hunts county cricket bats
Hunts county cricket bats

The Hunts County Caerulex has a very vast weight range starting with 2lbs7oz and going all the way up to about 3lbs2oz. One of the most incredible things about the Hunts County Caerulex cricket bat and all other County cricket bats is the fact that the bats are hand balanced. This means that you can rest assured that the bat has an even weight distribution and a great balance. This particular bat has an elongated sweet spot and a bowed profile. The individual balancing of the cricket bat means that every single bat has been also tested for quality before it leaves the Hunts County production floor.

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The Hunts County Caerulex comes with a toe guard fitted standard and a scale grip. The scale grip is known to give a lot of control to the batsman at the same time it has a negating effect on perspiration that may be present.

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Hunts County have made the Caerulex available in a wide variety of sizes for youth and men. It may not be so traditional nowadays to opt for a Hunts County Cricket bat but this particular cricket bat has all the credentials of a really great cricket bat. 

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Newbery 7Even cricket bat

Newbery 7Even cricket bat

The Newbery 7Even cricket bat is a very unique cricket bat and it serves a very important purpose. There is that stage in a cricketers life when he is too big to use a junior cricket bat but not yet ready to use a senior cricket bat. This is the greatness of the Newbery 7Even. It is that perfect in between bat, it is not quite a senior bat but it is definitely not a junior cricket bat.

The all new Newbery 7 academy cricket bat
The Newbery 7 academy cricket bat from Newbery cricket

Older cricketers as well as perhaps shorter cricketers will benefit from the Newbery 7Even cricket bat


The Newbery 7Even has a full size profile and a full sweet spot. This Newbery cricket bat is considerably lighter, slightly shorter and very easy to pick-up. It is made from players grade willow and has not been compromised because of its size.

The bat has been labelled as “Academy Player” cricket bat and that just about sums up this bat perfectly. It is a superb stepping stone for a player that will graduate to a quality full size cricket bat. Be sure to check out the rest of Newbery’s cricket bat range as their full size cricket bats are very good too.

Newbery has seen a definite gap in the market and plugged that gap with the 7Even cricket bat. As a Newbery cricket bat you can rest assured that the bat has a high attention to detail and is made with the highest quality materials and with impeccable craftsmanship. Newbery is a mid size cricket bat maker and care is put in to every single cricket bat that leaves their manufacturing floor and this is no different with the really impressive Newbery 7Even.

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New Balance is in Cricket to Win It

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Cricket brands should be worried. Very worried. This is because New Balance is making waves in the cricket market and while cricket fans and players will ride on the crest of these waves with superb New Balance cricket gear, competitors may just be washed up in them.

What makes me so sure?

Well, to put it simply, New Balance know what they are doing. New Balance a company which is based in Boston is a $3.3 Billion dollar in sales a year company. The bulk of their money comes from their sales on athletics gear and footwear. New Balance has been leveraging sales of their athletics equipment on the back of brand new exposure to the New Balance brand. By foraying into the cricket gear market, New Balance is now putting its brand in front of billions of eyeballs. This is a huge brand identity stunt that has been working extremely well for New Balance.

This is not new territory for New Balance and this is what should worry New Balance’s competitors. New Balance entered into the baseball footwear arena in the late 2000’s, to date approximately 25% of all Major League Baseballers use New Balance baseball cleats. Yes, that is a quarter of that market in a very short space of time.

New Balance are currently also moving into the soccer market, they have signed some top players like Aaron Ramsay. This was a well calculated move having acquired the Skreamer brand of soccer brand that had the kit sponsorship of Premier League Club, Liverpool.

While New Balance will surely be up against tough competition in the soccer market. The beautiful game could be a bloodbath for equipment investors that cannot keep up with the giants of the industry like adidas and Nike. Even major brands like Reebok found that out. 

New Balance already has made big inroads into the USA cricket market. While you might say that USA and cricket is not a big feat but the USA has one of the highest numbers of active cricket players and if the point is to get in front of eye balls, then when Joe Root, Steve Smith and many others come out to bat, then New Balance are doing that in the biggest way possible. 

New Balance have negated what could only be a dormant Nike and adidas. Nike is barely a company to be taken lightly and while they have built the preeminent sporting brand empire, they have not dominated the cricket market. They do not produce a lot of cricket equipment. 

New Balance differs from brands like Woodworm and Spartan in the fact that they are not promoting cricket as an entity itself but rather they are using cricket leverage to promote sales all over the place. They are doing it very well.

New Balance points to how cricket could really become an entity in American popular sporting culture. They have noticed that as the second biggest sport in the world, cricket is bound to boost their company in a wide variety of sales categories. American businesses and broadcasters need to realize the huge potential that lies in cricket. They probably have already but like New Balance, they have to have the patience and be ready to build it from the grassroots up.

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Its “back to the future” for cricket gear!

When one looks onto the horizon of the cricket future. The 20 year horizon that is. One sees the BCCI still opposing the DRS but the umpires will have BMW hover boards to take them from square leg to the standing umpire position. 

There may be many cool additions to the game of cricket but what will the cricket gear market look like. Who will boss the industry?

The primary piece of real estate on the cricket field, is probably the brand name on the face of the batsman’s bat. One can imagine that by 2035, these stickers will be electronically changing on the bat of the batsman thereby allowing the batsman to take on 3 or 4 title sponsors.

futuristic cricket clothing

The title sponsors will have become so different. Big conglomerates will have stepped in and begun vying viciously for the advertising services of the big name players. Whoever the Chris Gayle of 2035 will be, will have a full sponsorship from Red Bull. This player will be decked out in everything but the wings. An aerodynamic microweight helmet that is weightless until an object comes near it for impact. This helmet will include a transparent titanium grille, no more problems with not seeing through the grille. This helmet will of course be equipped with an HD GoPro, just better and Red Bull will sell the rights of footage from this camera to the broadcaster.

Apple and Samsung won’t want to miss out on the giant opportunity that cricket is presenting and will also start producing smart technology equipment. Bats that tell you when you have hit the sweet spot and pads and data sent directly to your I-phone 20 Super Plus. In fact most of Inida’s batsmen will be using Apple gear, except for the few that are using MRF and Coca Cola stuff. Pakistan on the other hand, who are now hosting their home games in Pakistan will have most of their batsmen using Samsung cricket gear. In fact bi-lateral series between India and Pakistan will be known as the Apple-Samsung Cup. 

futuristic cricket helmet

Titanium bats made by LG will also be a feature, although LG will struggle to bring it to market under a patent lawsuit from Dennis Lillee.

Pink cricket balls will be a thing of the past and Kookaburra will have lost the rights to make international cricket balls to gaming conglomerate EA Sports. EA Sports will have designed ball that changes color by itself based on the conditions. EA Sports will have also stepped in to beam advertisements onto the pads of batsmen. Teams will challenge this ruling but ultimately EA Sports will win

futuristic cricket bats

As coach of England, Kevin Pietersen will be using the Boeing made sky catching system to train his fielders for high catches in the deep. The precision ball launching machine produced by Boeing will be able to give inch perfect catches, allowing fielders to practice their juggling one foot in, one foot out catches.

GM and Gray Nicolls will have moved their headquarters to China and the USA where they simply have become a cog in the large cricket gear manufacturing machine. They primarily produce gear for traditionalist purist cricket fans who still want to hold onto the game the way it was. 

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BAS Bounces Back with Sachin

It is no secret that Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne will be playing some high profile cricket matches in the USA. What you may not know though is that Sachin Tendulkar seems to be using BAS cricket bats once again. In general it is no great fanfare to have a retired cricketer use your bat but when you talking about cricket’s demigod Sachin Tendulakr it is a very big deal. 

BAS have always crafted superb bats. Hashim Amla briefly used Kookaburra but the bulk of his career has been spent with BAS. Angelo Matthews and Darren Sammy use BAS and there was a time during his career that Sachin himself used a BAS.

BAS Pro players will most probably be using the BOW 20/20 BAS cricket bat. When you think of Sachin and Hashim Amla have very delicate wrists that they use to maneuver the ball into gaps in the field. This is definitely accentuated by the BAS Bow 20/20 cricket bat. The bat has a superb weight distribution and balance. This makes it easier for batsmen to flip their wrists and get the ball to go in the desired direction.

Grade A English Willow is what you can expect from the BAS BOW 20/20 cricket bat. It has lovely straight grains and many of them. 

The handle is made from high quality cane and is 9 piece. Of many of the bats used, players report the least vibration back to the hands from the BAS BOW 20/20 cricket bats. While this make of BAS cricket bat has a mid sweet spot, BAS in the past have been known to make a bat with a slightly lower sweet spot. This is obviously to cater to many of the sub-continent cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar himself that have a low sweet spot.

What BAS have done well is that they have kept their range of cricket bats on a very high scale. Very strict quality control on their cricket bats, specifically with their professional level cricket bats, ensure that the bats are always of the highest quality.

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Gray Nicolls Powerbow Stripe Generation X- Junior Bats

The Gray Nicolls Powerbow Stripe Generation X Junior Cricket Bat is a top of the line cricket bat that is built specifically with Junior’s in mind. The willow on these bats is superb and Gray Nicolls have not gone skimpy at all on the willow because it is in the Junior range. Each of these Gary Nicolls Powerbow Junior bats comes with multiple grains.

Powerboaw generation x cricket bat
Powerboaw generation x cricket bat
The sweet spot is slightly lower than on many of their full size bats but there is overall power all over the bat.The slightly lower sweet spot may be of benefit to junior cricketers in getting them to play with a straight bat. It is classically easier to play the horizontal bat shots with a bat that has a mid to high sweet spot but this Gray Nicolls packs a lot of power all the same. There is slight concaving but this if anything enhances a feather light pick-up and great balance when taking strike and striking the ball.
The Gray Nicolls Powerbow Stripe Generation X cricket bat is also a budget friendly cricket bat and for the quality of willow that the bat provides, it is incredibly well priced. Junior bats often need a little more tender loving care as they are handled by juniors, these bats come fitted with a scuff sheet and a lovely neon green toe guard. The neon green matches the stickers and overall young but classy look to the bat.
The Gray Nicolls Powerbow Stripe Generation X is an English Willow cricket bat. There may be slight blemishes on the face of the bat along with also slight curvature on some of the grains but the performance of the Gray Nicolls Powebow is top class.
If you were to be picking a cricket bat on performance as opposed to looks before looking at the price tag, this junior Gray Nicolls cricket bat would be high on the list. It would match some of the pricier cricket bats on offer for its performance.

New Balance CK10 Cricket Shoes

New Balance has certainly exploded onto the cricket equipment market with a range of truly high quality cricket bats. Long before that they were making cricket boots and their cricket boots are still of the highest quality. After all, New Balance is and athletics company that made their name making premium athletic shoes and their cricket shoes are definitely no different.

The New Balance CK10 cricket shoe is possibly the best cricket shoe on the market. Much thought has gone into the design of these cricket boots to give cricketers, whether batsmen or bowlers or in the field absolute control, balance and stability.
new balance cricket shoe
In terms of comfort, the CK10 is the first “minimal” cricket shoe. This is truly a shoe and not a cricket boot. The shoe offers the same amount of ankle support as a boot would but it comes with the bonus of not being as weighty or as bulky as cricket boots can sometimes be. The comfort is extended to the mid-sole part of the New Balance CK10 cricket shoes where it has been fitted with New Balance’s renowned REVlite system. The REVlite offers a lightweight feel for the fielders that will be sending long hours on their feet in the field.
Cricketers know how essential balance and control are when it comes to their cricket shoes. The New Balance CK10 cricket shoes have a 4mm drop, New Balance have done this to help the cricketers achieve better proprioception which increases balance and control.

The toe has been reinforced to ensure that it does not wear thin in the area that is put under a lot of stress by the bowlers as they land to deliver the ball and the follow through.

These boots are endorsed by the many players who use New Balance cricket equipment. One of the players to be seen enjoying the use of the New Balance CK10’s is Australia’s Aaron Finch.

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Cricket shoes – Bowling

There are various types of cricket shoes available. These are available in the USA from Cricket Store Online. Some cricket shoes are multi-purpose, this means that they are good for batting, bowling and fielding. There are other cricket shoes that are made specifically for batting or specifically for bowling.

Bowling spikes

The NB 4040 bowling spike cricket shoe is the shoe Dale Steyn wears.

Cricket shoes for bowling are probably the most important. When a fast bowler delivers the cricket ball, he places immense strain on his front foot. It is essential that he has a great cricket shoe to cushion the blow. It is also essential to have cricket shoes with the right spikes, so that the bowler is able to retain his balance when delivering the ball.

Batting spikes

The AB 10 Minimus cricket batting spike is worn by Aaron Finch.

Size is very important when a bowler selects his cricket shoes. Cricket Shoes are available in US sizes. The cricket shoe should never be too tight but a too loose fitting cricket shoe can be equally as damaging. Many bowlers cricket shoes come with added strapping to keep the cricket shoe snugly in place.

Rubber sole multi purpose cricket shoe

The NB 4020 all purpose rubber sole cricket shoe is great for concrete wickets and indoor play.

A good quality bowling cricket shoe will have a slightly higher top. This gives added support to the ankle of the bowler on landing. A good cricket shoe will also have added rubber and stitching around the toe area. This is because the toe area drags and can often be a place where the cricket shoe will disintegrate first.

In older times fast bowlers used to cut the front of their bowling shoes to allow the big toe room to move out. This stopped the toe jarring into the front of the shoe. Nowadays, technology advances in cricket shoes has meant that enough padding is supplied to negate cutting open the front of the cricket bowling shoe.

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Pink Cricket Balls

Day-Night Test Cricket is going ahead with Australia scheduled to host New Zealand in Australia for the first day/night test match.

pink cricket ball

A lot of testing has gone on to find the right cricket ball to use for Day/Night Test matches. The red cricket ball obviously won’t work as that will create a visibility problem at night for the players. So, the obvious choice would have been to use a white cricket ball with a black sightscreen. 

The problem with the white cricket ball is that they generally tend to lose their hardness and color after 34 overs. This is congruent with the old ICC rules where the white ball was changed at over 34 of an ODI innings. 

So, Kookaburra went to the drawing board to find a cricket ball that not only can be highly visible at night but also retain it’s structure for the required 80 overs. A cricket ball in a Test match may only be changed at the 80 over mark.

After extensive tinkering with the Pink cricket ball, Kookaburra has now come up with a product that has satisfied many of the big cricket boards. It has been tested in Sheffield Shield cricket. Many find it to be “gimmicky” while others have said that it really does solve the problem.

Here is a question for this blog’s readership:

Was it really necessary for them to tinker so much with the cricket ball in coming up with a Pink one? Why not allow the fielding team to get a new-ball after 50 overs? Or is that not Test Match cricket?

There is a lot more to ponder when it comes to Day-Night Test Cricket. The ball will come on to the bat a bit quicker at night and dew can become a huge factor at certain grounds around the world. 

Can you imagine a 5th day pitch with a world class spinner trying to bundle the opposition out but he is not able to because he cannot get a grip on the ball because of dew?

On the other hand, prime time TV slots is sure to attract a bigger audience.

Which side of the Day-Night Test Match do you sit?

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Knocking in a cricket bat, by Cricket Store Online

When you buy a cricket bat, even from a reliable source, the cricket bat is NOT ready to use. Even if the sticker says ready to play, you will still need to do some sort of knocking in. whether it be the edges, toe or the full face. Obviously it is critical to buy the right bat for your size and for your style of play. But a great cricket bat can become a bad cricket bat very quickly if you play with it without preparing it properly. For many preparing their cricket pre or mid season is a labor of love for others it is tedious and there are some that simply don’t know where to start with their cricket bat preparation. 

We strongly suggest that if you fall into the tedious or know idea category of bat preparation buyer you ask a Cricket Store Online expert for either guidance or take advantage of their superb bat preparation services.

The cricket bat before being match ready will undergo oiling. Oiling ensures integrity of the willow. It molds the fibers in the willow to give the willow resilience and a better ping off the face of the cricket bat. Oiling a cricket bat is not as time consuming as knocking a cricket bat in. The bat needs to be knocked in thoroughly to ensure that all of the wood fibers are compounded and pressed together to reduce the possibility of cracking and improve performance. You can buy a top of the range bat and break it in no time if you are careless or lazy about knocking it in.

Cricket Store Online has a machine dedicated to knocking in cricket bats with machine precision for superb consistency and never any missed spots. There is no proof that a hand knocked in bat is better than one that is knocked in by machine. Quite the contrary, the machine delivers more speed, precision, power and efficiency. The problem with humans knocking in cricket bats is that they are inherently lazy and will often use the term ” thats good enough “. As a veteran of about 1000 cricket bats knocked in Jason Mellet of Cricket Store Online knows what he is talking about. Of course once knocked in, all the bats are tested for their performance by a Cricket Store Online expert bat analyst.

Some players will want to add scuff sheets to their bat face or edges and some may wish to add additional grips. Ask Cricket Store Online today about how you can get your cricket bat match ready.

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