Knocking in your new cricket bat

Preparing and knocking in a cricket bat

Preparing and knocking in a cricket bat. This is a simple guide to help you get the most out of your new cricket bat. Willow is naturally a very soft timber and without pressing it wouldn’t stand a chance against a new cricket ball. Whilst the pressing process undertaken on every cricket bat helps add performance and durability, it doesn’t do everything and knocking in is the vital finishing touch. Think of it as the icing on a delicious cake.

Oiling You Bat

Before you can start gently smashing seven bells into your new pride and joy, you have to began the preparation process by oiling your cricket bat with Raw Linseed Oil. This softens the top layer of willow for knocking in, helps seal in natural moisture and provides a barrier against external moisture.

A cap full of Raw Linseed Oil represents 2 coats of oil, I would recommend applying 2 caps of Linseed Oil which is around 4 coats over a period of a couple of days. Apply the oil to the exposed timber, which can be done with your finger or as I prefer with a rubber glove on. Linseed oil can be quite smelly and messy so I’d recommend you go outside or undertake this process in a well ventilated area. Particular attention must be paid to the toe of the cricket bat as this is more often than not a vulnerable area of a bat.

Allow the bat to rest horizontally overnight and repeat this process with the second cap of Raw Linseed Oil. Any excess linseed oil that remains at the end of this process can be wiped off with a paper towel or cotton rag.

We’re now ready to annoy your loved ones, wake the neighbours and find out who your real friends are.

Be Aware: DO NOT use Boiled Linseed Oil. It’s not suitable for cricket bats and should never be used as an alternative. Suitable Linseed Oil can be purchased from Jason at Cricket Store Online via http://www.cricketstoreonline.com/categories/accessories/Bat-Linseed-Oil/

Knocking In

You’ve got to be a certain type of person to enjoy knocking in a cricket bat as it can be a tedious job. However it’s necessary if you want performance and durability from your new run scoring tool of choice.

Using a specifically made mallet gently began hitting the cricket bat slowly increasing the force used. Do not hit the edges at 45º as you risk damaging them quite easily with a misplaced swing of the mallet. Instead knock the edges in by striking the edge with a rolling action from the face moving out over the edge. Often cradling the bat from behind instead of by the handle can help control the bat whilst you hammer away.

A good quality cricket mallet can be purchased from Jason at Cricket Store Online viahttp://www.cricketstoreonline.com/categories/accessories/Bat-Mallet/

Each bat is a unique piece of willow and as such your bat may need more knocking in than the next. A great method I often use to add a target and some element of fun is to find a cricket ball with a firm seam and use this to knock small seam marks in over the entire face. Don’t go crazy, it’s only a way of indicating the progress you’re making with the preparation. As you continue to knock in your cricket bat you should notice the marks disappear. You can therefore check areas that need more work and how close you are to regaining your hearing and the feeling in your arms.

Lastly, be patient and take your time. Take care of the bat that takes care of you.

 

Wishing you centuries of happiness with your new bat

Hammer cricket in partnership with David Wall

 

Any questions, I’m happy to help.

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Kookaburra Ricochet 1000 2013 cricket bat review

Kookaburra Ricochet 1000 2013 cricket bat review

So having a look at the recent “cricket insight Bat of the year for 2013 ” recently i had a quick little read and the Kookaburra turned out to be the 3rd best pinging bat on show but overall best bat. It was surprising to me that this bat did so well as its probably the most generic bat profile available today. Its about the same profile as every 2013 SS cricket bat. also very similar to the new Gray nicolls bats but on looks alone it is very difficult to judge a bat. You really do need to take a bat to the nets to get a proper feel for how a bat plays, feels and performs..So in this case i think we will take the CI opinion in thats its a really good bat. So here is my video review for you to look at.

Unfortunately as a reviewer of cricket bats, i have to share my opinions..I have never been a huge fan of the flat face / big edge theory. I just don’t like the look. Also Big edges are a nightmare for me when trying to sell cricket bats as people are obsessed with big edges, rather than things like performance. In my opinion the perfect bat has a 30mm edge and a 65-70mm spine height, with little to no concaving on the back with only a very gentle bow in the face. And thats exactly the opposite of what the Kookaburra bats for 2013 are. If you say the magic words ( 40mm ) you cant keep the bat on the shelves, they just fly off. A few weeks ago i got an enigma in store. The cricket bat was 2.8, 20 perfectly straight grains, SH and had 50mm edges. my first thought was…wow where can i get 100 more of these.. Then i bounced a ball on it and something was certainly wrong with it. It had been dried out completely…The moisture content was 0.0% and was basically a piece of cardboard. It was useless unless you were looking to make a fire.

So in this world of big edges, massive concaving and over drying clefts i have this to say to you. Take a bit of time to know where your bats are coming from. Everyone has different opinions of what makes a good cricket bat. and because i like one thing, doesn’t mean the kookaburra isn’t a good bat, just means i don’t like it. As the Cricket insight test suggests, its actually a pretty good bat. The one model i have left here which is 2.7 with 7 grains is a nice piece of willow and someone will be lucky to have it. But with a world of choice out there i would just like to mention some other brands you may want to look at as well.

Affinity cricket, Ayrtek ltd, H4L ( Hell 4 leather ), Hammer cricket

SS TON cricket bats 2013 reviews

SS TON cricket bats 2013 reviews

SS TON cricket bats

SS TON cricket bats

Recently i got in the first shipment of cricket bats from SS for the 2013 season. I was quite impressed with the overall quality of the bats and also the performance. The overall finish of the bats was quite average even though the new stickers are vibrant and striking. I was actually quite disappointed in the over all quality of the SS TON LE cricket bat and was surprised to see the RRP / MSRP to be just $329 USD…Normally brands choose their Limited edition bats to be just that…Limited edition but as it looks like SS are pushing the big name bats like the Pollard KP etc it looks they are just pushing out the LE with a regular G1 willow and nothing limited edition about it..

I got in 3 different bats in 3 different price ranges $300+, $200+ and $100+

The SS TON Limited edition, SS TON Heritage and SS TON Orange cricket bats.

So i want to start off by saying a few nice things about the new SS bats.

Will they hit the ball far? YES

Will they work perfectly well for their intended purposes? YES

Are they good quality bats which should last a couple seasons? YES

Now on to the bad.

Are all three the new bats the exact same profile? YES

Is there any difference in the bats besides grips and stickers? NO

Should we expect more from SS? YES

For a company that is “arguably” the best soft goods manufacturer in the world you would expect a little more from them. Their new decals are loud and proud, which im a fan of but felt their 2012 bats were in fact slightly better than the 2013 as far as finishing is concerned. Overall though as i said above probably 99% of the world doesn’t care how smooth and shiny a bat is, rather they just care how far its going to hit the ball. And these SS cookie cut bats will do that just fine.