CA Tennis Ball Cricket Bat

CA Tennis Ball Cricket Bat

 

So, you are a beginner to the game of cricket and have probably begun playing with a tape ball or a tennis ball. This is a very good move, starting off with a tape or Tennis Ball Cricket Bat before moving on to the real hard leather cricket ball, will ensure that you have adequate bat skills before you have to face the hard ball.

Tennis Ball Cricket Bat
This also means that you have to find a bat that will perform with the tape and tennis balls. Many people falsely think that any old bat would do. This is not so, as you probably want to use something a little less expensive, but still something that gives you the feeling of wielding a real cricket bat. This is why the CA Somo Cricket Bat 2014 is a great beginners bat.
It is sturdy and gives the batsman the feeling of a real cricket bat but is specially crafted for optimum play on a tennis or tape ball. CA’s 2014 range is superlative and they have left no market unchartered. The fact that they have gone the lengths to engineer a bat like the Somo with specific tape ball credentials is something worth marveling at.
If this season you will be facing a tape ball before you move up into the cricketing big leagues, the CA Somo Cricket Bat is a great bat to own. It is priced well and also makes for the perfect backyard cricket bat. If treated properly and protected from the elements, there is no reason why the CA Somo Tape Ball Cricket Bat should not last a lifetime.
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The Phoenix Fire Blade Cricket Bat

Australia and England are replete with many small boutique cricket bat makers that are making cricket bats that are rivaling and beating the big name brand bat makers for quality and performance. With a huge populace of cricket lovers, India has relatively few. But the Phoenix is rising in a big way with the making of the The Phoenix Fire Blade Cricket Bat. The Phoenix Fireblade cricket bat has all the trimmings and trappings of a really top quality cricket bat.
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The Phoenix Fireblade only comes in Short Handle size with an incredibly light weight range. The weight range is in the 2lbs5oz to the 2lbs9oz. This will make it a remarkably popular bat for batsmen who like a Short Handle bat on the lighter side.
For starters, The Phoenix Fire Blade Cricket Bat is made with unbleached natural English Willow. There is 8 to 11 equally spaced straight grains on every one of these bats. So if you like grains and you like them straight then the Phoenix Fire Blade is definitely an appealing bat.
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There is minimal concaving on The Phoenix Fire Blade Cricket Bat with 2-3mm. This minimal concaving enhances the power of the bat through the shot. The edges are really impressive with 41-42mm edges on the bat. The most impressive feature of the Phoenix Fireblade cricket bat is the pressing. The pressing is done by hand and it ensures that the bat has a good bow and light pick-up with optimal ping and balance. The bat truly has a great balance and pick-up which is quite incredible for the amount of willow packed into it.
The handle is full and four piece quality cane handle with attention paid to the details of the rubber inserts in the handle to absorb any vibration residue. All in all The Phoenix Fire Blade Cricket Bat is a highly impressive bat with a high attention to detail that you may not get with big name bat brands.

Gray Nicolls Omega XRD Cricket Bat

There is no doubting the quality of Gray Nicolls Omega XRD Cricket Bat. Their list of ambassadors speak volumes for the quality bats that they produce. Cricketers like Alistair Cook, JP Duminy, David Warner and James Faulkner all use Gray Nicolls cricket bats with great effectiveness. The vogue Gray Nicolls cricket bat at the moment has to be the Gray Nicolls Omega XRD cricket bat. It is the bat that was used in the 2015 Cricket World Cup by Alistair Cook, William Porterfield and Ed Joyce among many.
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The sweet spot on this bat is in the mid to high zone. This would have made it a great weapon during the Cricket World Cup played in Australia on the slightly bouncier pitches. This sweet zone also favors highly players who are great off the back foot and play many horizontal bat shots.
The handle of the bat is an XRD handle. Research and development has gone into producing this handle that reduces vibration to the hands of the batsman and gives maximum output when striking the ball. Another unique facet of this cricket bat is the contour of the shoulders. The shoulders of the bat have been made in a way that takes away nothing from the power of the bat but gives the bat a feather light pick-up.
The English Willow on this Test match level blade is very prominent as the Gray Nicolls bat manufacturers have given this bat a natural blade finish. The natural blade finish on this high quality cricket bat is sure to appeal to purists and those who love the feel of ball straight on willow. You can have scuff sheets professionally applied by cricketstoreonline.com and it will not diminish from the quality of the bat. It is imperative to have this bat properly prepared for play before use and the experts at cricketstoreonline.com are great for that too. A world class cricket bat. Aesthetically pleasing and technologically advanced.

Affinity Cricket Bats

Affinity Cricket Bats

The bespoke cricket bat is becoming a buzz word in the cricket gear world. As a huge movement pulls away from the inferior bulk machine made cricket bats, brands like Affinity Cricket and Hammer Cricket are popping up with fantastically crafted cricket bats. These bats fill the void of superbly handcrafted cricket bats and give consumers far more options in terms of buying a high quality hand crafted cricket bat.

The Affinity cricket range includes bats with various specifications that are made to suit various playing styles and pitch conditions. The Affinity Carbine and the Affinity Spectre cricket bats are two fantastically crafted cricket bats. The weight distribution is superb and thought gone into crafting these great cricket bats is immense. Weights are precise and the balance is also great. The willow is of the highest quality and cricket lovers can really get their hands on a high end bespoke boutique cricket bat at a fraction of the price of what it may normally cost.
Brands such as Affinity cricket is definitely a step towards where the future of cricket bat buying and making is heading. Consumers will look out for these hand crafted bats that are made with care and due diligence before purchasing a generic machine made bat, no matter the cricket brand name.

Lazer cricket bats

Lazer cricket bats

Jacques Kallis officially called it time on his entire cricket career last week. He was the best all round cricketer of the generation. A small piece of cricket trivia is that although he used a Slazenger cricket bat for the majority of his career, Jacques Kallis started his career using a Lazer Cricket Bat.

Lazer cricket bats were hugely popular in South Africa around the time of re-admission to international cricket and the period just after. Jimmy Cook and Clive Rice both batted with Lazer cricket bats.
Of late the Lazer cricket bat has been shrouded in a slight bit of infamy too. As it was a Lazer Cricket Bat that Oscar Pistorius used to hack down the bathroom door after fatally shooting Reeva Steenkamp. It is ironic that in all their history, the most air time and coverage the Lazer cricket bat was not from an international cricket player but from a fallen athletics star.
There are some cricket bats still being produced in South Africa like the B&S cricket bat and also more recently the DP collection of cricket bats.
South African cricket fans will always fondly remember the Lazer cricket bat and Lazer cricket equipment. The yellow, the blue with a few bright red cherries on the face, that was the envy of many cricket playing South African boys.
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Kookaburra Bubble Cricket Bat

In keeping with the new trend of bringing back retro bats, Kookaburra has re-released its Kookaburra Bubble Cricket Bat, and it’s very similar to the popular original.

Kookaburra has released the Kookaburra Bubble Cricket Bat in several grades, and the Star is the second grade. While it doesn’t have an incredibly high number of grains, it’s still got very few blemishes, and it’s a very good price point. The Bubble Star cricket bat is made in India, along with all of Kookaburra’s bats.

Kookaburra Bubble Cricket Bat

Kookaburra Bubble Cricket Bat

I don’t usually start with the decals of a bat, but Kookaburra has really kept the Bubble Star’s decals true to the original. They’re white, red, and blue, and really stand out as retro, although they do take up a lot of space on the Kookaburra Bubble Cricket Bat.

The Kookaburra Bubble Cricket Bat has an interesting profile shape for Kookaburra, which tends to keep a fairly similar shape across its bats. Kookaburra’s Bubble Star bat has absolutely no concaving in the playing area and only a very small amount a little higher on the bat. While the spine on the Kookaburra Bubble Star doesn’t run all the way to the toe, the bat still has a nice chunky toe.

The edges on the Kookaburra Bubble Star cricket bat are very interesting because they have a very sudden taper that helps to reduce the weight. With roughly 40 mm edges and about a 62 mm spine, you’re getting a very solid bat with Kookaburra’s Bubble Star.

Kookaburra’s Bubble Star has a low middle, but still isn’t very bottom heavy, which is nice. It actually picks up a little lighter than its weight. The Bubble Star by Kookaburra also has a pretty significant pronounced bow, which also helps with its pickup.

When you’re thinking about the weight on the Kookaburra Bubble Star cricket bat, it’s important to bear in mind that the grips are actually very heavy. The handle on the Bubble Star is round, and very nice for bottom handed players.

Head over to your cricket store for this great retro bat and other premium cricket equipment from these top brands: Gray Nicolls, Hammer cricket, Slazenger Cricket, Affinity cricket, Gunn and Moore, and Adidas Cricket.

2013 Gray Nicolls Dynadrive cricket bat

2013 Gray Nicolls Dynadrive cricket bat

very excited to announce that gray nicolls are bringing out the icon known as the gray nicolls dynadrive cricket bat.

A massive favourite of the World’s Elite. The Dynadrive cricket bat provided players with the benefit of a fantastic light pick up, supreme balance and exceptional power from a full spine profile. These unique benefits have not been changed as Gray-Nicolls re-launch another classic. A huge edge profile and an impressive bow make the Dynadrive an imposing bat that will be the talk of the opposition as you stride out to bat.


a couple big names have used the dynadrive in the past.

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Cricket store online…Villain or Victim??

Good morning guys.

Ive really spent the last few days thinking hard and consulting a few friends on how to handle this situation and i think after sleeping on it for a few nights i have come to a suitable way on how to handle this situation. The situation is obviously about non authentic cricket bats or aka fake bats.

There are two companies in the middle of the controversy at the moment. Its Spartan cricket and Ihsan cricket with me ( www.cricketstoreonline.com ) sand-whiched in the middle. Im putting my hand up. Yes i did for just a few days try and sell Fake spartan bats on my website BUT i did in all honesty believe these bats were genuine ( although poor quality ) & i would like to point out a few things people who are talking about this issue may not know about or who are just not choosing to give thought to.

Im going to explain how all this went down and where we are sitting right now.

A few months ago i attempted on several occasions to contact Spartan cricket through their website and also by phone but unfortunately i had no luck at all. I never heard back from any of the emails i sent and when i did get them on the phone i was told sorry, i did not have a brick and mortar store and therefore they weren’t willing to sell to me. Even though i explained the situation that im in america and we don’t have walk in cricket stores here they were still not willing to work with me. That was a big blow for me as i pride myself in carrying the latest and greatest cricket gear around. And normally if big brands refuse to sell to me i make sure i make contacts with someone and get their gear through a 3rd party. Unfortunately i couldn’t find anyone in AUS to sell me gear at a reasonable rate as they may all be upset with me for selling my gear to customers in australia. ( trust me i have heard from a few big names down there and have been asked to stop )

Then through one of my CA contacts in pakistan i heard that Ihsan had just secured the contract from Spartan to make their bats in pakistan ( at a cheaper rate than the Indian company that was previously charging them ). ( a fact that has since been proven to be false ).

At this point i would like to make a note. This is a similar situation that happened with Essentials 99. the company that owns boom boom cricket. Ihsan ( to my knowledge ) were making all the boom boom bats but lost the contract for their high end bats and boom boom moved it to india and a few names that have been thrown around are SS and SM Pintu. I understand Ihsan still has the contract to make the low end Boom boom bats.

So, when i was told Ihsan were given the contract i didn’t have any reason to think this was a false claim and as most major cricket companies are moving their operations to india / pakistan to save costs ( GN and Kookaburra, the latest two ) i believed what i was being told. As spartan didn’t seem like the company to return my email ( silly me ) i didn’t bother asking them. I felt Ihsan are a reputable company and i could trust my source. ( silly me again ) I believe those were the mistakes i made on this venture and i sure have learned my lesson.

So i got hold of Ihsan, they sent me a few pics of bats ( which were posted to facebook etc ) and i dropped $2290 USD into western union across to pakistan. Yes thats $381 ea for 6 bats. 3 CG bats and 3 MC bats…. now you may think, ” jason, thats really stupid. why didnt you use a credit card or paypal….well unfortunately working with Pakistan is not that easy and we can get into that in another post one day. anyway the money was gone and the bats were on the way. what come next is my video review on the spartan CG and the spartan MC cricket bats.

So as you can see from the video i was just utterly disgusted with the quality of bats of got from Ihsan. surprisingly about 3 days after that video went viral guess who gave me a call? Yip spartan finally came back to me and explained the situation to me. And the situation is this. They did in fact contract Ihsan to make bats BUT were only contracted to make the very low end kashmir willow cricket bats. So what ihsan were doing was putting the low end stickers onto their top grade english willow, probably the Ihsan 950 inferno and selling them to people around the world as if they were the top grade spartan cricket bats.

Now, also i think i had a couple choices to make when i got those cricket bats in the mail, and no, sending them back was not an option as i did in fact ask for my money back and i was told NO. not an option.  I then had the option of selling these cricket bats at RRP / MSRP ( $600 ) which as you all now know i never did as you can see in the video.  I said right off the bat that i would not rip anybody off and try and sell them for $600 a piece. I believe i did the right thing, sold them at a loss to try and recover the money or some of the money i had lost in the transaction. The option i chose is to do what i do best. be honest and tell people via video review what i honestly feel about the product.  I believed these had come  Via Ihsan but under contract from spartan therefore my anger was directed at Spartan.  i thought the bats were crap for the price and thats what i said in my video.

Since being contacted by spartan we have started negotiations on me stocking their product for the North american market. I am also eagerly awaiting 4 new bats from them to do a new and in depth video review of their products. The bats should be here later this week or early next week.

So you can decide whether cricket store online was the victim in this or i was the villain. I think whilst i made some mistakes people will ultimately realise i am an honest retailer. i tell people the truth about gear rather than just trying to sell bats no matter how shit the stuff is. whilst some people will say im hot headed and stubborn ( and they are probably correct ) i am in fact eager to learn and am still new in this industry. But i am kicking ass and taking names in the process. In my view its ihsan who are the villains here and people should stay away from buying their gear. You probably find Ihsan are behind the majority of the worlds fake cricket gear. I think i am more informed now and a little smarter than i was before this debacle. I do once again apologise to spartan for bad mouthing them when in fact i should of directed my anger at Ihsan for selling Fake cricket bats. shame on them.

I am however happy how this has turned out. Spartan are aware ( early on ) who are selling fake spartan gear and are in the process of sorting that out.

So if you want to find out what i really think of some of the cricket gear out there just head to youtube and type in your search for ( well whatever you want to see ) eg. GM player edition cricket bat etc and remember to search for spartan cricket bats probably early next week when i give a full honest review of what i think of the official genuine spartan cricket bats. thanks for reading.

 

Humbly

jason mellet

www.cricketstoreonline.com

GM players edition cricket bats go under the microscope

GM players edition cricket bats go under the microscope

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GM Graeme smith players grade cricket bat 2012

Specifications

Origin: England
Wood: English willow Original LE grade willow
Weight Guide: 2lb 12oz
Sample Weight: 2lb 12 oz
Handle: Oval at bottom
Edge (at widest): 35mm
Finish: Polycoat and toetec
Toe Protection: Yes

My opinion

Wow thats expensive, but so is a ferrari or an Aston Martin. And are they worth every penny. Absolutely. These bats are incredible. Some of the best bats ive picked up in a long time. Great Ping, balance is awesome. total confidence that you will clear any boundary on the planet. This bat only scores a 36/45. however take the price out of the equation and change the score to 35, you will have a bat that scores 33/35. thats not to bad.

We Like

– Just about everything about it. Shape, profile, ping, handle shape, presence, willow.

pickup index ( 4 ) i like this

We Dislike

– No bat cover…WTF. $699 USD and no bat cover????? Thats lame.

Star Rating

Price: 3/10                              weight : 2.12
Willow: 9/10                          edge size : 35mm
Finish: 9/10
Performance: 10/10
Wow: 5/5

total score : 36/45

GM Shane Watson players grade cricket bat 2012

Specifications

Origin: England
Wood: English willow Original LE grade willow
Weight Guide: 2lb 12oz
Sample Weight: 2lb 12 oz
Handle: Oval at bottom
Edge (at widest): 37mm
Finish: Polycoat and toetec
Toe Protection: Yes

My opinion

I dont love this bat as much i do the epic PE, but that doesn’t take away from the fact its an awesome bat. all the characteristics as the epic. Expensive, exclusive, brilliant. Pity about the slight blemish on the toe on this one bat.take the price out of the equation and change the score to 35, you will have a bat that scores 32/35. thats not to bad.

We Like

– Im not in love with the sweet spot location on this and the pickup index.

pickup index ( 3 ) Feels a little light for me.

We Dislike

– No bat cover…WTF. $699 USD and no bat cover????? Thats lame.

Star Rating

Price: 3/10                              weight : 2.12
Willow: 8/10                          edge size : 37mm
Finish: 9/10
Performance: 10/10
Wow: 5/5

total score : 35/45

GM Jonathan Trott players grade cricket bat 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specifications

Origin: England
Wood: English willow Original LE grade willow
Weight Guide: 2lb 10oz
Sample Weight: 2lb 10 oz
Handle: Oval at bottom
Edge (at widest): 34mm
Finish: Polycoat and toetec
Toe Protection: Yes

My opinion

I like this bat and the shape. its has a nice low elongated middle that extends up the blade and its very well balanced. The balance is a little light as it comes in 2.10 with a pickup index of 2 but it carries it very will and i could see myself playing with this bat as its very close to one of the bats i currently use myself. see Hammer cricket bats.take the price out of the equation and change the score to 35, you will have a bat that scores 33/35. thats not to bad.

We Like

– I love the balance and pickup of this bat even though its lighter than i usually use. Ping is awesome obviously as are all of the player edition cricket bats.

pickup index ( 2 )Its very light but i like this one a lot

We Dislike

– Still…seriously. no bat cover….

Star Rating

Price: 3/10                              weight : 2.10
Willow: 9/10                          edge size : 34mm
Finish: 9/10
Performance: 10/10
Wow: 5/5

total score : 36/45

GM Ross Taylor players grade cricket bat 2012

Specifications

Origin: England
Wood: English willow Original LE grade willow
Weight Guide: 2lb 11oz
Sample Weight: 2lb 11 oz
Handle: Oval at bottom
Edge (at widest): 35mm
Finish: Polycoat and toetec
Toe Protection: Yes

My opinion

This bat and the shane watson are the only two bats in the range that are anything like the actual GM range of bats. eg the watson shape is very similar to the actual flare and this Ross taylor bat is similar to the Icon shape but the G.smith and the Trott bats are nothing like the bats they are endorsing shape and profile wise. Overall however its still an awesome bat with a large middle and will dwarf any ground out there.take the price out of the equation and change the score to 35, you will have a bat that scores 33/35. thats not to bad.

We Like

– Very good weight and balance with the pickup index being a perfect 3. combining control and power. Any batsman will love this bat in their hands.

pickup index ( 3 )

We Dislike

– im starting to not love the sharp icon spine. if 3/4 GM pros don’t have the sharp spine with con-caved rear profile, is that a sign that there is something to the design??

Star Rating

Price: 3/10                              weight : 2.11
Willow: 9/10                          edge size : 35mm
Finish: 9/10
Performance: 10/10
Wow: 5/5

total score : 36/45

is this bad for kookaburra cricket or good for SG cricket??

So just got the 2012 Kookaburra biggest kahuna in my hands and was horribly disappointed. theyve gone and taken the previously great design and absolutely raped it, giving it a completely flat face ( E41, SG, laver ultra etc ). i hate the look of it, and those other bats.

Now granted thats a personal opinion and has no effect on bat performance, but that brings me to my topic headline.

as i was looking at the new 2012 biggest kahuna ( stopping myself from throwing up on my computer ) something struck me. its looks like a bat ive just recently reviewed. so went through my bats and found it.

the SG VS 319 ultimate.

then remembered just the other day i did the review on the new Kahuna T20 and that as well is an exact replica of the SG stud T11i cricket bat.

now we all know SG makes Kookaburra’s bats for them but, previously i would of held kookaburra to a higher standard than SG, whereas in actual fact all they are doing is taking SG bats and putting kookaburra stickers on them, or vica versa.

so is kookaburra going down the same path as slazenger where their products will as well be only classified as a average indian brand or is SG going to be the big winner in this as people will start seeing them as a more reputable brand.

please remember these are all just my opinions…

thx.

p.s. guess i should grab my kahuna 1000’s and see which SG bat they are now as well right?