The 2012 Vindico Geronimo test + cricket bat review


Latin for Liberate, Avenge, Punish, Protect.

We are cricketers. We are fuelled by cricket and everything so beautiful about this magnificent game. We are passionate about how we play and the tools that enable us to attain perfection on the field and lose ourselves to it for the few hours we spend on a glorious summer’s day. We are Vindico Cricket. We are YOU.

At Vindico, we are committed to bringing you the best cricket bats for a price that won’t break your bank. Having played cricket across the world, it made sense for some of us to band together and form Vindico.

We are committed to bringing you the best profiles and superior quality English Willow, and shaped into magnificent works of art by a top notch Sub-Continental bat maker.


Thats the first thing you read when you take a look at That and also the ” are you ready for war ” slogan which i find pretty catchy as well. Needless to say i will probably be taking a Vindico into battle with me at the start of next summer to see if I, ” am ready for WAR “.


So far from first impressions i have been pretty impressed with this simple but very impressive new brand. Having spoken to the owners many times now and working closely with them in their marketing efforts i can attest to their statements, they are cricket lovers and they are passionate about the game. They are sourcing top quality materials and having now played around with their bats they do look to be belters.

One thing i really like is their battle or war like theme they have as every time you go to the middle its you fighting a battle not only with 11 other gladiators out there but also with yourself.

They have two bats in their line up for 2012, the Genghis and the Geronimo. Two mighty warriors in their own rites.

Geronimo profile : High to Mid-Sweetspot to counter the bouncy tracks

Genghis profile : Mid-Low/Elongated Sweetspot to counter low bounce wickets.


Willow Grades:

PLAYERS+ is our super premium Grade 1 English Willow.

TEST+ is our premium Grade 1 English Willow.

Both are incredible looking bats with imposing profiles and big edges. The test + bats have about 40mm edges. Comparable to any top brands around the world.

My video review of the Vindico Geronimo test+ cricket bat.

Enjoy some more pics of the new geronimo cricket bats.

Another thing i have been playing around with lately is the mositure content of cricket bats. I am finding that here in the united states that 9% is a good amount of moisture to have in your  bats. Here is a pic of my GN legend which i think is a good benchmark as its one the the best quality bats in the world, along with Laver and wood and such other names.

As you can see from the pictures the GN legend gets a solid 9% moisture content.

And as you can see the Vindico scores the same with the moisture content reader. A good 9%.

Moisture content is very important in cricket bat longevity as well as performance. a cricket bat that is to dry will crack and become brittle very quickly whilst you are in battle and worst case scenario will break. There is one advantage to having a low moisture content, and thats that the bat will be very light but if you cant afford to buy a new bat every season ( and who of us can ) the you want a bat with a higher moisture content.


The 2012 Vindico bats all come with a padded bat cover and toe guard. Knocking in is available on all bats at a cost of $50 from me at cricket store online. The bats also come with a round 12 piece cane handle with oval handles available on custom orders. As the bats are custom made for Vindico custom orders are quite popular as well.

Most impressive though on the new vindico geronimo is the ping, balance and pick up. This will be an awesome bat and im sure many hundreds will be scored in the 2012 season with these bats. And this bat at only $250 is a genuine great deal. Other cricket bats of this quality are easily $300 or $350 USD. this is certainly a great deal and a great bat.


I look forward to hearing your feedback about this blog and also these bats.


Are YOU ready for War???

Is the new 2012 GM epic cricket bat the best in the world for the 2012 cricket season.

Is the new 2012 GM epic cricket bat the best in the world for the 2012 cricket season.

I have done a review on this bat previously but am interested if people think this might be the best bat in the world next year.

The new Ayrtek cricket helmet

This is a video review of the New, technically advanced Ayrtek cricket helmets


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How to knock in and oil your new cricket bat. PART 2


PART 2. How to oil and knock in your new cricket bat. ( the laver and wood way )


So as you can see from the video i am talking about how you are going to be actually knocking in your bat using a Hardwood mallet. Its important not to hit the sides ( edges ) of the cricket bat and also not to hit the back or the bottom ( toe of the cricket bat that actually rests on the ground ) of the cricket bat.


Here is an excert from the Laver and wood websiteand discussed what ive mentioned in the above video…………

Knock in Face

After the oil has been applied, the knocking in process can begin. This should be done using a Hardwood bat mallet. This provides much better performance than a ball mallet and also speeds up the process.
Start by hitting the middle of the bat just hard enough to create a dent. [This is surprisingly hard]. Hold the bat up to the light to see if you are making a dent.

Knock in Toe


Gradually compress the face of the bat around these dents so that the face of the bat is level and you cannot see the initial dents any more. The bottom of the bat toe (the part that is in contact with the ground) should never be hit with the mallet.

Knock in edge


The edges require special attention. They need to be rounded off so that the hard new ball cannot damage them too much. The edges should be struck at 45 degrees to the face so that the mallet can compress the willow. Similar to the face make one dent on the edge, and then gradually even out the edge so that the whole surface has a smooth, rounded appearance. The back of the bat should never be touched with the mallet (or the ball).
If the bat is hit on the edge at 90 degrees to the face, it reduces the width of the bat and is making contact with an area that is not mechanically pressed. This increases the likelihood of cracking and you should not be hitting the ball flush on the edge in any case.
With a hardwood bat mallet the knocking in process should take between 10 and 15 sessions of about 10 minutes each (it is probably worth doing this for a bit longer if the bat is of different brand to ours).
Once you have completed this process take the bat into the nets and play a few shots with an old ball. If the bat is showing very deep seam marks then it needs more compressing. One will always get seam marks on the face of the bat; however they should not be too deep.

More information can be found on the Laver and wood website.

So thanks again for watching my videos and reading my blog. I hope you find it enjoyable and informative. I look forward to speaking to you soon.

Cricket store online top 10 youtube video reviews

here is a top 10 list of my cricket bat reviews as voted for by people who watch my video reviews. I have taken the top 10 most watched videos and put them here in this one blog so you can see what people are watching and probably what cricket bats are top sellers.


In # 10


The 2010 SS gladiator cricket bat with 4728 views



In 9th


The 2012 SS platinum reserve cricket bat with 4851 views



In 8th place


The mongoose mmi 3 long handle / short blade cricket bat with 5066 views



In 7th place


The Adidas incurza cricket bat review with 6127 views



In 6th place


The MS Dhoni Reebok cricket bat with 6995 views



In 5th place


The Ricky Ponting Kahuna 1000 cricket bat with 7327 views



In 4th place


The malik bubber sher cricket bat with 8571 views



In 3rd place


The CA LE 12000 Plus cricket bat with 8983 views



In 2nd place


How to select a cricket bat by jason mellet with 10167 views



And in the top spot, i think its pretty obvious. its a bat made famous by one of the top cricketers of our time. there will always be debate over what kind of bat this really is, who makes it and where it comes from.


I guess combined 1st and 7th place you have over 20 000 views. which is pretty good.


Its the Sachin Tendulkar Adidas cricket bat with 15456 views



We do however have a potential spoiler. With a small total of 439 views in 6 days, which is an average of 73 views per day we have the 2012 GM epic cricket bat. If it carries on getting views at that rate and we give it another year it will have over 25 000 views which technically speaking is faster than the Sachin bat. time will tell if that happens though and thought i would add it in just for fun.



Thanks for watching guys and making my video series such a huge success. Please remember to head to youtube and look for a review on your next cricket bat.


An Online Cricket Store With Incredible Deals

An Online Cricket Store With Incredible Deals

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An Online Cricket Store With Incredible Deals


If you are looking for a cricket store on the internet, there is a place where you can get incredible deals on all types of equipment, clothing and other gear. From bats to balls to pads to clothes and equipment bags, everything you need is available. If you’re shopping on a budget, there are clearance items and crazy special deals to help you get what you want for an incredibly low price. Looking for top of the line items? The Cricket Store Online has those, too.


The Cricket Store Carries Top Name Brands and Discount Items


The Cricket Store Online carries top name brands of the equipment you are looking for, such as Kookaburra, Gray Nicolls, Adidas, Gunn and Moore, Newbery, Puma, Boom Boom, Slazenger, CA Sorts and many others. Shop by equipment type or by name brand, whichever is most convenient for you. Never do without the cricket equipment you want and need again. Get it all conveniently online and save some money! Visit the Cricket Store Online to see the selection.


Improve you batting with these cricket hotspot impact sheets and custom cricket bats

Improve you batting with these cricket hotspot impact sheets and custom cricket bats

Custom made cricket bats. Part 1


I thought i would let you in on a process which i am taking part in which is the process of my getting my very first custom made criket bat. Now you might say if you know me that i have already had a Laver & Wood so wasnt that my first custom made bat?


Well the answer would be NO. I had a friend who bought 3 of them from Laver and i bought one of them from him. so i had no hand in the design of the bat.


What im doing here is using a company called Crictech to custom make the bat for me to my exact design specs. this means i can choose size or weight, handle type as well as where the sweetspot is. Its a complete design and its all in my hands.


One way this company is different than all other boutique bat makers is they use a patented Hotspot impact marker sheet.

Hotspot impact marker sheet being applied.


It only takes about 30 seconds to cut, shape and apply your impact marker sheet and is as easy to take off as it is to put on

its an awesome idea to help you with your training

Here is where you can buy the sheets in packs of 10 sheets.  click here

Here is where you can buy the sheets in packs of 20 sheets.  click here


So basicaly the idea is that you use these sheets during different drills and each individual sheet will be for a different shot type.You will use one sheet for front foot drive shots only, then another for back foot drive. Next sheet will be for the cut shot and another for your hook and pull shot. Once you have completed you drills you write your name and the shot type on the sheet and take a photo of each sheet. Once you have all your pics you send them off to Crictech and the information goes off to their master bat maker.


You could also just use the sheets if you are interested in working on different shots, you dont have to buy a new custom bat in the process. Just stick a sheet on and see where you are hitting the ball. If you consistently hit the ball lower on the bat, then you know you should be using a bat like the GM luna that has a lower middle and the same applies if you are hitting the ball higher up. That type of information will dictate to you what style of bat you should be using.


Here is a video of me in the nest just messing around with the Hotspot impact sheets.


This is what the bat looks like when you are done with your session.


I would love your feedback on this so please send me a message using the form below or send me an email to


You are also welcome to check out my facebook page.


As i go through this custom bat making process i will keep updating and adding to this blog so please keep coming back to find out more.


How to knock in and oil your new cricket bat. Part 1 ( oiling )

How to knock in and oil your new cricket bat. Part 1 ( oiling )


So this is part one of this little series on


How to oil and knock in your new cricket bat.


As you have seen this video is about oiling your cricket bat. You would also have noticed that i am using the laver and wood method on this cricket bat. The bat im using is a Vindico Zulu players + cricket bat. This is the top of the line Vindico bat but has been discontinued. So basically you can say im holding a Ltd Edition bat. The only remaining bats in the new 2012 range are the Vindico Genghis and the Vindico Geronimo. Both bats are available in Test + and Players + bats. the better bat being the players +.


To give you a bit of history on the piece of willow im using, Its english willow, probably a product of J.S. Wright & Sons i the UK. the oldest and largest english willow producer in the world. The Clefts then travel in container to the sub continent where they are graded and made into cricket bats.


This bat was either made in the BAS factory or the RNS factory in India. It was custom made for Vindico USA and is now in my possession. The bats go through a final grading and stickering process here in the united states by the owners of Vindico cricket before they make their way to me.


Here is a section of the laver and wood oiling and knocking in process i am using to get this bat ready for use.


…There are different ways of preparing your bat for the knocking in process, but we recommend the following process as repeated trials in bat factories have shown us that this works far better than all other methods.
Raw linseed oil should be used to moisten the surface of the bat and enable the fibres to become supple. This helps them knit together, thus forming an elastic surface. This is more likely to stretch on impact, rather than crack. Raw linseed is used, as it stays moist for longer than boiled linseed. About a teaspoonful should be applied to the surface of the bat.
We recommend that oil should be applied once (3 times if not one of our bats) before the process of compressing the face begins. Each coat of oil should be about one teaspoon full. Spread the oil over the face of the bat using your fingers. Spread the leftover linseed oil over the edges and toe of the bat. Let each coat of oil soak in overnight and repeat the process before starting the knocking in with the mallet.


More on this process can be found at


I will be following up this video and blog with part 2. ( the oiling process is now finished, now we get to knock in the bat. )


the deep and dark secrets of cricket bat making

the deep and dark secrets of cricket bat making

over the last few days ive had some very interesting conversations with some industry insiders about the very complicated means and methods current cricket bat makers are using in order to make their bats the best in the world.


I have changed names etc to protect the innocent but thought it important that the every day man on the street learns about how their cricket bat was actually made and potentially how you were fooled into buying that massive cricket bat that is as light as a feather. this blog will be in a few different parts to try and keep it as short as possible.


the format of this blog is questions and answers. enjoy.


Jason Melletposted to facebook discoussion with industry insider
hey, whats the major difference in soft pressing and hard pressing cricket bats. how does it affect performance and lifespan of the bat. also who are the big brands that hard press and who soft presses bats?

    • INSIDER #1 Hard pressing makes a bat underperform and have a shorter life span. Light pressing leaves a bat susceptible to cracking and again won’t perform.
    • INSIDER #1  The best bats are those which are well pressed, with a hard outer pressed layer which doesn’t go too deep. You can rescue a light pressed bat with careful knocking in, an overpressed bat will almost always feel dead
    • Jason Mellet whats the difference in well pressed and hard pressed, and who are using these techniques?
    • INSIDER #1  A hard pressed bat has a layer which gos too far down, reducing performance. I don’t think anyone intentionally presses a bat hard, but may be wrong.
    • Jason Mellet ok, so what is the industry standard? soft or light press? or am i getting my terminology wrong? should it be well pressed and light pressed? and then do GM, GN, M&H etc all do light pressing? then what does CA do as we know CA bats dont last that long and same goes for Malik etc?
    • Jason Mellet im just trying to get an idea as to who is doing what you know?
    • INSIDER #1  I would say generally everyone just tries to press a bat well, i.e not hard not soft. But as they work on a production line some come out better pressed than others (as willow varies). And of course some batmakers can press better than others.

      The problem with CA and Malik is to do with the drying of the willow. They dry it too much to get a big profile, leading to brittler willow which cracks.

    • Jason Mellet

      yeah, i know what you mean, huge piece of willow and its still very light. thanks thats some good intel. ok, now on another note, whats the deal with EW and EWNA / EWNI. who is using the proper EW and who is using EWNA/NI? my guess is obviously the main players are using EW (Gray Nicolls, Gunn and Moore etc ) but what about SS, CA, Malik, slazenger, SG etc. which are all made in india and pakistan. not to mention the thousands of small bat makers all over the place. any insight on that??
    • INSIDER #1  Majority of companies use genuine English willow. It’s shipped to India in huge containers
    • INSIDER #1  Unless, of course, they state that it’s EWNI
    • Jason Mellet ive never seen a sticker on a bat that says EWNI. are their any examples you know of. thanks for all the useful info by the way.
    • INSIDER #1  CJI, BDM and a few eBay sellers offer EWNI. We’re unsure what it actually is or whether it’s just to confuse less knowledgable buyers.

      21 hours ago ·
    • Jason Mellet i read that it means NI ( nurtured in india ) meaning its english willow trees but grown in india and australia.
      PLease check back tomorrow for another installment of ” deep dark secrets of cricket bat making part 2.


The making of the baggy green australian cricket hats

The making of the baggy green australian cricket hats


The making of the famous australian baggy green cricket hat as worn by all australian cricketers.