New Balance CK4040AR Cricket Shoes

New to 2014, New Balance is expanding its brand in terms of cricket equipment with its New Balance CK4040AR Cricket Shoes. While New Balance’s other cricket equipment has been great quality, it’s known for its shoes, and is really making sure to impress with these CK4040 AR shoes.

New Balance CK4040AR Cricket Shoes

New Balance CK4040AR Cricket Shoes

One great thing about the New Balance CK4040AR Cricket Shoes are their versatility. While they were designed with bowling boots in mind, and are worn by top bowler Dale Steyn, they really can be used for batting and fielding as well. This is partially due to the extra support offered in the shoe.

New Balance has taken protection and support very seriously in its design for the CK4040AR cricket shoe. It’s fitted with a Velcro support strap, as well as a T-Beam, which helps to keep your knees and ankles stable when landing, thus preventing both short-term and long-term injuries.

On its CK4040AR cricket shoes, New Balance has included a full leather upper. Not only does this look nice on the shoe, it helps make the shoes last a long time. The full leather upper on New Balance’s CK4040AR cricket shoes allow the shoes to be durable and really endure the elements if you’re playing outdoors in the rain or mud. This will help save you money in the long run because you won’t be running out for a new pair of shoes every season.

The versatility of New Balance’s CK4040AR cricket shoes doesn’t stop with how they can be played. New Balance has allowed these shoes to be suitable for both indoor and outdoor play with unique rubber soles and removable spikes.

Head over to your cricket store to check these new shoes out along with other premium cricket equipment from these top brands: Gunn and Moore, Gray Nicolls, Slazenger Cricket, Kookaburra, and Adidas Cricket.

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The budget friendly new Hammer Core 2014 Batting Gloves.

Hammer Core 2014 Batting Gloves

Hammer has brought back its popular Hammer Core 2014 Batting Gloves. With a classic black and white design, these gloves are great for a wide range of players.

Hammer Core 2014 Batting Gloves

Hammer Core 2014 Batting Gloves

These Hammer Core 2014 Batting Gloves feature a three-part design for maximum use and comfort. Hammer uses Plastozote padding and premium PU finger protection to ensure a safe and protective glove. Hammer takes protection one step further with this glove by including an insert on the main finger made of HD foam filled with added fibre.

The palm of the Hammer Core 2014 Batting Gloves is made of high quality sheepskin leather, which allows for maximum grip and comfort. The lining in the Hammer Core batting glove is made of soft padded toweling. This helps absorb moisture so you get a firm, great hit every time. To help with cooling, Hammer has included an airflow mesh gusset to the Core batting gloves.

The Hammer Core batting gloves are comfortable and light, without sacrificing quality, strength, or durability. The premium Hammer Core batting gloves have the option to be worn with or without inners. In Hammer’s true style, they have included quality embossed Velcro tabs to make sure each glove has the perfect fit.

Hammer has designed its Core batting gloves to be low-cost and budget friendly, so that all players have access to Hammer’s premium cricket gear. The low cost of these gloves does not come with any sacrifice of quality. You’re still getting a great Hammer product.

These Hammer Core 2014 Batting Gloves are versatile and meet the needs of different types of players. They’re great for youth players as well as club level games. As a lightweight, comfortable, and affordable glove, the Hammer Core can be used for a range of players and play.

Stop by www.HammerCricket.com or www.CricketStoreOnline.com to pick up your premium Hammer Core batting gloves starting March 2014.

See more from Hammer on the following sites.

www.cricketstoreonline.com

www.hammercricket.com

www.willowkings.com

You can also follow hammer on Twitter and FaceBook.

don’t forget to check out these top brands: Gray NicollsHammer CricketGunn and MooreKookaburraAffinity Cricket and Adidas Cricket. They’re all sure to impress.

Hammer Hel156 premium english willow cricket bat

Hammer Hel156 premium english willow cricket bat

Hammer Cricket now has in stock an updated 2014 version of its very popular Hammer Hel 156 cricket bat. Hammer recognized the reputation of the 2013 version of this bat, and therefore only made minor changes to the 2014 version.

Hammer Hel 156 cricket bat

Hammer Hel 156 cricket bat

Each Hammer Hel156 premium english willow cricket bat is handcrafted in England and made from performance grade English willow. This ensures that all Hammer bats are going to have a high number of straight grains with little to no blemishes.

The shape of the premium Hammer Hel156 premium english willow cricket bat allows it to be great for one day play as well as T20 cricket and longer formats. It’s got a slight camber and a very subtle bow, which gives the bat a nice neutral pickup. The edge on this bat sits at around 35 mm, giving the bat a nice balance.

The Hammer Hel 156 bat features a medium hybrid sweet spot. This means it’s got lots of wood where you’re going to be hitting the ball, but it also has a really nice amount of wood up high at the shoulders, allowing you to still play defense and defensive shots well.

This premium Hammer cricket bat is fitted with a comfortable oval handle. New to 2014, the decals on the Hammer Hel 156 bat are updated and take up less space on the bat. They’re still classic orange and black, but a little more minimalist.

Hammer’s Hel 156 2014 cricket bat is available in four grades: Core, Pro, Limited Edition, and Platinum. Platinum bats are custom made to the customer’s specs. Each bat is fitted with a toe guard, scuff sheet, and a Hammer bat cover.

All-in-all, the Hammer Hel 156 2014 cricket bat is a great all around bat for different types of play. Head over to HammerCricket.com or CricketStoreOnline.com to pick up your premium bat today.

See more from Hammer on the following sites.

www.cricketstoreonline.com

www.hammercricket.com

www.willowkings.com

You can also follow hammer on Twitter and FaceBook.

Gunn & Moore six6 Cricket Bat

Gunn & Moore six6 Cricket Bat

The 2014 Gunn & Moore six6 Cricket Bat F.45 DXM is now available only at Cricket Store Online. I want to tell you what’s new about this particular bat and why it’s so popular right now.

Gunn & Moore six6 Cricket Bat has got GM’s substantial F4.5 contoured edges, which means it’s got a nice big edge and the bow on the face only drops 4.5 millimeters (whereas the F7 drops 7mm, and the F2 only drops 2mm and is nearly flat). This F4.5 allows for a nice balanced combination of a big edge and rounded face. These larger edges do mean that the bat has a smaller spine, so be sure to keep that in mind if you’re used to a bigger spine on your cricket bat.

 

Gunn & Moore six6 Cricket Bat also has an elongated swell height and GM’s Powerarc bow, which along with the contoured edges allow for the bat to have no real roughness or sharpness in its shape. The sweet spot on this bat is medium, or right in the middle, giving it a good ping. GM actually boasts that this model has an elongated sweet spot. GM has on this model reduced the shoulders and toe, so if you’re switching from an older GM model, be aware of that.

Gunn & Moore six6 Cricket Bat handle has the new GM ripple grips, which are helpful for better control. It’s a round to oval handle and gives the bat nice balance. According to GM, this bat is ideal for all-round stroke play, but it’s generally a comfortable bat for other types of cricket play as well. These GM English Willow bats are all designed and produced in England and made from English Willow trees in Nottingham.

The 2014 GM F4.5 bat also has a nice color scheme with blacks and blues.

 

Head to www.cricketstoreonline.com for more information, pictures and of course to buy your new bat.

Affinity cricket Ayrtek edition cricket bat

Affinity cricket Ayrtek edition cricket bat

affinity cricket ayrtek edition cricket bat

affinity cricket ayrtek edition cricket bat

Speaking with the creators of this Affinity Ayrtek edition cricket bat i asked one question. The question was if you could describe this bat to me in 2 minutes what would you say. The answer went something like this.

@Ayrtekcricket company has a number of professional cricketers using their highly specialised state of the art Ayrtel cricket helmets and they needed to partner with a specialist who makes high quality professional grade cricket bats that can stand up to the demands of county, list A, 1st class and international grade cricket. The majority of their users are top end batsman and tend to need a bat with above average performance and also have strong enough shoulders and edges to fend off the quicker bowlers at the beginning of an innings. Taking these two performance factors in mind Affinity cricket together with Ayrtek cricket came up with the Affinity cricket Ayrtek edition cricket bat.

Having already supplied cricket bats for Ayrtek professionals, Affinity cricket gained valuable feedback from the players and observations of county/international pitches to create a cricket bat to suit that environment. Other professionals also gave input into what was required of a cricket bat at this level and when facing 90mph + opening bowlers on a variety of pitches. Thicker shoulders and a mid high swell were the first notes made, a little concaving was a compromise to allow the edge to remain thick and parallel with the spine from top to bottom. This helped balance a bat capable of both defense and attack and complete the Affinity range and provide Ayrtek with a cricket bat that meets their requirements for the elite level player.

You can purchase this exact cricket bat right now at www.cricketstoreonline.com under the high end cricket bats section..

The great cricket ball massacre, part 2. cricket balls. whats inside?

The great cricket ball massacre, part 2. cricket balls. whats inside?

Cricket balls, whats really inside and what drives the price?

I often get asked about cricket balls. Whats the best? Whats the cheapest? Why and which cricket balls break cricket bats? etc etc etc and many times I’ve been unable to answer people simply because of a lack of knowledge. So i decided to do a bit of exploring to see what i could find out. I looked on youtube. That was a waste of time. It had very little information on how cricket balls are essentially put together. I checked on Wikipedia for the ICC regulations of how cricket balls should be made and also came up empty handed. So eventually i just decided that seen as its so hard to figure out whats inside a cricket ball and how they are made i will just cut a couple of them open and see for myself.

Here is what a good cricket ball looks like on the inside.

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Youtube will have many many videos showing cricket balls being made but i couldn’t find any detail to show exactly what goes into all the different layers of cricket balls. That may be partly because some of the cricket balls i cut open only had 3 layers to them. ( rubber, string and leather ) but many people will agree that the Kookaburra Turf cricket ball may well be the Benchmark all other cricket balls are modeled after. The Kookaburra Turf ball is used by 85% of all international test matches worldwide so that speaks volumes for the quality and reputation of the cricket ball.

The kookaburra Turf cricket ball has a small ( slightly smaller than a golf ball cork / rubber core. Then has 5 layers of cork / string quilted.The leather is not just any old leather. Its Hand selected Australian first grade alum tanned steer hide and is tough as nails.

The problem with this ball is it retails for well over $100 USD and lets be honest, none of us can afford to throw around 5 or 10 of these at our local club practices. So what i will be trying to do in the blog is not to say which cricket balls are the best, but rather educate the everyday club cricketer so they can better understand whats happening on the inside of a cricket ball and perhaps also understand why so many modern balls are classified as bat breakers or perhaps lose shape, shine or hardness to quickly.

Enjoy.

Graddige county ( ladies & mens ) cricket ball

county cricket ball image

So what we see here from the graddige county ( ladies & mens ) cricket ball is a medium / large cork based nucleus. Probably 90% cork and 10% rubber ( guestamate ) This gives a ball a harder core as apposed to a rubber based nucleus. It then has 1 moderately thick layer of cork outside of that which will help keep the shape of the ball. The graddige county ball seems to have a good amount of string wrapping and the the plastic inner cap in this case looks to be 4 quarters rather than two halves which we find on some more expensive balls. My thought is the 4 quarters are cheaper and don’t keep the balls shape very well as normal on cheaper balls we find the 4 quarters system instead of the two halves. The leather once again looks to be a decent quality and is quite flexible and the outer spray didn’t show any sign of cracking or peeling. Rather it was flexible and seemed durable.

Graddige top spin white cricket ball

 

cricket ball top spin image

This is the graddige top spin white cricket ball. Immediately you will see a very black nucleus in this cricket ball. What that means is that the ball will be softer than a cork centre ball but may also mean it can lose its shape quicker. I found balls that have softer core’s like the Graddige top spin or the Boom Boom 130 ball are really good balls for using in the nets. The reason for this is simple. Softer balls don’t break cricket bats like harder , less flexible balls do. My complaint about the ball would be the total lack of string inside the ball. If we look at the benchmark high end cricket balls they all have a good amount of string wrapping in them which would aid in the balls flexibility and in this case would think that the rubber core in this case might break down from continues use. Luckily this is a cheaper ball at $8 and is therefore easily replaceable. On the outside of that we find the inner plastic cap which was really well secured to the leather and i wasn’t able to take it apart from the leather. My thinking is that means breaking this ball may be tougher as internals of a cricket ball all sticking together well may help the ball keep its shape. As for the leather i think a similar leather and protective coating has been used as on the Graddige county and the leather seemed tough yet supple and the coating never cracked or peeled off at all.

Graddige top spin red cricket ball

 

cricket ball top spin red image

This is the graddige top spin red cricket ball as you would expect is exactly the same as the white ball. There did see to be a difference in the coating which protects the leather. Immediately you will see a very black nucleus in this cricket ball. What that means is that the ball will be softer than a cork centre ball but may also mean it can lose its shape quicker. I found balls that have softer core’s like the Graddige top spin or the Boom Boom 130 ball are really good balls for using in the nets. The reason for this is simple. Softer balls don’t break cricket bats like harder , less flexible balls do. My complaint about the ball would be the total lack of string inside the ball. If we look at the benchmark high end balls they all have a good amount of string wrapping in them which would aid in the balls flexibility and in this case would think that the rubber core in this case might break down from continues use. Luckily this is a cheaper ball at $8 and is therefore easily replaceable. On the outside of that we find the inner plastic cap which was really well secured to the leather and i wasn’t able to take it apart from the leather. My thinking is that means breaking this ball may be tougher as internals of a cricket ball all sticking together well may help the ball keep its shape. As for the leather i think a similar leather and protective coating has been used as on the Graddige county and the leather seemed tough yet supple and the coating unfortunately in this case was prone to cracking slightly.

Graddige special test cricket ball

cricket ball special test red image

The Graddige special test cricket ball at first glance looks to a be a good quality cricket ball. The interior parts of the ball are just what you would like to see in a cricket ball. Cork & rubber small core nucleus. That surrounded by 5 layers of cork and string. Then the inner plastic cap to keep it all together with the leather on the top of that. The Graddige special test even has 70 stitches which is a good amount. My only criticism would be the protective coating on the leather. Its seemed very brittle and cracked really easily. It also gave the ball a very hard exterior feel to it. Now we could flip that around and  say perhaps the ball has a harder exterior shell because this is a cricket ball designed for the North American market who play on carpeted slabs of concrete who need something a little more durable. As i know the person personally who designed and manufacture these balls this is very possibly the case. This hard outer layer will take a little longer to wear down. I feel buying this ball is worth the risk and would appreciate you giving us your feedback on this ball once you have tried it in a few matches. This ball has good build quality and should easily last 40 or 50 overs.

Graddige player red cricket ball

 

cricket ball player red image

This is the Graddige player red cricket ball. I actually quite like this ball. As i’m trying to find a decent alternative for use in the nets it could be a ball like this that does the business. Its at a good price range.$10 and has a pretty decent construction. Not perfect but a good mix of quality build construction and also well priced. The nucleus is larger but has a good mix of cork and rubber mixture. Then add a good amount of string and cork layers of which there are 2. The you have the quarter plastic caps ( would be better as two halves though ) and then the nice rich dark red leather. I would be happy to test this ball out in my next net session with hopes for the best. Where the worry comes in is the protective spray covering the leather. This layer seemed to be very brittle and not only cracked when bending the leather its also peeled off very easily. Now once again it remains to be seen how this will behave on the cricket field. i would love to hear from anyone reading this article that has used one of these balls and would love to find out what you opinion of it is. I feel this is a good ball, worth the price and think you should give it a chance.

Graddige club red cricket ball

 

cricket ball club red image

So this graddige club red cricket ball and i have found to be a good net ball. This is the same construction as my normal net ball which is the Boom Boom 130 ball. Basically nothing but a large nucleus made of nothing but Rubber and cork. The high percentage of rubber means the ball is softer and doesn’t break your high priced cricket bat. The negative of the balls is if you are a hardcore bowler then this may not be good for you. It will likely lose shine, not swing much and have some uneven bounce. Its important that people know these things when they buy cheaper cricket balls. Chances are this type of ball will only last a couple net sessions before the seam splits and probably wont keep a shine after the first session.

Graddige hat-trick cricket ball

 

cricket ball hat trick red image

This is the Graddige hat-trick cricket ball. This is essentially a very similar ball to the above mentioned club cricket ball. The main difference is the extra cork layer and string on the outside of the core nucleus. This layer will give the ball extra strength and stability. If the last ball was a good net ball for batsman then this one may be a good net ball for the bowlers. The extra layer of cork and string will help the ball keep isn’t shape and the slightly smaller core will mean the centre of gravity will be more stable as well. Balls with the largest core made from rubber and cork may have more rubber on one side of the ball meaning the ball is ” off balance ” and obtaining swing or keeping the seam upright will be that much more difficult. The Protective layer on this bat seemed pretty good as well. It didn’t seem to crack or peel like some of the other balls and had a good stitch count of 69-70

Graddige county cricket ball

 

cricket ball county red image

So this is the Graddige county cricket ball. This is essentially the same ball as the Hat trick except the layers of cork around the nucleus. IN the hat trick that cricket ball had just one layer of cork and string around the nucleus. In this Graddige county offering it has 2 layers of cork and string around the nucleus. And i’m not sure if you noticed but its the same price. My though here is you need to do one thing. order a couple of each ball and see which one seems to work better for your needs. Whether its just a couple friends in the nets or a hardcore practice with the whole team. Some bowlers may like the 2 layer better. My recommendation is this is the kind of ball you want for practices. if its a match ball you are looking for then its a 5 layer cork ball you should be using.  Whether its T20, 40 over or 50 over.

 

Thanks very much for reading this Part 2 of my massacre of 34 different cricket balls. Its so far been really interesting and have certainly learnt a lot about what goes into making a cricket ball. IN the next 2 parts we look at some more expensive balls so that should be interesting as well..

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If you enjoyed this article, you may enjoy this one as well. Cricket Ball Massacre part 1

GM 2013 cricket bats Zona Argon Octane Max E Icon Epic F2 cricket bats

GM 2013 cricket bats Zona Argon Octane Max E Icon Epic F2 cricket bats

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So it was pretty exciting getting my first up close look at the new GM cricket bats on show for the 2013 cricket season..

I think its  a good ploy to offer either a flat face or rounded face option but it sure is a nightmare for us retailers….they have basically just doubled their stock overnight…

check cricket store online for more information on when these bats and gear are available

 

jason@cricketstoreonline.com

Kookaburra cricket 2013 gear full range and review by www.cricketstoreonline.com

Kookaburra 2013 cricket gear full range and review

Kookaburra cricket recently launched and released pictures of their new 2013 cricket gear at the Lords trade show and also on facebook and twitter….here is some of the cool new cricket gear they released..

Kookaburra Ricochet cricket bat

kookaburra ricochet cricket bat

kookaburra ricochet cricket bat

RICOCHET

Endorsement;
Jos Buttler, Steven Davies & Moeen Ali

Player Profile;
kookaburra cricket
• Lighter specification with maximum Spine and Edge, ideal for the enterprising improvisational Shot MakerDNA;
• Sweet Spot; High (approx 240 to 260mm from toe)
• Edge Thickness; 34mm to 41mm
• Edge Profile; Square
• Face Profile; Flat ‘Power Plus’ Face
• Spine Height; 58mm to 64mm
• Scallop; 8mm to 10mm
• Bow; 12mm to 15mm
• Handle; Round (12 Piece)
• Weight; 2lb 7oz to 2lb 9ozAdditional Features;
• White/Blue/White ‘Max’ Grip
• ‘Kookaburra Pre Prepared’ (KPP)
• Naturally ‘Air Dried’

So thats a quick look at some of the new cricket gear from kookaburra. This cricket gear will be available in stores in the coming months so thats its available before christmas.

Kahuna 1000 cricket bat stats:

kookaburra cricket Endorsed by Ricky Ponting, A.B De Villiers, Martin Guptill & Steven Davies – all Powerful Dominating Strokemakers. Features include Medium Positioned ‘Sweet Spot’ – 32mm Minimum Edge Thickness – Standard ‘Dynamic Power’ Shaped Face – Round 12 Piece ‘Power Drive’ Sarawak Cane Handle – White ‘Xtreme’ Grip – Naturally ‘Air Dried’ . Please select from available options in drop down list below.

Watch the Jason Mellet youtube channel for all the latest video reviews as soon as all the new gear comes in.

Kookaburra cricket wicket keeper gloves previously reviewed..

Kookaburra cricket batting gloves previously reviewed..

GM Max • E 707 cricket bat sneak peek

GM Max • E 707 cricket bat sneak peek

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GM Max • E 707 cricket bat sneak peek

Just a real quick look at this 2lbs 08oz GM Max – E cricket bat for the 2013 cricket season. the full review coming in a day or two on youtube..

Ihsan cricket Spartan cricket debate continues….

Ihsan cricket Spartan cricket debate continues….

So it looks like spartan cricket are not going to be able to drop this fake cricket bat / pakistan made story after all. some more pics have surfaced of their bats being made in the Ihsan factory…

Now just to recap for people who don’t know what this story is all about.. Jason from cricket store online many times contacted Spartan in an attempt to buy gear directly from them in Australia….however spartan were in no way accommodating and never returned any of his calls or emails.. After a month or two of trying with spartan he gave up on them. A little while later he heard that Spartan had moved their production from india and moved it to Ihsan in pakistan at which point he was also contacted and offered some of these made in pakistan spartan cricket bats. ( at a hefty price )

As Jason always tries to have the best gear first and get it all reviewed on youtube he jumped at the opportunity and bought 4 of the spartan cricket bats from Ihsan…

The problems started when he got the bats…they were to say the least just awful..

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As you can see from my review of these bats i was just blown away by how bad these bats were and quickly asked ihsan for my money back…i was however rejected..

The very next day after uploading this video to youtube i was contacted by Mr Kunal Sharma of spartan. yeah this guy in the video below seen here with Mr Michael Clarke himself.

So yeah this guy calls me up and tells me i don’t know what im talking about and that the only bats made by Ihsan are the kashmir willow ones and all english willow bats are made in their factory in india…therefore the bats i got from Ihsan were in fact fakes..

This was an eye opener for me of course and immediately took the video off youtube for them..In an awesome gesture from Kunal he also sent me 3 replacement MC 329 and CG 333 bats.. i did also at that point put out a new video of the REAL spartan cricket bats to try and rectify any mistakes i had made in the first video..

So we were all good after this and according to Kunal none of their english willow bats are made in pakistan however no where on their website ( that ive been able to find )do they state where their bats are actually made. It was just in the conversation on the phone that he told me that only the kashmir willow bats are made by Ihsan..

So anyway found it really interesting when i was forwarded these images from a ” friend ” in pakistan..

Ihsan cricket and Spartan cricket debate continues....

Spartan cricket bats being made in Pakistan in Ihsan factory

This bat here being made is clearly the spartan MC329 triumph which according to the spartan catalogue is an english willow cricket bat.

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spartan MC329 triumph cricket bat

Ihsan cricket and Spartan cricket debate continues....

here we have more spartan mc329 triumph cricket bats and the MC329 combat, a G4 english willow bat..

Ihsan cricket and Spartan cricket debate continues....

spartan 329 combat cricket bat

and here is one last pic of some very nice official looking piles of more mc329 combat bats..

Ihsan cricket and Spartan cricket debate continues....

spartan 329 combat cricket bats at the ihsan factory

So what good does any of this information do to anybody…well let me explain.

One of the major issues we have in our sport is people selling fake cricket gear.Im hoping by publishing this information that people will be more informed and only buy cricket gear from official suppliers like www.cricketstoreonline.com or at least come to me for some guidance… Random people on facebook or ebay is NOT a good place to buy cricket gear. pleas email me at jason@cricketstoreonline.com and send me pics of bats people are trying to sell you and i will give you my opinion of what i think…

Also if you have been involved in the cricket industry for any amount of time you will know there is a lot of smoke and mirrors when it comes to putting out a cricket bat..i want suppliers to be more open and honest when it comes to where their gear is made. why people are like this i dont know but this is my current official opnion on the spartan issue. ( please note i have the right to change this opinion whenever i see fit and could be out of date 5 minutes after i publish this blog.)

I dont care where or who makes spartan cricket gear, i just wish they at least could be honest about it. i do however feel as of right now that Ihsan DOES have the contract to make some of the lower end G4 english willow and kashmir willow bats for them. i DONT however feel Ihsan are making the top end $500 + spartan bats as ive seen the quality they put out and are clearly made in india ( and are very very good )..therefore any top of the line spartan bats that are made in pakistan are still fakes ( in my opinion )and if you want the real thing you have to buy directly from stores in Australia..not facebook, twitter or eBay.. if you want one of these fake Ihsan ones, dont pay top dollar for them, i am selling them for $100 ea…just email me..they are pretty good G1 english willow bats made by ihsan, just not worth $500 +USD.

 

I am happy to discuss this issue more with Kunal of spartan but as usual…he doesnt answer my calls or emials so we are all left to speculate..YOU make up your own mind and let me know via my facebook page http://www.facebook.com/cricketstoreonline what you think..