Now this is exciting. A brand new range of batting gloves from Gray Nicolls. The Gray Nicolls Silver Batting Gloves.These gloves are virtually a player’s edition quality cricket glove and they are priced initially by Gray Nicolls at an exceptionally good price.
Just thought i would give you a sneak peak at some of my new cricket bats. all of these will be going up against each other in my next edition of the cricket bat face off. The Lekka RDX big hitter and the Crictech Mellet Signature still need to be oiled and knocked but we will see how this all goes over the next few weeks.
So the Bats in the pictures are the
Lekka RDX big hitter.
Next one on the list is the Lekka RDX Envy cricket bat
Also in there is The Crictech Mellet Signature custom cricket bat.
Also in that pack is the USSZ custom made from Zafar Asim in L.A.
And last but certainly not least is my current bat, the Vindico Genghis players + cricket bat
So as you can see there are some awesome bats there and i look forward to having a go with them.
So, was looking around at a few of the bats i have in my store this morning and saw a few of them had very similar profiles. namely the Gray Nicolls legend cricket bat. The Vindico Geronimo players +. The Malik Bubber Sher cricket bat and the CA LE 12000 + TRD cricket bats.
I was thinking of ways that i could compare these bats on a level playing field so i came up with a rating system i think is fare and wont upset to many people.
The rating system goes something like this.
# 1. Price. rated out of 10 points. $600 is to expensive regardless of quality. $300 is a perfect price if the bat is good. $100 is generally a low quality bat so even if the bat is $100 it wont necessarily get a good grade unless its exceptionally good. eg. GN legend scores a 4/10 on price. its an awesome bat but $500 is a lot of money. Bat makers should be finding ways to keep their price lower, not making bats more and more expensive.
#2. Willow. Rated out of 10 points. This is a grade for the overall willow quality and aesthetics. overall look, grains, knots, butterflies, watermarks etc.
#3. Overall finish. Rated out of 10 points. did the bat maker take time to make the bat look pretty. Do you want to frame the bat its so beautiful or you dont mind throwing it in your kit unprotected.
#4. Performance. Rated out of 10 points. will this bat perform well. does it have a good balance and pickup. does it pick up light or does it feel bottom heavy or off balance.
#5. Wow factor. Rated out of 5 points. When you open up the box or show it to your friends are you going to think ” wow ” or does it just look like one of the other millions of bats that are produced every single year.
#6. Moisture content. Rated out of 5 points. Generally speaking a good moisture content is 12% but have found here in america that 9% is more realistic as bats have to travel a long way to get here. who knows what bats go through during the shipping process. The GN legend is on average about 9% so thats a good benchmark. Some Matrrixx bats have measured 2% so thats the other end of the scale and not where you want to be for sure. Ive also only made it worth 5 point because there is a margin for error and this is not an exact science. it is important however and thats why we have added it to the rating system.
So the perfect score is 50/50 and ive rated all these bats according to this scale.
First up here are some side by side pics to show you the bats are all very similar in shape, design, weight etc.
The GN Legend cricket bat. 2lbs 10oz ( Buy Now, click here )
1: price. 4/10
2: willow. 9/10
3: finish. 9/10
4: performance. 9/10
5: wow. 4/5
6: moisture. 4/5
Final score. 39/50
Comments. The GN legend cricket bat is an awesome bat. Great balance. superb quality. One of the best bats money can buy. But thats where the problem is. $495 USD. thats a lot of money. If you want and AUS version you will be paying around $700 USD. Thats just craziness so on the price point it loses some points. Im not saying its not worth that money. just saying its a bit expensive for the average joe like you or me.
Vindico Geronimo Players + cricket bat. 2lbs 14oz. ( Buy Now, click here )
1: price. 7/10
2: willow. 7/10
3: finish. 7/10
4: performance. 9/10
5: wow. 4/5
6: moisture. 4/5
Final score. 38/50
Comments. The Vindico Geronimo players + cricket bat is a good quality, solid cricket bat. Its performance outways its initial impression. I have been working closely with Vindico cricket to get there overall quality and finish up to scratch but there is no denying the raw power of these cricket bats. originating from the BAS and RNS factories in India, Vindico have a dedicated bat maker pushing out very limited numbers of quality cricket bats which allows them to make sure they only select quality performance willow. The ping and value for shots are incredible. The price point of $350 is a fantastic place to be as you get the same value for shots as the $495 Legend or the $399 GM original cricket bats.
CA 12000 Plus L.E. TRD cricket bat. 2lbs 9oz (Buy Now, click here )
1: price. 6/10
2: willow. 9/10
3: finish. 9/10
4: performance. 8/10
5: wow. 4/5
6: moisture. 4/5
Final score. 40/50
Comments. Very impressed with the CA. Probably better quality willow than the GN legend. The grains are 12 evenly spaced, perfectly straight grains. somehow just about every single CA TRD looks exactly the same. i dont know how they do it. James Laver would be happy to press this bat im sure. The grain structure is perfect. The ping however was not quite there as it was on the Legend and the Geronimo but the moisture content was great so it still scored well on the performace scale. With a little oil and some knocking in this is a top performer and thats the reason , along with a good price point of $379 in my opinion scores a 40/50 points.
The Malik Bubber Sher cricket bat. 2lbs 12oz. (Buy Now, click here )
1: price. 9/10
2: willow. 7/10
3: finish. 7/10
4: performance. 6/10
5: wow. 4/5
6: moisture. 2/5
Final score. 35/50
Comments. People come back year after year for a new Bubber Sher. There is no doubting its a great bat. The performance is there. The price point is incredible at $219. Free shipping inside the USA also makes it more attractive. Malik definitely know what they are doing. It scores low on the moisture meter at 5% which is a bit worrisome. But not the end of the world cos at $219 you can afford to buy another if this one happens to break. Make sure you put 3 coats of oil on it before knocking in and you should be good to go. The grain structure is not perfect and its not the best looking bat. But when someone hits you for a 6 with their bubber sher, no one is complaining about how wobbly the grains are.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little Bat-Off with these 4 awesome cricket bats. please head to my Facebook page ( cricket store online ) for all the pics from todays blog.
Some interesting info.
CA = 36mm
GN = 36mm
Vindico = 36mm
Sher = 34mm
I will also upload a video later today to youtube so search for ” the cricket store online bat off part 1 ” and check that out to hear the ping for yourself.
please watch my video and give me your support. im trying to get GM to send me a GM epic graeme smith players edition cricket bat so i can do a review for you guys. please give me your support and tweet @richardlowy and @edwardlowy and ask them to please send me one.
you can also go to www.gunnandmoorecricket.com and send them and email through their contact forms.
This is my video review of the Newbery sps cricket kit bag.
• Ideal for the travelling cricketer at home or abroad
• Revised model incorporating the SPS and SPS Max models
• New heavy duty zip pulls and retractable handle
• Dimensions – 900 x 400 x 400
• Available in Navy/Gold or Black/Silver
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 www.vindicocricket.com. 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.
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.
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.
This is a video review of the New, technically advanced Ayrtek cricket helmets
read more at www.ayrtek.com or buy it now at www.cricketstoreonline.com
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.http://www.laverwood.us/batcare.php
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.
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
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.