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.


Gunn and Moore 2012 Epic cricket bat

Hey guys, welcome to my latest blog entry.


Today i am going to be talking more about my experience with the Gunn and Moore Epic cricket bat.




Whilst this pic only shows the face of the bat, it doesnt really do justice to the profile and the real potential of this incredible bat. Have a look at this short video review to find out what i really think of this new 2012 Gunn and moore epic cricket bat and get a good look at the profile as well. This is going to be one powerful bat. Feel free to keep on reading if you dont feel like watching the video.



I really hope you enjoyed that and it gave you a good perspective of what this bat looks like and hopefully it has helped you make a potential purchase.


Here are some close up HD pics of the GM epic cricket bat, the face, the edges and the awesome profile.

gunn and moore epic cricket bat side edge view


gunn and moore epic cricket bat rear profile vie


I am a big fan of this view below. because it shows exactly the profile differences of the three new Gunn and moore cricket bats. The GM halo, The GM 1885 and the GM epic cricket bats. all new for the 2012 cricket season.

GM halo, 1885 and epic cricket bats


Some of the major diffeences that you will see are:


The GM halo cricket bat has very little weight ( or wood ) up near the splice. It also has thinner edges up high on the bat. and has a very pronouced sweet spot, but its very concentrated to one area.


The GM 1885 cricket bat in the middle is a more traditional style cricket bat similar to the GM flare cricket bat but found that the GM 1885 had a lower sweet spot.


Then the GM epic cricket bat on the left as you can see has thick edges that span all the way from the toe all the way up the bat leading all the way to the shoulder of the cricket bat. The splice area of the bat is much thicker than the other two models and the sweet spot is spread out over a much bigger area increasing the sweet spot or meat of the bat. The sweet spot is also very low which means you could use this bat on low bouncing pitches ( like in india ) or you could use it on the bouncy pitches in Australia or South africa.


Some of the information we get off the Gunn and Moore website ( )


are things like :

Big edges, yes i would agrre with that, but dont think they are huge, because they are not.

Elongated swell height, yes the sweet spot ( swell ) goes all the way from just above the toe a long way up the back of the bat.

Perimeter weighting, not sure exactly what that means but its probably meaning that this bat has big edges and it carries some weight behind them. making hitting the ball near the edges that much easier.

Substantial toe, yes this bat has some extra profile wood behind the toe. The spine is shaves steep and this ridge goes all the way down to the toe of the bat. giving it a bit of extra umph!!

Made in england from prime english willow, well i damn well hope so.


Overall i think this is a big hitters bat as well as a touch player bat. i mean who cant do with a bigger sweet spot. I think we all can. Please keep in touch an let us know how your cricket is going.