cricket bat scoring system breakdown of where we are up to now.

as there is a possibility of their being error with this moisture technology ive had a look at all my bat reviews done so far with my grading / scoring system and to be fare to everybody ive recalculated the numbers of all bats without the moisture content score and this is how they have fared.

these are the bats that all scored
1 ) 38/45
2 ) 37/45
3 ) 36/45
4 ) 35/45
5 ) 34/45
6 ) 33/45
7 ) 31/45
8 ) 30/45
9 ) 29/45
here is also a breakdown of how my scoring works without the moisture content.

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.

Cricket bat face off results

So after a very successful video cricket bat face off. over 250 views in the first 12 hours its time to reveal the winners and losers of the cricket bat face off. Please remember i have tried to be as unbiased as possible and am gauging the comments of 3 other people in this test as well. From comments and conversations had with the people who helped me do the cricket bat review and also from watching the video.

 

The 5 cricket bats that were involved in the cricket bat face off are:

Vindico Genghis players+ cricket bat

USSZ Zafar Asim cricket bat

Crictech Mellet signature cricket bat

Lekka RDX Envy cricket bat

Lekka TPX big hitter cricket bat

 

So lets start with the bats.

The Vindico Genghis players + cricket bats

Specifications

Origin: India
Wood: Grade 1 English willow
Sizes Available: SH
Weight Guide: 2lb 8oz-3lb+
Sample Weight: 2lb 10
Handle: round
Edge (at widest): 33mm
Finish: Natural
Toe Protection: Yes

My opinion

I like the bat, its traditional shaping ( like the GM flare ) and the ping and performance was superb. As you saw from my video review its probably the best Pinging bat ive tested in a long time. I like the fact that Vindico is a very small company, two friends living in america sourcing their bats from a big bat maker in india and making it their own. Their original sticker designs and concept are fresh and inspiring. A solid bat that will score many runs for season to come.

We Like

– The simple, functional design
– The edges. Big but not too big, and the logo detail is a nice touch
– The forgiving middle

We Dislike

– Overall quality of the willow aesthetics let the bat down a little but the ping and performance grading makes up for it.

Star Rating

Price: 7/10                              weight : 2.10
Willow: 7/10                          edge size : 33mm
Finish: 7/10
Performance: 9/10
Wow: 4/5

Moisture content: 4/5               total score : 38/50

USSZ Zafar asim cricket bat

Specifications

Origin: Los Angeles ( willow origin unknown )
Wood: Grade 1 English willow
Sizes Available: SH but custom bats are available
Weight Guide: 2lb 8oz-3lb+
Sample Weight: 2lb 10
Handle: round
Edge (at widest): 34.5mm
Finish: polycoat
Toe Protection: No

My opinion

Looks to be a good cricket bat. The performance has turned out to be excellent and people who use these bats are very impressed. The finish and stickering leaves a bit to be desired. I would say the finish on these bats is similar to that of an SS or CA cricket bat. Its acceptable but nothing special. This is overall a good performing bat and i like it.

We Like

– Very simple design, a  lot like the Ihsan inferno 950, nothing flashy but effective

We Dislike

– got two pressure dings on the toe, seems not to be pressed properly or may need to spend more time than usual knocking the bat in.

The stickers are also lame.

Star Rating

Price: 7/10                              weight : 2.10
Willow: 8/10                          edge size : 34.5mm
Finish: 6/10
Performance: 9/10
Wow: 3/5

Moisture content: 3/5               total score : 36/50

Crictech Mellet signature cricket bat

Specifications

Origin: UK
Wood: Grade 1 English willow
Sizes Available: all custom options available
Weight Guide: 2lb 8oz-3lb+
Sample Weight: 2lb 10
Handle: Oval
Edge (at widest): 33mm
Finish: Natural
Toe Protection: Yes

My opinion

I love the bat, its custom designed for me and i feel like a kid again. ive seen thousands of bats come my way the last two years and only once or twice have i had the feeling about a bat like this. Its beautiful. Its like the Ferrari ive always wanted.

We Like

– The simple stickers that allow you to see all of the wood.
– The edges. Big but not too big, and the logo detail is a nice touch
– huge double middle allowing me to have meat on the front foot shots as well as on the back foot. Its custom designed just for me and you feel great confidence when stepping into your shots.

We Dislike

– The willow was a little dry but that adds to the superb pickup, so maybe im just being picky here.

Star Rating

Price: 7/10                              weight : 2.10
Willow: 7/10                          edge size : 33mm
Finish: 9/10
Performance: 9/10
Wow: 5/5

Moisture content: 3/5               total score : 40/50

Lekka RDX Envy cricket bat

Specifications

Origin: UK
Wood: Grade 1 English willow
Sizes Available: SH
Weight Guide: 2lb 8oz-3lb+
Sample Weight: 2lb 10
Handle: Oval
Edge (at widest): 31mm
Finish: Polycoat
Toe Protection: Yes

My opinion

A very impressive looking bat. The fact that its made by Tim Keeley speaks volumes about the build quality. A very impressive 17 close grains help you to be impresed with the bat. Overall now after using it in the nets it would be sad to have to sell this bat on to someone else.

We Like

– Simple traditional design but also with a slight concave of the spine to help with the superb balance

 

We Dislike

– The polycoat, i like my bats to have a natural finish to them

Not a lot of wow factor with this bat

Star Rating

Price: 7/10                              weight : 2.10
Willow: 9/10                          edge size : 31mm
Finish: 9/10
Performance: 8/10
Wow: 3/5

Moisture content: 5/5               total score : 39/50

Lekka TPX Big Hitter cricket bat

Specifications

Origin: UK
Wood: Grade 1 English willow
Sizes Available: LH / Short blade
Weight Guide: 2lb 8oz-3lb+
Sample Weight: 2lb 12
Handle: very long
Edge (at widest): 35mm
Finish: Natural
Toe Protection: NO

My opinion

Wow, blown away from the second i took it out the bag. very impressive looking monster.

We Like

– the complex yet simple design.
– the edges are huge and it has meat aplenty.
– Somehow the pickup is extremely light and well balanced

We Dislike

– for some reason you have to hold yourself back with this bat. you all of a sudden want to hit everything for 6

Star Rating

Price: 7/10                              weight : 2.12
Willow: 8/10                          edge size : 35mm
Finish: 9/10
Performance: 9/10
Wow: 5/5

Moisture content: 4/5               total score : 42/50

To purchase one of these bats please click on the images or click here.

So i guess by now you are pretty anxious to find out how these bats did in the cricket bat face off right?

if you haven’t seen the face off, i will post a link at the bottom of this blog.

Out of the five bats i have rated them along with the help of my fellow bat testers. thanks to them for their help. The scoring categories are :

First impression ( what do you feel as you take it out the box )

Feel / balance / pickup ( no explanation necessary )

Performance ( does the ball fly off the bat )

Most indestructible ( came out the least scathed or damaged )

Best Ping ( how does it feel & sound coming off the bat when you middle it )

For each appearance in a category the bat will get one point. The bat that scores in the top three of each category the most will be the winner and the coveted title of our favorite bat.

Please remember, these bats are all quality bats, and even though they may not score it doesn’t mean its not a good bat. I was impressed with every single one of these bats and would gladly use any one of them in a match.

The bats are listed in no particular order and listed as the top 3 and not 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

First impression top 3 : Lekka TPX / Crictech / Vindico

Feel / balance / pickup top 3 : Crictech / Lekka TPX / Lekka RDX

Performance : Lekka TPX / Crictech / USSZ 

Most indestructible bats : Lekka RDX / Lekka TPX / Vindico

Best Ping : USSZ / Vindico / Crictech

So the scores are :

Lekka RDX Envy : 2

USSZ custom : 2

Vindico : 3

Crictech : 4

Lekka TPX big hitter : 4

So yes, its a tie for first place. Both the crictech bat and the Lekka TPX big hitter are superb cricket bats and anyone would be happy to buy them. Both have what all bats need. Great balance and pickup & superb performance. Ultimately those two factors to me are what matter with a cricket bat.

Congratulations to both Companies and i wish all of them great success in the future.

In january i am trying to put together another face off with the worlds bets 20/20 cricket bats.

Here is the video of the face-off if you haven’t seen it yet.

 

Please feel free to leave me some comments and opinions.

Some pictures of my new cricket bats

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.

The Bat-off!!

 

 

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 )

 

 

Score :

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 )

 

 

 

Score :

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 )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Score :

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 )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Score :

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.

Edges

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.

 

Help me get a GM epic graeme smith players edition in mu hands.

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.

Newbery sps cricket kit bag

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

 

I hope you have enjoyed my blog entry and please feel free to leave me comments or questions.