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.