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  1. Which Bat is Good For You?
  2. English Willow versus Kashmir Willow
  3. Wood Grades
  4. Style of play - Size, weight, sweet-spot, and handle!
    1. Bat sizes and player height
    2. Weight of Cricket Bats
    3. The Sweet Spot
    4. Handle
  5. Bat Warranty
  6. Bat Care and maintenance

To get the best out of your game, not only do you need the right willow grade, you need the right bat. That means the right size, the weight and the position of the sweet spot.

At DreamCricket, we like to think that there are primarily two different types of bats depending on style of play. Some may feel that we are oversimplifying things. We cannot argue with that – after all each bat is different. But the idea is that we have bats that suit the style of play you prefer – be it a very attacking style or the controlled style.

1.Bat sizes and player height

Size is an important factor No matter what style of play you prefer - it is important that you have the right size bat. We do not readily carry bats in all sizes, but you can e-mail us and we will be glad to special order the bat you need.

Height of the player
Recommended bat size
Up to 4'3” 1
4'3” to 4'6” 2
4'6” to 4'9” 3
4'9” to 4'11” 4
4'11” to 5'2” 5
5'2” to 5'4” 6
5'4” to 5'6” Harrow
5'6” to 5'9” Academy
5'9” and above Full size

2.Weight of Cricket Bats

In our opinion when choosing a bat more emphasis should be put on the pick up and feel of the bat than on any specific weight. When choosing a cricket bat, most players ask for a specific weight. We would argue that if asked to guess the weight of a bat to the nearest 2 ounces no player could get it right more than once in ten guesses at the very best. All our Grade I and Grade II bats have superb pick-up and most are medium weight.

Our bats for the attacking stroke-makers are not necessarily heavy. But the weight distribution is such that there is muscle where it is needed. Therein lies the trick!

In general, just having a heavier bat makes sure that a person gets power even if he doesn't middle the shot . A lighter bat will have a faster bat speed meaning you are more likely to hit the ball in the middle. So it is a Catch-22!

Granted, weight is still a factor! So let us explore the weight aspect of the bat in greater detail.

Opening Bat
A lighter bat is recommended usually in the region of 2lbs7ozs – 2lbs9ozs. This is due to the faster bat speed required when facing the new ball. A heavier bat means that there will be a slightly slower reaction time, which can be the difference between playing the ball too early or too late (another point would be “the difference between a thick or thin edge”). In DreamCricket vocabulary, your style is more akin to a “controlled player” with power when you need it.
No.3 & 4
A slightly heavier weight would often be required due to getting into a more aggressive style while still retaining the balance needed for facing faster bowlers. 2lbs8ozs-2lbs10ozs.

No's.5, 6 & 7
One would generally require a large amount of size to the bat so that when one hits out the ball is sure to travel beyond the boundary. A good weight range for a middle order player would be 2lbs10ozs and over.

In general, the rule is light bats for the controlled players and slightly heavier bats for the aggressive and attacking stroke-makers.

Lower order batsmen should be particular about the bat they use. Being in the lower order means you need every advantage you can get. Lower order batsmen do not have the skill that those batting up the order have, and having the correct bat can dramatically improve your batting performance.

What causes weight?

There are some important steps in the bat-making process that play a role in what the bat will weigh. Perhaps the most important factor affecting the weight of the finished bat is the moisture content. Natural drying and seasoning cricket bat blades (which takes 12 months) has, by experience, proved the best method to dry cricket bat blades. When the blades are allowed to lose moisture over a long period of time, it gives the bat a far more even moisture content and means that you are far less likely to get moisture trapped inside the blade, which causes heavy weight.

The blades are subsequently put in driers to get the correct moisture content. So it is more about getting the correct moisture content!

The other factor that can alter the weight of a bat is of course in the making. A bat can weigh 2lb 7oz but if made a certain way with the weight distributed differently it could feel like a 2 lb 4 oz bat, it is basically down to the skill of the bat-maker.

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