At B3, we make our cricket bats from the finest English willow. The attributes of English willow can vary hugely, and every cricket bat is unique. For this very reason, here at B3 we pay individual attention to the 'pressing' and 'ping' of all the bats we make.
Using a vast amount of experience, our bat experts will manually press and ping test all our bats before they go out to the customer. Some need more pressing, and others need less, some ping from the outset, and others get a better ping with more knocking in and age.
Whatever bat brand or shape of cricket bat you use, one thing is for sure, it will eventually wear out due to usage. After all, it is a natural product that is being repeatedly smashed by a hard leather ball.
With the above in mind, here's our advice and guidelines on prolonging your cricket bat's life.
Oiling Your Cricket Bat.
When you purchase a new cricket bat from B3 Cricket, we recommend giving the bat a light oiling. You will need to repeat this process at the end of the season, please follow the instructions in the video below.
Knocking-In Your Cricket Bat
Knocking-In is an essential part of preparing your cricket bat for play. Please watch the video below and make sure you spend plenty of time doing this process.
Fitting A Scuff/Protective Sheet
Fitting a scuff sheet to your cricket bat will help protect the face and edges from wear and tear. Watch the video below to learn how to do it the right way.
5 Things to Avoid
Most batsmen 'tap' their bat as the bowler approaches. If you are a 'bat tapper,' try to limit this, don't tap too hard, and AVOID if the wicket is wet. The toe of a cricket bat is a very vulnerable area, and tapping can cause severe damage. Tapping against the wicket when taking guard compresses fibres which then open out, leading to splits, greater absorption of moisture, de-lamination of the face, and irreparable damage.
Use Decent Quality Balls
There are a lot of cheap balls on the market which have hard centres and pronounced seams. If someone turns up to nets with a rock-hard “cherry" ask them not to use it. If you're a young player, ask the coach if the ball is ok to use with your bat. A good coach should know the difference and appreciate the problems an inferior ball can cause.
If your bat does get wet, then allow it to dry naturally then inspect it for any signs of swelling or fibres opening up which will need attention.
Likewise, if you leave your bat exposed to extreme heat, it will lose moisture, dry out and become brittle. NEVER leave your bat in direct sunlight, in a hot car or propped up to the radiator or heating system at home.
Make sure you store your bat in a dry, coolish atmosphere. Always avoid excessive heat, damp or cold, and at the end of a season, give it a light oil.