Cricket Bat Wear & Tear

We understand the heart-break batsmen feel when their favourite bat breaks beyond repair! With this in mind, and to prolong your bat's life, it is imperative to prepare it for match play properly and look after it correctly.

Typical Bat Issues

It is normal for a bat to gain marks and slight surface cracking as it ages and is used more. This is regarded as normal “wear and tear" and does not detract from the bat's performance. Many players will treat these marks and cracks accordingly with fiberglass tape or PVA glue. If the bat is used heavily, then it might benefit from a full B3 Refurb. B3 Cricket provides a full refurb service, for more information, please contact us via our contact form.

If you spot any of the danger signs detailed below or are in any doubt, then you should stop using the bat immediately and log the issue via our online form, Click Here.

We will access the damage from the images and information that you provide and advise you on the best course of action to avoid more severe damage to your bat.

Here are some of the warranty and repair issues we commonly see:

Handle & Splice

In General

A lot of stress and torque goes through the handle and splice area of a cricket bat. Over time the splice (the 'V' where the handle meets the blade) may loosen or even crack. In rare cases, handles can break

Danger Signs

Look out for a handle that starts to feel more flexible or bendy, starts to make a creaking sound or you notice a loss of hitting power.

Shoulders

In General

The shoulders are generally a thinner area of the blade and a natural weak point. This area is not designed to strike the ball, but occasionally it does, and damage can occur.

Danger Signs

Look out for hairline cracks or splits in the shoulder/splice area. The sound of the bat when hitting the ball may also change.

Edge Damage

In General

The edges are more sensitive to impact damage than the face of the bat. The best way to avoid damage is to middle the ball consistently. However, for mere mortals, you can expect to get marks, dents, abrasions, and cracks. This is normal wear and tear and will not affect the overall performance of your bat. These can be attended to at the end of the season or when you have your bat refurbished. Using a Pro-Tec anti-scuff sheet and edge tape can prevent the signs of wear and tear. If damage does occur then, it can usually be easily fixed with glue and fibreglass tape.

Danger Signs

Look out for cracks that run through the bat to the back of the bat. Cracks that run from the edge of the bat to the toe are also a more serious problem. Balls that accidentally strike the bat's leading edge due to mistiming can also cause significant damage or bruising.

The Face

In General

Obviously, this area of your bat should take the most impact from a cricket ball and show signs of wear and tear with marks, dents, abrasions, and cracks. Again this can be regarded as normal and will not affect the overall performance of your bat. These can be attended to at the end of the season or when you have your bat refurbished. Using a Pro-Tec anti-scuff sheet and edge tape can prevent a lot of damage. If damage does occur then, it can usually be easily fixed with glue and fibreglass tape.

Danger Signs

Look out for cracks that run through the bat to the back of the bat. Also, any sign of the face “lifting” from the main part of the blade. This is known as delamination and will usually change the sound the bat makes when hitting the ball. It may sound more like a loud “crack.”

The Toe

In General

Finally, the toe area is the most vulnerable area of your bat because it is thinner and not intended to strike the ball. However, occasionally the ball will strike this area and cause marks, dents, abrasions, and cracks. Yorkers are a bat's biggest enemy, and sometimes these can cause more severe damage. Using a Toe-Tec (toe guard and /or a Pro-Tec anti-scuff sheet) can significantly prevent damage to the toe area.

Danger Signs

If you spot any of the danger signs detailed below or are in any doubt, then you should stop using the bat immediately and log the issue via our online form, Click Here.