We understand the heart-break batsmen feel when their favourite bat breaks beyond repair! With this in mind and to prolong the life of your bat, it is very important 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 performance of the bat. Many players will treat these marks and cracks accordingly with fibre glass tape or PVA glue. If the bat is used heavily then it might benefit from a full B3 Refurb. Watch our B3 Bat Refurb video.
If you spot any of the danger signs detailed below or are in any doubt then you should stop using the bat immediately and register the fault with our Bat Service Centre. We will assess the damage from your photographs and advise accordingly the best course of action to avoid more serious damage to your bat.
Here are some of the warranty and repair issues we commonly see:
Handle & Splice
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.
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.
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.
Look out for hairline cracks or splits in the shoulder/splice area. The sound of the bat when hitting the ball may also change.
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 fibre glass tape.
Look out for cracks which run through the bat to the back of the bat. Cracks which run from the edge of the bat to the toe are also a more serious problem. Balls which accidentally strike the leading edge of the bat due to mistiming can also cause significant damage or bruising.
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.
Look out for cracks which 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”.
Last but not least, 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 bats biggest enemy and occasionally these can cause more serious damage. Using a Toe-Tec (toe guard and /or a Pro-Tec (anti-scuff sheet) can significantly prevent damage to the toe area.
If a major crack or split occurs then stop using the bat immediately and report to B3 via our Bat Repair Service.