Laver & Wood’s Cricket Bat Lore Ch 21 Part IV Bat Maintenance

Preseason Bat Check

At the beginning of each season Laver & Wood get many, many requests for rapid refurbishment of their favourite bat. Some of these bats can be refurbished, and some have scored so many runs they need to be replaced. Replacing a bat takes time, so it is wise to do a preseason check well before the season begins. Allow at least four weeks for a bat to be refurbished and/or replaced.

A bat returned to Laver & Wood for refurbishment.

Your preseason check should be both early and thorough. Often minor damage repaired early can save the life of a bat, while leaving the damage unrepaired can mean the bat needs to be replaced sooner rather than later.

There are four key areas of your bat to check.

To find out more about the four key areas of your bat to check before the season begins please purchase Laver & Wood’s Cricket Bat Lore Volume I from Amazon.

More Laver & Wood Cricket Bat Lore chapter introductions can be found below.

1. Salix alba var. Caerulea

2. Watermark Disease

3. Why English Willow

4. Grading Willow

5. Butterfly Willow

6. Grain Structure & Willow Colour

7. Testing a Cleft

8. Laver & Wood’s Guide to Cricket Bat Handles

9. Laver & Wood’s Handles

10. Handle Breakage

11. Revised Handle Laws

12. Handle Manufacture

13. The Coefficient of Restitution and Centre of Percussion – What are these?

14. The Importance of Pressing Cricket Bat Willow

15. Traditional Bat Making

16. Tools used in Traditional Batmaking I

17. Tools used in Traditional Batmaking II

18. Tools used in Traditional Batmaking III

19. Tools used in Traditional Batmaking IV

20. The Weather & Bat Making

21. Preseason Bat Check

22. Bat Repair and Maintenance

23. Knocking In

24. Oiling Bats

25. Moisture Damage

26. Batting in Wet Conditions

27. Making Bats Last Longer

28. Why Bats Break & How to Protect Them