Moisture is extremely bad for cricket bats. Wet bats will often become broken bats, or bats that require extensive repairs.
A favourite bat returned to Laver & Wood to have the toe repaired.
When a bat gets exposed to excess moisture the compressed willow fibres expand. The willow acts like a sponge, as the surface of the bat is incredibly porous. As bats expand the protective harder surface is lost. Bats without the hard facing will be much more likely to crack or split.
Moisture damage occurs often when playing on wet surfaces, or having throw downs with a wet ball. Be particularly wary of artificial pitches or nets, as even if the surface is dry the subsurface may be wet. When the bat is tapped on the pitch moisture will be drawn up and affect the toe of the bat.
To find out more about moisture damage and the repairs that may be possible for a moisture damaged bat 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