Laver & Wood’s Cricket Bat Lore Ch 26. Batting in Wet Conditions

Almost all cricketers will end up having to play in wet conditions, especially early season. This can cause major damage to bats, but there are a few tactics you can use to protect your bat.

A match bat & a net bat. Laver & Wood recommend use of a net bat for batsmen who practice often or who play in wet conditions.

The most common issue related to playing in damp conditions is the uptake of moisture through the lower portion of the bat. This will happen when the raw willow comes into contact with the damp ground through your stance, tapping at the crease, turning for runs and sliding your bat into the crease.

Too much moisture is not good for willow as it can affect the structural integrity of the timber as well as the weight and balance of the bat. It is in your best interests to limit the amount of moisture that comes into contact with your match bat so that it stays in the best possible condition. 

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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