Laver & Wood’s Cricket Bat Lore Ch 27. Making Bats Last Longer

Cricket bats take time to performing at their best. As a bat matures its middle will improve, and batsmen will get greater value for shots. Once the middle has been compressed so much that the willow has lost its elasticity the bat will need to be replaced.

Looking after a favourite bat will help extend its life. This starts with knocking the bat in properly, as described in Chapter 23.

Repaired bats drying in the window above James’ bench.

It is also important to give your bat a tidy up and refurbishment at the end of each season.  This is a very simple process involving removing any protective facings, sanding the wood down and lightly oiling it.

At Laver & Wood we hate seeing a bat damaged before its natural life has come to an end. To find out how to protect your bat from a premature death 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