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.
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.
10. Handle Breakage
23. Knocking In
24. Oiling Bats
25. Moisture Damage