Laver & Wood’s Cricket Bat Lore Ch 28. Why Bats Break & How to Protect Them

Just about every cricketer has had a favourite bat break, and gone through the pain of having to find a replacement. Bats break because they are inherently fragile, and made from natural materials. Cricket Bat willow is a natural product that decays over time and with use, meaning bats do not last forever, and as they get older they are far more likely to break.

A bat with a toe guard.

Bats break for many reasons, with some of the most common being dry willow, letting the bat get wet and or playing poor shots. They also break in unfortunate circumstances, such as jamming down on a yorker, or if the willow has suffered storm damage. A breakage in a storm damaged bat can be spectacular, and is almost certainly irreparable.

Dry willow can be dealt with through oiling the bat, although be careful with how much you oil your bat as over oiling can damage the bat. Excessive oil may cause the fibres in the face of the bat to separate and therefore delaminate, making the bat vulnerable to splitting.

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