Top Cricket Bats Launched in 2020!

2020 has been a mess in a lot of ways but one thing we love about it is all the new cricket gear that came out this season (though we have been unfortunate to not witness it in action on the pitch). Almost all major brands launched some excellent cricket gear in dashing new designs and we can’t wait for the cricket season to reopen. 

Here are our top picks for the cricket bats that have been launched in the cricket season 2020 –

  1. Kookaburra Ghost Pro Cricket Bat 2020 – Kookaburra’s bats are not only known for their excellent design and craftsmanship but also the stunning graphics they all have. This bat is no different. With stunning chrome graphics in white and awesome hitting power, it is a bat for the all-rounder. Made from the top-quality Grade 1 English willow, it is super-lightweight but has immense power owing to its full profile shape and a large sweet spot with thick edges. The bat’s power is augmented by its flat Powerplus face and super spine height.
  2. SS Ton Reserve Edition Cricket Bat – This is yet another brilliant bat from SS Ton. Made with premium quality Grade 1 English willow, this bat promises a power-packed performance. It has a full profile shape, thick edges and a pronounced spine. The bat is big and durable but gives a super smooth pick-up. The oval-shaped handle ensures that the player’s grip on the bat is strong and comfortable. 
  3. Gray Nicolls Oblivion Stealth Pro Performance Cricket Bat – The weighty name of the bat reflects the formidable power that this bat will give its wielder. The bat, made of the selected Grade 1 English willow, has been shaped and contoured for quick hand speed. The bat has a pronounced high middle, full profile and thick edges which help in making fierce shots with precision. Looks, balance and ping – you get it all from this bat.
  4. New Balance 1260 Cricket Bat – This bat is for those that make split-second decisions on the pitch, whether to pack explosive power in the shot or make it accurate and well-targeted. This bat gives the player the flexibility to alternate between both the styles. It is made from Grade 1 English willow and has a  pronounced hitting area and massive profile. The bat’s thick edges help with off-centre shots and the large sweet spot is suitable for all types of players. 
  5. Kookaburra Kahuna Pro Cricket Bat 2020 – Kookaburra is a brand that makes heads turn everywhere with its stunning graphics. This bat has those and a long list of great features. The bat is made from the highest quality English willow and it has a round Powerdrive handle that offers great grip. The mid-blade sweet spot and thick edges help in making forceful shots. The flat Powerplus face and super spine height add to the power of the bat.

Can’t wait to become the proud owner of one of these beauties? VKS has the latest bats from the top brands in the world of cricket, and shopping with us is super easy as we have both a brick-and-mortar store and an online shop. In the shop, our trained and experienced sales staff are there to help you choose the right bat, and on our website, we provide sufficient details about products for you to make well-informed decisions. So, shop online or at our cricket store in London for all your cricket needs! 

Top-of-the-Range Cricket Bats From Gunn & Moore!

Gunn & Moore is an acclaimed name in the world of cricket and it has a fan following of its own. The bat brand’s conception goes back to the late 19th century, and in the 100+ years of its existence, GM’s batmakers have only proven that they have their pulse on the finger of the game. The brand has always been on the front foot for creating top-quality bats that help players deliver smashing performances. 

At VKS, we have all
the top bat models from the great brand. Here’s a glimpse of them – 

  1. GM Diamond Players Edition Cricket Bat – This beauty is among the most coveted bats available today. This excellent bat, made from top quality English willow, has the autograph of Ben Stokes, the vice-captain of the England Test Team, laser engraved on its blade. The bat’s L540 blade design gives it a more dynamic sweet spot. Though the blade is shorter than the standard L555 blade, the length of the bat is compensated by a longer than average handle. 
  2. GM Diamond Original LE Cricket Bat – This bat is almost identical to the GM Diamond Players Edition Cricket Bat. It has all of the top bat’s excellent features except for the laser engraved autograph of the legendary Ben Stokes. The bat, made of Grade 1 English willow, has a shorter than average blade and a longer than average handle. The unique design of the bat gives it more dynamic sweet sports, larger swell areas, greater balance and overall power.
  3. GM Icon Original LE Cricket Bat – This beautiful, limited edition bat has a very minimalistic and elegant design. Made from the top-quality Grade 1 English willow, it has the traditional L555 length blade. The design of the bat incorporates optimized F4.5 face dynamics for greater control as well as consistent power all across the blade. The lightweight profile design makes for the bat’s smooth pickup. The bat has a mid to high swell position that is suitable for stroke play all around the wicket. 
  4. GM Siren Original LE Cricket Bat – The name says it all – this bat is indeed a siren. Not only does have excellent features but its looks are also something to behold. The graphics are bold and elegant in bright shades of blue. Like all top GM bats, it also has been made using carefully selected pieces of Grade 1 English willow. The bat has a very smooth pickup owing to its lightweight profile design. The all-new Hex grip on the bat offers a very comfortable grip to players. 
  5. GM Noir Original LE Cricket Bat – Is black your go-to colour in everything? If yes, then you are going to love this formidable bat with graphics in your favourite shade. The bat has traditional L555 blade design and a standard-length handle. The low to mid-level sweet spot of the Noir and thick edges in the zonal area give batsmen all the power they need to smash the ball on the pitch. The concaved profile allows for superb pickup and balance and also gives the blade its “ping”.

Ready to try your hands on the top quality GM bats? VKS has bats from Gunn & Moore and other top brands in the world of cricket, and shopping with us is super easy as we have both a brick-and-mortar store and an online shop. In the shop, our trained and experienced sales staff are there to help you choose the right bat, and on our website, we provide sufficient details about products for you to make well-informed decisions. So, shop online or at our cricket store in London for all your cricket needs! 

Top 10 Cricket Bats in the UK 2020

It is the beginning of a new decade and some of the finest things that the year 2020 brings us are an exciting cricket season and new, improved cricket gear. Several leading brands have come out with new bats this year, and they are bound to leave cricket players spoilt for choice. Here are the top 10 cricket bats in the UK 2020 –

  1. Kookaburra Kahuna Pro Cricket Bat 2020 – This bat is top-of-the-range bat from Kookaburra Kahuna series comes with eye-catching graphics in shades of green. Made from Grade 1 unbleached English willow, the bat has been designed to suit all types of players – those who like to pack a lot of power in their shots, and those who prefer playing accuracy and elegance. 
  2. Kookaburra Ghost Pro Cricket Bat 2020 – The name of the bat speaks a lot about it – it is a big and powerful bat and yet its pickup is very smooth. The white and chrome graphics will help the wielder stand apart from the crowd. This ultra-lightweight bat has a full profile which means that the player will not have to compromise on power. The bat’s large sweet spot and thick edges further make it easier for the players to pack a punch in their shots.
  3. New Balance TC 1260 Cricket Bat –  The choice of Joe Root, this bat is for serious players. Made from the top quality English willow, this is a well-balanced bat. It has a pronounced hitting area and thick edges for off-centre shots. The large sweet spot ensures that all types of players deliver their best performance on the pitch. 
  4. Kookaburra Concept 20 Cricket Bat – This budget bat has been designed keeping the modern game in mind. It has ½” shorter blade and this ½” is compensated by a longer than the regular handle. This shift in the length does not affect the performance of the bat, but makes its pickup smooth. The slightly higher middle also helps with the pickup. The oval handle with the counterbalance adds to the light feel of the bat.
  5. Gray Nicolls Powerbow Inferno Pro Performance Cricket Bat – The bat lives up to its weighty name. Made with Grade 1 English willow and designed with a full profile, a dynamic low swell, and a dramatically feathered toe, this bat will surprise you with its lightweight pickup and powerful blade. The thick edges and steep spine of the bat help in making powerful off-centre shots. 
  6. Gray Nicolls Oblivion Stealth Pro Performance Cricket Bat – The iconic Gray Nicolls Oblivion bat comes with stunning new graphics and some amazing features. Its shape and contouring contribute to maintaining quick hand speed. Made with Grade 1 unbleached English willow, this bat is for all-round players. The pronounced high middle of the bat and its thick edges give added power to the batsmen.
  7. New Balance TC 560 Cricket Bat – A budget bat from New Balance, this one will surprise you with the power it offers. The design of the bat is such that it offers a well balanced and light feel. The pronounced hitting area and thick edges of the bat make sure that all shots, including off-centre, are delivered with power. The large sweet spot of the bat makes it suitable for all types of players. 
  8. SS Ton Reserve Edition Cricket Bat 2020 – The all-new SS Ton Reserve Edition Cricket Bat will give you a bang for your buck. Made from Grade 1 unbleached English willow, this bat is the favourite of several international players. The bat, with its full profile, thick edges and pronounced spine will give you all the power you need on the pitch. The oval handle of the bat is comfortable to grip and doesn’t tire the hands during long, aggressive games.
  9. SS Ton Gold Edition Cricket Bat 2020 – Another excellent bat from SS Ton, this one also uses top quality English willow but is less expensive than the SS Ton Reserve Edition Cricket bat. The well-balanced bat is lightweight and offers a smooth pickup. The bat’s design is delicately bowed that helps batsmen keep their hands in front of the ball on contact enhancing control and technique. 
  10. Gray Nicolls Oblivion Stealth Pro Players Cricket Bat – This Gray Nicolls bat, though priced less expensively than other top models, it will not fall short on any front, be it design, quality, weight or graphics. A great bat made from Grade 1 English willow, it has a pronounced high middle, thick edges and full profile – the trifecta of a powerful bat. This bat can be used comfortably by players with different playing styles. 

Want to get your hands on one of these exciting new bats? VKS has latest bats the top brands in the world of cricket, and shopping with us is super easy as we have both a brick-and-mortar store and an online shop. In the shop, our trained and experienced sales staff are there to help you choose the right bat, and on our website, we provide sufficient details about products for you to make well-informed decisions. So, shop online or at our cricket store in London for all your cricket needs! 

Kookaburra Kahuna 2020 Bats Are Epic and We Just Can’t Get Enough of Them!

The little birdie of Kookaburra is well-known in the world of cricket, and we can’t help but get excited because they have launched new bats in Kahuna series for 2020. Stunning graphics in the shades of green and the iconic logo make the bats stand out, and the great craftsmanship of the bats promises a thrilling performance on the pitch. Here’s a glimpse of the top Kookaburra Kahuna 2020 bats –

  1. Kookaburra Kahuna Pro Cricket Bat 2020 – This one is a versatile bat suitable for all kinds of players – those who play aggressively and want to pack a lot of power in their shots, and those who focus on ensuring precision in their shots. The bat, made from Grade 1 unbleached English willow, has a mid-blade sweet spot and thick edges. The high spine height of the bat gives more control to the batsman. 
  2. Kookaburra Kahuna 2.1 Cricket Bat 2020 – Another excellent bat from the Kahuna range, this one has the right modifications to suit modern playing trends. Made from high-quality Grade 2 English willow, it boasts of a mid-blade sweet spot and thick edges for power-packed shots on the pitch. The round power drive handle and the snake grip make sure that the players have better control over the bat. 
  3. Kookaburra Kahuna 3.1 Cricket Bat 2020 – If the Kookaburra Kahuna Pro and Kookaburra Kahuna 2.1 are out of your budget, then you could check out the Kookaburra Kahuna 3.1 Cricket Bat 2020, which is made with Grade 3 English willow and has all the great features of the other two bats. However, it is to be noted that it comes only in the Short Handle model. 
  4. Kookaburra Kahuna Lite Cricket Bat – This bat, made from premium Grade 3 English willow, has been structured in a manner that its overall weight remains low despite its powerful Kahuna profile. The weight distribution in bat has also been modified – it has a 1” shorter blade and a 1” longer handle. This has enabled the batmakers to keep the weight of the bat between 2lb 6oz and 2lb 8½oz.
  5. Kookaburra Big Kahuna Cricket Bat 2020 – This bat stands out because of its weight – it is heavier than other bats in the Kahuna range, and that is precisely why it stands out. The bat has thick rounded edges and a mid-blade sweet spot. Players who can handle this beast on the pitch will be awed by the amount of power it lets them pack in each shot. 

Want to upgrade your bat in the coming new year? VKS has bats from Kookaburra and other top brands in the world of cricket, and shopping with us is super easy as we have both a brick-and-mortar store and an online shop. In the shop, our trained and experienced sales staff are there to help you choose the right bat, and on our website, we provide sufficient details about products for you to make well-informed decisions. So, shop online or at our cricket store in London for all your cricket needs! 

Check Out The All-New Gray Nicolls’ Oblivion Stealth Bats!

Gray Nicolls is a brand you can trust with your eyes closed. Masters in crafting bats, they have been contributed in the making of many legendary players, including Lauren Winfield and Alastair Cook now. So, it is natural for us to get excited every time the batmaker launches a new range of bats. This time, we are thrilled about Gray Nicolls’ oblivion stealth series which brings the batmaker’s excellent craftsmanship to top quality English willow. Here is a glimpse of the range which is poised to be launched in 2020 –

  1. Gray Nicolls Oblivion Stealth Pro Performance Cricket Bat – The name says it all – a top quality bat which made a smashing re-entry in the world of cricket. The graphics of the bat symbolize its power. The bat has been made with the finest grade-1 English willow especially selected for it by Gray Nicolls’ bat experts. The bat has been shaped and contoured for quick hand speed. The minimal concaving along with a mid to lowe swell area helps the player’s accuracy of shots.
  2. Gray Nicolls Oblivious Stealth Pro Players Cricket Bat – A sibling of the Oblivion Stealth Pro Performance, this one also offers top performance because of its excellent features. It is perfectly suited for all types of players, from those who like to like to display nothing but explosive power on the field, to those that like to dissect the field with grace and precision. It has been shaped and contoured for quick hand speed, and has minimal concaving and a mid to low swell area.
  3. Gray Nicolls Stealth Oblivion 5 Star Lite Cricket Bat – This lightweight bat has been deemed the perfect bat for stroke play. It has a clean blade with well-defined grains that you would expect from a quality English willow bat. The high middle, minimal concaving and mid to low swell area, all work to help the batsman deliver perfect shots. The thick edges and the full profile give greater power to the batsman. 
  4. Gray Nicolls Stealth Oblivion 5 Star Cricket Bat – The difference between this bat and 5-star Lite is that is slightly heavier than the 5-Star Lite. Nevertheless, it had all the great features of the aforementioned bats which make it suitable for all kinds of players. Its shape and contouring are meant for giving quick hand speed. The pronounced high middle, thick edges and full profile help in packing more power into the shots. It comes with an anti-scuff sheet for added protection to the blade area. 
  5. Gray Nicolls Oblivion Stealth 200 Cricket Bat – A budget bat from the series, but don’t underestimate its power. This 4-star model uses high-quality English willow and has all the great features of the previously mentioned bats. It has a pronounced high middle, thick edges with a full profile, and mid to low swell area to help the batsman steer the ball the way he/she wants to. The bat looks as stylish as any other in the series because of the chrome decal graphics encase theblade’s swell area. 

Want to upgrade your bat in the coming new year? VKS has bats from the best brands in the world, and shopping with us is super easy as we have both a brick-and-mortar store and an online shop. In the shop, our trained and experienced sales staff are there to help you choose the right bat, and on our website, we provide sufficient details about products for you to make well-informed decisions. So, shop online or at our cricket store in London for all your cricket needs! 

All There is to Know About Gunn & Moore’s Siren Bat Range!

Gunn & Moore never fails to impress; this time, it with its Siren bat series. Not only is the bat about the perfection of design and unmatched quality of materials, but Gunn & Moore has also gone a step ahead with the colours this time. The branding is the same – the iconic GM, but the colours have been chosen for making heads turn – Cobalt blue with Azure. The Hex grip is in cobalt blue too. Here are some of the models from this exciting new range –

  1. GM Siren Original LE Cricket Bat – Like other top bats from Gunn & Moore, this one has been crafted with the finest quality Grade 1 English willow. It boasts of the modern L540 length blade. The optimized F4.5 face dynamics offer the batsmen greater control as well as consistent power all across the blade. The lightweight profile design makes for a super-smooth pickup. This bat is in limited supply because of its ultra-high standard of quality.
  2. GM Siren 909 Cricket Bat – The price tag of this bat is a lot smaller than that of the Siren Original LE but in terms of quality and craftsmanship, this bat has made no compromises. Made with Grade 1 English willow, it too has the L540 length blade and F4.5 face dynamics. The Siren 909’s low swell position makes it well-suited for aggressive front foot player. 
  3. GM Siren 808 Cricket Bat – The Siren uses Grade 1 English willow and has the same handle length and face dynamics as Siren Original LE and Siren 909. The bat is lightweight, which enables players to have a smooth pickup and the striking spine profile is made for delivering power-packed shots. The all-new Hex grip ensures that the batsman has a good grip over the bat at all times.
  4. GM Siren 606 Cricket Bat – A Siren bat in the budget range, this one has most of the excellent features that are being offered in the top-of-the-range Gunn & Moore Siren Original LE cricket bat. The lightweight bat has a great striking spine profile for aggressive shots. The Powerarc bow face profile adds to the power of the shots. The concaved profile provides a perfect balance to the batsman and enhances the smoothness of the pickup despite the large swell depth. 

With so many excellent models out, which one would you choose?Looking for the perfect cricket bat for yourself? VKS has bats from the best brands in the world including Gunn & Moore, Gray Nicolls, Kookaburra, Adidas, MRF, SS Ton, Infinity, SF Standard, Keeley, New Balance and Chase. Shopping with us is super easy as we have both a brick-and-mortar store and an online shop – so choose your pick. In the shop, our trained and experienced sales staff are there to help you choose the right bat, and on our website, we provide sufficient details about products for you to make well-informed decisions. Also, we offer great discounts all the time! So, shop online or at our cricket store in London for all your cricket needs! 

Cricket Bats under £300

The year 2019 has been an exciting one for the world of cricket. First, we had the ICC Cricket World Cup in which England bagged the trophy, and then we had the Ashes 2019 Cricket Series, is the first Test series of the inaugural 2019–21 ICC World Test Championship. VKS too is supporting these exciting developments in the field of cricket in its own ways. We are now offering fantastic discounts on our bats – as much as 38% on some of the best models! Here are some of the best bats you could own for less than £300 –

  1. GM Diamond 909 Cricket Bat – A new entrant in the arena of cricket, this one has all the great features that you would expect from a GM bat. The iconic Ben Stokes has contributed in developing this series, so you should expect nothing but the absolute best from this bat. Made using unbleached Grade 1 English willow,  it has an L540 blade design that makes for a more dynamic sweet spot. Though the length of the blade is shorter than the L555 blade, the handle is elongated so that the bat is of the standard size. The optimized F4.5 face dynamics balance the power all across the blade and give greater control to the batsman. 
  2. Gray Nicolls Oblivion Stealth 5 Star Lite Cricket Bat – Lightweight but powerful, this bat is perfect to lead you into the new cricket season in 2020. Made with excellent quality English willow, this bat’s shape and contours have been done in a manner that it aids quick hand speed. The thick edges and full profile equip the batsman with great power. 
  3. Kookaburra Kahuna 2.0 Cricket Bat 2019 – A new bat from the Kookaburra family, this bat has the brand’s stunning graphics and some amazing features which makes it suitable for all kinds of players. The bat, made from top quality English willow has big edges and a huge profile to give batsmen the power that they need to deliver smashing shots. The round powerdrive handle comes fitted with a snake grip to help the players have a firm hold on the bat. 
  4. SS TON Gold Edition Cricket Bat – From the SS Ton Family, here comes another superb bat that promises performance. Made using Grade 1 English willow, the bat has a face design profile with thick edges to lend the batsman more power. The weight of the bat ranges between 2lbs 8oz to 2lbs 10oz and this lightness helps with balance and a smooth pickup. 
  5. Infinity Modus “Platinum Extreme” Cricket Bat – The bat not only has a name which sounds weighty but its features speak volumes about the greatness of the bat. The top quality English willow has been used for making this bat. It has a full profile shape and is available in short handle and long blade versions. The bat’s weight is on the heavier side but it is perfect for those who play the power stroke play game. The long sweet spot area extends from low on the blade to the higher side. The top quality 12-piece handle complements the perfection of this bat. 

Looking for the perfect cricket bat for yourself? VKS has bats from the best brands in the world, and shopping with us is super easy as we have both a brick-and-mortar store and an online shop. In the shop, our trained and experienced sales staff are there to help you choose the right bat, and on our website, we provide sufficient details about products for you to make well-informed decisions. So, shop online or at our cricket store in London for all your cricket needs!

GM Neon L540 DXM Original LE Cricket Bat

Cricket Bats can highly influence a players’ performance on the pitch and, finding a cricket bat that suits your playing style is essential for your best performance. GM Neon L540 DXM Original LE Cricket Bat is made for the balanced player who likes to take it slow and also hit big shots when needed.

GM Neon L540 DXM Original LE Cricket Bat

The GM Neon is perfectly suited for the balanced player. The bat has an L540 blade design with a concave back profile that gives a dynamic sweet spot and makes it extremely maneuverable. The bat is made with the best English willow which makes the bat strong and durable.

Perfect for an all-round play as it has a mid to high swell position. The bat has a great design that stands out. The Neon Blue color stands up to its name and looks absolutely amazing in the hands of the player.The bat can dominate the opposition if it’s in the hands of the suitable player.

Kookaburra Kahuna Pro Cricket Bat

Kookaburra Kahuna Pro is an unrivaled cricket bat which is at the pinnacle of the Kookaburra Bat range. For more than 16 years, the Kookaburra Kahuna Pro has dominated the field with its performance.

Kookaburra Kahuna Pro is an ideal bat for heavy hitters. The bat has huge edges and a full body spine which make the bat extremely powerful. Made from English willow which has an unmatched quality in terms of flexibility and strength.

Kookaburra Kahuna 2500 Cricket Bat

The colorful graphics makes it a very stylish bat and makes it easily recognizable on the pitch. A well-balanced bat along with snake grip which gives the player greater comfort.

The Kookaburra Kahuna Pro keeps being updated to match the performance of the modern player and the playing style.

Kookaburra Ghost Pro Cricket Bat

2018 witnesses the redesign of a recent icon, a bat that is considered one of the best in the world. The Kookaburra Ghost Pro Cricket Bat is back and it is better in every aspect.

Kookaburra Ghost Pro Cricket Bat is made with the new season in mind and is updated each year. The Ghost Pro is made from the best quality English Willow which is known for its flexibility and maneuverability.

The Kookaburra Ghost Pro is made for heavy hitters as it has huge edges and a super spine which maximizes the power and performance of the bat. An extended sweet spot makes it possible for the player to hit off-center shots.

The Ghost Pro has a great design which compliments the bat. The white and grey colors stand out in the field and dominate the opposition.

SS Ton Reserve Edition Cricket Bat – Junior

The SS Ton Reserve Edition Cricket Bat – Junior is a bat made for the front foot dominating player who hits explosive shots. A junior bat which is the best in its class. A choice of explosive players such as Rohit Sharma, Kumar Sangakkara, and Ravindra Jadeja.

SS Ton Reserve Edition Cricket Bat is made from the best grade English willow and is thus very strong and maneuverable. Each SS Ton Reserve Edition Cricket Bat is handcrafted to perfection.

The Bat has a low to mid-range profile with a huge sweet spot that helps the player hit dominating shots. It is designed to have a lot of power and is also maneuverable for different types of shots.

The square toe is maximized to generate more swing on the shot and distributes more power to the bat. The 12 piece handle is fitted to provide more feel, flex, and control. SS Ton Reserve Edition Cricket Bat has a very impressive design that looks absolutely stunning when on the field.

Choosing a new cricket bat is an exciting experience

If I cast my mind way back, I can clearly remember when my father first opened VKS and I as an eight-year-old, walking around the range of cricket bats we had in stock. In those days it was all about brands like Duncan Fearnley, Stuart Surridge, St Peter as well as those that are still going strong today such as Gray-Nicolls and GM. 

Where we now see lots of new graphics and designs introduced year-on-year, back then it was simple branding, a discrete model name and the same model lasting for a few seasons at least. 

One of the best sellers of that era was the Duncan Fearnley Magnum. It was a big and butch cricket bat, with a simple look to it, but it sold like crazy. We would have new stocks arriving weekly such was the demand. As for our start-up days, initially we struggled to open up an account with Gray Nicolls. 

At that time, there was a local sports store not too far from us who objected to our having an account with Grays. We therefore began trading without one of the biggest names on our shelves. After a while though, Grays as a company could see what we were doing and the enigmatic owner of the company, John Gray came down to see us. I remember him having a rather stylish car, which from memory I think was a Jaguar. What I clearly remember though is his number plate “GN100”. John Gray was a true gentleman and as our business grew so did the friendship between my father and John Gray. Like John Gray, my father also had a strong friendship with Tiger Surridge who owned Stuart Surridge and I’m glad to say that friendship is still there today. 

The cricket industry was certainly very different back then. There was no talk about edges and spines. It was all about balance and ping. However, times change and so must we. 

Whilst we understand the interest in specs, it at times also baffles me when a bat is discarded via email when we say it has 39mm edges and not the 40mm edges the customer wants. At risk of sounding arrogant and old fashioned, which is certainly not intended, there are too many ill-informed individuals offering their so-called expertise via YouTube and when I see the videos I really do shudder. 

Although I stopped playing many years ago due to an illness, my passion for cricket bats is still as strong. As crazy as it may sound, I still pick out a new bat for myself every once in a while and oil and knock it in with the same passion I had many years ago. The bat stays behind my desk and every few days it gets picked up, the batting stance is set and I imagine going back to my school and club playing days. 

SF Stanford Black Edition Cricket BatMy current bat thats been prepared but not used is an SF Black Edition. It’ll be time for a change soon and I think my next selection process may well bring out a Kookaburra Ghost Pro. 

So coming back to the fact that I still pick out a bat for myself, I just wanted to highlight that I never bother with measuring the edge sizes, spine height or even the weight of the bat. All those factors are irrelevant and mean nothing to me when choosing a bat. That’s not to say I don’t respect the judgment of customers that find those factors important as I most definitely do, it’s just that I don’t think it makes a difference. After all which of these bats would you rather have: 1. 2.8 with 12 clean and even grains and 38mm edges. 2. 2.9 with 11 straight grains and 39mm edges 3. 2.8 with 9 straight grains and 40mm edges …even typing the above confused me! 

However, it surprises me the number of customers that say no to a bat because it has 45mm edges and they want 46mm edges. The over importance placed on written down specs very means amazing bats are rejected and the not so great ones chosen. 

My son for example plays for Ealing CC and Merchant Taylors School. As a growing young man, he invariably needs a new bat every year. With an endless choice of bats, I can honestly say that he is never stuck on just one brand and likewise I have never used weighing scales or any rulers when choosing a bat for him. It’s all based upon a good looking blade, how it pings with a mallet and most importantly how it picks up

Each year he comments on how happy he is with his bat and the next year his choice is based on what feels and looks good to him. 

The 2018 season is another exciting one for cricket bats. The New Balance Range with its red and white colour scheme for the TC series looks fantastic. Endorsed by Joe Root, the New Balance Range for 2018 looks great on the shelves and what stocks we’ve seen so far, the quality matches the looks. At the top of the tree in our New Balance range are the TC1260 and DC1080 models. Made from Grade 1 English willows these models offer top performance levels. 

Having a top quality bat at top quality prices may not be for everyone though, so New Balance have a variety of different grades available with price points to suit everyone.

The graphics are the same apart from the model number so everyone could potentially look like Joe Root walking out to the crease. Gray Nicolls this year have produced their biggest range ever. The bold and yes very beautiful Kronos range with its toned down gold graphics looks amazing. A part of the Kronos Range this year is the Halestorm as used by Alex Hales. To call this a big bat is an understatement. The edges are huge, the middle is big but most importantly the ping is amazing. In terms of scale weights, don’t expect to see anything less than 2.12 or 2.13. In terms of pick up and balance though the bats have been designed and made to perfection and really do feel so much lighter. 

There are so many other brands and ranges that we could talk about and we will in future blogs. For now, it was great to reminisce about old times and talk about how bats used to be. 

From the new stocks we have seen coming in for the 2018 season, I feel a change is upon us again. It’s a good change with bat profiles being adapted to what the modern cricketer needs. As bowlers become faster and more aggressive, batsmen need to be quicker with their bat speed and movement around the crease. This means lighter bats that make batsmen more agile and responsive. 

The new bat laws on edge thickness have certainly helped things. If you’re not allowed to use a bat that’s above a certain thickness, then makers won’t have to go through the hassle of making one that’s light and honestly speaking almost impossible to make. 

Enjoy the season and please remember to pick a bat based on more that what it weighs on the scales or measures with a ruler. 

All the best…. 

MRF Legend Virat Kohli Cricket Bat

MRF Legend Virat Kohli Cricket Bat is a limited edition bat which is endorsed by India’s explosive captain Virat Kohli. As the name suggests, the bat is made according to the playing style of Virat Kohli. MRF Legend Virat Kohli Cricket Bat is superior in all aspects.

MRF Legend Virat Kohli Cricket Bat is made from the best grade English Willow. Thus, it makes the bat easily maneuverable and lightweight. The bat sits perfectly in the hands of the player and gives great comfort when hitting shots.

MRF Genius Grand Edition Cricket Bat

With a highly impressive design and great colors, MRF has made a truly impressive bat which looks great from the boundary.. The classic red color has been distinctive of MRF bats since they were used by Sachin Tendulkar during his heydays as India’s No.1 batsmen.

The bats keep getting updated every season to match the player’s performance and give an extra edge over the competition.

Gray Nicolls Powerbow 6 600 Cricket Bat

Gray Nicolls Powerbow 6 600 is the 6thedition of the infamous Powerbow range. As its name suggests, the Powerbow is known for its massive bow which gives it the speed to hit accurate shots. The bat has huge edges which enhances its sweet spot.

An ideal bat for the player who likes to hit huge boundaries. The bat provides better accuracy with the longbow and helps the batsman hit a variety of shots. The Design of the Powerbow 6 600 is very impressive as well. The blue and grey compliment each other and makes the bat look beautiful on the field.

The combination of the amazing design and power makes it a feared bat in the cricket world. Gray Nicolls Powerbow 6 600 is made from the best quality English Willow which provides durability and flexibility.

The Powerbow is truly a monster of a bat and in the right hands, it can dominate the field.

Kookaburra Cricket Bats

Kookaburra Cricket Bats


Kookaburra Cricket bats  have for many years now been the preferred choice for some of the world’s top international batsmen including legends like Ricky Pointing and current stars like Joss Buttler and Glenn Maxwell.

As one of the world’s leading cricket equipment brands, Kookaburra are able to offer both the international players as well as today’s amateurs unrivalled expertise in both the product and graphic design and when you combine this with their outstanding history in the manufacturing process, the end product means a cricket bat that will be amongst the very best available.

At the forefront of the Kookaburra cricket bat range for many many years has been the Kahuna model.

While many Kookaburra range colours have come and gone, the Kahuna has always been in it’s infamous green. The iconic Kahuna has been the spearhead of the Kookaburra cricket equipment range for the last 12 years. With it’s powerful profile and shape, the thick edge and spine shape, make it an ideal cricket bat for the strokeplayer who takes control on the field and likes to lead by example.


A more recent addition to the range, but extremely successful has been the Ghost range. The huge profile of the Ghost with it’s surprisingly light pick up has been a major reason for this bat range being so successful. From the top of the range Pro model to the entry level 200, there is a Ghost bat for everyone.

 


All Kookaburra cricket bats are available in a variety of great quality and price ranges that suit all types of player and budgets. From the heavyweight models to those that are lighter, you can always be sure of a Kookaburra bat performing to the max and being made to the highest standards using the very best English willow.

Whether you choose the Kookaburra Ghost, Kahuna, the new Kookaburra Surge or any of the others, Kookaburra cricket bats are not just about the looks. The light pick up, the large thick edges and the great power from the middle is why they have always been a firm favourite with our customers.

The consistently high quality and performance levels that we have come to expect from Kookaburra continue year after year.

Gunn and Moore Cricket Bats

Gunn and Moore Cricket Bats

Gunn and Moore make cricket bats, but unlike almost all other major brands, GM produce all their cricket bats in house at their state of the art factory in Nottingham.

Keeping the production process in Nottingham means they have complete control over how the bats are produced from the second the felled trees arrive at the factory, to the moment the bat grip is attached and the final stickers placed on the blade.

GM bats are well and truly made in England for batsmen all around the world. In fact, GM make more cricket bats in the UK than all the other bat brands (that manufacture in the UK) put together.

So when you as a customer have so much choice, why should you choose a GM cricket bat? Well, GM are the only company to combine DXM technology with over 130 years of bat crafting experience.

Over five years of research into cricket bat materials and manufacturing technology processes, along with substantial investment in research, led to some significant findings and the subsequent implementation of the DXM machinery at the factory in Nottingham.

So with GM its not just about bringing out new models year after year with new colours. There is a precise science being each design process and that’s why GM bat sales are consistently strong amongst all types of senior players as well as our budding juniors.

GM produce some of the best junior cricket bats and when it’s time to make the transition to a full size bat, GM once again are at the forefront, with the Academy size that takes into account the need for a lighter weight bat, but with the power needed by the taller youth player, that helps in that transition phase between a junior and adult bat.

The 2017 GM cricket bat range caters to all types of players with a new innovation, in that blade lengths are now optimised with three different lengths, namely L555, L540 and L525.  

As the blade length decreases, the handle length increases, so that the overall length of the bat remains constant so each model is suited to every type of player, regardless of height.

Shorter blades allow the batsmen fast hands through the ball, with a larger sweetspot and swell for supreme balance and explosive power that is demanded by today’s modern cricketing batsmen.

Check out the latest GM cricket bats from…

  • Kaha
  • Neon
  • Chrome

Whatever you choose in whatever grade, one thing you can be sure of, is the fact that your GM bat will perform to the max and will bring you success on the field, runs on the board and many hours of satisfaction.

A Review of GM Chrome DXM 808 Cricket Bat