Bat Care Guide

OILING / WAXING:
Natural finish – untreated bats:
Before use, apply a light coat of raw linseed oil (bat oil)  or bat wax to the bat face, back, edges and toe with the fingers and palm of the hand, AVOID the splice area, this can weaken the glue.  Leave to dry thoroughly as directed by the manufacturer. 3 or 4 further light coats should be applied to the face, edges and toe at about weekly intervals.  Leave to dry, do not over apply but if the bat seems very dry repeat occasionally with a light coating.

Bats with a face cover:
Apply  as above but only to the back, uncovered edges and toe.

Polycoated bats:
This is not required, however over time during play, the coating will wear from the toe area and the exposed willow should be lightly treated as described above.

KNOCKING IN:
Knocking in is the process of compressing and knitting together the willow fibres to prevent ball damage to the surface of the bat and should really involve between 1 and 2 hours total work time before match use. Use either an old, softer cricket ball or preferably a bat mallet to do the job. Concentrate on the face and  edges, where a genuine ‘nick’ might make contact with the bat and keep working until there is a rounded and compacted appearance. Do not strike the side edges or toe of the bat. To prepare the face of the bat either bounce a ball on it or lightly tap with the mallet, increasing the force over the knocking in period.

PLAYING IN:
Before match play, using an old, good quality cricket ball hit a few close catches and some throw downs in the nets. It is advisable to initially avoid use against a new ball in either nets or a match. 

MAINTENANCE:
Once in full use, keep a close look out for any minor damage. Attend to any minor damage as it occurs with wood glue and fibre bat tape. Don’t worry about ‘crazy cracking’, this is quite normal and will not adversely affect the performance of the bat. However the application of a clear anti-scuff sheet will minimise any surface damage. Finally, when it comes to winter storage, give your bat a clean and a coat of oil or wax and store it face up, laid down flat in a cool, dry atmosphere. Keep it away from radiators and do not store it in the airing cupboard.

In the event of any serious damage to your bat you should contact us as quickly as possible as further delay can increase the problem and cause it to become beyond repair.

WARRANTY:
All manufactures have strict policies of inspecting all warranty claims. The claims will be assessed on fair wear and tear. Proof of purchase is required when making a warranty claim. Damage not covered by warranty: - Dampness or swelling of the toe - Edge or toe cracks caused by inaccurate play - Heat damage, dried out willow - Over oiling - Insufficient preparation or under knocking in.


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