Bat Care is essential for maximising the lifespan of Your Cricket Bat. In general, all cricketers must ensure their bat is:
- Fully knocked/broken in - special attention must be paid to the edges and toe of the cricket bat as these are the most likely areas to cause a bat to break.
- Oiled from the back - a little bit of oil goes a long way so always use less oil than more oil if you are ever in doubt
- If no facetape is present please apply a light coat of oil to the face of yiur cricket bat
HOW TO KNOCK IN & OIL A CRICKET BAT
Firstly, always ensure your bat is placed inside a bat cover or away from damp conditions. Avoid wetness. Always knock in your bat before even using it in the nets. When you are ready to start training in nets please ensure you ONLY play against soft cricket balls to begin with until you are convinced the bat has been fully knocked in.
To knock in your bat follow these instructions obtained from Talent Cricket's website:
- Apply Raw linseed oil to the face, edges and back of the bat evenly, 2 to 3 teaspoons of oil is the correct amount. Whilst oiling take care not to oil the splice (where the handle fits into the blade), handle or labelled areas, also take great care not to over oil the bat as this will deaden the fibres of the timber and affect performance.
- Leave the bat horizontal and face up to dry for 24 hours.
- If you are planning to use the bat in its natural state, without an anti scuff sheet, then repeat steps 1 and 2 twice more. If you are planning to have a protective anti scuff sheet fitted then one initial coat of oil is sufficient.
- Wipe off any excess oil and knock in your bat with a specialist bat mallet for approximately 4 hours. The edges and toe of the blade require particular attention using glancing blows off the face to harden and round these areas. Particular care and attention should be made not to hit the edges, toe or back of the bat directly as this will cause damage. The knocking in should be performed with gradual increasing force, but never too hard to cause damage.
- Fibre tape is applied to the edges of the bat and an Anti scuff sheet is fitted over the top if required. We strongly recommend this procedure.
- Test the blade using a good quality old ball during a light net session or having "throw downs". If seam marks and indentations occur further knocking in is required.
- Go out and enjoy your new bat!