CRICKET BAT MAINTENANCE
As a cricket bat is a completely natural product, its lifespan will be dramatically affected by how well the bat is knocked in and how regularly it is oiled. If you have a covered bat, we recommend that you oil the exposed areas during the off-season, or any other period of significant non-cricketing activity. This is on average once a year. If your bat has a natural face, it should be oiled at least twice a season and once in the off-season to ensure consistent high levels of performance. We would also recommend applying fibreglass bat tape to the edges as this will reduce the risk of cracks in these vulnerable areas.
Our bats come ‘knocked in’ and this process will not need to be repeated.
Try and avoid your cricket bat getting wet, especially around the toe area or any uncovered areas where moisture could get in. If your bat does get wet, allow it to dry naturally.
Always store your cricket bat in a dry/cool place; the garage is usually the best. Avoid any excessive heat as this can cause the bat to dry out and become vunerable to damage. Also avoid damp and cold conditions.
The toe of a cricket bat is a very vulnerable area and tapping can cause serious damage. Tapping against the wicket when taking guard compresses fibres, which can open out, leading to splits, greater absorption of moisture and de-lamination of the face.
- Tapping aggressively;
- Tapping on damp surfaces; and
- Overloading one corner of the toe (try to keep the toe square)