Choosing the correct size of bat is vital for young cricketers to ensure proper technical development. Making sure the bat is not too long or too heavy is important to ensure that the cricket bat does not hinder correct stroke play and good technique. If you are purchasing a junior cricket bat, you will find that junior bats are scaled down in size and weight to meet these important requirements.
Cricket Bat Components
Most cricket bats are made from Salix Caerulea or Alba Var English willow, a soft fibrous timber containing the right characteristics of balance, power and durability to enable good performance in a cricketing environment. All cricket bats contain different characteristics from balance and pick up to the width of the grain, but in general, the softer, narrower grain willow is better for performance but has a shorter life span, whereas the harder broader grain willow is more durable but it will take longer to reach its optimum performance. For beginners, we'd recommend opting for a compromise between the two, so a blade with around 8-12 grains.
"junior bats are scaled down in size and weight"
Take a look at Newitts' size guide below to ascertain the correct size and length of cricket bat best suited to your requirements.
Please note all the Full Size Cricket Bats we stock are Short Handle unless otherwise stated on the product page.
|Bat Size||Approx Age||Height of Batsmen (feet)||Bat Length (inches)||Bat Width (inches)|
|1||4-5||to 4'3"||25 3/4"||3 1/2"|
|2||6-7||4'3" - 4'6"||27 3/4"||3 1/2"|
|3||8||4'6" - 4'9"||28 3/4"||3 3/4"|
|4||9-11||4'9" - 4'11"||29 3/4"||3 3/4"|
|5||10-12||4'11" - 5'2"||30 3/4"||4"|
|6||11-13||5'2" - 5'6"||31 3/4"||4"|
|Harrow||12-14||5'6" - 5'9"||32 3/4"||4 1/6"|
|Full SH||15+||5'9" - 6'2"||33 1/2"||4 1/4"|
|Full LH||15+||over 6'2"||34 3/8"||4 3/4"|
Before you make your all-important purchase, there are three main points to consider to make sure that you buy the right cricket bat to suit your immediate needs:
- Brand: If you've used a certain brand of cricket bat before, you may wish to choose the same one again, or if it didn't suit your needs, think about which areas you need to improve and select the right brand to achieve this.
- Size: If you're purchasing a cricket bat for a child, it's worth considering their growth and limiting the amount you spend on a bat accordingly - there is no point spending huge amounts on a bat that could only last them for half a season.
- Level: How serious a cricket player are you? If you're playing multiple games a week and playing in regular matches at a high level, it's well worth considering spending a bit more on a better quality bat.
Cricket Bat Aftercare
Once you've purchased a new cricket bat, it is essential that you prepare your bat using the 'knocking in' process and regularly maintain and protect it, to ensure you maximise its life and most importantly its performance. Take a look at the Newitts Preparation & Maintenance Guide for further information.
Store your bat at a moderate constant temperature and try to avoid it coming into contact with wet conditions. It's also important not to over oil your cricket bat - if you are not sure how to oil your bat correctly, it is well worth booking it in for some end of season maintenance where experts will cover all levels of repair such as oiling, re-gripping, toe guard fitting and anti-scuff sheet fitting, all designed to help prolong the life of your bat.
We strongly recommend you spend time researching the best cricket bat to suit your requirements, or for further information, please feel free to contact us.