What size cricket bat is right for you?

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Buying a cricket bat can be tricky, even for the most seasoned of cricketers.

There are quite a few things that you should take in to account when purchasing your new bat and one of them is the size.

The size of cricket bat you should be using can be roughly categorised by your height and age however you should also take into consideration your physical strength.

Junior players can often be found to be using the incorrect size bat because following the basic guides does not take in to account the potential massive variation in how each player is developing physically.

A basic guide to cricket bat size in relation to age and height can be seen below. This guide also shows the actual size of the cricket bat.

Note – The weights shown below may vary depending on requirements.

Again, to reiterate, the guide above is just a guide but is a good starting point for choosing the right size cricket bat.

Now you have an idea of what bat you should be using the next thing to do is compare this to what you currently use. One of the best indicators of bat selection should be how the bat you currently use feels. Does your current bat feel too small, too big or are you comfortable with it?

Once you have checked the recommended size and compared this to what you have already, if you are still not sure then feel free to contact us and we can talk things through with you further.

You may hear cricketers talking about feel and pick up, this is also a consideration to take into account when choosing a bat but we will tackle that subject in a different blog.

Just as a side note, and to show the guide is not always a 100% reflection of the bat you should be using, I am 6′ 3″ so in theory should be using a long handle or long blade bat however I have tried both of these and have found them to not feel right to me personally, make sure you always take your gut feeling into account. If a bat feels right in your hand and you are confident the runs will come!

All the bats on our website are short handle size unless stated otherwise, we also list all bat specifications to make sure you get whats right for you.

We hope you have found this guide useful.

P.S – Thanks to Jedi Sports for sharing their bat size chart with us and you.

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Kippax Cricket Bats

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We are over the moon to announce that we are now a stockist of Kippax Cricket Bats.

Kippax Cricket Bats have a proud heritage of producing professional grade bats for everyone. Kippax have recently had lots of great press via the ashes as Mark Stoneman is a brand sponsored player.

All Kippax bats are crafted from English Willow that has been grown by themselves in their woodland location in Yorkshire and Durham.

Once the trees have been felled and split they are processed and made in to bats in the Kippax facility in Yorkshire.

We hope that we have a long and fruitful partnership with Kippax Cricket and between us keep promoting the fantastic quality that is available from UK bat makers.

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The Cricket Boutique

Kippax Cricket Bats are available via our website.

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Payntr Cricket Shoes

Hi Everyone.

We have been looking at stocking high quality cricket shoes/spike for some time now but haven’t found the right brand until NOW!.

We are happy to announce that we are now stocking Payntr cricket shoes.

Here is some more information about Payntr taken from their website.

We’re passionate about creating professional, game-changing products. With a 1930s cricketing legend in our bloodline and a professional family heritage that continues through to our present day founder, we’re experts in our field.

The brainchild of former professional David Paynter who was frustrated by the fact that cricket was being left behind as other sports benefited from specialist footwear design. Recognising that his fellow cricketers wanted a shoe that combined the dexterity of a cricket shoe with the comfort of a running shoe, David conducted extensive research into modern day sporting footwear and gruelling testing until he was satisfied that he had developed the game-changing solution.

That’s why we can say with confidence that Payntr is the result of passion, vision and innovation. The Payntr X, a revolution in cricket footwear, marks the beginning of a new cricket brand that will stay ahead of the curve, producing the ultimate products that push the boundaries of design and performance.

 

Ayrtek Cricket Bats

Ayrtek Cricket Bats

Hi Everyone.

We are pleased to announce that we are now stocking Ayrtek cricket bats.

Here is a little bit of information about them from the Ayrtek website:

The Elite Edition bats are handmade for us in Kent by a master bat-maker, using age old methods to make the bat from a raw cleft to a fully finished blade using the finest English willow.

Offering a mid-positioned middle, generous edge size and a spine that runs into the toe. They are available in 3 grades, including a Pro option that uses the very best grade of willow.

As well as Ayrtek we have a stock a large number of Handmade Cricket bats. Check them out on our website.

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Hunts County Bats at The Cricket Boutique

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Hunts County

Here is a little piece about Hunts County Bats which we are not stocking at The Cricket Boutique.

HOW WE GOT STARTED

 

County Bats were first made at St. Neots in Huntingdonshire by the Trimmins family in 1904. Production continued here until the factory moved to Huntingdon in 1983. The craftsmen from St. Neots are still making bats at Huntingdon which enables us to use the slogan ‘bats made for centuries’. Our bats are still made in the traditional way in order to get the best possible bat from the selected materials. It is for this reason that County Bats are sought after all over the world and are available wherever cricket is played.

 

BAT MAKING HISTORY

 

Yes, our bats do grow on trees! Salix Caerulea to be precise. Every year we produce and supply over twenty thousand cricket bats worldwide. The shape of the cricket bat has evolved over the years from the original `hockey stick` to the modern familiar shape. There is no weight limit for a bat, in the 18th century bats of over 5lb. were in use and in the 19th.century 4lb. was a common weight. A bat inscribed J.C.1729 is kept at The Oval and is the oldest surviving bat, unless you know of an older one!

 

Hunts County bats are available via our website.

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The Cricket Boutique – About XX Cricket

XX Cricket

 

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Here is a little piece about David and XX Cricket.

David started out as a professional sportsman himself so he understands how important choosing your kit and the special fit needed between your kit and your style of play.
David is an expert bat maker and has been involved in the Cricket industry for many years.

In recent years David decided that it was time to take his passion and enthusiasm for cricket to another level and the idea for the Norfolk Cricket Bat Company was born.
The opportunity to develop our business in Norfolk which is a very special and unique place was just too good to miss. A county where heritage, handmade and centuries of craftsmanship still coexist seemed the perfect combination to us.

David makes special bats in a special county for special players.

We have a full range of XX bats available via our website.

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Ayrtek Cricket Helmet – PremierTek Steel

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About the new Ayrtek Cricket Helmet….

  • Ayrtek Cricket- PremierTek Steel- BS7928:2013 Compliant

Ayrtek have spent the last few months dissecting, analysing  and rebuilding their helmets in order to provide what they believe is an improved product for 2016. Ayrtek have worked with The Sports Technology Institute at Loughborough University as well as with the lab at INSPEC to rigorously test the helmets against the new BSI helmet safety standard that we sat on the committee of to approve.

Ball Strike Impacts
During BSI testing all cricket helmets are subjected to an inverted drop test onto a hemispherical anvil from which the peak acceleration levels are recorded.

In order to be deemed a PASS the helmet has to record a reading of 250gn or below. As you can see from the graphic below our latest Ayrtek Cricket PremierTek 2016 model not only pass this but come in on average over 200gn less than this allowance.

What does this mean?

In simple terms Ayrtek helmets are performing to a level that on average is over 82% better than required to pass testing. This ensures that if someone is struck by the ball when wearing one of our helmets the minimum force is transmitted through the shell to the wearers head inside of it.

The PremierTek range has been designed using the unique Ayrtek structural shell shape made from high impact injection-moulded plastic, featuring an EPS liner and a fixed position Teflon coated steel grille as standard.The interior size is adjusted by the comfort padding system that is provided with the helmet. They also feature our 4 point attachment chin-strap that acts to minimise forefront wobble and adds to helmet stability when wearing the helmet. This Model comes with 6mm, 9mm and 12mm foam padding sets as standard to adjust the interior sizing.

    • BS 7928:2013 Compliant
    • Upgraded shell materials.
    • Revised Grille design to align with the end of the peak.
    • Fixed Grille position.
    • Branded Microfibre Storage Bag
    • The PremierTek range is available in 2 colours in 2016, Navy Blue and Black.
    • Size Range– 58cm-64cm.
    • Approx Weight– 872g (Steel Grille Model)

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THE BUSINESS OF CRICKET

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A short piece about The Cricket Boutique founder Mark Metcalfe which was published by Leeds Trinity University ……

Media and Management alumnus Mark Metcalfe graduated from Leeds Trinity in 2003, and now sells cricket bats handmade in the UK, through his business The Cricket Boutique.

As a keen cricketer for over 20 years, Mark used his insight into the sport and the knowledge gained from his degree to set up the business in Doncaster this year.

He said: “The skills I developed from the Media and Management course have greatly influenced and helped with my career. The Media skills helped me obtain a role tutoring 6-16 year old’s in video production and basic animation and from this, I obtained further work in tutoring and training roles. The Management and Business side of the course helped me progress from the training roles to management, and those skills have now helped with setting up my own business.”

Before his graduation ceremony in summer 2003, Mark had already set up his own skate shop called Abrasion in Scunthorpe town centre. After selling this business to another local company, he continued in various other positions before getting the entrepreneurial bug once again in February 2016, when he started working on The Cricket Boutique.

“I always had the feeling that I had unfinished business with regards to running my own company. The breakthrough moment was seeing the website and getting my first sales.”

Mark puts the secret of his success down to hard work and diligent research, which meant he had the perfect formula to create a successful business.

He said: “If you have an Idea, whatever it is, research it as much as possible. You need to find out if there is already the same out there and if so what will make people buy your product or service instead of theirs. Research will also reveal if you really have an idea that will work! It’s no good just chatting with a friend and when they smile and nod taking this as confirmation that your business will be a success.”

“Setting up a business is really hard work as you have to try and master all aspects. Brace yourself to put in lots of hours and not have much time for anything else; it can be hard work, stressful and low paid, but on the flip side it can be one of the most satisfying things you will do!”

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About HELL4LEATHER Cricket

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Here is a short piece about HELL4LEATHER (H4L)…..

Every Hell4leather bat is individually handmade by founder and master bat maker Matt Barton from only the highest grades of hand selected English willow.

Founded by keen cricketers Matt Barton & Adam Larking in 2005, whose aim was to create a cricket brand for the modern player using traditional techniques and values. Since then the company has gone from strength to strength and has received international recognition.

H4L are constantly researching the latest materials, technologies and innovations, combined with our traditional skills to produce the best equipment available to meet the demands of today’s competitive game.

The Full range of H4L cricket bats are available via The Cricket Boutique website.

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The Cricket Boutique – About JEDi Sports

Here is a little piece about James and JEDi Sports.

Having served a four year apprenticeship under the watchful guidance of ‘Master Bat Maker’ Alfred Charles Evans at ACE Cricket Bats of Elland, James Dollive honed his skills and knowledge in the art of bat making. During his nine years working at ACE James made bats for numerous county and international class cricketers, including Ian Austin (Lancs & England) & Ijaz Ahmed (Pakistan) to name a few.

Once ACE closed it doors for business in 2005 James was forced to find work away from bat making, still wanting to work with wood, he joined a local bespoke joinery company where he worked in the office as a estimator, his heart however has always been cricket and in 2011 he decided to take the bold move of setting up to business on his own. This saw the formation of JEDi Sports, his ambitions were simple; to provide high quality cricket bats and equipment with a personal, friendly and reliable customer service (and at a GREAT price). This mantra has seen JEDi grow from strength to strength, moving at first supplying a few new bats and repairing his teammates bats, to now selling hundreds of new bats and repairing and re-handling over 600 bats a year.

The Full range of JEDi cricket bats and softs are available via The Cricket Boutique website.

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