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Tuesday 25 July '17
Choosing Your Bat

Cricket Bat Sizing Chart
Cricketers and all top coaches agree with suppliers and manufacturers that choosing the correct size bat is vital for the proper technical development of young cricketers. It is important that the bat is not too long and more importantly not too heavy to hinder correct stroke play and good technique. Junior bats are scaled down in size and weight to meet this important requirement.

bat size

approx age

height of batsman

bat length in cm

bat width in cm

0

3-4

to 123cm

62.8 to 64.7

9.5

1

4-5

123-130cm

67.9

9.5

2

6-7

130-137cm

70.1

9.5

3

8

137-145cm

73

9.6

4

9-11

145-150cm

75.9

9.6

5

10-12

150-157cm

78.8

10.2

6

11-13

157-163cm

81.1

10.2

Harrow

12-14

163-175cm

82.8

10.4

Full SH

15+

175-188cm

85.2

10.8

Full LH

15+

over 188cm

87

10.8

 

Choosing a Short Handle bat

 

High Order Batters (1 – 4)
An opening batter normally uses a lighter bat (2lb7oz - 2lb9oz), as they will be facing the new ball and quicker bowlers. We find the better quality willow (Limited Edition, Fireblade +) will usually suit these players best, their higher middles make for beautifully balanced, big bats with super-light pick-ups. This combination allows for a faster bat 'speed' and increases the chances of middling the faster ball.

 

Middle Order Batters (5 – 7)

A slightly heavier bat (2lb9oz - 2lb12oz) may be needed to up the tempo of the innings, but we would still recommend a well-balanced bat as the quicker bowlers may still be bowling. These blades have a heavier 'bat speed’; therefore it may be more difficult to middle the ball. When you do connect though, the ball will stay hit.

 

Lower Order Batters (8 – 9)

A lower/middle order player would generally require a big bat (2lb11oz+), as the need for quick runs at the end of an innings is paramount. Here we would suggest a bat of medium weight. Your choice of model really depends on personal preference, either a higher middled piece (Limited Edition) for the classically elegant batsman or the lower middled pieces (Fireblade +) for the modern, compact attacking player.

 

Tail Enders (10 – 11)

Some people tend to forget the significance of a tail end batsman, but it is these players who could be the difference between winning and losing. A tail end batsman has to juggle between going for shots and possibly batting out for a draw, so they have to be very comfortable with their bat. Again, it's all down to the individual but we do tend to find that a tail ender can't resist the big shots, thus making the Fireblade + a firm favourite!
Handles

All our bats come with the original Bellingham and Smith handle – oval at the bottom and round at the top. We find this shape provides a greater strength to the handle and reduces shock from impact of the ball. It also fosters correct technique as it encourages better directional feel. It is harder to grip an oval handle with the bottom hand, so the top hand stays dominant in the shot.