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.
Choosing a Short Handle bat
High Order Batters (1 - 4)
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!
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.