Which bat is for me?

Here at Cricket Pavilion we have a cricket bat for everyone, whatever your style, whatever your game. 

We know it can be confusing when picking a cricket bat, what style, weight and price? So, we’ve created the below guides which gives you an idea of what size cricket bat is right for you. If you need any assistance please contact us at info@cricketpavilion.co.uk or book an appointment 

On certain Cricket Bats we offer a ‘Women’s’ size which is the gap between Harrow (H) and Short Handle (SH). This has specifically been designed for the female player. The bat is slightly shorter and narrower than the traditional bat with also the advantage of it being lighter.

bat size guide

How do I pick the right size bat?

To pick the right sized bat, first measure your height and then using the size guide to figure out what size bat you require using your height as a guide against the bat size.

Tip: Avoid anything too big or too small as this will certainly impact your performance.

How much should I spend on a bat?

Here at the Cricket Pavilion we have a range of cricket bats that cater to all levels and abilities. Prices will vary according to the grade of the willow used for the bat. 

Bats are graded and are priced accordingly, this is done on how the bat looks, and its anticipated performance potential. General rule of thumb, cricket bats that look better on the eye perform better, and are therefore priced accordingly. Things that would influence the price would be how straight the grains are, are they even and do they have a healthy number of grains (normally between 6 and 12) and are there any knots, blemishes or markings on the bat.

English Willow VS. Kashmir Willow

All cricket bats are made out of willow. This is because it is the perfect choice, due to it providing the right blend of strength and compression that is needed for a cricket bat. Today, there are only two types of willows used to make cricket bats to meet the demand of the market. 

English Willow cricket bats and Kashmir Willow cricket bats are used all over the world. Both of these willows are obtained from the same tree (Salix Alba). 

English Willow cricket bats are the preferred choice of many cricketers around the world due to their performance and durability. However this is the reason why they are  a lot more costly and have to be maintained.  

Kashmir Willow cricket bats are a great entry level cricket bat for those getting started in the game, they require very little maintenance and aren’t as expensive as the traditional bats. 

Grade of the willow


The bat maker will select the willow required to make the bat and they will grade the willow according to some physical characteristics. All English willow cricket bats are Graded (1-5) and vary in price.

Grade 1

This is the best grade of willow and is used by professional cricketers. Therefore, it is the most expensive but also the best looking cricket bat. The bat will have perfectly straight grains with minimal blemishes, knots and markings. 

Grade 2

This grade still offers a very high-quality cricket bat. The bat is a premium unbleached willow, will still offer straight grains but could have some blemishes, knots and markings. 

Grade 3

Some would consider this to be the best-selling cricket bat. Unbleached willow, with possibly less grains and will potentially have more blemishes, knots and markings. 

Grade 4

Grade four tends to be bleached willow to cover up knots, blemishes or discolouring but the cricket bat performance isn’t affected. They often only have four grains on the bat face and sometimes will be covered in linen to make them more appealing on the eye. 

Grade 5

Grade five tends to be bleached willow to cover up the blemishes or discolouring on the bat. It isn’t as appealing as Grade 4 but will still offer a beginner a great entry level cricket bat.