Have you just bought a new cricket bat? If so, there are a few things you need to know about how to care for your cricket bat. By following our recommendations for caring for your cricket bat, you have a better chance of keeping your cricket bat in good condition. 

Here at Cricket Pavilion our Supplier’s cricket bats are made from carefully selected English Willow, that is naturally soft and fibrous. It is not uncommon for bats to show signs of bruising, scarring and dents even with little use. This is normal wear and tear and will not affect the performance of your bat. 

However, we are aware that you need to be aware of how to care for your cricket bat, so we have the following tips for you: 

Prepare for Use 

We highly recommend you knock-in your cricket bat for a minimum of 6 hours using a bat mallet or using other recommended techniques. Greater force being applied progressively throughout the knocking-in process. You should make sure you knock-in the sides and toe of the blade and don’t just focus on the middle of the bat. 

Please DO NOT use your cricket bat straight away whether that be in practice or in a game. If you don’t knock-in your cricket bat it is at greater risk of damage and cracking. 

Oil your bat 

Before using your cricket bat you should gently apply a small amount of linseed oil on all parts of your cricket bat except the splice. This should be done at least 3 times throughout the season. 

DO NOT over oil your cricket bat, as this can damage your cricket bat. If you are unsure please get in touch with us. 

How to store your cricket bat

You should store your cricket bat in a cool, dry place such as a garage or shed, this will allow for a small amount of moisture to be absorbed from the atmosphere. 

We highly recommend you DO NOT store your cricket bat in areas that get hot e.g. near radiators or fire places. This will dry the cricket bat out and will make it vulnerable to damage. 

PLEASE NOTE: Every time you use your bat and the ball hits the toe or edge of the cricket bat it has a chance of breaking. Even if you have followed in the knocking-in, oiling and storage process, cricket bats are not designed to last forever and because of this there is no guarantee on how long your cricket bat will last. 

Additional Bat Care Tips: 

Here are a few more tips to help keep your cricket bat in the best condition: 

  • Avoid the bat getting wet, especially the edges, and toe of the bat.
  • If you get a few cracks around the edges or on the face of the bat, this is completely normal and is nothing to panic about. We recommend you send your cricket bat off for light refurbishment or using sandpaper (180-220) sand down the cracks and then apply a little linseed oil.
  • Oil your bat more frequently, if your cricket bat appears to be getting dry through the season.
  • Visual signs are often the best way to tell if something is wrong, so keep a close eye on your cricket bat. 
  • Make sure your cricket bat is refurbished after every cricket season to help keep it in good condition. 

Returns are not accepted unless the cricket bat is unused. 

Please feel free to email with any problems to discuss possible solutions to any problems you may have.