Common Questions about ST Cricket
In case you have not opted for the bat preparation service from us, then please follow the following steps to prepare the bat:
- If you have opted for the scuff sheet on the face of the bat, you do not require oiling the face of the bat.
- Apply the first layer of raw linseed oil on the back, edges, shoulder and the toe of the bat and let it soak overnight. For one coat 2 -3 ml of raw linseed oil is sufficient.
- In case you do not opt for the scuff sheet you will need to put linseed oil on the face of the bat as well.
- Repeat the process two more times allowing minimum 12 hours in between to let the oil soak in.
- Once the bat is oiled in, it is ready for the next stage which is knocking in process.
- Use a good quality heavy wooden mallet for this purpose.
Start by striking the mallet in the middle of the bat, first gently and then hard enough to create a dent at the center of the bat. Then slowly move outwards, up and down of the bat and level the dent by striking with the mallet. Bottom six inches is the most critical area of the bat. Spend extra time knocking in that area. Always start gently and slowly increase the force to avoid damage to the bat.
We do not recommend knocking in the bat edges, toe or the shoulders via mallet. Use a round smooth surface to rub against the sharp edges to make them round. You can use the handle of your mallet for this purpose.
The knocking in process normally takes 3 -4 hours of time depending on the piece of willow.
Once the bat is knocked in try to bounce a new ball with it and see if there are no deep seam marks on the face of the bat. In case there are deep seam marks present, it means the bat still needs to be knocked in
Once this process is complete, the bat is now ready to play with a good quality old cricket ball. We strongly recommend giving catching practice, throw downs for at least 400 hits with the bat. It will allow you to get used to the grip and feel of your new bat and in this process the bat gets pretty close to be used in a match situation.
You can then use it against a medium pace bowling with a semi new ball for some hours in net sessions.
Your ST Bat is now ready to be used in a match situation against a new ball!
Due to the nature of the game, your bat is subject to a lot of punishment during its life and due to the natural raw materials used, will show signs of wear & tear and damage from impacts. You should regularly check your bat for any damage and look to resolve these as soon as possible. Minor damages are easily repaired and can stop further damage occurring. Failure to carry out the repairs can cause irreparable damage.
Moisture level: Cricket bat responsiveness and life is affected by the amount of moisture in the wood. If the wood is dried out, at some stage it will start to split and also become unresponsive.
- Never leave the bat outside in the sun for long hours. Once used, put the bat back in the bat cover and keep it in the shade.
- Never leave the bat in the car trunk for long hours.
- Never store the bat near a heater. Always store the bat in the bat cover and indoors.
- After every season lightly sand the bat and put one coat of linseed oil before storing it.
- Never play with cheap quality balls with hard center. These are bat breakers. It is not worth risking your expensive bat against such balls.
- Never dig out a Yorker on a hard surface (indoors or cemented pitch). Toe of a bat is pretty vulnerable and upon impact with a hard surface there is a great risk of it being damaged.
- Never put the bat on a wet or moist ground. The moisture will seep into the wood and the bat will eventually swallow and develop cracks. In case the bat gets wet, try to wipe it with a dry cloth and place it in the sun to dry out as soon as possible.
Most damage sustained will be repairable. The key here is to stop using the bat once the damage has been noted and seek to get it repaired. Please use the contact us page on the website or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org We will then discuss what is required and arrange for the repairs to be carried out.
Your new ST bat comes with a 12 month warranty from date of purchase. Repairs to damages that are due to a manufacturing defect are covered under this warranty. We are unable to accept liability for damage sustained due to mistreatment, misuse or poor preparation. The warranty does not cover damage to your bat caused by use of poor quality ‘hard’ balls, driving of Yorkers, excessive tapping at the wicket; damage caused by water exposure and general wear and tear.