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Date added: 08 May 2017 Cricket Bat Damaged? What Kind of Repairs are Available?

Cricket bats are a lot thicker and heavier than they once were. This means power hitters such as Shane Watson, David Warner and Chris Gayle are finding the boundary a lot more. Sadly, without proper care and maintenance, your prized possession is not immune to damage.

Cricket Bat Damage Repairs Australia

 

Types of Damage

Due to constant hitting, blocking and lack of care, your cricket bat will eventually need to be repaired. Cricket bat damage may not look serious, but if left untreated, it can potentially break.

The most common forms of damage to a cricket bat are:

 

Handle Cracks

The handle of a bat is usually the first part of the bat that needs to be repaired. If you notice the handle starting to loosen, this is the first sign of damage. Although no visible crack may appear, a batsman can feel hampered by the looseness.

If you notice your handle becoming loose, have it checked by a cricket bat specialist. They’ll determine the extent of the damage.

 

Toe Cracks

The toe is the weakest part of the bat. As such, it can be prone to splitting or cracking. Regularly check the toe of the bat for any cracks. Small cracks can be fixed with super glue, while hairline cracks may need PVA adhesive. Cracks that are longer than 2 inches may need to be repaired urgently.

 

Cracks on the Face of the Bat

Small cracks on the face of the bat are not usually a cause for concern, even if the bat has been properly knocked in. To prevent the onset of cracks, always oil your bat as soon as you purchase it. Only use raw linseed oil, but never dip the bat into the oil. Adhesive tape can be applied to the bat to help protect the surface.

 

Repair Options

Unfortunately, when a bat snaps and it’s not the handle, it can’t be repaired. However, damage such as a loose handle or cracks can be repaired, allowing you to get on with the game.

 

Replacement Handle

This is the most common repair requested by clients. The old handle is carefully removed from the bat splice and a new one is fitted. It is glued, shaped and placed into the splice.

 

Restoration

Some cricket bats hold sentimental value to their owner and therefore require special attention. In cases like this, a complete restoration of the bat is needed. This involves having the whole bat sanded, to smooth out the willow. From there, all cracks are glued and the bat is re-oiled. A new grip is applied, and you are good to go.

 

Your cricket bat needs to be looked after if you want to keep smashing boundaries. For more about our repair services, get in touch with Keith Dudgeon today. We’ll have your bat looking as good as new.