The Team

Meet the talented team that produce your Laver & Wood cricket bats from our  shop located in Waipawa, Central Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand.

James Laver - Master Bat Maker - Managing DirectorMaster Bat Maker - Managing Director

James Laver

James has personally made over 30 thousand cricket bats in his career and is well versed in the needs of all levels of cricketer, from club to international players. Striving for perfection when making your bat is central to James philosophy and success. James loves the outdoors, is passionate about surf life saving and a patrolling volunteer lifeguard and board member at Waimarama Surf Life Saving Club .

Anthony van Dorsten - Sales and Marketing ManagerSales and Marketing Manager

Anthony van Dorsten

Ant brings to the fold cricketing experience playing the game all his life. He is very skilled at understanding the needs of you as a cricketer and applying this knowledge to enable the best bat sizing for your game. Keen kite surfer, mountain biker and surfer in his spare time. Ant is also the sharpest dresser in the workshop, his enthusiasm is fantastic and he will do just about anything for a good coffee.

Toby Richardson - Bat MakerBat Maker

Toby Richardson

Toby is working full time in the L&W workshop alongside James as a bat maker (Pod Shaver). Toby is an accomplished cricketer, rugby 1st five (Hawkes bay under 20's) and snow boarder. He brings a great dimension to the business in his fantastic finishing ability that is second to none. Toby is now making his own range of bats at Laver & Wood as a way of introducing his talent - The TR Special. Toby is also very adept at keeping James on his toes! When Toby says something , it is worth listing to - we often ask the question. Toby, what do you think?

Jack White - Apprentice Bat MakerApprentice Bat Maker

Jack White

Jack has just started with Laver & Wood and aims to complete an apprenticeship in Cricket Bat Making. Jack is from Central Hawke's. He is a keen cricketer and rugby player.






Simon Lusk - Business ManagerBusiness Manager

Simon Lusk

Simon brings many great skills and has been involved in the background of Laver & Wood for the last 12 years. A keen hunter and fisherman who is always jumping at any chance to get outside with the dogs. We are very fortunate to be within 200 metres of one of the best hawkes bay trout rivers and so see a lot of Simon. Simons passion for cricket and what we do is unsurpassed. He is a keen hunter.


    Pilar Krugar - Admin ManagerAdmin Manager

    Pilar Krugar

    Pilar works part time in the office and takes care of the administrative side of the business. She is experienced in endurance sports (Iron Man) and spend a lot of her time supporting Surf Lifesaving. Pilar is a top rate administrator.

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