Laver & Wood’s Cricket Bat Lore Ch 28. Why Bats Break & How to Protect Them
Just about every cricketer has had a favourite bat break, and gone through the pain of having to find a replacement. Bats break because they are inherently fragile, and made from natural materials. Cricket Bat willow is a natural product that decays over time and with use, meaning bats do not last forever, and as they get older they are far more likely to break.
Bats break for many reasons, with some of the most common being dry willow, letting the bat get wet and or playing poor shots. They also break in unfortunate circumstances, such as jamming down on a yorker, or if the willow has suffered storm damage. A breakage in a storm damaged bat can be spectacular, and is almost certainly irreparable.
Dry willow can be dealt with through oiling the bat, although be careful with how much you oil your bat as over oiling can damage the bat. Excessive oil may cause the fibres in the face of the bat to separate and therefore delaminate, making the bat vulnerable to splitting.
At Laver & Wood we hate seeing a bat damaged before its natural life has come to an end. To find out how to protect your bat from a premature death please purchase Laver & Wood’s Cricket Bat Lore Volume I from Amazon.
More Laver & Wood Cricket Bat Lore chapter introductions can be found below.
10. Handle Breakage
23. Knocking In
24. Oiling Bats
25. Moisture Damage