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The Cricketer Good Gear Guide 2018: We test the latest bats on the market

We took to the nets to put 32 of 2018's bats through their paces! Each of the bats were given about 20 throw downs from the school’s 1st XI ranging from short-pitch deliveries to half-volleys and full tosses

Haberdashers’ Aske’s School allowed us access to their world-class facilities to test the latest bats on the market. 

Each of the 32 bats were given about 20 throw downs from the school’s 1st XI ranging from short-pitch deliveries to half-volleys and full tosses to test out a full range of shots.

Premium-quality Grade A balls were used, with ball ages ranging from 10 to 80 overs old. Our journalists then recorded the testers’ pithy and informed observations.

We must stress that we are not trying to ruin a bat’s reputation, however. Our observations were based purely on how the bats felt on the day.

The testers were also put on the spot to be asked, “If the bat was a celebrity, who would it be?” Sometimes the explanation is obvious, sometimes it is not; sometimes the testers had a long think, sometimes it was the first thing that came into their heads.

It was just a bit of fun, though, so if you are a fan of Zsa Zsa Gabor, do not get offended!

A couple of thank yous.

Firstly to Owzat-Cricket. One of the leading cricket retailers in the UK, the bats were handpicked off the shelf, with £10,000 of equipment handed to us. Gavin Young and your team – brilliant stuff!

Likewise to Haberdashers’ Aske’s School, led by Stephen Charlwood and Jamie Hewitt, the former Middlesex seamer. Your facilities were perfect and your pupils a credit to your school – we are very grateful for your hospitality.

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