A bat for proper batters. That was the verdict of the day from the testers. What they meant by that was its Gray Nicolls-ness: unfussy, instantly recognisable, no great frills.
Darren Stevens was taken by what he described as "a lovely handle", while tester James enjoyed its profile. If he had a complaint, it was in a slightly heavy pickup.
Tester Nick concurred. "A bit clunky," he said.
But that was his only criticism. "It played much better than I thought it would when I first picked it up," he admitted. "Very establishment and uncontroversial."
For Stevens, it could have done with more weight but acknowledged its "great middle".
That much was unargued, with a fairly central middle and what felt like an even distribution of weight across the willow.
More than anything, this felt like a classy piece of wood – not only in its generosity if you got a booming drive out of the screws, but also simply from its decoration and – as Stevens alluded to – its handle.
There are more spectacular bats on the market, but the professionals – Stevens and Georgia Adams – were both impressed.
Please ensure all fields are completed before submitting your comment!
Units 7-8, 35-37 High St, Barrow upon Soar, Loughborough, LE128PY
Welcome to www.thecricketer.com - the online home of the world’s oldest cricket magazine. Breaking news, interviews, opinion and cricket goodness from every corner of our beautiful sport, from village green to national arena.