£200-299: BROWSE AND BUY

GRAY-NICOLLS ALPHA GEN 4-STAR
A daring gambit from Gray-Nicolls – belying their classical reputation with a whiteish blade verging on Storm Trooper bleach and a rear design resembling Megatron from Transformers.

However, for all the sci-fi appearance, it struck the ball out of the middle much like any Gray-Nicolls.
Initial impression: 6.2
Build quality: 8
Pick-up/feel: 7.3
Performance: 7.3

RRP: £200

Weight: 2lb 8oz

Edges: 36mm

PRYZM INSTINCT EXCLUSIVE

This is an absolute monster.

If you are a predominantly front-foot batter, then this bat has been designed with your kind in mind.

A handsome bat with a huge, low, sweet spot and powerful edges to boot. 

Initial impression: 7.3
Build quality: 7.4
Pick-up/feel: 7.1
Performance: 8

RRP: £279.99

Weight: 2lb 13oz

Edges: 36mm

GUNN & MOORE PRIMA 808
A beautiful purple design from Gunn & Moore, who really do corner the market in smooth, evenly distributed blades which look classy in the hands of whoever is wielding them.

Our testers reported that the ridged back helped deliver in performance, if with a slightly tinny sound.
Initial impression: 6.6
Build quality: 7.3
Pick-up/feel: 7.3
Performance: 7.6

RRP: £285

Weight: 2lb 10oz

Edges: 32mm

ROE STAG

This boutique offering from the Maidstone manufacturers is designed for the junior batter who wishes to add a bit more oomph to their strokeplay, whether on the deck or over the top.

A low middle and bottom-heavy weight distribution could help patient batters cash in.

Initial impression: 6.7
Build quality: 7
Pick-up/feel: 7.5
Performance: 7.2

RRP: £295

Weight: 2lb 8.5oz

Edges: 38mm

SIKA STAG

From Kent, the spiritual home of batmaking, the Sika – another name for the Japanese spotted deer, if you were wondering – is intended for the all-round strokemaker, albeit with another unusual, cut-off flat toe.

“It felt really fluent,” said one of our testers.

Initial impression: 8
Build quality: 7.3
Pick-up/feel: 7.3
Performance: 7.2

RRP: £295

Weight: 2lb 9oz

Edges: 36mm

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