£300-399: BROWSE AND BUY

GRAY-NICOLLS CLASSIC PLAYER

You usually know what you’re getting with Gray-Nicolls, and the look and build of their Classic Players was characteristically classy and pretty accessible financially.

While a little bottom-heavy, most of our testers found the weight paid off with a sumptuous middle.

Initial impression: 8
Build quality: 7.7
Pick-up/feel: 7.5
Performance: 7.5

RRP: £300

Weight: 2lb 8.5oz

Edges: 36mm

KOOKABURRA GHOST 3.1
Strangely bland on the design front for a Kookaburra but perfectly clean and understated.

On the lighter end of the spectrum with a decent middle, albeit nothing particularly special.

It works for Marnus Labuschagne, so you'd be in good company…
Initial impression: 6.5
Build quality: 7
Pick-up/feel: 6.6
Performance: 6.1

RRP: £300

Weight: 2lb 7oz

Edges: 35mm

BLACK RAT CRICKET STEALTH

It's not every day that your bat features the silhouette of a black rat on its splice.

But that's Black Rat Cricket for you.

An ambitious, unusual brand but a very decent piece of wood that would certainly stand you out from the crowd…

Initial impression: 6.7
Build quality: 6.5
Pick-up/feel: 6.5
Performance: 6.8

RRP: £309.99

Weight: 2lb 10oz

Edges: 35mm

NEWBERY RENEGADE 5-STAR
A lovely-looking bat with all the traditional hallmarks of an old-school Newbery. 

A slightly unusual shape that wasn't to everyone's taste but very solid bat with thick edges and more than a touch of class.
Initial impression: 7.7
Build quality: 7
Pick-up/feel: 7.5
Performance: 7.7

RRP: £315

Weight: 2lb 11oz

Edges: 41mm

DSC FLIP 2.0

Set aside your preconceptions about DSC bats, because this one flew.

Though it scored low on appearance, it came in high on performance thanks to its light pick-up and monstrous middle.

One judge said he walked into the net looking like Rory Burns but came back feeling like Garry Sobers.

Initial impression: 6.8
Build quality: 7.3
Pick-up/feel: 7.5
Performance: 8.1

RRP: £320

Weight: 2lb 9oz

Edges: 39mm

GUNN & MOORE DIAMOND 909
Designed for Ben Stokes, the Diamond 909 is intended to provide both middle and off-centre power from front or back foot, depending on whatever situation the all-rounder finds himself in across the three formats.

Another smooth, classically shaped offering from GM.
Initial impression: 7.8
Build quality: 7
Pick-up/feel: 6.8
Performance: 7.4

RRP: £330

Weight: 2lb 7oz

Edges: 31mm

NEW BALANCE BURN PLUS

Plenty of artwork, especially down the back where New Balance is tattooed along the spine, on this refreshingly light number.

Some players will find it too feather-like, while others will have been crying out for something this comfortable with a sweet spot quite so generous.

Initial impression: 6.3
Build quality: 7
Pick-up/feel: 7.4
Performance: 7.8

RRP: £350

Weight: 2lb 5oz

Edges: 40mm

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