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jamesisapayne

Blankbats B20 review
« on: January 05, 2018, 10:06:48 PM »

I've always loved the idea of using a nice, big short blade/long handle bat like Black Cat joker or similar during a game and after seeing the IJC review on Youtube for the Blank Bats B20 I got in touch with Tai about getting hold of one - I've owned both a Newbery Uzi and a TT over the years and actually find the longer handle short blade setup really easy to play with.

I spoke on the phone with him about bats for quite a while - he seems a really passionate, knowledgable guy and after discussing what sort of specs I'm looking for like handle shape, pickup, weight range etc and him sending me a couple of images this little beauty arrived in the post a couple of days later.

When I took it out of the box I was gobsmacked and not just how big this thing is, but how beautiful it is - the finishing is stunning and the quality of the timber is top class.

It's got 15 straight grains that go straight through the bat with half of the heartwood on the inside edge for me.

Weighing 2.12 on the nose including scuff and double thickness chevron, the pickup really is superb - I know a lot of people do like to use the whole 'it picks up much lighter than it's weight' line but it's definitely true with this bat - Both of the Newbery short blade bats I've had before have picked up brilliantly too.

The handle is a reassuringly full oval, none of this skinny round nonsense - it's a proper handle without a hint of a GN Demi-God's medical tape in sight.

The pictures don't do it justice - the thing is a massive piece of wood with 45mm edges, 25mm toe and 18mm shoulders - the concaving is minimal and just like the Newbery Blitz this spine isn't very big at all - 58-59mm but the playing area is simply huge and the ping is first class - have just started knocking in with a mallet and I'm seriously excited about using this bat this season, the confidence just looking down at this thing when tapping up is awesome.

After a couple of seasons of not really doing myself justice and getting out playing some half hearted shots I'm hoping this bat is going to give me the boost to get out there and just play my shots properly - it's not a nudging/nurdling bat, it's a see-ball hit-ball bat and I think that's just what I need.

Anyone looking for a t20 bat or simply a big bat to smash the ball around - you won't go wrong with one of these, and Tai's a top guy to deal with. Always nice to deal with people who have passion for bats as much as us ;)

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Re: Blankbats B20 review
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2018, 10:17:19 PM »

Beast.
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Re: Blankbats B20 review
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2018, 10:27:00 PM »

I like the sloping shoulders and traditional toe. How much shorter is the blade than a more traditional bat? Only T20 or a league bat too?
I will be watching your league performances this year. No pressure.
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Re: Blankbats B20 review
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2018, 10:36:44 PM »

Thanks James, it's only 2 inches shorter to the bottom of the shoulders but because they slope it looks a lot more.

I'll be using it for everything.

I will be watching your league performances this year. No pressure.

Blimey, under the microscope now!!
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Re: Blankbats B20 review
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2018, 10:41:55 PM »

Great review and what a fantastic looking stick - please can you update the thread in the future once you've got going with it
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Re: Blankbats B20 review
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2018, 10:55:51 PM »

Blimey, under the microscope now!!
You will be playing my former club. It will be interesting to see how it pans out. You were hitting it well enough at the Wurzels' nets.
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Re: Blankbats B20 review
« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2018, 11:26:47 PM »

Beast.

Not sure if you're talking about me or the bat there @Buzz :)

You will be playing my former club. It will be interesting to see how it pans out. You were hitting it well enough at the Wurzels' nets.

Ah yes the semi pro's of Trull ;)
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Re: Blankbats B20 review
« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2018, 11:40:16 PM »

Semi pros is stretching it but 1/2 a team of WEPL players is fair. Nice guys, a lovely batting track and small ground. The league's worst tea is guaranteed.
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Re: Blankbats B20 review
« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2018, 11:45:00 PM »

Semi pros is stretching it but 1/2 a team of WEPL players is fair. Nice guys, a lovely batting track and small ground. The league's worst tea is guaranteed.

I've played there before mate it's a cracking ground - I was at the other end when @t2ylo decided to hole out on 198 ;)

Worst teas award definitely goes to Bagborough a few years ago when we had a multipack of crisps to share and some limp cheese sandwiches.
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Re: Blankbats B20 review
« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2018, 12:17:31 AM »

Beautiful stick. I am using mine in nets & loving it. Cannot go wrong with a BB bat.
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« Reply #10 on: January 06, 2018, 08:31:26 AM »

I've played there before mate it's a cracking ground - I was at the other end when @t2ylo decided to hole out on 198 ;)


If only you had told me how many I was on... still not forgiven u ;-)
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Re: Blankbats B20 review
« Reply #11 on: January 06, 2018, 08:40:09 AM »

Great review and what a fantastic looking stick - please can you update the thread in the future once you've got going with it

Definitely @Ams4287 - nets start at the end of the month I think so cannot wait to start using it. Will post an update for you .
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Re: Blankbats B20 review
« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2018, 12:53:10 PM »

Beauty!!
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Re: Blankbats B20 review
« Reply #13 on: January 08, 2018, 01:02:01 PM »

What Tushar said.
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Re: Blankbats B20 review
« Reply #14 on: January 08, 2018, 01:24:00 PM »

I lurve these, lurve the shoulders and the shape - reminds me a little bit of a Joker.

It's sexy
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