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Title: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on January 25, 2017, 07:58:31 PM
Here on CBF I imagine there are very few, if any, members who only have one bat.

I like to carry at least 2 on match day, and to most net sessions. There are some poeple however who don't understand why it is not only sensible, but essential, to have at least two ready to play bats at any one time. There is a bloke at my club who constantly tells me a second bat is a waste of money. His idea is "buy one bat, use it until it breaks, then buy a new one".

To anyone who only has one bat, what happens when it does break? You're left needing to knock your new purchase in ASAP, or you'll be going into a game with an under prepared bat, which could end in disaster.

What is the point of this waffle you ask? Well, I was just packing my bag for a net tomorrow and I decided to remove the toe guard from my net bat. The damage it was hiding pretty much sums up why I dislike toe guards so much...
This is pretty upsetting to see, but if I only had one bat I'd be totally heartbroken!

The split goes up the blade, ending roughly where my thumb is
(http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb450/CPye061194/20170125_190901_zps9mlmfkzb.jpg) (http://s1206.photobucket.com/user/CPye061194/media/20170125_190901_zps9mlmfkzb.jpg.html)

And most of the way through the toe!  :(
(http://i1206.photobucket.com/albums/bb450/CPye061194/20170125_190748_zpsdg1f1xm8.jpg) (http://s1206.photobucket.com/user/CPye061194/media/20170125_190748_zpsdg1f1xm8.jpg.html)

P.S to anyone who nets with @petehosk don't let him feed the bowling machine. It turns out facing nothing but Yorkers can damage your bat a bit...
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: Northern monkey on January 25, 2017, 08:01:37 PM
It's handy your off to a batmaker tomorrow
Perfect excuse to purchase more bats,(with stronger toes?)
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: jwebber86 on January 25, 2017, 08:07:10 PM
i have more then one bat as i have more then one kitbag

plus i there are so many nice bats and im greedy
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: t2ylo on January 25, 2017, 08:10:15 PM
I always pack 2 pairs of gloves despite;
A) Rarely batting long enough to require a swap
B) The weather even less rarely getting warm enough to get THAT sweaty
C) Knowing the type of bloke that calls for fresh gloves in club cricket is likely to be ridiculed by 21 other players, the umpires & the scorer

Oh yes... 2 bats too, and never swapped mid match... I need help
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on January 25, 2017, 08:16:18 PM
Personally I carry 3 bats on match days. Firstly because the one and only time I broke a bat during a game I went onto
 Break the spare by having the handle go completely which meant I had to go back to the first bat which has sustained toe damage and caused more damage.
Secondly from last season I look to now use 1 bat all year in each format I'm playing but before each game I have to feel comfortable with that bat and for some reason it could feel amazing the previous week but for some reason just feel odd the next so I can then pick another which just feels right. Plays havoc with my matching kit OCD on the few occasions that happens.
Finally I don't like using other players bats and am not that keen on them using mine tbh
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: jd163 on January 25, 2017, 08:22:16 PM
Having one bat is like having A single set of clothes for work, gym, party, going to beach and sleeping.

I always have 4 bats in rotation. 2 match ready bats in the kit and 2 for nets getting match ready.
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: ppccopener on January 25, 2017, 08:33:00 PM
Ah good thread I like this one. Because it causes me a dilemma.first up I've netted with Pete , he said if it's not challenging it's not worth it. He's is of course right. For the next 40 mins all I got was toe crunchers which I took mainly...on the toe, much to the amusement of fellow net buddies.  :)

I'm basically a 'kit tramp' buy second hand mostly, inexpensive bats(mostly) and I just have 2 bats very occasionally 3.

Last summer I had a beauty h4l, let it to my mate and it snapped literally in half. I was distraught without another bat. So I panicked and fiddled around trying to find something to use. The anxiety was high as I had got back to scoring runs.

At that point I wished I had another bat I could go to.

Oddly enough I had a conversation with my mate about this the other day, I asked him if he was worried about his 400 quid amplus (say what you like about m and h but this one is sublime) breaking at nets, he said he was petrified.

So for me personally I need at least one back up bat I could use just in case of nightmare breakage.

I suspect not many of us just have a couple of bats on here thou  :)


Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: 19reading87 on January 25, 2017, 08:37:40 PM
I have 1 bat .... 😳😳😳
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: InternalTraining on January 25, 2017, 08:43:42 PM


P.S to anyone who nets with @petehosk don't let him feed the bowling machine. It turns out facing nothing but Yorkers can damage your bat a bit...

Bola balls damaging bats? Who'd have thunk. ;)
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: Bats_Galore on January 25, 2017, 08:45:46 PM
OK so 2 is reasonable how do we justify the rest?
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: InternalTraining on January 25, 2017, 08:46:47 PM

To anyone who only has one bat, what happens when it does break? You're left needing to knock your new purchase in ASAP, or you'll be going into a game with an under prepared bat, which could end in disaster.


Yup.

I have lived thru that inconvenience and it basically ruined my summer. Never again, I said then.
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: InternalTraining on January 25, 2017, 08:47:43 PM
OK so 2 is reasonable how do we justify the rest?

Different environment/match conditions:
- wet conditions
- t-20
- cheap balls
- change in batting order

Different physical conditions:
- shoulder aches and need for a light weight bat
- hand injury, grip issues.
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on January 25, 2017, 08:47:59 PM
I have 1 bat .... 😳😳😳

Well two
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on January 25, 2017, 08:52:27 PM
Bola balls damaging bats? Who'd have thunk. ;)

I think it was a combination of 6 buckets of constant Yorkers, the hard floor and the bola balls. Something had to give eventually and it was the toe of my bat!
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: Seniorplayer on January 25, 2017, 08:52:46 PM
There are 16 league matches in our division in 2017 I've already thought about using a different bat for each match doing so will give each of the bats a day out.
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: Seniorplayer on January 25, 2017, 08:55:42 PM
This thread as made me wonder why I have so many bats exactly  the same spec...
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: Calzehbhoy on January 25, 2017, 08:56:12 PM
I think it was a combination of 6 buckets of constant Yorkers, the hard floor and the bola balls. Something had to give eventually and it was the toe of my bat!

Move the stumps back while the feeder isn't looking, turns into juicy halfvolley followed by juicy half volley
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: jd163 on January 25, 2017, 08:59:47 PM
Different environment/match conditions:
- wet conditions
- t-20
- cheap balls
- change in batting order

Different physical conditions:
- shoulder aches and need for a light weight bat
- hand injury, grip issues.

^ On the point.
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: smilley792 on January 25, 2017, 09:00:08 PM
Move the stumps back while the feeder isn't looking, turns into juicy halfvolley followed by juicy half volley

You could always ask the feeder to stop bowling yorkers to
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on January 25, 2017, 09:00:42 PM
This thread as made me wonder why I have so many bats exactly  the same spec...

Better safe than sorry... :)
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: ppccopener on January 25, 2017, 09:07:03 PM
Yeah but if you ask those who are proper batters on the forum(a loose term I grant you) with 10 bats 20 bats 30 bats ! How many of them would change their bat presuming it ain't broke when they are scoring runs I wonder what the answer would be.

Not many I would venture, and that makes the other bats redundant!!
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: smilley792 on January 25, 2017, 09:10:00 PM
You change a bat when you get a duck!!

If your scoring runs, why on earth would you change it??





I was of the thought last year "if it rains I'll use my net bat, the warners not going anywhere near a damp pitch"

Damp pitch comes and "well I got 74 with it last week and it felt so good, bit of rain won't hurt it........."
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on January 25, 2017, 09:12:49 PM
You change a bat when you get a duck!!
I didn't have to change mine all season!
I couldn't hit it off the square admittedly, but I didn't get a duck  :(
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: ppccopener on January 25, 2017, 09:20:10 PM
I didn't have to change mine all season!
I couldn't hit it off the square admittedly, but I didn't get a duck  :(

Someone must have asked you why you have so many bats. What was your answer?  :)
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: brokenbat on January 25, 2017, 09:21:06 PM
I don't "need" extra bats...I just want them
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: Seniorplayer on January 25, 2017, 09:21:27 PM
I didn't have to change mine all season!
I couldn't hit it off the square admittedly, but I didn't get a duck  :(
I bat to avoid getting a duck as
There's no way I am going to be presented with  that plastic duck on a rope at the clubs dinner to wear all night
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on January 25, 2017, 09:22:16 PM
Someone must have asked you why you have so many bats. What was your answer?  :)

Actually most of my teammates are unaware of my collection.  :)
Also, most of them are so unobservant I could use a different bat every ball I faced in a net session and they wouldn't notice
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: GoodLeave on January 25, 2017, 09:26:19 PM
Actually most of my teammates are unaware of my collection.  :)
Also, most of them are so unobservant I could use a different bat every ball I faced in a net session and they wouldn't notice

Same here.

Thinking about getting a daft pink Spartan. See if anyone notices.
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: alexhilly1492 on January 25, 2017, 09:35:16 PM
I carry 4 with me, only use 2 of them... this time last year I had 1
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: FattusCattus on January 25, 2017, 09:58:56 PM
I have more than one bat because each extra one I get, I think will make me a better batsman. I live in a state of constant disappointment.

Dickhead.
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: jamesisapayne on January 25, 2017, 10:02:45 PM
I always pack 2 pairs of gloves despite;
A) Rarely batting long enough to require a swap
B) The weather even less rarely getting warm enough to get THAT sweaty
C) Knowing the type of bloke that calls for fresh gloves in club cricket is likely to be ridiculed by 21 other players, the umpires & the scorer

You forgot to mention...

 D ) That you're a complete gear tart and love it as much as the game itself ;)
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: jblowe on January 25, 2017, 10:27:08 PM
I ended the 2015 season with 10 bats, of which I only ever used one.  Thinking it was a good idea I gave 9 of them away.  Half way through the winter nets I broke my beloved Blueroom, I then borrowed my lads H4L, which I split the following net.  In a panic I purchase the cheapest grade of L&W (in the Easter Sale).  The bat turned up in April, It was then a frantic few weeks knocking the bat in before the start of the season, luck for me I did not start playing till June.  Not being able to afford another I played the whole of the season with one bat, but each week I worried that I might break it.  Since the end of the 2016 season, I sold a few of my paintings, and now I have acquired another 3 bats, JUST IN CASE!!!!
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: Kez on January 25, 2017, 11:07:38 PM
I always pack 2 pairs of gloves despite;
A) Rarely batting long enough to require a swap
B) The weather even less rarely getting warm enough to get THAT sweaty
C) Knowing the type of bloke that calls for fresh gloves in club cricket is likely to be ridiculed by 21 other players, the umpires & the scorer

Oh yes... 2 bats too, and never swapped mid match... I need help

So the match bag can have 3/4 bats in it (spare in the car if someone needs to borrow a bat)

As for gloves at least three pairs in there! Again a spare set for the cretin team mate that has lost theirs.
One for the pre game net and two pairs for the game! always plan to bat long! and they are great to throw when you get a low score, much less damage than a bat.
I have no shame in asking for the spare gloves either, maybe just my sweaty hands.

Asking for the spare stick after hitting the last ball of the over for six did cause bemusement though...
Dug out a yorker the fourth ball of the over and put a small crack in the toe, didnt want to make it worse. Held back and left the 5th but couldn't manage it for the final ball and sent it over long on and went straight towards to cover and my team mate with the spare.
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on January 25, 2017, 11:16:16 PM
Going back a couple of seasons I was a GM FKW, and had 3 Six6s and kept 2 in my bag.
Playing in an intra club T20 competition at the end of the season, I damaged the one I'd been using all season, so called for my spare. I'd just finished knocking in number 3 and it still looked brand new. On of my teammates waited until the end of the over to bring it out, and on their way dropped it so it bounced down 3 concrete steps before landing on the pitch.

To say I wasn't amused was an understatement. The only good thing to come of it was they were too busy taking the piss out of him to remember if asked for a change of bat...
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: Cin88 on January 25, 2017, 11:50:41 PM
I tend to keep two on me, although one is used for both nets and games. The other is just a spare, frankly it's too new looking for me to consider tarnishing it with cherries from rubbish GMCL league balls, grade 3 willow or not :D

In the two wet weather games I played last year, I took my wet weather bat and still didn't use it! My poor GM Aura is still mud stained from the first of those games.

I've only been tempted to call for my spare once, during a long and eventually low scoring spell at the crease. Naturally it's the bat's fault when you're not scoring as we all tend to think, turns out it actually was the bat's fault that time. I don't know how but it had gone from decent to plank over winter, could hardly get anything off the square with it.
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: KW9221 on January 26, 2017, 01:24:17 AM
Last year, I kept 6 in my wheelie kitbag. I used only three (kahuna 1000, SS Maximus and XTC platinum version) in games but I used the others before game for catching practice and Knockinng them. I had 6 last year around this time but ever since I started to follow CBF, I lost count.
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: adb club cricketer on January 26, 2017, 04:36:52 AM
Need min 2 for sure..just gives you peace of mind that if 1st bat breaks, you have something ready right away. my 2nd bat was my best bat that i used for more than 1 year when i had only 2 bats then. after it started showing signs of damage, i have been trying to get another which feels the same, and in 2 years, ended with several bats none of which feel like the 2nd bat i want..
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: InternalTraining on January 26, 2017, 04:56:01 AM
Yeah but if you ask those who are proper batters on the forum(a loose term I grant you) with 10 bats 20 bats 30 bats ! How many of them would change their bat presuming it ain't broke when they are scoring runs I wonder what the answer would be.

Not many I would venture, and that makes the other bats redundant!!

I have used the same bat in matches for over 3 seasons. :D That bat never sees the net action unless it is with the soft Bola Jr (orange) ball. If god forbid something happens to that bat, I have plenty in reserve to take its place. Obviously, none of them are as cooked as my main match bat.
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: Nmcgee on January 26, 2017, 06:04:02 AM
I don't "need" extra bats...I just want them

.....and there is the underlying philosophy of every member of this forum.
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: Big Mac on January 26, 2017, 07:06:00 AM
The only reason I've got more than one or two bats is that I find it hard to throw kit away. I've got an 18 year old bat that I still use every week in the nets. (Not playing cricket for 10 years helped the longevity, as does my inability to make contact with the ball)

Forum members would be shocked if they ever saw the state of it  :D
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: ppccopener on January 26, 2017, 09:25:49 AM
The only reason I've got more than one or two bats is that I find it hard to throw kit away. I've got an 18 year old bat that I still use every week in the nets. (Not playing cricket for 10 years helped the longevity, as does my inability to make contact with the ball)

Forum members would be shocked if they ever saw the state of it  :D

we are not easily shocked on here, show us Mac  :)

and....without being a hypocrite because I like a decent polished bat like everyone else, kudos for having an 18 year old bat.

Big Mac...big respect.

Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: sarg on January 26, 2017, 10:38:22 AM
Sad to say, but right now I have only the one B3 bat.

Remedy...Hopefully next week another new B3 (actually 5th B3 purchased) arrives.  Then not long after that I'm hoping to see my first Blank Bat.Three is a good number, but I only use one for matches and carry a second just in case.

If those were to break well half the team has bats I used to own.
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: trypewriter on January 26, 2017, 11:08:22 AM
I take two bats with me. Last season I was batting like a total drain and eventually, rather reluctantly, I changed to the reserve bat and got a few runs, stuck with it and got a few more. I know it's all in the mind, but still...
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: Kulli on January 26, 2017, 11:12:17 AM
I take 2, anymore is too much weight to be lugging around but I'm such a fussy bugger about my handle set up that I basically can't bat with anyone else's bat if one should break, cracked two in a over a few years ago when on 50 odd and ground to a halt for about 5 overs trying to get used to a normal handle.

I do tend to just have one match/net's bat and the second is either new but ready or a previous match bat that's fallen out of favour or on it's last legs.
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: Churchy1989 on January 26, 2017, 07:22:07 PM
Lads, first of all, great thread! Enjoyable read!

Currently have 2 match bats, exactly the same.

Have 8-10 others, just don't get on with them, the only remedy is to sell the remaining ones and get custom copies of my match bats.

The only problem, best I can do for a copy (best grade) is 225, this may al change when I pick up me low density H4L on Saturday!
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: sanredrose on January 27, 2017, 12:49:42 AM
I generally carry 2 bats in my bag. One match bat and one practice bat. Have a couple of spare bats at home. Went through bat detox in the last 6 months and got rid of close to 15 bats and not to mention my wife has already occupied the space which was assigned to these spare bats. So no more buying ;) !
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: Lumsden on January 27, 2017, 01:28:47 AM
I played senior cricket for nearly 25 years before I actually bought a proper match bat. It then took me another 10 years to work out how to use it..     
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: Bat and Ball Cricket on January 27, 2017, 03:43:59 AM
mmmm, good thread!

Batting lower order for the first half of my adult career, i only every had one bat. Not only that, but i only bought grade 2 willow! Couldn't justify the price for something that would only get used for a handful of deliveries before change of innings (i broke the club record for most "not out's" one season).

Since i did a trip to India a few years ago with work and picked up two bats cheap, i've always carried two bats to every game. One is always the main bat and the other, just in case... Wet pitch, change in the weather, or, god forbid, the main bat breaking... are the only reasons.
Bats always a few seasons apart.
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: ppccopener on January 27, 2017, 07:19:09 AM
Yes good thread @WalkingWicket37 well done son!!
Good to see some guys not normally posting comments on the forum - more of that please  :)

Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: jamielsn15 on January 27, 2017, 07:38:16 AM
Currently have four bats; two which i alternate their uses in games, one just acquired that will certainly be used this year and a net bat.

This year I'll have three bats at games. Im not that fussy or superstitious in terms of scoring runs with one and not the other, so its entirely dependent on the track and my feeling on the day! One has a lower middle than the other two so that may see more use in the early season...
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: Stuey on January 27, 2017, 08:54:45 AM
I've got 3 in my bag at the moment, 2 kooks a kahuna (my old match bat, which has a crack in the shoulder) and a bubble which is my net bat), my third is my new red ink x* custom, which will be my match bat this season. I did have a 4th, which was another red ink custom that I had repaired,  but it broke in the nets last week....I'm still in mourning.
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: Calzehbhoy on January 27, 2017, 09:52:53 AM
I'll usually take 2 to games in my bag. Match bat and a spare just in case.

If I get there early enough I'll sometimes take an additional one that gets used in the warmups and helps it while being knocked in.
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: Big Mac on January 27, 2017, 09:59:50 AM
we are not easily shocked on here, show us Mac  :)

and....without being a hypocrite because I like a decent polished bat like everyone else, kudos for having an 18 year old bat.

Big Mac...big respect.

I might throw up a couple of photos of it when I get home later. I hope you guys aren't squeamish.
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: fzrkev on January 27, 2017, 10:22:22 AM
I used to only have 1, but since joining this forum have bought another 3. 2 of them got sold on, so I'm now left with my original and very pingy Pellara CX '13 and (annoyingly given the price) not as pingy although I hope it will open up, '16 Pellara elite. Still want a nice low middle B3 but I'll have to wait until I cN find some way of concealing it from SWMBO.
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: aman on January 27, 2017, 10:56:16 AM
Currently I have 2, SS Maximus and an SS Mystery (I dont know what it is, my mate who i traded my bat with had it plain). TBH neither ones a definate match bat, I love them both equally and I just go with what ever feels right before going out to the middle haha.
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: Northern monkey on January 27, 2017, 03:21:25 PM
My answer Cam, is I don't
My match bat is probably the best bat I've ever used, and is a one off
The problem is, it's fragile, and I'm knackered if it breaks , so I've gotta find suitable replacements for the day when it finally dies.(and if jnr brings it back from nz)

I'm exceptionally lucky, in that through this forum, I met you guys,and now have access to some of the best bats available.
And possibly a few that are not usually available to buy 😉
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: procricket on January 29, 2017, 06:33:53 PM
Only ever really keep two bats close one to break so i have a replacement.

Have many but i have mess about bats and trying new stuff.

I'm moving towards spending more on quality coaching than bats...

Bats never scored runs on there own

Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: Woodyspin on January 29, 2017, 07:05:52 PM
Only ever really keep two bats close one to break so i have a replacement.

Have many but i have mess about bats and trying new stuff.

I'm moving towards spending more on quality coaching than bats...

Bats never scored runs on there own

You must have missed that Slazenger Lam that @smilley792  sold to @Churchy1989, ive used it and that thing could score runs leaning against off stump!
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: Jaffa on January 29, 2017, 07:16:56 PM
Over here in Holland we don't have the luxury you guys have. We can't really walk into a cricket shop and wave around a few blades to find out which might suit. That's my excuse for buying as many bats as I do.

At the moment in my match bag I have a Hunts Pro grade Turbo Revolution (which is going to be very hard to replace when it gives up the ghost), a Mongoose Cor3 for a bit of a bif and a GM Aura 404 as a wet weather/someone forgot their bat backup.

Ok I have also a LB Hellfire and a GN Vortex waiting in the wings should anything happen. Ok and an Uzi and a SafBat Origin should anything bad happen. Plus a spare helmet or two, 2 pairs of spare gloves plus I've just bought some Remfry's should I change my mind about the Strettons. Plus I've just bought two pairs of cricket shoes because the ones I have are looking past their best.

You guys that make up the CBF are a blessing and a curse! ;-)
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: KIPPERS on January 30, 2017, 01:32:54 PM
I Have 1 bat ....well... 1 B3, 1 SALIX, 1 BRADBURY, 1 NEWBURY and one spare Bradbury but that doesn't count as its a spare. The other 14 or 15 I'm just fixing up for a mate.
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: HallamKeeper on January 30, 2017, 02:13:49 PM
I've only been playing for 5 seasons, I did play when I was young but mostly tennis ball road games. I'm now on my 4th bat. My first one lasted a season, I got a century with it but it was a fairly cheap GN bat that wasn't that great. I upgraded to a Warner Kaboom because I liked to give it a thrash and thought that would maximise my hitting, I got a century with that too but it went in the splice so I got a really nice Legend but I felt it was a little too light so now I've now got a Century from my coach which is in between the weights of my two GNs. My first GN got broken when I lent it to a teammate but I wasn't that bothered.

I carry all three in my bag. The Century will be my league bat, I use the Legend for nets and the Kaboom is for T20.

If I could start again I'd go with two Century bats, one for nets and one for games. Maybe a third for when one breaks.
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: GoodLeave on January 30, 2017, 03:33:35 PM
I use the Legend for nets

 :(
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: HallamKeeper on January 30, 2017, 07:58:02 PM
Sorry not a Legend, that was a dream I had. It is an oblivion e-41, still a lot of money for a net bat, if it wasn't broken! I should have said it went in the splice too. Had both GNs repaired but not quite the same.
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: Davehugh on January 30, 2017, 09:51:42 PM
Love the thread might point it in my missus direction and remind her how lucky she is 😉. I have three bats, one is just rubbish and I only use it occasionally in the nets. Bought a new B3 at the of the season which will be my match bat and my old kahuna will become my Reserve after the Chairmen gives it a bit of tlc. What do people think is it better to have a few bats at different weights (the pros seems to have a few different weights for range hitting etc) ..https://youtu.be/ulo8af99Myk or find a spec and weight you are happy with and buy a few and rotate as you go?
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: GoodLeave on January 30, 2017, 10:04:01 PM
I'm a big believer in using a heavier bat in pre-game nets (2.11 net, 2.7 match bat). I find my hand speed improves when I drop down the weight with my match bat.

Try not to net for too long with it though, if I get too used to the weight I find myself early on shots.
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: HallamKeeper on January 31, 2017, 09:17:21 AM
I've kept my lighter bat for nets, I do an hour each week with a bowling machine and then club nets so I don't want to be swinging a big bat all the time. The only trouble I have is my match bat has a very square toe so feels different when I tap it down before a delivery. I'm thinking of getting it slightly rounded but not sure if that will ruin the bat.

I'd love to do range hitting before a game, not sure we have the balls for it though, I'd definitely use a bigger bat for that if it was only for a short time. I'm assuming most people on here, in England anyway, play on lowish wickets so don't need a range of bats with different middles?
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: Kez on January 31, 2017, 06:38:13 PM
I'm not sure many pros have different weight bats- at least at the county level it didn't seem common.
Some batters rotated bats, some had a net bat and a match bat, others would use one til it broke. The pros are just like the rest of us. Some are kit geeks, others they don't care and would use anything.
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: InternalTraining on February 01, 2017, 03:58:50 PM
I've kept my lighter bat for nets, I do an hour each week with a bowling machine and then club nets so I don't want to be swinging a big bat all the time. The only trouble I have is my match bat has a very square toe so feels different when I tap it down before a delivery. I'm thinking of getting it slightly rounded but not sure if that will ruin the bat.

I'd love to do range hitting before a game, not sure we have the balls for it though, I'd definitely use a bigger bat for that if it was only for a short time. I'm assuming most people on here, in England anyway, play on lowish wickets so don't need a range of bats with different middles?

My experience is that I have benefitted from using same-weight bats in the nets as in the matches. If the net bats and match bats are the same shape, it is even better.
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: Seniorplayer on February 01, 2017, 07:35:54 PM
I've kept my lighter bat for nets, I do an hour each week with a bowling machine and then club nets so I don't want to be swinging a big bat all the time. The only trouble I have is my match bat has a very square toe so feels different when I tap it down before a delivery. I'm thinking of getting it slightly rounded but not sure if that will ruin the bat.

I'd love to do range hitting before a game, not sure we have the balls for it though, I'd definitely use a bigger bat for that if it was only for a short time. I'm assuming most people on here, in England anyway, play on lowish wickets so don't need a range of bats with different middles?

I do the reverse range hit with heavier bat  find that doing so gives  faster bat speed with lighter  match bat.
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: edge on February 01, 2017, 08:23:55 PM
I like the net (indoors) with a lighter bat as the wickets are going to be way slower and lower when you get outside early April/May theory.

Surely range hitting is pointless if done with a bigger or heavier bat than your match bat - be awkward if you found your range with the heavy bat and then got caught on the boundary because you're using a lighter one during the game?
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: adb club cricketer on February 02, 2017, 12:20:26 AM
I find it best if I use same bat in nets and match...if not same (as sometimes i want to protect my match bat/increase its life), i would prefer a net bat with same weight/shape etc as my match bat..
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: Chad on February 02, 2017, 01:54:18 AM
Almost threw up when I took bats out to snap pics for the Bat Collections thread... Question was more "Why do you need 102 bats..."

I always like to have at least 2 match ready bats in case one breaks in the kitbag, the new Legend bag gives me room for 3. Tend to bring my main bat and then something I'd be happy to use in wetter weather. To be honest though, I don't think I've ever broken a bat in a match...
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: brokenbat on February 02, 2017, 01:59:22 AM
Almost threw up when I took bats out to snap pics for the Bat Collections thread... Question was more "Why do you need 102 bats..."

I always like to have at least 2 match ready bats in case one breaks in the kitbag, the new Legend bag gives me room for 3. Tend to bring my main bat and then something I'd be happy to use in wetter weather. To be honest though, I don't think I've ever broken a bat in a match...

@Chad how about another sales thread then? You have enough to use a different bat every day of the season ;)
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: Aussiecollector on February 02, 2017, 04:49:20 AM
Well he is a century maker with what he's got
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: FattusCattus on February 02, 2017, 09:06:40 AM
Wow, there's a lot of thought going into some of these posts!

I mostly pick one out and give it a whirl. Having a net with one, you soon get used to pick up, balance and weight.

Everyone has their favourites, but if you have a few sticks, use 'em all - every bat is an adventure!
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: HallamKeeper on February 02, 2017, 12:10:29 PM
In an ideal world I'd have two identical bats that I loved and then maybe a bigger one for T20, purely because I slog in T20 so want mis-hits to go for 6 if possible.

I suppose the problem with paying for your bats is that you don't often buy two at the same time in case they are not that great. Or do some of you do that?
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: roco on February 02, 2017, 12:31:15 PM
2 bats myself 1 match 1 spare incase it breaks due to having different spec to most i.e. long blade etc

Used to have 5-6 but never used them so down to 2 now
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: velvetsky01 on May 02, 2017, 01:36:16 PM
great thread
I take 2 bats to each game and have my wet weather one in the car usually - one with a lower middle and one with a higher middle
my theory is that I will see how the pitch is playing like (bat 3 or 4) so Il pick the correct bat for the job
however I always end up using the same one lol

I have 5 bats in my collection I think that I have the most at my club but there could be other "bat badgers" hidden within the club lol
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: Andymilts on May 29, 2017, 05:42:35 PM
I have two, but really only use one
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: InternalTraining on May 29, 2017, 06:24:09 PM
My ace match bat has delaminated and showing all signs of performance degradation - over 4 seasons old and seen a lot of action. I have some very good bats awaiting action. Hopefully, I won't lose any time during the season waiting for a decent bat.
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: sanredrose on June 07, 2017, 06:11:08 AM
I generally carry two bats with me. Lower grade (G3/G4/Butterfly) bat for practice and wet pitches. Higher grade (G1) bat for personal use. Most of my 40over team members tend to have their own kit, but 20over team is notorious. People use others bat during practice, break the bat and silently leave it on the side and escape from the nets. By the time the bat owner finds the bat, everyone would escape from there and leave the owner to fume over his broken stuff. For this reason i keep my G1 bat inside the car and carry it only for matches. For practice i prefer to use butterfly bat.
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: LDifa on June 07, 2017, 07:12:02 AM
Two bats to each game, B3 3stripe for me, and B3 butterfly for spare/team mate/wet conditions - identical shapes.

Leant the butterfly out two weeks ago - only to see it spinning in the air when team mate got run out!

Don't think I will be lending one out any time soon.

2 other bats in reserve, 2 retired bats (presents that I'd like to keep) and a Bradman replica from L&W
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: velvetsky01 on June 07, 2017, 07:41:04 AM
don't you just hate it when team mates disrespect kit that you have leant out really bad really
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: KW9221 on June 07, 2017, 07:57:29 AM
4 bats for each game. B3 Shan masood, B3 3 stripes Mullantor, B3 2 stripes custom. These bats I use frequently but I also carry a bat that I am knocking in. I can't knock bats in my house, my wife hates it. I try to knock my bat as I am in the ground.
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: velvetsky01 on June 07, 2017, 08:00:15 AM
so your "One of those people" are you @KW9221 ;-)
we had one of our team mates knocking a bat in the changing room prior to the match - he was prompty sent to the fine leg boundary to do so lol
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: KW9221 on June 07, 2017, 08:06:10 AM
@velvetsky01 yes I am one of them. Sadly we don't have dressing rooms in grounds here so I am always knocking them during inning break or after I get out.
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: Biggie Smalls on June 07, 2017, 09:03:58 AM
Nothing worse than someone knocking in a bat at a game .
I have 7 bats atm that need knocking in . My neighbours probably think i run a carpentry business from within my flat !  ;)
Title: Re: "Why do you need more than one bat?"
Post by: velvetsky01 on June 07, 2017, 10:48:53 AM
yea I have to admit it does my head in at a game lol

but I expect the neighbours feel the same lol