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Title: Gray-Nicolls Factory Custom Made Bat 27-11-2018
Post by: Six Sixes Cricket on November 20, 2018, 12:03:46 PM
I'm off to Gray Nicolls on Tuesday to have a custom Bat made plus picking up some new stock.

If your after a new Gray Nics bat, i can sift through and hand pick a bat for you. All we ask for, for this service, is a £50 deposit ( refundable if i cant source what your after )

Thanks
Title: Re: Hand Picking @ Gray-Nicolls Factory 27-11-2018
Post by: Canners on November 20, 2018, 12:55:22 PM
very jealous..................... il have an Alex Hales shockwave in 2.6 pls :)
Title: Re: Hand Picking @ Gray-Nicolls Factory 27-11-2018
Post by: Six Sixes Cricket on November 20, 2018, 12:59:03 PM
very jealous..................... il have an Alex Hales shockwave in 2.6 pls :)
Full deposit for you
Title: Re: Hand Picking @ Gray-Nicolls Factory 27-11-2018
Post by: Canners on November 20, 2018, 11:09:17 PM
Full deposit for you

If itís UK made youíre on 😘
Title: Re: Gray-Nicolls Factory Custom Made Bat 27-11-2018
Post by: Six Sixes Cricket on December 04, 2018, 12:59:15 PM
Some pics from my day at GN. Alex was the bat maker and a great host as well

There were 4 clefts to choose from
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4825/46162166551_7a16967a17_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2dkcaRi)
Sadly one fell victim to the press
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4826/46090446101_83a12fd81f_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2dkcaRi)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4886/46111174152_a3cdb42c19_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2ddRzRP)
Cleft chosen, i showed Alex where i hit the ball and we marked off the area to put the most wood behind. Weight region of 2.9-2.10 requested
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4885/45262171535_8d93524814_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2dfFPA1)
We got down a bat from the shelf to give Alex an outline of what sort of shape i was after
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4807/45450811244_8f38f0470b_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2bXEsFR)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4884/45262161945_4928c1f80b_c.jpg)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4878/46174872191_fbb5f2b5ea_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2cfkhGC)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4899/44357647440_c9e84a9b93_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2dmjhN4)
Now time to remove some wood
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4878/32302971748_2489e0a476_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2azJxbQ)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4821/45450967674_8efde3ecc5_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Rdvb5L)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4917/31235564017_827415005d_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2cfm6cG)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4819/45450958114_6dcc1ec592_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/PAbqXc)
Pretty much done
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4890/45262291975_4998de10d5_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2cfm3mS)
Just the handle to go, fortunately in the nick of time a shout of thick oval saved the day ( talking of handles, Sam Billings now requests a 22mm handle!!!!!)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4811/32303136268_67db4f6a3e_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2bXF5up)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4821/45262284455_97510a1c2d_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Rdw1Zj)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4850/45262279725_60538657e8_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2bXF3fK)
Bat at this stage weighed just over 2.9, still needed sanding, binding, grip, and stickers, so would go over 2.10. I was happy with it at this stage so i decided to see what it picked up like once gripped and before stickers.
Happy with the pick up, now to choose the stickers
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4828/46111168952_69f4687b15_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2bXF1Rc)
Went with the powebow6x
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4815/45437924504_e502e76e3b_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2dfFN3m)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4862/31222491937_e86bea913e_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2ceceVs)
And a custom back sticker as the bat was too big for the standard stickers
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4806/44344819290_fcb14d16bf_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Pz2r5v)
Finished weight
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4842/31222469067_7852f3ffa0_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2ayAMPQ)
And finally the GN edge branding
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4856/45249372485_922a9251d8_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/Pz2jhc)
Top day out, and a massive thanks to Alex, the bat is superb.

Some extra pics of the bat
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4894/32290231778_c879e7042a_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2bWwRYz)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4888/46161956951_6e0dfefae0_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/RcnSW7)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4877/45437761984_29501b6930_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2dkb6xv)
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4839/46123749182_34c2615f5a_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2cebpBo)

Specs are, 2.11, 40mm edges, 71mm spine, no concaving, 42mm handle thickness inc grip (https://flic.kr/p/2dgNgGS)
Title: Re: Gray-Nicolls Factory Custom Made Bat 27-11-2018
Post by: Canners on December 04, 2018, 01:11:34 PM
stunning bat Rob- how much did it cost for you be the lucky winner ;)
Title: Re: Gray-Nicolls Factory Custom Made Bat 27-11-2018
Post by: lexx on December 04, 2018, 01:20:53 PM
Shut the door! Wow that's quality bat. Lucky guy
Title: Re: Gray-Nicolls Factory Custom Made Bat 27-11-2018
Post by: LateBloomer on December 04, 2018, 01:30:23 PM
Woosh

That is a bat.
Title: Re: Gray-Nicolls Factory Custom Made Bat 27-11-2018
Post by: leatherseat on December 04, 2018, 01:35:22 PM
Thanks for the write up and all the pictures. Looks a lovely bat. Shame there is so long to wait until the season starts (plenty of air cricket in the meantime?). I assume you wont use it in indoor nets...
Title: Re: Gray-Nicolls Factory Custom Made Bat 27-11-2018
Post by: Six Sixes Cricket on December 04, 2018, 01:39:18 PM
I made videos of the bat making as well, so if anyone can recommend an editor for an iphone or samsung laptop that would be great.

No, wont be used in indoor cricket/nets, will be used in matches only. Needs knocking in as well
Title: Re: Gray-Nicolls Factory Custom Made Bat 27-11-2018
Post by: Bats_Entertainment on December 04, 2018, 04:28:57 PM
Seems the bat off the shelf was one of Varun Chopra's.
Title: Re: Gray-Nicolls Factory Custom Made Bat 27-11-2018
Post by: Kulli on December 04, 2018, 04:48:16 PM
@thebigginge is looking a lot more hipster than before!
Title: Re: Gray-Nicolls Factory Custom Made Bat 27-11-2018
Post by: Rob580 on December 04, 2018, 04:56:19 PM
Seems the bat off the shelf was one of Varun Chopra's.

Ah, Sherlock, you strike again!  :D 
Title: Re: Gray-Nicolls Factory Custom Made Bat 27-11-2018
Post by: Bats_Entertainment on December 04, 2018, 05:02:26 PM
Ah, Sherlock, you strike again!  :D

Spine is illegal?
Title: Re: Gray-Nicolls Factory Custom Made Bat 27-11-2018
Post by: jblowe on December 04, 2018, 05:52:37 PM
Fantastic looking bat.
Title: Re: Gray-Nicolls Factory Custom Made Bat 27-11-2018
Post by: jamesisapayne on December 04, 2018, 05:58:08 PM
That's a stunning looking bat Rob, absolutely gorgeous.

The grains are top notch, the shape is lovely and those stickers are perfect. I've never liked the funky back stickers GN put on for each model, always think the chequered bars and red stripes look so classy though.

If it plays as well as it looks you'll be alright ;)
Title: Re: Gray-Nicolls Factory Custom Made Bat 27-11-2018
Post by: InternalTraining on December 04, 2018, 06:20:22 PM
Specs are, 2.11, 40mm edges, 71mm spine, no concaving, 42mm handle thickness inc grip

What's the max spine sanctioned by MCC laws? 65 mm?
Title: Re: Gray-Nicolls Factory Custom Made Bat 27-11-2018
Post by: Bats_Entertainment on December 04, 2018, 06:32:30 PM
What's the max spine sanctioned by MCC laws? 65 mm?

"Bat edges will have a maximum allowance of 40mm and bat depths must not exceed 67mm (60mm plus an allowance of 7mm for a possible curve on the face of the bat) ..."
Title: Re: Gray-Nicolls Factory Custom Made Bat 27-11-2018
Post by: edge on December 04, 2018, 06:37:54 PM
"Bat edges will have a maximum allowance of 40mm and bat depths must not exceed 67mm (60mm plus an allowance of 7mm for a possible curve on the face of the bat) ..."
Good job Rob doesn't play professional cricket then! Not sure our local league reps would know a bat gauge if you threw it at them so wouldn't worry...

Looks mint @Six Sixes Cricket , you're a lucky man. Don't suppose you managed to sneak that cleft with the pressing crack out? :D
Title: Re: Gray-Nicolls Factory Custom Made Bat 27-11-2018
Post by: Bats_Entertainment on December 04, 2018, 07:08:15 PM
Yes, I did mean 'illegal' rather than illegal.
Title: Re: Gray-Nicolls Factory Custom Made Bat 27-11-2018
Post by: InternalTraining on December 04, 2018, 07:37:25 PM
^ Well, I am not concerned about that. Issue is that bat makers had had stopped making any bats thicker than the MCC sanctioned max thickness. So, it's pretty nice that there is atleast ONE bat maker in the world who is willing to make a higher spine bat than MCC regulations.

We got pictures for it too. :D
Title: Re: Gray-Nicolls Factory Custom Made Bat 27-11-2018
Post by: InternalTraining on December 04, 2018, 07:39:47 PM
What's the price for this bat?
Title: Re: Gray-Nicolls Factory Custom Made Bat 27-11-2018
Post by: Bats_Entertainment on December 04, 2018, 08:02:17 PM
Perhaps ironically, the very same batmaker is a strong believer that the big (volume) bat = big power idea is a myth.

I joked about it with him at the Oval Test.

Title: Re: Gray-Nicolls Factory Custom Made Bat 27-11-2018
Post by: ppccopener on December 04, 2018, 08:37:33 PM
Superb shape on this bat and looks a really good option for those wanting a custom made bat. My team mate has two 700 quid GN scoops and whilst that's not something I would buy they are fantastic.

GN seem to have got back in the last couple of years some really meaty and good looking bats. That's great to see as some of us grew up with the brand.

Title: Re: Gray-Nicolls Factory Custom Made Bat 27-11-2018
Post by: Six Sixes Cricket on December 04, 2018, 08:54:09 PM
Perhaps ironically, the very same batmaker is a strong believer that the big (volume) bat = big power idea is a myth.

I joked about it with him at the Oval Test.
its a custom made bat, The bat was made to how I wanted it. Alex asked if I wanted it to go through a bat guage, and the answer was no. Ironically I canít even get the shoulders through the guage. If I wanted it to be lighter then I would of have to sacrificed the spine height and volume in the area I wanted the most volume.
Title: Re: Gray-Nicolls Factory Custom Made Bat 27-11-2018
Post by: Six Sixes Cricket on December 04, 2018, 08:55:20 PM
That's a stunning looking bat Rob, absolutely gorgeous.

The grains are top notch, the shape is lovely and those stickers are perfect. I've never liked the funky back stickers GN put on for each model, always think the chequered bars and red stripes look so classy though.

If it plays as well as it looks you'll be alright ;)
cheers James. Yes I wanted to keep it as minimalistic as possible.
Title: Re: Gray-Nicolls Factory Custom Made Bat 27-11-2018
Post by: Six Sixes Cricket on December 04, 2018, 08:57:31 PM
Superb shape on this bat and looks a really good option for those wanting a custom made bat. My team mate has two 700 quid GN scoops and whilst that's not something I would buy they are fantastic.

GN seem to have got back in the last couple of years some really meaty and good looking bats. That's great to see as some of us grew up with the brand.
there wasnít any scoops, but There are some huge dynadrives that are in a pile which I think Alex is going to take with him around the country to sell when he does the road show
Title: Re: Gray-Nicolls Factory Custom Made Bat 27-11-2018
Post by: Six Sixes Cricket on December 04, 2018, 09:06:14 PM
Good job Rob doesn't play professional cricket then! Not sure our local league reps would know a bat gauge if you threw it at them so wouldn't worry...

Looks mint @Six Sixes Cricket , you're a lucky man. Don't suppose you managed to sneak that cleft with the pressing crack out? :D
Might just be to old to turn pro 😂.

Thatís my biggest regret, not striking a deal for the broken cleft. Hopefully itís still available. Alex let me know 🤞🤞
Title: Re: Gray-Nicolls Factory Custom Made Bat 27-11-2018
Post by: Seniorplayer on December 04, 2018, 09:06:53 PM
A real  beauty.
Title: Re: Gray-Nicolls Factory Custom Made Bat 27-11-2018
Post by: Bats_Entertainment on December 04, 2018, 09:32:49 PM
its a custom made bat, The bat was made to how I wanted it. Alex asked if I wanted it to go through a bat guage, and the answer was no. Ironically I canít even get the shoulders through the guage. If I wanted it to be lighter then I would of have to sacrificed the spine height and volume in the area I wanted the most volume.

Cool.
Title: Re: Gray-Nicolls Factory Custom Made Bat 27-11-2018
Post by: Kulli on December 04, 2018, 09:45:04 PM
its a custom made bat, The bat was made to how I wanted it. Alex asked if I wanted it to go through a bat guage, and the answer was no. Ironically I canít even get the shoulders through the guage. If I wanted it to be lighter then I would of have to sacrificed the spine height and volume in the area I wanted the most volume.
As in the bat is too wide, or has shoulders bigger than 47mm?
Title: Re: Gray-Nicolls Factory Custom Made Bat 27-11-2018
Post by: Canners on December 04, 2018, 09:47:04 PM
Might just be to old to turn pro 😂.

Thatís my biggest regret, not striking a deal for the broken cleft. Hopefully itís still available. Alex let me know 🤞🤞

School boy error mate, first thing I said to you 😜
Title: Re: Gray-Nicolls Factory Custom Made Bat 27-11-2018
Post by: Six Sixes Cricket on December 04, 2018, 10:05:13 PM
As in the bat is too wide, or has shoulders bigger than 47mm?
bat is too wide, was bottom 3/4ís was checked with a guage
Title: Re: Gray-Nicolls Factory Custom Made Bat 27-11-2018
Post by: Six Sixes Cricket on January 07, 2019, 03:47:50 PM
Finally got round to making a video from the day

https://youtu.be/HOZBfANv4XQ
Title: Re: Gray-Nicolls Factory Custom Made Bat 27-11-2018
Post by: Ayrtek Cricket on January 07, 2019, 04:12:49 PM
Nothing beats the Bristolian accent on film :D
Title: Re: Gray-Nicolls Factory Custom Made Bat 27-11-2018
Post by: Six Sixes Cricket on January 07, 2019, 04:46:22 PM
Nothing beats the Bristolian accent on film :D
cover those ears 🙉 😂
Title: Re: Gray-Nicolls Factory Custom Made Bat 27-11-2018
Post by: FattusCattus on January 07, 2019, 05:37:31 PM
Gert Lush!
Title: Re: Gray-Nicolls Factory Custom Made Bat 27-11-2018
Post by: Cover_Drive on January 08, 2019, 03:40:11 PM
@thebigginge is looking a lot more hipster than before!

Used fair amount of pomade!! #HairLookAmazing
Title: Re: Gray-Nicolls Factory Custom Made Bat 27-11-2018
Post by: Chalkie on January 08, 2019, 05:09:07 PM
Tedious day in office today so cheered myself up by watched the YouTube vid. Great to see the process and Alex doing his thing, those blades must be seriously sharp.

Also very interesting to hear the comments on the trend amongst Proís for thin handles, wonder if that is also a reason why SK uses tape rather than bind, or if that is purely just weight saving?

@Six Sixes Cricket  how does this one feel compared against your other bats, especially the big (SK?) Warner you have?
Title: Re: Gray-Nicolls Factory Custom Made Bat 27-11-2018
Post by: Six Sixes Cricket on January 08, 2019, 11:23:29 PM
@Chalkie
Other current trend is the square toe as well.

Havenít used the sk Warner bat, but comparing by mallet/ball response between the two, this is better. Iím definitely looking forward to the season starting
Title: Re: Gray-Nicolls Factory Custom Made Bat 27-11-2018
Post by: jonny77 on January 08, 2019, 11:23:54 PM
Lovely shape, as nice as I've seen for a while.
Title: Re: Gray-Nicolls Factory Custom Made Bat 27-11-2018
Post by: strang on March 14, 2019, 09:05:47 AM
thanks for posting vid. messy workshop, slick bat  :)
Title: Re: Gray-Nicolls Factory Custom Made Bat 27-11-2018
Post by: Chompy9760 on March 15, 2019, 10:50:28 AM
Great video - thanks for sharing.

Interesting to hear him say that the bat started out with a flat blade, and the bow was pressed in.  It looks like there's about a 10mm bow, and that would mean a lot more pressing on the meat vs very little on the shoulders and toe!  Very different to GM, who according to their videos, machine the bow, then press it all the same.
Title: Re: Gray-Nicolls Factory Custom Made Bat 27-11-2018
Post by: velvetsky01 on March 15, 2019, 12:05:23 PM
lovely stick that!  really enjoyed the video too i caught it a while back

Title: Re: Gray-Nicolls Factory Custom Made Bat 27-11-2018
Post by: kaustav on April 23, 2019, 09:16:05 PM
Awesome stick that one buddy. Cool video as well. Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: Gray-Nicolls Factory Custom Made Bat 27-11-2018
Post by: AJ2014 on April 23, 2019, 10:36:37 PM
Thanks for sharing, great piece of willow and shape, best of luck with it
Title: Re: Gray-Nicolls Factory Custom Made Bat 27-11-2018
Post by: KW9221 on April 24, 2019, 12:25:52 AM
@Six Sixes Cricket how is this bat coming along mate?
Title: Re: Gray-Nicolls Factory Custom Made Bat 27-11-2018
Post by: Six Sixes Cricket on April 24, 2019, 08:15:58 AM
Knocked in ready to go, just need to get to nets or it will be straight in first game of the season
Title: Re: Gray-Nicolls Factory Custom Made Bat 27-11-2018
Post by: thebigginge on April 24, 2019, 09:06:10 AM
Used fair amount of pomade!! #HairLookAmazing

Cheers!!
Title: Re: Gray-Nicolls Factory Custom Made Bat 27-11-2018
Post by: Seniorplayer on April 24, 2019, 03:27:39 PM
Cheers!!
The MCC members made in China comment made me smile