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Balance between the bat and ball
« on: July 18, 2013, 12:25:05 PM »

The committee heard presentations from Jeremy Ruggles of JS Wright (Willow producers) and Andrew Kember, the master craftsman at Salix, concerning the process of making cricket bats.  This initiated a discussion on the balance of the game between bat and ball, the increase in six-hitting in the game and the weight, width and pressing techniques associated with modern bats. 

One suggestion was that there should be a restriction on the size of a cleft used in a bat, thus limiting its overall depth and therefore its power.  Manufacturers would be free to develop their skills in distributing weight and balance in bats as they see fit, albeit within a tighter framework.

Opinions varied on this matter, from members who thought that increased six-hitting was entertaining for the game, to those who see bowlers getting an increasingly raw deal with mis-hit sixes, whilst others highlighted the increase in the percentage of Test matches ending in results as evidence that bowlers are indeed able to take wickets.

It was also noted that better pitches, shorter boundaries and stronger players, allied to the rise of T20, have had an impact on batting styles.

With no consensus, MCC has decided to undertake more research in this area, consult a range of bat manufacturers, and conduct laboratory testing to determine the power of modern bats of varying shapes and weights.
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