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EaglesCC

My CA SM-18 Bat - Short Review
« on: September 05, 2014, 06:07:45 PM »

I recently received a SM-18, the new Shoaib Malik branded CA and thought I would do a short review.

As you can see and whilst it's not to everyone's taste, I have a bit of an infatuation with the CA Bright Green branding at the moment. But also a good opportunity to compare this bat with a couple of 'off the shelf' offerings from CA that I have.
This particular model is a little toned down with simpler more classic branding (so should be to the liking of more people here).

I'm lead to believe that this particular bat is from a pre-official release batch and could have been intended for a particular player. Whilst ordinarily I don't buy (or care much for) these stories there are some subtle differences in this particular bat compared with the regular production models I have seen since receiving this. Namely;

The profile: Perhaps it does come across in the pictures so well but it doesn't have the 'standard' CA side profile with a mid/ mid-high swell. This one is lower than the standard production models as shown below. Whilst the picture comparison is against the T.R.D Big Bang, I can assure you the production SM-18 is identical in shape. I would say it's more of an SS LE profile.

The Handle: Again as shown in the pictures, the composition of the springs are different.

The Finishing: No official bar code (as per production bats) and no toe guard or anti-scuff fitted. Appreciate this does't prove or disprove its intended purpose but it's not usual for CA.

Oh and finally it is actually a full sized SH blade and not the Harrow size you normally get with CA.

Specifics of the Bat:
The Weight: Labelled as a 2.8lb but fully dressed is about 2.9lb and feels very well balanced with a light pick up. (I normally used 2.8lb)

The Dimensions: Edge Size is 41-42mm and Spine Height is 63-65mm... so generous for the weight but not out of this world for CA.

The Willow: 12 straight grains with a small blemish and heartwood to the right handers outer edge

Both soft and hard balls tap up very nicely indeed and the bat responds well to the mallet as well- just as you'd expect from CA. Yet to do a bit more knocking in and play with it in nets etc.

Unfortunately there are some tiny indents in the face caused by UK Border Control/ Customs - not significant but hopefully these will be less apparent after a bit of knocking in. (Although I'm not happy about what they've done to my other bat - see other post on HS Core 5).

Enjoy.











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Re: My CA SM-18 Bat - Short Review
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2014, 09:13:20 PM »

Very impressive! If you grind, you can get a terrific CA bat.

Can you share picture of handle if it's not too much to ask (ie lower grip to see counter balance etc).

I know Shoaib Malik bats do have counter balance which looks similar.
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Re: My CA SM-18 Bat - Short Review
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2014, 10:02:45 PM »

Here you go. Looks like one layer/ piece of grip under the tape - not sure what's under that piece though.

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Re: My CA SM-18 Bat - Short Review
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2014, 01:11:37 AM »

Here you go. Looks like one layer/ piece of grip under the tape - not sure what's under that piece though.



Where did you source this bat from.

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Re: My CA SM-18 Bat - Short Review
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2014, 09:17:22 AM »

Where did you source this bat from.

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Sourced by a relative in Pakistan.

He said he was offered a couple of plain CA's which were meant for Asda Shafiq and one for Umar Akmal who didn't sign with CA in the end. Again whilst I trust my relative, not sure if what he is told is genuine. He said it did look like players willow... Who knows.
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Re: My CA SM-18 Bat - Short Review
« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2014, 08:10:57 AM »

FYI - I didn't have access to the CA section so posted this here. May be worth moving Mods?
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