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JK Lewis

2018 Match Bat
« on: March 23, 2018, 09:41:47 PM »

It's nearly Easter, so I've been finishing off my match bat for this season. Here's some photos - naked and unashamedly characterful! I'm pleased with the profile and the finish, it just needs grips, labels and a bit of knocking in. It's not one for the purists, probably not something that anyone would choose in a store, but it is a bat that reflects the blood, sweat and tears of the project, and a bat that will bring back happy memories as I use it. My mission was to score runs with a bat I made from a tree I felled. All being well  :) this will be achieved on Sunday 6th May 2018, at home, against the mighty Battisford 2's.









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Re: 2018 Match Bat
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2018, 09:42:54 PM »

I have to ask, why did you put the handle in that end of the cleft
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Re: 2018 Match Bat
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2018, 10:08:10 PM »

I have to ask, why did you put the handle in that end of the cleft

If I'd gone the other way, my concerns were that (a) I might plane off the knot completely and (b) that if it stayed and was weak, the bat might snap in half. Now I appreciate that it might snap in half anyway, but as the knot is just below the middle and in the meat of the bat I hope that everything will hold together OK. If it goes, well, there'll be another one along in a couple of weeks!
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Re: 2018 Match Bat
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2018, 11:28:53 PM »

Love the profile!!

Whats the weight and specs as is?

Love the knot and the heartwood!! Cant beat a bat with character!!!
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Re: 2018 Match Bat
« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2018, 12:20:07 AM »

If only the knot was in the front, you could have named the bat scarface! :D

The profile looks lovely.Hope it goes well!!
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Re: 2018 Match Bat
« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2018, 06:51:07 AM »

Whats the weight?
Theres a lot of wood in that, and a lot of skill
Looks really well balanced

And regarding the looks, anyone can turn a decent cleft into a bat, but to make a cleft like that into a usable bat takes real skill

Well done👍
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Re: 2018 Match Bat
« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2018, 08:39:22 AM »

Cheers all, appreciate your kind words.

The bat, now with 1 grip, is just under 2.12. The edges are 35mm, spine approx 63mm (I don't have a vernier or an entirely accurate measurement method). But, inside the new regs though, for sure.
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