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Why do some brands bats just break for fun
« on: January 04, 2020, 10:39:10 AM »

Read the kit from 10 yrs ago thread that suggested Bradbury used to break all the time. We also all know that kookaburra have awful handles that break all the time, and keeley used to always break through the shoulders.

Often bat breakages, especially in instances like kookaburra, are attributed to poor quality handles, but is there a common theme between manufacturers that break all the time? Or is there something that certain manufacturers do to their bats to make them last?

Is it all down to the pressing a la GM? The more you press a bat the longer it lasts?

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Re: Why do some brands bats just break for fun
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2020, 10:53:43 AM »

I think it is more down to how the bats are used. I have been playing for 30 years and other than the odd handle go and occasional cracked toe, my bats have been fine.

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Re: Why do some brands bats just break for fun
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2020, 10:59:24 AM »

We sell hundreds of bats from all brands, none stand out as better or worse than the others.
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Re: Why do some brands bats just break for fun
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2020, 11:12:31 AM »

That's an interesting viewpoint @skip1973 it's contrary to what I thought as well, I always thought there were some that stand out as particularly brittle
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Re: Why do some brands bats just break for fun
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2020, 11:26:59 AM »

I've heard it said that most bats that break, break in the nets. It might just be that a lot of cricketers hit more balls in the nets than they do in the middle?
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Re: Why do some brands bats just break for fun
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2020, 11:38:36 AM »

I've heard it said that most bats that break, break in the nets. It might just be that a lot of cricketers hit more balls in the nets than they do in the middle?
In my experience why bat breaks at net is due to lack of quality bowler and quality shots. At nets we have mix bags of bowlers. sometime they bowl rubbish delivery and batsmen play rubbish shot to those balls resulting in breaking good bats.
In our team one guy does not understand concept of playing in new bat. He bowls yorker after yorker so i avoid him at nets when using new bat.
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Re: Why do some brands bats just break for fun
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2020, 11:38:52 AM »

I've heard it said that most bats that break, break in the nets. It might just be that a lot of cricketers hit more balls in the nets than they do in the middle?
I can't remember the last time I had a formal net... 😂😂
Good point.
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Re: Why do some brands bats just break for fun
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2020, 11:51:25 AM »

I can't remember the last time I had a formal net... 😂😂
Good point.

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Re: Why do some brands bats just break for fun
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2020, 11:52:11 AM »

A lot of bat breakages are caused by the balls too. Play with a decent ball and your bat will likely be fine. Play with one that feels like concrete and you can say goodbye to your bat fairly quickly.

Ive found that local teams dont mind spending a bit of money on a red ball, but as soon as they need to buy a pink or white ball for a match they dip their hand in to the bargain basement section.
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Re: Why do some brands bats just break for fun
« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2020, 11:54:01 AM »

In our team one guy does not understand concept of playing in new bat. He bowls yorker after yorker so i avoid him at nets when using new bat.

Not many club cricketees are capable of such repetition.
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Re: Why do some brands bats just break for fun
« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2020, 12:00:20 PM »

A lot of bat breakages are caused by the balls too. Play with a decent ball and your bat will likely be fine. Play with one that feels like concrete and you can say goodbye to your bat fairly quickly.

Ive found that local teams dont mind spending a bit of money on a red ball, but as soon as they need to buy a pink or white ball for a match they dip their hand in to the bargain basement section.

Pink and white balls are used for shorter games, so don't have to last as long? And they're usually a bit rubbish however much you pay for them.

You needn't worry though;  you've got 9 spare GM LEs.
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Re: Why do some brands bats just break for fun
« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2020, 12:22:22 PM »

Back in the 90s Kookaburra Bubbles had a reputation for going through the toe at the first sight of a cricket ball.  When chasing the tight weight you had to assume it would be covered in 3 rolls of bat tape by the end of winter nets. 

For most club cricketers nets are the most dangerous place for bats.  They face a much greater volume of balls, have more freedom to play attacking shots and, if players are permitted to bring their own balls, face cheap hard balls.
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Re: Why do some brands bats just break for fun
« Reply #12 on: January 04, 2020, 02:08:14 PM »

You surprise me, Buzz. How do you prepare for a game? ('Beer and chips' answers will not be believed.)

Mostly throw downs from my son. With a very rare bowling machine session.
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Re: Why do some brands bats just break for fun
« Reply #13 on: January 04, 2020, 02:31:40 PM »

Mostly throw downs from my son. With a very rare bowling machine session.

Interesting. I have often thought that some people are probably doing their game more harm than good in the nets.

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Re: Why do some brands bats just break for fun
« Reply #14 on: January 04, 2020, 02:39:06 PM »

Interesting. I have often thought that some people are probably doing their game more harm than good in the nets.

Definitely..... I haven't consistently netted for the past 4 years. I still go to training when I can but I don't go in the nets.

If you aren't going to face the type and standard of bowling in the nets that you will face on Saturday, then you aren't really practicing correctly.

The other thing that has been a big problem is that the nets are really bouncy which is nothing like what you will play usually play on, so you again don't practice correctly.
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