Then and Now; Ten Fun Facts on the Evolution of the Cricket Bat.


In 1624, an inquest was held in England, when a fielder was killed after the batsmen struck him in the head to prevent him from catching the ball.

Cricket bats were originally shaped like hockey sticks until changes to cricket laws forced changes to the bat’s design. For example, prior to 1864, bowlers weren’t allowed to bowl overarm. When this law was reversed, the modern day cricket bat was soon formed.

In 1979, Australian cricketer Dennis Lille used an aluminium bat in a test match against England before the umpires intervened and forced him to change to a wooden bat. Shortly after the match, laws were changed stating that all bats must be made from wood.

Most cricket bats are made from English willow or Kashmir willow. English willow is considered best for performance as it’s a softer and lighter timber. The face of the bat is “pressed” to harden the willow and ensure a better performance.

English willow trees take approximately 15 to 20 years to grow before they are ready to be cut for the production of cricket bats.

Essex company, J.S. Wright and Sons, are estimated to supply 90% of the world’s English Willow.

Despite the fact that most bats are made from English willow, 80% of the world’s cricket bats are made in India.

Cricket bats range greatly in price and have been found to cost anywhere from around $10 for a low grade junior bat to $1100 men’s premium bat.

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International Cricket, Columbia and the Amazon Cup.

By Olly West

BOGOTA — At 2,600 metres “closer to the stars” — as bogotanos like to describe their suffocating altitude — even Jimmy Anderson would have a hard job getting the ball to nip around in the air.

But no cricket-lover lets the climate interrupt his passion, and Colombia’s bilingual band of all-rounders are no different. The stunning savannah of Bogotá, with the Andes lining the boundary, has more of a cricketing history than you might expect.

It is therefore with great delight that the Colombian Cricket Board (CCB) announces that the Bogotá Sports Club will be the venue for the inaugural Amazon Cup, a cricket tournament between Colombia, Brazil and Peru, on October 4th and 5th.

Both Brazil and Peru are ICC-affiliate nations and regular competitors at the South American Cricket Championships. Colombia will relish the chance to continue a sporting rivalry with Brazil given a new edge following recent footballing encounters, but all parties will ensure they display the true meaning of the Spirit of Cricket to those unfamiliar with the sport in the coffee capital of the world.

On the pitch, Colombia will have one eye on a possible first-time participation in the 2015 South American Cricket Championships in Chile. Indeed, the Amazon Cup will provide Colombia with its first international opponent since Costa Rica’s visit to Bogotá in April 2010. The event will also mark the Cafeteros’ first game since the CCB was formed in June 2014.

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