English Willow Grading

This guidance on grading hopefully helps players in making an informed judgment when selecting a bat and of course looking after it properly in use. Heartwood on the inside edge for example should be given extra protection with facing and glass tape.  Fantail Cricket only create bats out of the following 4 grades of english willow:

GRADE LE

A Grade LE (Limited Edition) is the best looking and performing blade money can buy and is in the top 4% of willow. The grain on the face will be straight and there will be at least 10 grains visible. These are an incredibly good piece of willow turned into the finest bat imaginable.

GRADE 1

There may be some red wood evident on the edge of the bat. The grain on the face will be straight and there will be at least 6 grains visible. There may be the odd small knot in the edge or back but the playing area should be clean.

GRADE 2

A Grade 2 is also very good quality and normally a larger amount of red wood can be seen on the edge of a bat, this has no effect on the playing ability of the bat it is purely cosmetic. There will be at least 4 straight grains on the face of the bat with maybe some blemishes, pin knots or "speck" visible.

GRADE 3

This grade offers very good value for money. A Grade 3 Blade has up to half colour across the bat, again this has no direct relation to the playing ability of the wood, it just has less visual attraction. There will be a minimum of 4 grains on the face of the bat which may not always be perfectly straight. Again some small knots or a little 'butterfly' stain may be present with perhaps more prominent "speck".

Size Guide

Note: if you are in-between sizes, consider getting the larger size

 

BAT SIZE

 

AVERAGE PLAYERS HEIGHT

 

TOTAL LENGTH

 

BLADE LENGTH

 

BLADE WIDTH

 

AVERAGE WEIGHT

ZERO

1.2m
4.0”

62.8cm
24 3/4“

39.3cm
15.5”

8.9cm
3 1/2"

1lb 10oz

ONE

1.2m - 1.3m
4.0” - 4.3”

64.1cm
25 1/4 "

43.2cm
17"

8.9cm
3 1/2"

1lb 11oz

TWO

1.3m - 1.37m
4.3” - 4.6”

67.9cm
26 3/4"

46.3cm
18 1/4"

8.9cm
3 1/2"

1lb 12oz

THREE

1.37m - 1.45m
4.6” - 4.9”

72.3cm
28 1/2"

49.5cm
19 1/2"

8.9cm
3 1/2"

1lb 13oz

FOUR

1.45m - 1.50m
4.9” - 4.11”

74.9cm
29 1/2"

50.8cm
20"

10.2cm
4"

2lb 1oz

FIVE

1.50m - 1.57m
4.11” - 5.2”

77.4cm
30 1/2"

52cm
20 1/2"

10.2cm
4"

2lb 2oz

SIX

1.57m - 1.60m
5.2” - 5.3”

80cm
31 1/2"

53.3cm
21”

10.2cm
4"

2lb 3oz

HARROW
H

1.6m - 1.68m
5.3” - 5.6”

82.5cm
32 1/2"

54.6cm
21 1/2"

10.5cm
4 1/8"

2lb 5oz

SHORT HANDLE
SH

1.68m - 1.88m
5.6” - 6.2”

85.1cm
33 1/2"

55.9cm
22"

10.8cm
4 1/4"

2lb 6oz & Above

LONG BLADE
LB

1.88m & above
6.2”

87.1cm
34 3/8"

57.1cm
22 1/2“

10.8cm
4 1/4"

2lb 8oz & Above

LONG HANDLE
LH

1.88m & above
6.2”

87.1cm
34 3/8"

55.9cm
22"

10.8cm
4 1/4"

2lb 8oz & Above

 

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