We only use the finest English willow for the production of our cricket bats. The cultivated timber is grown throughout Kent and Essex. Each tree is planted by hand and is tended to by the grower to ensure that the tree will be suitable for bat making. We have planted over 300 willow trees at our workshop in Kent.
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Handmade cricket bats, our promise. As independent cricket bat manufacturers, we take great pride in making every single Stag Cricket Bat in-house. Each bat is individually handmade by our Master Bat Maker, John Karassellos, using the best grades of English willow and following our custom bat making process. Our clefts come from genuine willow grown in Kent and are carefully selected by John, ensuring only the best raw materials are used.
Welcome. Black Cat of London was founded in 2009 with the sole aim of making the finest cricket bats in the world. All our bats are handmade in England using willow from our own plantation in Kent. “ The bat just blew our reviewers away. Four players tried it and every single one gave it five stars out of five. ”.
Our Mini Stag Kashmir willow junior cricket bats are an affordable option for junior players who are new to the game of cricket and have been designed with a mid / duckbill profile. This gives the bat a balanced pick, with maximised edge thickness for greater power.
Kashmir willow is usually used for lower range junior cricket bats priced under £50. All adult English willow bats are Graded and have specific price points. Grade 1 –These are the best grade of willow used by professional players. The bat has perfect straight grains with no blemishes or marks on the blade of the bat. These are very expensive and range from £400 – £750. Grade 2 –Premium unbleached English willow, with straight grains with some blemishes and marks on the blade of the ...
The game of cricket began in the Kent-Sussex borders, with hedgerow sticks for bats, the wicket gate of sheep pens for stumps, and droppings rolled with wool for balls. The sport grew popular in the south east of England, and the first mentioned use of the willow cricket bat was in 1624.
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Douglas was heavily involved with Wisden’s (London & Penshurst , Kent ) He was their main willow buyer and talked of a tree felled in Boreham, Essex that made a thousand bats!!! 1922 Douglas Arthur Watling (1922 – 2006)
Willow Grade Differences Different types of cricket bats are made with a different “grade” of willow. There are two main willow distinctions: English willow and Kashmir willow. Overall, English willow is superior to Kashmir since it lasts longer, is more “springy”, and more reliable.