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    The 12 Bats of Christmas - Black Cat Joker

    Founded in 2009 Black Cat Cricket have set out with one goal.To make the highest quality cricket bats in the world.To do this they have done something that not many others can which is own their own willow plantation. This enables the wonderfully oversized clefts which can go into bats such as the Black Cat Joker.

    In an age of short format big shot games Black Cat have reacted by playing their Joker in making a shortened, uniquely shaped blade and a longer, thicker handle to ensure the perfect pick-up. Their own specially UK grown willow is shaped using all the traditional methods to get a bat that may look like a railway sleeper but only weighs from 2-8 to 3-0.

    The trick is that shortened blade, effectively the same size as a harrow, which enables all the wood to be concentrated into the middle so it can boast an enormous spine height and huge 45mm edges. With the handle made longer and thicker this puts all the power where you need it and they say it will transform your 4’s into 6’s.

    It was enough for Wisden to name the Joker as the most ‘innovative bat’ for 2011 and if you want first hand experience here is the review from Cricinfo’s UK editor Andrew Miller

    Still not enough for you? There’s an Extreme version which has an enormous +60mm spine height and starts at 2-12.

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    The 12 Bats of Christmas - Aldred Spectre

     

    Paul Aldred’s philosophy harks back to an age old tradition of hand crafted bats using spokeshaves and draw knives but don’t be fooled into thinking his creations are old hat. Each bat is made from start to finish by Paul’s hand & is continually graded throughout the manufacturing process with every bat individually pressed regardless of grade.

    The Spectre is the newest addition to the range and is Paul’s modern interpretation of a classic 80’s bat, the magnificent Duncan Fearnley Magnum. He has taken that traditional shape with its minimal concaving to the back so the spine is high with lots of wood focussed on the hitting area. One look at the profile and you can instantly see his modern take on the shape with big edges and it picks up well for something with so much wood on it. Paul won’t leave anything to chance and presses & finishes the bat himself. The new embossed Spectre stickers really add a touch of class and compliment the quality of Paul’s finishing and I’ve always liked his sticker on toe stating “Made by Humans”.

    Paul states that a little bit of his soul runs through each bat & you can really tell with the level of craftsmanship to his products. He’s always happy to talk cricket and will adjust the bat until it’s exactly to your liking. Want a bit more info? Then check out this Youtube video from Paul about his latest masterpiece.