The consensus is that a cricket bat should be made from English willow grown in the English countryside, with the bat handmade within the UK using traditional craftsmanship techniques. Despite the craftsmanship, skills and expertise that goes into making a cricket bat by hand they do not have to be expensive.

Cricket players revere a cricket bat that has lots of straight grains with minimal to no blemishes and is atheistically stunning. These clefts of English willow are rare and as a result, prices can be inflated by some cricket bat brands and manufacturers.  Limited supply can justify some increase in price due to the rarity and premium nature of the willow however, most experienced cricketers will instead want to focus primarily on pick-up, feel, balance and the performance of the cricket bat. 

 Another reason prices can be inflated is because cricket brands pay elite cricket professionals to use their kit. Cricketers will expect to pay a premium to use a bat that mirrors the one used by their cricketing idol, despite the chance that the cricket bat they purchase may not reflect the same quality or performance as their favourite player. It is known that some cricket brands may promote the same shape and stickers as your favourite cricket player, but the quality of the willow may not mirror that of a professional player.

It’s always a good idea to discuss the above with the manufacturer or cricket bat brand you are purchasing your cricket bat from. Critical to a bat’s performance is how it’s pressed, the distribution of weight to ensure a good pick-up and balance and a strong middle. All Chase bats have been expertly pressed and handcrafted producing some of the very best cricket bats on the market.

We offer exceptional value, and our bats are competitively priced with our Grade 4 cricket bat starting at as little as £126. A great pickup and ping can be found in Chase cricket bats of all grades and shapes, so you will find an excellent cricket bat no matter what your budget.