To maximise the life of your cricket bat it is important to maintain it

As soon as a Chase cricket bat leaves our workshop, it will be subject to wear and tear. Cricket players must maintain their bats to prevent the likelihood of severe damage and perform minor maintenance to increase its longevity.

You can prolong the life and performance of a cricket bat by maintaining it and seek to repair should any issues arise through netting or match play.

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Cricket Bat Lifespan



Twice during the course of a season you should lightly sand your bat with fine sandpaper, avoiding the stickers and apply a single coat of Chase Cricket bat wax to protect.

At Chase we highly recommend a facing is added to increase the life and performance of the bat.

To further increase the longevity of your bat, Chase offer a full bat service and repairs program.


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How to reduce the possibility of damage occurring. 

There is an increasing number of players, due to lack of knowledge or experience, who believe that their cricket bat will continue to look as new. The look of any cricket bat will deteriorate over time as usage increases. What is wear and tear is at times seen as an issue and a flaw in the cricket bat which is not the case.

You must take care of your cricket bat and remember the length of time a bat will last depends on many factors.

Oiling/Waxing the blade

The main purpose of oiling is to maintain moisture levels within the blade, and hence reduce the chances of cracking and splitting. 

Anti-scuff sheet

An anti-scuff on the face of the cricket bat increases the durability of the bat and adds extra protection to the blade and edges, but under no circumstances will it totally prevent surface damage. 

Toe guard

A rubber toe guard provides additional protection against moisture damage and the effects of tapping down at the crease.

Knocking in

Effective “knocking in” will significantly improve the performance and increase the lifespan of the bat. See our guide here (link)


Bad timing happens to us all. You get a leading edge, take one on the toe or the ball cracks into the shoulder. Unfortunately, these types of impact are likely to cause some damage to the blade.

In the cricketing industry, any damage resulting from this type of impact is regarded as player error. It is unfortunate but not a reflection on the quality of the craftsmanship or willow.

Shadow tap

Tapping down can damage the toe. It weakens the willow which in turn cracks or breaks. We advise you shadow tap to prevent both short and long-term damage.

Bad Days

You’ve had a bad day at the crease. That’s not great, but it’s not your bat’s fault. Please don’t slam it into the ground, launch it in the air or throw it across the dressing room. The damage could be irreversible.

Get the cover on

We’d always recommend transporting your blade in a cricket bat cover. This will protect it from knocks, scrapes, and damage whilst not in use. 

It’s not an all-rounder

Using the bat in another capacity is simply not a good idea. It’s not designed to work as a hammer, drinks carrier or seat.

Rain delays

Rain alongside the wet/damp ground will damage your bat. Keep the bat dry as excess moisture will reduce the life of your cricket bat.

Bad balls

If you play cricket with poor quality cricket balls, you will damage your new bat. These poor balls are unforgiving and will crack your cricket bat.


Avoid leaving your bat in damp spaces such as garages and sheds over the winter and in hot cars and conservatories in the summer months. In damp environments the cricket bat will absorb too much moisture and excess heat exposure will dry out the willow. Be mindful of where you leave your cricket bat. Storing items on top of your cricket bag could cause breakages and heat from radiators can cause serious damage.

Yearly service

At Chase we highly recommend a yearly full refurbishment to increase the life and performance of the cricket bat.

Chase Cricket offer a full bat service and repairs program for any brand or model of cricket bat. (link)

Cricket Bat Repair Face


It is perfectly normal for cracks to appear on the face or edges of the bat that do not have anti-scuff facing. If this occurs, sand them out and apply oil to the sanded areas.

The face, edges and toe of the bat should be kept clean and dry at all times. Do not allow the bat, especially the toe, to get wet.

The good news is that the majority of cracks, splits and cracks will be repairable and may not even affect the performance of the bat. For details on types of damage to a cricket bat (link)


If you believe your bat is damaged and in need of repair, contact us with photos and details of your issue (LINK)