Chase Cricket bats have an English willow blade and a cane handle. The blade is made from English willow known as salix alba cærulea. Only English willow has the exact properties required for a professional bat, being lightweight but fibrous.


Our English willow clefts comes from willow specialists JS Wrights. Each cleft arrives externally graded however as part of the manufacturing process, each cleft is checked and graded by our Master bat maker.

JS Wrights clefts are split from the
round using a wooden wedge, rough sawn and the ends waxed to stop splitting. The process of drying takes place to reduce moisture content before the wood is selected, palleted and sent to us.


What are the different processes of making a cricket bat?

When ready to be turned into bats the ends are cut and they pass through a shaping machine to give the cleft a initial rough shape.

Cricket Bat Shaping
Cricket Bat Pressing


Pressing the cricket bat

Our bat makers press the bats, using our pressing machine. The bat is passed underneath the roller of the cricket bat press which compresses the fibres of the face and edges. This provides a hardened surface capable of withstanding the impact of a cricket ball, aids performance and increases the life of the cricket bat.


Splicing the cricket bat cleft

Each cricket bat cleft is spliced. This is a V shape cut that is made in the top of the cleft for the handle to be slotted into.

Cricket Bat Splicing Handle


Handle the cricket bat

Each cricket bat handle is fitted using a malleable wood glue. Our bat makers ensure the handle is set slightly forward, so it is in perfect line of the bow. Our bat makers gently taps the handle into place and it is left to dry – this must be in an upright position in order for the handle to set

Cricket Bat Handle Blade
Cricket Bat Handmade Shaping


Shaping the cricket bat

Chase cricket bats are shaped by hand using a traditional draw knife. Drawknives are used because the bat maker can remove a large amount of wood from the blade and start to form a rough shape. A wide, flat drawknife is used to carve the back and toe of the blade whilst a thin blade blends the shoulders into the handle of the bat. The bat makers also use block planes and spoke shaves until they deem the bat to achieve a more refined shape, with perfect balance and pick up.

The shoulders are shaped with the skilful use of a draw knife.

The handle is then shaped with a rasp to ensure it will be a great fit for any cricket player. This also ensures we can shape the handle to a player’s specification.  


Sanding the Cricket bat

Once the bat has been fully shaped the sanding process begins. Our bat makers require several grades of sandpaper, starting off with the rougher paper and ending with the finer for the best finish. This process is mainly carried out by hand.

Cricket Bat Sanding Blade


Binding the cricket bat handle

The bat is placed onto the lathe and glue is spread on the handle prior to the binding to ensure that the string will stay in place. The bat maker holds the string, as the bat turns, the string is gradually guided into place and seamlessly wraps around the handle. The handle is left until the glue is fully dry.

Cricket Bat Stringing Handle
Cricket Bat Polishing Blade


Polishing the Cricket Bat

We polish each bat meticulously to provide a rich satin finish. This gives the bat its lovely sheen and makes it extremely smooth to touch.

Cricket Bat Stickers


Stickering and Gripping

Chase Cricket bats are now ready to be stickered with our graphics, gripped and weighed. A weight and size sticker are applied to the shoulders and the grip is secured in place with specialist grip tape.


Handcrafted to perfection | Performance guaranteed

Every finished bat is meticulously checked by our master bat maker to ensure that it has been finished to our exceptionally high standards. We always check the performance by hand using a bat mallet and regrade as necessary.


Chase Cricket Bat Range


Preparation for play

Knocking in the bat is essential. We have a knocking in machine which can complete 8 hours of knocking in in 30 minutes. Cricket bats* purchased directly from our website or showroom are fully knocked in, checked by the master bat maker, with additional hand knocking in carried out as required.

*There is an additional charge for R1, Sale and Reconditioned bats.