Over the last decade, we have created some of the most popular shapes in world cricket, used by the very best players. We offer the following bat shapes we believe the be the favourites:
Option 1 - High, long spine. This bat has a beautiful feel and balance with no concaving. The profile is naturally bigger with the ability to spread the weight through the spine. The bow is enhanced to increase the sweet spot with the majority of the wood kept where it matters. Perfect for al-rounders, who have fast hands and play all around the wicket. This shape is used in our Quantum bat. This bat starts at 2.6 - 2.7 in a short blade and 2.7-2.8 in a conventional blade. If you choose long blade the weight will start at 2.9 - 2.10.
Option 2 - High, long spine with concaving. This bat is designed to help control the weight. It would be the best option for a light long blade bat. With the weight controlled, it gives the bat a fantastic feel and pick up and a lower sweet spot. Perfect for players who play off the back foot and enjoy using their wrists and manipulate the field. This shape is split between our Triumph and Kudos bat. This bat starts at 2.6 - 2.7 in a short blade and 2.7-2.8 in a conventional blade. If you choose long blade the weight will start at 2.9 - 2.10.
Option 3 – Duck bill toe with high spine. This bat offers a fantastic power to pick up ratio. There is slight concaving with the balance in the bat is fantastic and with the duck bill and a new elongated spine, the sweet spot is increased. Perfect for players who enjoy the drive and stroke play. This shape is used in our Kudos2 bat. This bat starts at 2.6 - 2.7 in a short blade and 2.7-2.8 in a conventional blade. If you choose long blade the weight will start at 2.9 - 2.10.
Option 4 - Long duck bill toe with a low spine. This bat packs a real punch with an incredibly large sweet spot. No concaving means the wood is left where it matters, with an incredible feel and balance. Perfect for player who play on bouncy wickets. It is a great profile for cuts and pulls, however, with the wood left in the bat it is perfect for driving and front foot play. This shape is used in our Merlin bat. This bat starts at 2.6 - 2.7 in a short blade and 2.7-2.8 in a conventional blade. If you choose long blade the weight will start at 2.9 - 2.10.
Option 5 – Zero concaving, short duck bill toe. This bat has all the meat at the bottom of the bat. Even though it is designed like this the feel is incredible, it certainly won't feel how it looks! It will pack a serious punch and will have the field taking an extra step back as the bowler is running in. Perfect for front foot players and on slow low English Wickets. This bat is designed for big hitters and for clearing the ropes. This shape is used in our Infinity bat and was also used in our B52 Bomber shape. This bat starts at 2.7-2.8 in a short blade. A conventional blade and long blade will start at 2.9 - 2.10. If you choose long blade the weight will start at 2.9 - 2.10
Option 6 – Fully Rounded Back. This bat has zero concaving, all the wood left where it matters and it’s the bat that has the most power. It is for the ultimate power hitter and T20 player. Although all the wood is left in the bat the feel and balance is as good if not better than a bat with concaving. Perfect for players who swing for the boundary. With all the wood left in the bat it doesn't matter if the bowler pitches the ball full or short, it will disappear. This shape has been used for our Tour bat. This bat starts at 2.7-2.8 in a short blade. A conventional blade and long blade will start at 2.9 - 2.10. If you choose long blade the weight will start at 2.9 - 2.10
The bat length is a very personal preference for each player.
We have 3 options on bat length; Short Blade, Conventional Blade (standard length) and Long Blade. We would advise you should only look for a longer blade if you are over 6'3. If you are looking for an incredibly light bat and big profile we would advise you to go for a short blade.
The standard blade is our most popular choice of blade length. If you are unsure of your bat length, we would advise the conventional blade option for you.
*One tip we have is the more wood you have in your bat, the heavier it will naturally have to be so keep that in mind.
Cricket often has new trends. The face is one of the most recent ones in a bat. Cricket bats have traditionally always had round faces. Only in recent times did the flat face come into fashion. We offer 2 options on the face profile; Round face or Flat face.
Round Face; This is the very traditional way cricket bat faces were created. It is believed that round faces can reduce the chance of damage to the edges and allow more spring and ping to be kept in the middle of the bat for longer.
Flat Face; This is a new modern way of creating a bat face. It is done to give the appearance of the big bats we all know today. It allows the bat maker to press the bat lighter and get great spring in the sweet spot. It takes a touch longer for the bat to 'open up' but once it does the ball stays hit.
*We advise that you knock your bat in no matter which option you choose. We suggest that you spend most of your efforts on the edges and the toe. In our experience with a flat face profile bat, you need to focus more on the edges to round them off. Often on the edges of a flat profile there are often impact marks and small surface cracks - this is nothing to worry about, it is just a part of having sharp edges.
The handle is a very important part of the bat. Our bat maker creates and shapes the handle to your exact requirements. There are 2 shapes in our handles; the oval handle which is a standard Newbery handle and a round handle.
Oval Handle; The choice of many batsmen around the world. It is typically known to aid with control of the top hand, taking pressure off the bottom hand and helping batters play in the 'V'.
Round Handle; Typically the choice of Asian players. It is for players who are wristy, like using the bottom hand and like to feel the bottom hand on the handle.
*If you are unsure we would advise an oval handle.
The handle length is a very personal preference for each player. There are 3 choices of handle length we offer; Super Short Handle, Short Handle (Standard Newbery bat length) and Long Handle.
We would advise from our expert opinion and experience that if you are looking for a longer bat and still want the large profile, you might want to try a long handle before you go for a long blade.
You might also try a super short handle in a standard blade if you are below 5'10 and want a full profile bat.
If you are unsure of what weight you are the generic weight players choose is the 2.9 mark. All our top end bats are made by hand and eye alone, this means that the balance and feel will be the best. No matter what it says on the scales your bat will feel lighter.
*The weights will be as close as possible to your selected weight with stickers and grips. Additional grips will add weight.
The sweet spot should be chosen around your favourite shot selection and the type of player you are;
High Sweet Spot; you would be looking for a high sweet spot if you play on quick bouncy wickets, if you are strong off the back foot and if you are a touch player.
Mid Sweet Spot; you would be looking for a mid sweet spot if you see yourself as a 'complete' batter. This means if you enjoy strokes on the front and back foot, you play on all types of wickets and you want the largest area for the sweet spot.
Low Sweet Spot; you would be looking for a low sweet spot if you are a front foot player and you play on slower, lower pitches. A low sweet spot is perfect for the player who likes to hit straight and who likes to go over the top.
This is arguably the most important stage of the whole process of creating your perfect Legacy bat. It was a trait passed down by John Newbery and the pressing is the biggest part of the Legacy used by our bat makers. We offer 3 options for pressing and each option will affect the warranty we offer to you.
Hard Press - This means the bat will take a little longer to 'open up'. Once it has been knocked in and it has been used a few times in the nets against good quality balls, it will be ready to get the full performance. This option will give you an 18 month warranty on the cricket bat.
Medium Press - This is the standard press for a Newbery bat. It will not take as long to open up and start to feel the full performance. We still advise to knock the bat in but you will feel the response in the bat instantly. This will give you a 12 month warranty on the cricket bat.
Soft Press: - This is the option the pro players often choose. The soft press means the bat is game ready. However, with the soft press there is a higher chance that the bat will break as the fibres are not pressed tightly together. If you choose this option we will be able to offer you a 3 month warranty.
*We advise that you knock your bat in no matter which option you choose. We suggest that you spend most of your efforts on the edges and the toe.
Some players like the Hammer Edge sheet and some don't. You have the option to have our standard Hammer Edge sheet or you can choose to leave it off your bat.
Hammer Edge Sheet; Our patented Hammer Edge sheet is designed to take the edge off powerful blows to you bat, especially the edges and to lock in moisture in the cricket bat. It keeps the fibres of the bat together to protect and increase the life expectancy of the bat. It protects the bat early in its life whilst it starts to open up. Our Hammer Edge sheet is known for its quality protection. We would advise you to have this feature on your bat.
On all Newbery cricket bats we have a standard Toe Guard.
Toe Guard; a toe guard protects the toe from damage. If any moisture gets to the toe, the wood will swell, create weakness and have a higher chance of breaking.
*We advise that through the season you should take care of your bat. We now offer Newbery Cricket Bat Wax. Apply this every few months on the back of the bat around the stickers, the moister works its way through the bat and the Hammer Edge sheet locks in the moisture. This will give you bat the best chance of performing for longer.
Grips can be very personal to batsmen. Some don't have a preference and others do. We give you the option to add up to 3 grips on your handle.
We offer 1 grip as standard on all Newbery bats. The weight of your bat will be correct with one grip. Our bats are beautifully balanced, so one grip will have a great feel.
Some batters may choose 2 grips to add additional balance to the bat and some believe that it makes the bat feel lighter. It will also make the handle thicker for those who like that feel. This will add at least an extra ounce onto your chosen finished bat weight.
Some batters may enjoy 3 grips on their bat. This is for those who like a thick handle. This will add at least two ounces onto your chosen finished weight.
*Be aware that each grip you add will add weight onto the bat. This will naturally make your weight choice increase. If you are unsure, we would advise our standard of one grip on the bat.
Welcome to our world! Since 1919, cricketers have turned to Newbery for our high quality craftsmanship and artisan skills, as we have handcrafted and tailored cricket bats to players' exact specifications for generations. It was John Newbery's philosophy to allow everyone to play with the very best. Now it is your turn to design, own and create a legacy with your very own handmade Newbery cricket bat.
These bats will be made from the premium top 1% of English Grade 1 Willow, as used by professional and international players. Each bat is made with love and attention, the balance and feel will not be found anywhere else. Take the journey and design a bat that will be made by hand and eye alone by our master bat maker to your exact specification.