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FAQs – Newbery Cricket


Q: What is the right bat size for me?

A: Click here to see our full size guide for our bats. 


Q: What are the right size pads and gloves for me?

A: Click here to see our full size guide for our pads and gloves.


Q: Bat Weights & Pick Up

A: We weigh our bats without stickers and grips. These will typically add 1-2 ozs to the weight but because most of that is the weight of the grip it provides a counter balance to the weight of the bat, which makes the bat feel lighter.

It's All About The Pick Up! Bat weights are a good start point as to which bat will suit you but don't get hung up on it. Some heavier bats will pick up lighter than those that weigh less. It's all about how the weight is distributed, the balance point on the bat and how it feels in your hands.


Q: What’s the difference between the Heritage and Performance range?

A: Click here to see the full details our Heritage and Performance ranges.


Q: Do our bats need knocking-in?

A: Yes all our bats need knocking-in, our bats are pre pressed but still require additional work on the edges and toe.


Q: What’s the difference between the bat grades?

A: All our bats are graded in the quality of the willow. Pro bats are the top 1% of handpicked grade 1 willow, SPS is grade 1 willow, Player is grade 2 willow, 5* is grade 3 willow, G4 is grade 4 willow and Phantom is grade 5 willow. Our Sev7n bat is graded at 3b willow.


Q: What size is the SEV7N bat?

A: The SEV7N is a perfect light bat for Junior, Senior and Women cricketers sitting between a Harrow and Short Handle cricket bat.


Q: What’s the difference between Infinity ‘First’ cricket bat and 5* junior bats?

A: The difference between the Infinity ’first’ bats and junior 5* is the grade of the willow where a infinity is a grade 4 bat and the 5* is a grade 3 bat.


Q: How much bat wax do you need to use on a bat?

A: We recommend you use an amount equivalent a 20 pence piece. This will be enough for the full bat.

For the best results:

  • Sand or wipe the bat down.
  • Apply a small amount of wax to the bat with your fingers (about the size of a 20 pence piece).
  • Buff with a dry cloth.
  • All natural ingredients - raw linseed oil and beeswax


Q: What is the returns policy?

A: All our bats, soft goods, bags and accessories come with a one year warranty from the date of purchase .You will need a proof of purchase if you a warranty claim. Depending on the cause, not all damage will be automatically covered by this warranty. For more information, click here to see our T’s & C’s.


Q: How often should you service your cricket bat?

A: We advise that you should bring your bat back into us at the end of each full season. For more information on bat repairs/servicing click here.


Q: Why does the Excalibur have sloping shoulders?

A: Few cricket bats have so radically deviated from the traditional mould as the Newbery Excalibur. Handcrafted from English willow, shorn of shoulders, yet solid and weighty at the top, it was a one-off that grew to international prominence in the hands of Lance Cairns.

The design originated in England, where Guy (John Guy was a left-hand batsman and played 12 Tests for New Zealand in the 1950s and '60s. He played first-class cricket until the age of 38 before moving into the bat industry working for Newbery), observed a Newbery bat with what he calls a "dry knot" - a darker, weaker section of the willow - in its shoulder. Guy wondered out loud to John Newbery, the master bat maker, whether the bat would split if a ball hit that dry knot. Yes, Newbery said, the shoulder would fly right off. But what could they do about it?

"I said, 'What if we shave it?' So that's what we did," Guy says. "We shaved the shoulder down and I said, 'I think that's a good idea for a bat'. Newbery said: 'What would you call it? It's got to be something like a sword'. I said it felt like a heavy wand. He said, 'What about King Arthur, Excalibur'. I said, 'You've hit the nail on the head, it sounds great'."

The rest is history, as the Excalibur forged its own mark in the minds of professionals and club cricketers alike. It has now made a comeback and could be your next bat.

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