Salix

Preparation & Maintenance

Our bats are either ‘natural finish’ or ‘workshop prepared’ with a label on the back of the bat to denote which. Both require patient knocking in but please see below for basic care guidance:

Preparation of 'natural finish' bats - The bat needs several light coats of Salix Bat Wax or raw linseed oil, allowing each coat to dry separately. Knocking in can commence from the first coat using an old, good quality cricket ball; build up usage gradually with throw downs and catching practice. Before the first game or nets, and after buffing off any excess wax/oil, carefully apply anti-scuff to the face, being careful not to cause damage to the wood when trimming (do not trim on the bat). Anti-scuff facing is essential for the first season, but at the close, please remove the facing across the grain (from edge to edge), sand and oil/wax again. Leave the bat natural out of season, applying regular coats of wax/oil. A new sheet of anti-scuff can then be applied as necessary before the next season's use. This is the best route to a long lasting, optimal performing bat.

Preparation of 'workshop prepared' bats - Workshop preparation means that the bat has been Salix 'Bat Waxed' during finishing, 'Bat Vaxed' at the toe and then faced with strong UK made anti-scuff. The bat now needs to be knocked in with an old ball through sensible practice such as throw downs. After the first season's use, it is essential that the facing is carefully removed across the grain (from edge to edge). The face and edges can then be gently sanded for application of oil or wax; leave the bat natural out of season for regular coats of wax/oil. A new sheet of anti-scuff can then be applied as necessary before the next season's use.

Maintenance

In addition to the basic guidelines above:

pay attention to your bat; sometimes it is impossible to avoid damaging shots, but if damage occurs then attend to it straight away to comply with the bat's guarantee and maximise its lifespan.

  • Lightly oil/wax the exposed parts of the blade/toe little and often to keep the bat nourished and protected.
  • Avoid 'tapping' at the wicket. The toe is the most vulnerable area of the bat and tapping is the single biggest cause of serious damage. Tapping against the wicket when taking guard compresses fibres which then open out, leading to splits, greater absorption of moisture, de-lamination of the face and severe damage.
  • If your bat gets wet, allow it to dry naturally then check for any signs of swelling or fibres opening up which will need attention.
  • Beware of cheap balls, especially in junior cricket. Poor quality, cheap cricket balls with hard centres are a menace to bats and the game and a false economy by clubs when they damage individuals' bats.
  • Try not to lend your bat: you have invested in it and spent time knocking it in, one bad shot in someone else's hands can quickly undo all that effort. - if in any doubt contact your retailer or Salix for advice; the vast majority of damage is repairable if caught early.