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Gray-Nicholls Ultimate 750
Has a black handle grip with a big hole in it. And special dents in the face to create drag/wind resistance when I swing, cos otherwise I hit the ball too far.
Weight: Not heavy enough.
How long have you had your bat for?
Dunno, it sort of appeared in my cricket bag when my gear got sent up from TAS. It used to belong to my cousin Todd, who gave it to my cousin Stan, who gave it to me. The bat has been around since we were playing under 15’s.
How does your bat compliment your batting style?
Well, the bat is kinda hopeless. So am I. Those two factors seem to go together to make me the batsman that you see on a Saturday.
If anything, what don’t you like about your bat?
It has purple on it.
If you could have any bat in the world, what would it be? Doesn’t matter, I could have the best bat in the world and still not make runs.
What was your first bat? A Kookaburra youth bat made from Kashmir willow. I think I got it in the Christmas between year 7 and 8…….1995. I must have been 12. I was disappointed with it because it didn’t have enough meat, which is the most important feature of a bat.
Custom Made covered with Kookaburra Diablo stickers
The handle is round at the top, oval at the bottom, made with Kevlar. Slightly bowed, grade 1 English willow-7 grain, a very select sweet spot. I’m choosy about my grips, some games I may have 2, or one with plaster tape on the inside, or just one. Depends on my mood.
How long have you had your bat for?
Since October 2005. Cost me a fortune! Took me forever to save up. I’m starting a bat fund now so when I get married, I won’t have to ask my wife. The guy who made the bat for me said;
"Ring me after your first innings. If you didnt make a 50, dont ring me. (Out of all the bats hes made only one person didnt make a 50; he got 49) Unfortunately no one cut the grass at Bray Park and it resembled that of the Amazon and I only managed 28*. However I got a 100 in my next innings. He was ok with that.
How does your bat compliment your batting style:
Its very light, has great balance and allows me to wield it with ease. Has an amazing sweet spot (when I find it!)
When it connects, it goes! Which is great cause I'm not strong like Dale. Allows me to score fluently off the back and on the front foot. The sweet spot is a touch lower as I’m a front foot player.
If anything, what don’t you like about your bat? I
If I want to go the tonk, I have to find the middle, if not; it just dribbles of the pitch.
If you could have any bat in the world, what would it be?
Im a Kookaburra fan through and through. I’ll take Hussey’s bat, the Genesis 1000, with a graphite backing. Or if I could afford it, another custom made one, but in a 2’8.
What was your first bat?
A Gabba 2003, My dad bought me when I was 10. Only problem it was too heavy for me, I guess that explains why I totally stunk as a kid playing cricket. I used it throughout my junior days till I was 19. Great bat!
Hero Honda --Ton
-Red Grip, Red Stickers and a really dodgy ‘Ton’ burn mark at bottom.
-A bow in the bat which is so pronounced that it has been called a boomerang.
- Absolutely no meat except for about an inch from the bottom.
- Pure grade one plank wood from an Indian Bunnings
How long have I had it?
Too Long- Nah only a couple of years. Got it from EBay... as a matter of fact you can still purchase them (approx 50 bucks)...
How does it complement me??
Well I’m a sucker for thinking I’ve gotten a great deal and my bat is a reminder that I am constantly getting ripped off. As for playing it has no meat, no sweet spot and no power…. It is the EXACT opposite to me.
What don’t I like about it?
Hmmm……… this is a real hard one hmmmmmm……. It really annoys me that the grip NEVER stays on the stupid handle!!!
Any Bat in the World???
GN FUSION 1000 small men’s 2’63 (and that’s what I keep telling myself because I just bought the thing).
Gunn and Moore—it lasted about ˝ hr and I cracked the handle. Took it back and got a Kookaburra- skillfully lacquered and which cracked when you hit anything with it.