My beloved bat is broken, to repair or retire?
I knew this day would come…
I just didn’t think it would come so soon.
The one that gave me the confidence to realise I could make a decent cricket bat has now reached that time where I have to decide between, repairing it and waiting for inevitable moment when it disintegrates in my hands or retiring it with a dignified cremation ceremony (chopped up and used for firewood). We went from “The journey of a wannabe Pod Shaver.” to “Refurbishment of a friend” and perhaps it finishes here…
|This is repairable, I’ve seen worse.|
The picture above shows a stretch of the face about 6-8 inches long. Approximately the top 1mm of willow has peeled away from the layer below, basically the middle has delaminated. This can be a sign that the bat is in its prime and this bat still plays superbly. But whereas before it sounded slightly hollow it now sounds like you’re banging a snare drum that’s not been tightened and the hollow area is LARGE!
Whatever I do I won’t get it done this week and I doubt I’ll have the heart to risk peeling that anti-scuff knowing most of the face is being held down by it. It will be a delicate surgical procedure.
Casting even more doubt on the possibility of a repair is the fact I have a new bat awaiting its debut.
Happy New Bat Beachcricket?