Grading Cricket Bats

GRADE 1

The most expensive willow and arguably the best looking blade. There may be some red wood evident on the blade and generally there will be at least six fairly straight grains visible on the face. There may be a small knot or speck in the edge or back of the bat but the playing area should be nice and clean.

GRADE 2

Excellent quality blade but usually more red wood may be visible than on a Grade 1. which does not affect the playability of the bat. Similar number of grains to a Grade 1 with potentially the odd blemish or butterfly in the grain on the face.

GRADE 3

The most extensively used grade of blade which offers excellent value for money. A Grade 3 blade may have up to half the face in a tint/red wood color, although this does not affect playability. This grade will have around five grains on the face that may not be as straight and there is likely to be some specks or butterfly marks’in the grain on the face of the bat.

GRADE 4

Usually over half of the blade may have a discolored area but the product playability should not be affected. There are often only four grains and there are more butterfly blemishes and marks on the face of the bat.

GRADE 5

This grade is produced during our production process and is similar to a Grade 4. although may have more blemishes in the wood and cosmetically may not look as good.