Newbery Excalibur Player Cricket Bat
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Newbery Excalibur Player Cricket Bat

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From £249.99 (FREE UK Delivery)
RRP: £322.00 You Save: £72.01 (22%)
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N.B. The bat for sale has already been fully knocked in (with a mallet), so no need to add our knocking-in service or do it yourself! The knocking-in service price is included for this bat.
  • NEW FOR 2018!
  • Unique Sloping Shoulders.
  • Made in England.
  • Originally made famous by Lance Cairns in the 70s, now back for 2018!
  • Long Duck Bill Toe - creates an unbelievable balance and light feel and adds depth and power to the toe.
  • Mid-High Sweet Spot - ideal for back foot play and use on fast pitches.
  • Slight Concaving - for weight control and improved pick-up and feel.
  • Oval Handle.
  • Newbery Toe Guard fitted.
  • Natural Finish - no anti-scuff sheet fitted.

It is with great excitement that Newbery bring us the Excalibur Range.

Handcrafted from English willow, shorn of shoulders, it was a one-off that grew to international prominence in the hands of New Zealand's Lance Cairns in the 1970s, and the bat continues with its unique look today.

It has a shorter spine and long duck bill toe, as this will ensure the bat has an unbelievable balance and light feel - but it packs a real punch.

Few cricket bats have so radically deviated from the traditional mould as the Newbery Excalibur, and with no shoulders it will enable the bat maker to keep the weight down and concentrate more of the wood where it really matters (no, not the edges! THE SWEET SPOT).

The design originated in England, where Guy (an ex NZ cricketer who had the original idea) observed a Newbery bat with what he calls a “dry knot”. This was 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, John said, the shoulder would fly right off, but what could they do about it? Guy said, “What if we shave it?”. So that’s what John did. Guy went on to say, “I think that’s a good idea for a bat!”. John said, “What would you call it? it’s got to be something like a sword”.  Guy said, “It felt like a heavy wand”.  John said, “What about King Arthur, Excalibur”.  Guy said, “You’ve hit the nail on the head, it sounds great”.

And there you have it; the Excalibur was born…

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For orders outside of the UK, we offer a ship by weight service, meaning your shipping cost will be calculated at checkout based purely on the total weight of the products ordered.  A few (Standard Delivery) examples are as follows:

Cricket Ball to Europe: £9.00

Cricket Ball to USA: £10.00

Cricket Ball to Australia/India/New Zealand: £10.00

Batting Gloves to Europe: £12.00

Batting Gloves to USA: £11.00

Batting Gloves to Australia/India/New Zealand: £15.00

Cricket Bat to USA: £12.50

Cricket Bat to Canada: £25.00

Cricket Bat to Europe: £15.00

Cricket Bat to Australia/India/New Zealand: £30.00

Adult Wheelie/Stand-Up Bag to USA: £60.00

Adult Wheelie/Stand-Up Bag to Europe: £50.00

Batting Pads to Australia/India/New Zealand: £55.00

Batting Pads to Europe: £20.00

Batting Pads to USA: £40.00

Please note that some Standard Delivery orders outside of the UK will not be trackable, but all Express Delivery orders will be.  All 1kg+ orders outside of Europe are sent via air freight couriers (usually DHL or UPS), which are fully trackable, and usually take no longer than 3-5 days to arrive regardless of delivery location.

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