Slazenger V500 Club Cricket Bat Full Size

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Review of "Slazenger V500 Club Cricket Bat Full Size"

published 11/07/2016 | thedevilinme
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Slazenger V500 Club Cricket Bat Full Size

Slazenger V500 Club Cricket Bat Full Size

Dave Richardson, the head of the ICC, has tackled bent arm bowlers and now he is going after batsmen. Not the batsman themselves but the equipment. He feels the explosion of Twenty20 around the world means the development of bats now favors the batsmen against the bowler. I have watched one-day games where players use three different weights and sizes of bats in an innings for the various bowlers and situation in the game. Most will use a heavier bat in the opening powerplay overs when the fielders are inside the circle. The balance has been tipped too far and it’s not fair on the bowlers.

The current laws of cricket regarding bat sizes only limits the width of the bat to 4.25 inches and the length to 38 inches. But bat makers have enlarged the ‘sweet spot’ and big bespoke T20 hitters who spend most of the day in the weight room rather than the nets are caning some big sixes because of that equipment, sixes that wouldn’t have gone over the ropes ten years ago. The thickness of edges in modern bats has also increased by almost 300 per cent which, combined with greater stiffness to limit vibrations, means miss-hits can travel much further. A bowler going for five runs an over in an O.D.I. is not considered successful. The top 20 ODI innings scores of over 400 have all happened in the last 10 years and all but 5 of the all time top 100 fifty over innings scores have happened in the this century. That’s not because the bowlers have got particularly worse but the bats have got better. It’s the same in golf with the tall and muscled guys winning majors with long drivers and fairway irons.

As I write about cricket as one of my jobs I also play a bit, but not to any great standard and not as much as I did. As a kid I always wanted to be a swing bowler but however I tried I could get it to swing. You have to have strong shoulders and certain type of side on action to get the ball to go and a beautiful thing to see when a bowler can do it. I remember playing on the local park as very young teens and this lad rocked up and got it to swing and bowled me three times in a row. Below professional level is a devastating skill to have.
Batting wise I was ok and very leg side. The square cut remains the hardest shot in the book and the straight rive the easiest. Actually the shovel down the leg side is the easiest. You can bat forever if you keep out the straight ones and flick the fifth down there.

To achieve this Geoff Boycott mastery you need a bat. I have been working my way through the Slazenger range and recently upgraded to the V500. The V Range starts at V100, the junior size, up to V800, V400 being the first adult bat. After V400 the prices rise above £100 and things get professional. These are not in the garden French Cricket bats. Anyone who owns a bat doesn’t like scuffing a bat and so the more it costs the more it’s used for proper cricket only. You will need the linseed oil for this range to make it last.

It’s about 2lbs in weight (800KG) and around 3ft long, around that regulation 38 inches. It has nice bow to the pressed English willow and increased sweet spot. Most bats are hand made to get that spring in the sweet spot. If you don’t work the willow you get no sweet spot. Its big area for the ball to find and if you hit even three quarter bat you will get a good elevation. Even the toe end has some give.

Handle has a nice grip and looks easy to re-grip. Nicely decaled and although the blue Slazenger symbol doesn’t quite work aesthetically it looks fine. It’s not a trendy bat range though so you may get some looks at the cricket club. I’m not playing for a club and that stuff never bothered me. My first bat was a crappy Sondico and I loved it.

I would say this bat is an ideal young adult or first club bat and you will get five year out of it. The ball comes of it nicely and not many chips after use. Grip is comfortable and it has a good carrier with it. It’s not cheap but if you shop around you will get a good deal.


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  • danielclark691 published 04/08/2016
    Phil, you must have arms like Popeye if this bat weighs 800KG! When you run do you have to leave the bat at the wicket?
  • Dentolux published 03/08/2016
    Superb
  • missrarr published 13/07/2016
    VH
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Long Name: V500 Club Cricket Bat Full Size

MPN: 184687

EAN: 5013317656872

Manufacturer: Slazenger

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