Newbery Merlin SPS Junior Cricket Bat - Dark Blue - Light Blue
New for 2016, the Merlin has been specifically designed to create a super-light pickup, while still offering the power to play through the field. An exclusive, patent-pending counterbalance handle makes the bat feel 3oz lighter, enabling quicker reaction times – particularly useful when facing fast bowlers.
The counterbalance is made from Lignum Vitae, the densest trade wood in the world, allowing efficient redistribution of weight in a small area. The blade itself, meanwhile, is crafted from premium English Willow, ensuring classic performance and long-lasting quality.
For players that base their game on reactions and quick decision-making, the Merlin could be the difference between a perfectly timed shot and a spiralling off stump.
It’s well deserved, too: their batmaking lineage goes back over a century and encompasses some of the most skilled makers in the history of the craft.
The story begins with Len Newbery, a master batmaker who was among the pioneers of cricket bat crafting techniques in the early 1900s. Len passed his skills on to his son, John, who quickly demonstrated his own prowess and became a respected figure within the industry.
In 1981, John struck out on his own and founded John Newbery Ltd, taking charge as master batmaker. It didn’t take long for his craftsmanship and eye for detail to pay dividends – he produced blades of such quality that players from around the world demanded Newbery bats.
John set the standard, and his team followed. To this day, long after his passing, every batmaker at the workshop knows the rule: only bats that would be good enough for John are good enough to bear the Newbery name.
Perfectly crafted with premium branding, there’s nothing classier than a Newbery bat. When you walk out to the crease with one in your hand, you feel that prestige, and with it comes a desire to perform at your best. Every innings is a chance to show what true quality looks like. That’s Newbery.
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