FINEST SALIX ALBA CAERULEA.
Since 1996, from their workshop in the heart of the Hampshire countryside, Chase Cricket has been designing and handcrafting the very finest cricket bats for young and old in all levels of the game.
The willow, the finest salix alba caerulea, is sourced locally, allowing them to pay close attention to the weight and grain structure of each cleft. Only the finest willow is selected to become a Chase cricket bat.
Throughout the manufacturing process, every bat is meticulously checked, ensuring that no Chase bat leaves the workshop unless it meets their high standards.
The CHASE Guarantee
CHAE gives all their bats four hours worth of knocking-in to loosen and soften the compressed wood fibres on the surface, forming a supple finish. This increases the performance of the bats recoil reaction. Edges and corners are boned to further strengthen the bat and protect it against damage.
CHASE Manufacturing Process
The willow is compressed to produce a hard enough surface to withstand the impact of a cricket ball. Over-pressing the blade can be detrimental, producing a blade that is too hard. The blade is pressed up to three times between 1500 lbs and 2000 lbs per square inch.
After pressing, the splice is cut into the shoulder end of the blade to accept the handle. The cleft is then expertly shaped using drawknives, spokeshaves and wooden block planes. A radial blockplane is used to shape the flanks on the Finback. The handle is shaped using a rasp taking care to create that classic oval handle. The shoulders and blade are now sanded on inflatable sanding drums. Hand sanding with three grades of sandpaper achieves a very high finish. The edges of the bat are boned to make them more resilient to damage.
An acetone sealant is applied to stop moisture damage in the toe area. The bat is then held between centres whilst the handle is bound using high quality twine. Applying PVA adhesive seals the twine and strengthens the handle. Burnishing the blade with Hampshire chalk and beeswax gives a high gloss finish. The bats are then carefully labelled and fitted with a UK made latex grip.
Finally, each bat is run through the knocking-in machine to loosen and soften the compressed wood fibres across the whole surface of the blade.
Awards and Recognition
Chase bats have won many awards for their quality, performance, pick-up and value for money they provide. Here are a few of them as published in the Cricketer magazine.
2018: Chase Cricket's Finback R7 wins The Cricketer "Good Gear Guide - Best in Class" award
2017: Chase Cricket's Vortex ranks 1st in The Cricketer "Good Gear Guide" award