Making Your Own Cricket Bat

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If the United States has football, the United Kingdom has cricket for a national game.

First played in 18th century, this game involves 2 teams with 11 players each. Just like baseball and softball, a bat and a ball are used – only, the game field has a 22-yard-long central section with 3 wooden stumps at both ends.

Interesting, right?

Thus, here are some tips in making your own cricket bat:

  • Use the right kind of wood. Cricket bats are usually made out of willow wood – specifically, from Cricket Bat Willow or Salix alba var. careulea – a kind of White Willow, which is best known for its toughness and shock-resistant characteristics. It’s also known to withstand the high-speed impact of cricket balls coming straight for the bat.
  • Use the right kind of saw. Cricket bats are also usually made with a circular saw, which ensures the cricket bat maker of a smooth and “almost” polished wood – or in this case, blade – cutting process. You can check out some of the best circular saws out there, as well as compare with other kinds of circular saws at http://sawingpros.com/best-circular-saw-reviews/.
  • It should have the right shape. To further polish the cricket bat’s blade, you will need a clear outline of it and a mechanical press to easily form it into the right shape: paddle-like with a triangular and thin slit at its end for the handle to fit in.
  • It should have a tight handle. You wouldn’t want to have your cricket bat flying off as you hit the ball in an official, would you? Always make sure that the handle and the blade is tightly attached by covering the triangular and thin slit and the handle’s point with both glue and rope.
  • It should be “fully” polished. And by this, it means that the overall cricket bat should look smooth and “fully” polished, which can be done by rubbing it with sandpaper and refining it with linseed oil.

Have fun making your own cricket bat, just like Hayden Sherwood!

Top 5 Travel Destinations for Cricket Lovers

Travel and cricket should be right about on top of every cricket lover’s trip-list. Whether you’re thinking of watching the World Cup or visiting iconic cricket grounds, you will find certain destinations worth the trip. Here are the top destinations that the cricket lover in you will want to visit now.

Australia
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Why you should visit: The Great Barrier Reef, Sydney and its scenic attractions, food, and things to do; beautiful beaches across the country, city parks, surfing, wine region, and of course – cricket; the legendary Melbourne Cricket Ground, Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame in New South Wales, the Australian Cricket Association Stadium (WACA) Ground in Perth and the WACA Museum

India
HPCA-Stadium-in-Dharamshala
Why you should visit: The country where cricket is like a religion, historic landmarks, the majestic Taj Mahal and other famous attractions; the people, culture, and cuisine; The Eden Gardens in Kol Blades of Glory Museum in Pune, the Cricket Ball Factories in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh; the Cricket Ganesha Temple in Chennai; Shivaji Park in Mumbai where some of the legendary names of the cricket world once practiced; and the HPCA Stadium in Dharamshala where you can watch cricket matches against a backdrop of majestic scenery of snow-capped Himalayan mountain

New Zealand
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Why you should visit: Breathtaking landscapes, LOTR attractions like the Hobbiton, stunning natural scenery that include hot springs, lakes, mountains, and volcanoes; the New Zealand Cricket Museum in Wellington, and the Basin Reserve — a historic Test venue where you can watch cricket matches in the midst of beautiful scenery

South Africa
Newland's Cricket Ground
Why you should visit: The country’s culture and history, a wide range of scenic attractions, natural wonders, adventure destinations, diverse wildlife; the picturesque Newland’s Cricket Ground in Cape Town

United Kingdom
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Why you should visit: People, culture, and history; bustling and beautiful cities as well as quiet and quaint countryside; historic buildings, awe-inspiring architecture, art and music scene; a strong cricket tradition, London cricket destinations likethe Lord’s Cricket Ground and MCC Museu, the Dukes Cricket Factory, and the Mitcham Cricket Green which dates back to 1685; head to Scotland for more cricket watching and sightseeing; explore the sights and sounds of Wales while catching a cricket match

Cricket and Scenic Views – 8 Match Grounds with Outstanding Scenery

Venue aesthetics may not be on top of your list when you love the game. As long as the match grounds meet the requirements and standards, everything else may seem like a bonus. But imagine if you can watch cricket in a stadium built in the midst of breathtaking scenery. The experience should be quite something else. For future reference, here is a list of some of the world’s best match grounds with outstanding scenery.

1. Adelaide Oval
Adelaide Oval
Location: Adelaide, South Australia
Highlights: Sporting and entertainment events venue, sits in the midst of scenic parklands, stunning views of the stadium or the parklands from well-appointed dining rooms, top notch amenities and facilities, views of the city and the St Peter’s Cathedral nearby

2. Basin Reserve
Basin Reserve
Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Highlights: Located at the foot of Mount Victoria, sporting venue that is on the National Heritage list, watch matches on a grassy bank and enjoy the picturesque scene

3. Galle International Stadium
Galle International Stadium
Location: Galle, Sri Lanka
Highlights: Widely-viewed as one of the most scenic cricket match grounds in the world, located near the Galle fort that dates back to the 16th century, a view of the Indian Ocean

4. Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium
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Location: Chelian, India
Highlights: Located in the foothills of the Himalayas, fairly new cricket ground compared with the oldest facilities in UK and other parts of the world, postcard perfect scenery with views of snow-capped mountains

5. Lord’s
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Location: St John’s Wood Rd, London
Highlights: St John’s Wood serves as a scenic backdrop, The Pavilion that dates back to the Victorian era, an eye-catching weather vane called the Old Father Time, the mesmerizing Media Centre, the Grace Gates, and more

6. Newlands Cricket Stadium
Newlands Cricket Stadium
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Highlights: Sits in a scenic landscape with a brewery, the Table Mountain, and Devil’s Peak as backdrop; a great place to soak up some sun and scenery while losing yourself in an exciting cricket match

7. Queenstown Events Centre
Queenstown Events Centre
Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Highlights: Indoor sporting and various events venue, sits close to the Queenstown International Airport which adds plane spotting to your cricket watching experience, scenic views of the surrounding landscape

8. Wormsley Cricket Ground
Wormsley Cricket Ground
Location: Stokenchurch, High Wycombe, UK
Highlight: Located within the vast Wormsley Park which covers 2,500 acres of land, picturesque and dreamy scenery, stunning buildings and breathtaking landscape, tranquil atmosphere, lovely cricket pavilion and cricket grounds with a spectacular vista all around