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  • Updated:23 Dec 2006
 

02.Results

What to buy

For hard ball competition:

  • SLAZENGER V389 Select - $135
  • GRAY-NICOLLS Fusion Enforcer - $80
  • KOOKABURRA Genesis 8000 - $175
  • GRAY-NICOLLS Powerbow 500 - $135
  • PUMA Ballistic 3000 - $150

For soft ball / backyard:

  • KOOKABURRA Kahuna Magic - $50
  • CRICKET AUSTRALIA Test - $38
  • PUMA Gilchrist - $50

What about the rest?

  • The MRF is OK, but heavy and not well balanced. However, it’s reasonable value for a kid strong enough to use it.
  • The SLAZENGER V23 Kashmir is also too heavy and unbalanced. There are better bats for the same money.
  • The WOODWORM is too heavy and long for a Harrow size and would be too much for most youngsters to handle. But it’s otherwise well made and good value for a kid who’s big and strong enough to wield it.
  • The AERIAL is made from poor quality wood and isn’t well finished. It’s only suitable for backyard play with a tennis ball, and isn’t great value even for that.
 

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Results table

  Results Specifications Features
Brand/model Overall score Size Overall length (cm) Length of handle (cm) Weight (g) Weight in lbs and oz* Origin Literature provided Pre-treatment Protective coating Accessories provided Price paid ($) **
SLAZENGER V389 Select Very good H 82.8 27.3 980.7 2 lb 2.6 oz India None None Rubber toe war paint stickers, wrist sweat band 135
GRAY-NICOLLS Fusion Enforcer Very good 6 81.2 26.6 985.4 2 lb 2.8 oz India Care instruction booklet 'Ready to play' sticker Clear plastic sleeve on lower face/edges, rubber toe none 80
KOOKABURRA Genesis 8000 Good H 82.2 26.5 1024.9 2 lb 4.2 oz India Product catalogue - no care instructions not stated Rubber toe none 175
GRAY-NICOLLS Powerbow 500 Good H 82.5 27 1043.6 2 lb 4.8 oz India Care instruction booklet 'Ready to play' sticker Clear plastic sleeve on lower face/edges, rubber toe none 135
PUMA Ballistic 3000 Good H 83 28.5 1044.5 2 lb 4.9 oz India Care instruction swing tag 'Puma pre-prepared' label (B) Clear plastic sleeve on lower face/edges, rubber toe none 150
KOOKABURRA Kahuna Magic OK H 81.5 26.8 972.2 2 lb 2.3 oz not stated Product catalogue - no care instructions not stated Cloth covering on face and back, painted back, painted toe none 50
CRICKET AUSTRALIA Test OK 6 81 26.3 965.6 2 lb 2.1 oz India None 'Ready to play' sticker Cloth covering on face, painted back, rubber toe none 38
PUMA Gilchrist OK H 82.5 28 1036.1 2 lb 4.6 oz India Care instruction swing tag 'Does not require oiling' sticker Varnished face and back none 50
MRF Prodigy OK H 83 29 1066.3 2 lb 5.6 oz India Care instruction booklet not stated none none 60
SLAZENGER V23 Kashmir Borderline H 81.9 26.4 1048.2 2 lb 5 oz India None None Cloth covering on face, rubber toe war paint stickers, wrist sweat band 50
WOODWORM Pieterson Pioneer Torch Borderline (A) H 84.7 28 1079.4 2 lb 6.1 oz not stated Care instruction booklet not stated 'Fibreface' coating on lower face/edges, rubber toe none 60
AERIAL Kashmir Willow Poor 6 79.5 25.5 853.3 1 lb 14.1 oz India Care instructions sticker on back not stated none none 30
 

Table notes

* Cricket bat weights are traditionally expressed in pounds and ounces.
** Price paid in October 2006.
(A) See profile for further explanation.
(B) Instructions state it's ready for immediate use against old balls. Further knocking-in recommended.

This article last reviewed December 2006