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Here at Duck and Run Ltd we take great care in selecting only the very best Cricket bat for you. To ensure you get maximum performance from your new Cricket bat we have compiled the following bat care guide for you.
Before use, one or two coats of raw linseed oil (a coat is a teaspoon full) should be gently applied to all exposed areas of the wood, excluding the splice area. The bat should then be carefully knocked in with an old leather ball or a bat mallet. Oiled correctly the wood fibres should be supple the face and edge will dent rather than crack during the knocking in process.
The blade of the bat should be periodically cleaned down with fine sandpaper and then a thin coat of oil should be applied to keep the surface pliable and prevent the oiled bat from drying out. Ensure however that the bat is not over oiled as this leads to a deadening of the bat and reduction in performance (as a rough guide, apply no more than three further coats per year) A bat with Anti-scuff fitted to protect it during the initial knocking in process will require the cover to be removed midway through each season and oiled to prevent the bat drying out.
At the end of each season your Duck and Run bat should be cleaned, lightly oiled and stored in a cool, dry location away from direct heat as this may lead to drying out of the bat and therefore making it brittle and susceptible to future damage.
Our cricket bats are handcrafted from natural materials and as a result, during normal usage, are likely to incur superficial face and edge damage. These do not detract from the more overall performance of the bat. Should more serious damage occur to the bat due to a mistimed shot or the 'digging out' of a yorker, the damage can often be easily repaired without affecting performance. Here at Duck and Run we pride ourselves on the service we give our customers, customers who we hope to keep for life. However on occasions damage will occur to cricket bats due to the age of the bat or the poor treatment that is has received from it's owner. At such a moment, we use our vast knowledge and experience to give you, the customer, our honest opinion. This may result in Duck and Run refusing to repair or replace bats free of charge and we reserve this right.Care must be taken to avoid the following:Exposure to extremes of temperature.standing the bat in linseed oil.Usage against hard or poor quality cricket ball prior to knocking in.Allowing the bat to become wet.Usage in indoor nets prior to knocking in.
BAT MAKERS NOTE
The materials used in this bat have been specifically selected and during the manufacturing process a large amount of careful attention has been given to each individual bat - I ask that you do the same.
We at Duck and Run Ltd find it impractial to give our cricket bats a conventional guarantee. Although we use raw materials of the highest quality, both cane and willow are natural materials with unpredictable durability. We are however concerned with maintaining our reputation for quality and will repair or replace bats which in our opinion have not given adequate service. We are unable to accept responsibility for the bats damaged by misuse (e.g. over/under oiling, failure to knock/play in, use against cheap cricket ball etc) This policy equals or exceeds the industry standard, any non Duck and Run repair made to a bat will nullify any claim regardless of age.