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Cricket Equipment Answered

Does anybody out there have the specifications for making cricket bats and wickets? Can you direct me to a website that might have some plans?


Th maximum dimensions of a bat are 4.25" x 38" (that once won me a fair bit of money at a trivia comp).

From the Lord's website :

"2. Size of stumps
The tops of the stumps shall be 28 in/71.1cm above the playing surface and shall be dome shaped except for the bail grooves. The portion of a stump above the playing surface shall be cylindrical, apart from the domed top, with circular section of diameter not less than 1 3/8 in/3.49cm nor more than 1 1/2 in/3.81cm. See Appendix A.

3. The bails
(a) The bails, when in position on the top of the stumps,
(i) shall not project more than 1/2 in/1.27cm above them.
(ii) shall fit between the stumps without forcing them out of the vertical.

(b) Each bail shall conform to the following specifications. See Appendix A.

Overall length:- 4 5/16 in/10.95cm
Length of barrel:- 2 1/8 in/5.40cm
Longer spigot:- 1 3/8 in/3.49cm
Shorter spigot:- 13/16 in/2.06cm

Link to laws regarding bats: Law 6

(Law 8 deals with the stumps)

Two pictures; one from Wikipedia, one from Lord's


Thanks for the information and illustrations. I had a rough idea on the length and width of the bats. I looked at the commercially made bats and they are a bit pricey for me at this point since this is kind of experimental for me. I see the bats described as English willow. Does willow mean the same thing in the UK as it does here? Seems like it would be a bit soft. Thanks again.

Sorry, I thought it best if we use the latin. Salix alba caerulea...saves the confusion to what is an American or English Willow :-) As for the softness, it doesn't matter, you want the weight and the spring. The majority of the power from the bat comes from the flex of the wood and the strength of the spring. The bat is shaped with a flat side (to hit the ball) and a definite V in the rear that privides the extra strength. I hope you get this off the ground, my wife, daughters and i went to a small Greek island about 2 years ago and we joined up with a group of people from Greece, Spain, Germany and France, not one of us could fluently speak the other languages but we enjoyed a wonderful time playing beach cricket for 2 hours, joined in sport and desperately trying to beat the beach car park attendant:-) great memories Here is reasonable image of what I was trying to explain:


Interesting. I had always pictured it more like a flat paddle - like gym teachers used to use over here for discipline or like you see fraternities using in the movies to spank inductees - but I see that it is shaped differently. Thanks.

Well I would sa\y , if it is for an introduction, a flat paddle would do fine. I would also play with a tennis ball. The fielders in cricket don't gloves apart from the wicket keeper, I have a few shattered fingers after a catch went wrong. A baseball, although larger is still about the same weight.

Dammit! Wrote a massive post which somehow was deleted when I hit 'preview'... here's the gist.

The USA has a Cricket Association, I'm sure they'd love to help you out with info or even equipment. They have a North West region which encompasses Idaho.

Bat making is described as a Master Craft, the fact that it doesn't fall apart and isn't too jarring is due to the complicated spring design of the blade/handle joint. I think making your own bat would be a bit task. In non-competitive school sport games we'd often use the simplest of all bats - a hollow plastic one, used with a tennis ball. These bats are often used in Kanga cricket.

You can substitute stumps with a simple rectangle drawn on something. Traditionally it's a rubbish bin, but a wall is a good choice too, because it has a built in "electric wiki" - any nick off the bat that hits the wall on the full is assumed to be caught. Also the wall cuts down on the number of times you have to go chasing the ball when it's missed by everyone.

Thank you for the response. I attended the University of Montana and currently live in the "Panhandle" end of Idaho where I work for a library. We are pretty far north -- a couple of hours Canadian border. Pretty country -- a bit isolated at times. I am looking at getting the Scout troop I lead interested in cricket. Looks like fun and the boys need to learn that not all recreation involves staring a monitor and killing aliens.

As a kid I constructed a cricket bat, pretty simple affair, cut from a solid piece of wood and I spoke shaved the handle. My Dad bowled me a fast ball and when I went for the swing it felt as though someone had hit the bat across my thumb webs...OUCH. The science behind the bat is the weight of the blade and the strength of the spring. The handles are invariably sectioned with rubber and the handle is attached to the blade. The handle and the blade are two different woods and the blade/bat was normally made from willow. The handle more solid. If you can, find a slow motion video of a bat hitting a ball and you will be amazed by the flexing that takes place!!! It has to be strong. Good luck with showing the troop cricket, it is an acquired taste and it will be a culture shock for the Baseball generation. The best thing to speed it up is to have a small number of overs and a three no hits, out rule to keep their minds focussed....oh and if you want to play the stereotype of us British toffs, a nice tiffin of cakes and tea at the break:-) I look forward to an instructable

If you are looking to get kids into cricket then Kanga Cricket is awesome. Easier and faster.