V Sports Cricket Bat Knocking In Service

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Knocking in a cricket bat, is the process of conditioning and hardening the blade’s surface which can be long, tiresome and noisy, but it is an essential process to increase the lifespan and performance of the bat. When you knock in a cricket bat, the fibres of the Willow are compressed and become tough enough to withstand the impact and power of a cricket ball, giving you good rebound and feel when striking the leather ball. It also helps protect the bat from cracking and splitting.

Ideally, you should spend at least four to six hours knocking in a cricket bat with a gradual pressure, even if it has come prepared or ‘ready to play’, to help condition and harden your bat for heavy net practice use or competitive play. However, if you don’t have the time to knock in your own bat, or don’t want to annoy the family or neighbours; VSports offers a full Knocking In Service in-house using a Lignum Knocking Mallet and custom made Machine for this process.

Each year we provide this service to over 700 cricket bats. This service includes: Knocking in, oiling of the bat and Antiscuff Blade Protective Cover if required. We recommend this to all customers once a new bat is purchased.

Once the bat has been knocked-in, we recommend that it is used with an old soft cricket ball to start with, and then gradually progress to using a new ball. 

  • Send to: (F.O.A Repairs Dept) V Sports, Unit 4 Amphion Business Park, Silverstone Drive, Coventry, UK, CV6 6PD
  • Please allow 10-14 days (during Peak Season) for this service.
  • If ANTISCUFF (Clear Protective Blade Cover) is not required, please choose the correct option in the dropdown menu.
  • If toe guard or extra grips (fitted) is required then please add from the available option below


The game of cricket can sometimes leave your bat in need of some urgent TLC. Instead of dismissing your bat and looking for a new one, you might be able to extend your bat’s lifespan whilst maintaining the blade performance with our in-house bat repairs service if you want to keep your favourite old bat going.

Bat repairs include:
•    General Tidy and Clean
•    Surface Crack, Lifts, Facial Blade Damage
•    Specialist Toe Damage Repairs (IE: Yorker or Mistimed Shots)
•    Water Toe Damage
•    Weight Reduction
•    Broken Handles
•    Re- Shaping Handles
•    Fit new grips

To find out more information about our In-House Bat Repairs Service, or if you would like to make an enquiry, please complete the form on the Contact us page with detailed information and we will get back to you shortly. You can also ring our Repairs Department on +44(0)24 76 360300.



Please be aware that due to the current Coronavirus situation deliveries may be affected

For In stock items, During Weekday Any orders placed before 1pm will normally be processed and dispatched the same day and will be delivered with the selected shipping method.

For UK mainland orders total is £50.00 or more standard delivery is free of charge. For orders total is less then £50.00 standard delivery starts at £1.99. This will be made clear at checkout before you pay for your order.
Our partners for UK and Worldwide delivery services are UK Mail (now part of DHL) and Royal Mail if selected. Once your order leaves us we will email you to confirm the dispatch and provide tracking information depending your chosen shipping option.

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For some very light or low value items we use Royal Mail for our standard delivery service. Please allow 5 - 7 working days. (Express options are also available at the checkout). If your item is out of stock we will notify you as soon as possible

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All  Returns must be within 14 Days. Please contact us for authorization ensuring to include Order Number, Full Name & Purchase Date. Refund can only be made if received in pristine condition including packaging 

Bat Size Guide

Height of PlayerBat HeightBat Size
5ft 7" +33 1/2"SH
5ft 4" +32 3/4"H
5ft 2" +31 3/4"6
4ft 11" +30 3/4"5
4ft 9" +29 3/4"4
4ft 6" +28 3/4"3

Bat Weights - All Junior Bats will be Light
Light 2lb 7oz - 2lb 9oz  Medium 2lb 10oz - 2lb 13oz  Heavy 2lb 14oz

Shoe Size Guide


Batting Pad Guide (approximate guide measuring from where the batting pad sits the top of the foot to the middle of the knee roll)

Mini - 12 inches (305mm)
Small Boys - 13 inches (330mm)
Boys 14 - inches (356mm)
Youths - 15 inches (381mm)
Mens - 17 (432mm)
XL - 19 inches (483mm)