There is an ideal cricket bat size for everyone, no matter what your age, size, or shape. However, it isn’t always easy to find the best bat. If you’re new to the sport then finding a beginner cricket bat can be tough.
The correct sizing is essential, and it could be that a harrow cricket bat is right for you. If so, you need to find the best harrow cricket bat to help you hit those boundaries on a Saturday. That’s where we can help…
What is a Harrow Cricket Bat?
You will notice when you look at the sizing of cricket bats that there are just two official adult sizes, SH and LH.
The kids’ sizes are Size 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. Then we have Harrow. The “in between” size. Harrow bats are usually great for teenage players. Once they have outgrown the kids’ bats this can be the ideal step towards an adult bat.
Our research shows that these kinds of bats are usually best for those between around 12 and 15 years of age, and 5’ 5” to 5’ 8” in height. These rules are not set in stone, though. If you find a harrow bat to be the most comfortable and useful for you, then you can go ahead and use it. Plenty of young adults and female players get a lot of use out of a harrow bat and there is no reason why you can’t use one in a match.
As a quick side note, “Harrow” is sometimes shortened to “H” in the way the SH and LH adult bats are short for Short Handle and Long Handle.
Are Harrow Bats Cheaper Than Adult Bats?
Yes, you can usually save some money on a harrow bat in comparison to an adult bat, but that’s just an added bonus. You should only buy a harrow bat if it is the right size for you.
Choosing a Harrow Bat
Before we explore a couple of options for the best harrow bat, let’s look at the criteria for choosing the best bat for you.
- Size. Only buy a harrow bat if it feels right for you, and if you can carry the weight. You should be able to hold the bat out in front of you, with your arm fully extended, without getting tired (at least not straight away).
- Material. A lot of harrow bats are made out of cheaper materials and woods, but there is no substitute for willow. Our bats are made out of quality Salix Alba wood, grown in India from the willow tree used to produce most high-quality bats.
- Pickup and sweet spot. The pickup refers to how the bat feels to play, and the sweet spot is the area that you want to make a connection with the ball. A bat with a great pickup will feel nicer to use, and could even result in more runs.
- Bat weight. Most people are looking for a balance in bat weight, something light enough to handle and manoeuvre but that also allows them to generate plenty of power.
- Price. There is always a cost consideration when buying a bat. If you are buying for a teenager they will also be likely to grow out of the bat in a few years, so spending hundreds and hundreds is not usually a good idea.
Everyone’s priorities are slightly different, but sticking to these buying criteria will help you to make the right choice.
The Best Harrow Cricket Bat Options
Let’s explore some options for cricket bats in the Harrow size.
The Village Cricket Bat – Harrow
£67 – Buy on Village Cricket Co.
Our cricket bats are available in all sizes, from size 1 of the junior bats all the way to LH adult bats.
Our harrow cricket bat is 82 cm long (~32.5 inches) which we’ve found to suit people between about 5′ 5″ and 5′ 8″. If you fall into this range, or you’re buying for someone who does, this is likely to be a great size.
Weighing in at 2lb 5oz this bat is on the lighter end of the spectrum for harrow bats, but with a great pickup, you can still hit big shots with the Village Cricket Bat.
Our mission of making cricket affordable means this bat is available at a reasonable price tag. By not chasing endorsements and keeping design simple, we pass the savings onto our customers while still providing a reliable bat. The bat also comes knocked in and ready to take to your next nets session.
Gray-Nicolls Alpha Gen Junior Custom Made Cricket Bat
RRP £300 – Buy on Cricket Direct
Gray Nicolls is a huge brand in the world of cricket, and this bat is ideal for players who need the Harrow size and don’t mind splashing out. The bat is custom made, meaning you can choose your own preferences such as the bow of the bat and the weight of the piece of wood that is used.
The bat is made from English willow, and you can choose additional knocking in services as well as a bat care kit, but this all adds to the cost.
If you know exactly what you are looking for from a bat, down to the tiny details, this product may facilitate your ideal order, but it comes at a significant cost, which is frustrating if you find yourself replacing it with a SH bat in a few years.
There are many options for those who want a Harrow bat. If you don’t mind going all out with costs, there are some Harrow bats that cost nearly as much as adult sizes, and some offer plenty of quality. With the Village Cricket Bat, though, we are proud to offer the same reliability and a bat that feels great to play with, all for a fraction of the cost of some of the competing models.