Long Handle Cricket Bat


66 reviews

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✔️ Designed for village cricket
✔️ Lightweight: 2lb 9oz
✔️ Long Handle
✔️ Low middle
✔️ Simple design
✔️ FREE bat case

About Our Long Handle Bat

Find the gaps, even if that is through the slips. The Village Cricket Bat has been built to last and keep hitting those boundaries in picturesque village cricket grounds for years to come. It really is the perfect bat for village cricketers.

We opted out of the fancy branding and we don’t make you choose between multiple different weights or shapes. It’s a 2lb 9oz cricket bat that if you middle it, it flies. We have even pre-knocked it in for you so you don’t need to worry (or pay more) for that.

Created by village cricketers to get more people playing the sport, it will save you money too, so you can have a beer on us!

Word on the square

See what village cricketers are saying about our long handle cricket bat.

I have been delighted with my Village Cricket bat this year. It is an exceptional, well-balanced bat that could easily be mistaken for a bat quadruple the price. In the rare instances that I've middled a shot this year, it has flown off with minimal effort. A great bat and loyal companion in the middle this year.
Paul C of Sunset/Erratics CC
I've now used my bat for nearly a full season now and it's been a very good bat. Getting better every innings. The pick up is to me well balanced and the middle makes a satisfying ping (most of the time) and certainly stays hit. I scored plenty of 50+ scores with it but unfortunately didn't quite get to the century this season
Mike G of Ullenwood Bharat CC
This for the money is a quality bat good pick up and a good middle which I've found every now and then to moo a shit to cow it's a nice looking bat as well I've enjoyed using it
Garry of Whittington Wanderers CC
This was a great purchase. The bat is excellent, a good price and it middles very well. The ongoing support is also excellent with an end if season device available.
Ali S of Pelican CC
Lovely cricket bat!
Richard W of Rosudgeon and Kennegy CC
Love it!
Rhys ofTranmere Victoria CC
The bat has a nice light pick up and a great sweet spot in the middle which the ball races off.
Patrick T of Harrogate Druids CC
This is a great bat for under £100, I have a long handle and love the weight and feel, its lighter than it looks but as someone who uses his long levers for distance this is perfect. It goes a long way when you connect with the lower middle. Its done me proud this season
Andy S of Sleepers CC
Awesome bat. Lovely middle. Great value for money
Chris of Lymm CC
The bat looks terrific. I love the classic less is more design. The pick-up is great and it’s got a very good middle, especially for the price! Such good value!
Scott of Marlborough CC
The bat has been awesome to play and something I’ve enjoyed batting with! The bat is on the heavy side which is helpful for me to get a bit of extra distance and power behind the ball. Only downside I would say of this bat is that the grip needed replacing after a two weeks and was slightly thinner than traditional grips I have used in the past.
Dan R of Deddington CC
Very good value for money bat. Loved it and could have easily rated it 5 just that I think that it could have been better knocked in. May be an expectation as a result of a highly passionate, friendly business model adopted by the Village Cricket team. Really impressed! Thanks team for making a decent affordable for all enthusiastic cricket lovers! 👍🏼
Pranav G of Bexleyheath CC
I found the pickup to be a bit oddly weighted, HOWEVER... Available last minute for a game, the Village Cricket Bat was the only bat I had on me. I scored 50 (exactly!) and felt that despite lacking for power hitters, any timed shots would find their way to the boundary. It is the only time I've used the bat in a game, but value for money wise, it's a bargain.
Ross of Ross CC
Bit disappointed with bat as it has no proper middle. I use my old bat much better. Others have tried it and not impressed..
Chris U of Swaffham CC
Bat is monster piece of timber for the weight and great value buy. Light pick up with great value for shots. Loses 1 star for potential longevity however as noticeable surface damage even after fairly light use
Kris R of Humbleton CC
Excellent quality. Solid sweet spot. Sturdy and good weight. Happy with customer service and delivery is prompt. Would definitely recommend for top quality product that isn't mainstream mass produced.
Peter of Bolton Braves
The Bat picks up very well and plays nicely. The middle is solid and will definitely provide you with a crunch through the covers. The bat is simple but works very well. Would recommend.
Andrew H of Rothwell CC
Really fun bat to use and brilliant customer service, the packaging and presentation has been great and there garden set is great too!
Morgan of Forrester Boyd CC
I've just started playing cricket again and wanted to buy a decent bat, without it costing a fortune. The Village Cricket Co bat stood out thanks to its story and the positive reviews. I decided to give it a try and do not regret it at all. The bat looks great and, despite it feeling a bit heavier than I would like ideally, it does have a good pickup and an excellent middle (which I don't find often enough!). Overall, really impressed with the quality, particularly given the price. My sons also bought me the matching batting pads and gloves for Father's Day and I'm very happy with those too. Highly recommend giving Village Cricket Co a try.
Martin W of Chirk CC
Difficult when you use a product without getting the feel of it first in the nets. On Saturday I had a battism of fire, so to speak. But I got used to it very quickly. Pick up is fantastic unlike my older, heavy bat. Light and balanced, it gets you into position with ease. When the ball hits the middle, you don't even know you've hit it. Honestly, it goes like s**t off a stick. Very nice piece of wood indeed. One downside - it seemed to 'dent' a little more than I expected. Maybe I'm just not used to clean and smooth shiny new bats, having had my other for 25+ years. Overall, a great purchase and recommended to others already. Thanks guys.
Darren W of Ulgham VCC
I bought my new bat over the winter so have had to wait to wield it in anger until winter nets began. Firstly, the ordering and delivery process was smooth and all proceeded in good time. The handwritten note that came with the bat was a lovely touch Presentation and the look and feel of the bat are great, with the bat cover a nice and unexpected extra touch. Nice feel (I need to add another bat rubber) but pickup and balance are good. I've always used a light bat so 2lb 9oz is about right for me. Found the middle a couple of times and it definitely stayed hit (I even held the pose for the camera for a couple of nice cover drives). Great value for money from my experience so far. Certainly better than the Kookaburra it replaces that cost similar money.
Steve W of Headingley Bramhope CC
This bat is a thing of beauty. It is perfectly weighted with an inviting grip. Most importantly, it sounds so so nice. The sound of a middled cricket ball will soundtrack your daydreams for weeks. It will bring approving nods from even the most experienced teammate. It is everything I wanted in a bat and so much more. It can see it being a loyal companion for years to come.
The bat arrived quickly and when I held it the weight length and feel were perfect for me. It looks good it has a good middle when used in the nets. Brilliant. Thank you guys.
Ali of Pelican CC
Excellent pickup, very well balanced. Lower middle which is great for the pitches we have to play on. The middle pings!!
Harry S
I must say that I was just blown away by the true craftsmanship and quality of the bat. It is tailor made for village cricket and allows club cricketers like me to feel so much more comfortable when going into bat. I especially like the bottom heavy weight which allows for expansive stroke play. Overall this is an amazing product and I would highly recommend!
George McMenemy
Bat looked good - logo not over fussy, and felt comfortable. Lighter than it looked with a balanced pick up. Most of the weight quite low so satisfying ping when you find the middle. Bat handle felt slightly thin but you'd get used to it or add a second grip. A good priced bat for the village batter.
Andy W
A bat well suited to those who enjoy a balanced pickup. The bat has a very nice middle and a good amount of forgiveness at the toe and splice, with the weight helping the ball stay hit. Overall a very nice bat, especially considering it's price!
Michael A
To find a bat that is actually fit for purpose at this price is near on impossible. What these guys are doing is incredible and I applaud them for it. Gutted I didn't come up with the idea. As far as the bat goes I have to say I'm so impressed, I have bought bats for nearly double the cost of this one that should be reserved for use with a tennis ball in the back garden. Keep doing what you're doing and right here you've got a happy customer who will come back time and time again!
Ollie R
Absolute animal of a bat, perfect weight and the middle flew
Freddie W
It feels really nice and has a great middle. Others have liked the pick up too.
Jeremy K
Great Pickup, low middle suitable for slow, low wickets. Good quality bat at an unbelievably affordable price.
Andy B
So far so great. Took delivery yesterday and bat looks and feels great. Appreciate the fantastic customer service and can't wait to get going out in the middle. Bring on the start of the season...
James H
What a stunning Bat Village Cricket Co have produced. Felt like a ‘see how it goes’ moment when ordering, rather than being stuck to the established brands…. But from the first warm up in the nets to my first cover drive for 4, the bat is a delight. Fantastic middle rockets the ball with good balance for technical shots, drives and the big swing! Great service and price point for regular or occasional batsman, I wasn’t disappointed. Just ordered a bat for my son too…. My daughter will want one too! Thanks to Freddie and George for starting a great company.
I purchased the village cricket short handled cricket bat at the start of the season after seeing a Facebook campaign, best decision I made, the bat feels amazing, well balanced and even the edges goes miles. To add to that it feels great knowing that this bat also comes with a 1 year warranty. For under a £100 this bat is a steal, and feels no different vs a £300 to £400 bat. Would recommend it to anyone. Keep up the great work Village Cricket!
Joey T of Chipping Sodbury CC
Great bat. Ordering online is easy when you know what you're going to get - and the bat doesn't disappoint. Great pick-up. Helluva middle. When it hits that sweet spot you have to check you've hit it as you don't even feel it. Great price, and really affable guys who are always willing to ensure you are happy with the products.
Darren W of Ulgham VCC
Fantastic product and value for money
Swanny of Leyland CC
Brilliant bat all round!
Fergus of Galloway CC
Bat was ordered halfway through our season and quickly became a favourite amongst our team( we share Bats Pads and Gloves among 7 or 8 players) After a few games the Village Cricket Bat became the choice of about six of us. It looks superb with a lovely sweet spot, and is excellently weighted! It'll be our first choice when we replace our next bat.
Keith S of Lou Smiths Casuals
I am a relative newbie who wanted my own quality bat after begging and borrowing off others for a season or 2. For me i feel comfortable holding and playing my shots. It is lightweight and some of the more senior cricketers in the club say it doesnt suit me (big hitter) and it does not sound right out of the middle. Personally i cant tell however i have noticed those midfled shots dont travel as far as some previous bats i have borrowed. Other players have rated the bat not great quality if i am honest and would give it no more than 2 stars. But its my bat, i bought it in part to help a good cause and will continue to use it if nothing else but to prove the doubters wrong!
Craig D of Gregson Lane CC
Great service from start to finish and the bat and gloves are great and at a small amount compared to branded bats
Tony of Kenn CC
Incredible bat for the money. In fact, better than bats I've had for three times the cost. Looks great, stand-out colours and plays like a dream. I ordered one for my daughter too, and I suspect that we will get her some softs and a bag to match when then do junior sizes.
Ben D of Blakesley CC
Absolutely delighted with my purchase hence I ordered the junior bat for the kids. Real value and excellent quality for the price, nice to hold good weight too. I can highly recommend these bats without any reservations thanks again.
Malcom R of Dornoch CC
Initially I liked the bat after receiving it in May but very quickly ran into a problem as the glue failed at the splice and the face started delaminating. I sent photos of the splice to VC at the very beginning of July and Freddie was really quick in offering a replacement but as of mid-Aug I still don’t have a useable bat. I’ve just given up now and I’ll be ordering a replacement bat from elsewhere in an end of season sale.
Response from Freddie:
We're so sorry the replacement bat got lost by our courier, we should have checked in on the tracking. I have issued you a full refund and sent an additional replacement bat.
Warwick S of Stonehaven Thistle CC
Cracking bat, easy pickup feels light but hits like it’s heavy.
Archie of Malvern CC
My Village Cricket Co long handled bat (christened 'Vic') goes like a dream. His first outing with me ended in a swift 8 (2). Next came a more considered 37 (61) to grind out a draw. Vic's good in defence & attack, a nice light pick-up & sweet middle. Looks good too. In fact, I think this Village Cricket Co bat, whilst considerably cheaper than all of my previous bats, is by far the best I've used. Unfortunately my son thinks so too & has stolen it!
Absolutely great build quality and service. I'm returning to the sport after 24yrs away and I always used bats from a small bat company as a junior and happy to now still support a small business. The bay plays beautifully and when it comes off the middle the bowl needs a taxi fare to retrieve the ball.
Kevin N of Blaydon CC
A really nice sweet spot for a bat with a lovely pickup and the middle really flys with little effort
Terry of Braunston Paddox CC
Love my Village Cricket short handle bat. Managed to get a good few runs in her last season. Best of 97 (caught out by my team mate sub fielding) Makes a lovely sound off the middle. Picks up very comfortably and is great value. Looking forward to 2022 and hopefully going 3 better. Great customer service and love the company’s philosophy. Keep up the good work.
Carl B of Cornwall over 50’s and Perranporth
The quality of the bat you are getting for price is amazing. Has a great light pickup and the middle really pings with a good sound. Also a plus that's it essentially ready to go straight away.
Mike of Perth
Middle is big and sweet, compares with bats I’ve used costing four times the price.
Rob L of Broomfield CC
Middle absolutely pings! Great pick up as well. Needs another grip as the handle is a bit thin but overall it’s a top bat
Craig B of Milford On Sea CC
For the first time in 20 years, I have had buy a new cricket bat and I was shocked at how expensive they are. After a quick internet search , I came across the Village Cricket Bat Co. and was impressed by their ethos and attitude to the game. Ordering the bat was a breeze with personalised customer service. When the bat arrived, I was impressed by the feel and balance of it, and in the first net session, any middled shots flew. I am looking forward to seeing if it will improve my batting average, but I think that the quality of this bat exceeds my skill level!
Ben W of ASM & New Look CC
Superb bat for that price lovely balance and pick up
Joe A of Densvets
It is great, amazing. Had few shots just flying off the bat, cleared boundary few times with minimal effort. Looks solid and feels great. Good pick-up and middle, pings well. Pretty pleased. I love it, recommended to few of my friends as well.
Suresh P
Picked up the bat at the start of the season and its been quality, great bit of kit. I loved the no fuss with knocking in and getting to support a couple of guys who genuinely care about their bat and village cricket.
Milo T
The bat arrived right on time and in perfect condition. The added cover and hand written note was a lovely touch. I've since had it out in the nets and absolutely loved it. I've decorated it with a few edges but that's my problem, not the bat's! Thanks again for the great service from start to finish and all the best for the future.
Jack C
Love the bat! It's got a lovely, satisfying ping to it. The balance is great too, with the weight centred around the lower/middle section, which is perfect for the conditions I play in where the ball never gets up too much. Great value for money!
Sarathy K
I've used the bat a couple of times and have found it to be really nice, the weight is just right for me, and it has a lovely sweet spot. Both times when I have batted, I've been bringing up the rear, finding myself batting for a lot of overs to get us over the line. The fact that it's knocked in is fantastic, and I believe that better players than me would probably like it. I think that this would be perfect for anyone, and have recommended it to all my team mates.
Keith T
The pick-up and balance of the bat is absolutely fine. It has a nice profile that gives a large hitting area, and it's more than capable of clearing the boundary. Nice thick toe area without making it feel bottom heavy. Its a solid bat that I expect will last for many seasons. Good value for money imho.
Sam J
The bat looks and feels great. Slightly heavier than my previous bat but I’ll soon get used to that. Only used it once and I was bowled for 8! Lovely sweet spot when I managed to time into correct!
Jordan D
I have used this bat in my last 6 matches. In the first match, I scored 51, and in another match, I scored 35 then 25 in the next one. Three of them I scored only less than 5. I am impressed with this bat and the ball flies like a bullet if it gets connected.
Manoj V
I loved the honesty and no frills approach of the Village Cricket Co. The bat itself is excellent value for money and looks smart. The ball really pings off the middle and the pickup is nice and balanced. It is also a nice touch to get a bat cover included.
The bat is cracking. Pickup of the bat is great for me. With a low to centre middle. Perfect for Scottish wickets. Overall I really like my new bat and would reccomend getting this bat. Thanks so much village cricket for creating an affordable and stylish bat.
Jon B
So far so good. Great pick up and great middle and sounds good too.
Wow what a bat! It took a while to adjust to the weight more centred toward the bottom, the handle felt small in the hand but a 2nd grip soon corrected that. The bat has a great middle and really pings. You get all this for under £100, I definitely recommend this bat!
Wayne G
Lovely looking bat with a good pickup and when I've got near middle the ping was nice, handle/grip for me is a little on the thin side but I normally put extra grips on anyways all in all you won't find a better bat for the money. Thanks Freddie and the team!
Gary H

Delivery & Free Returns

We offer free standard delivery on all orders over £100.
For orders under £100, standard delivery (3-5 days) is £5. Express delivery (1-3 days) is £9.

Free returns to get a feel for your new purchase.
We really hope you love your purchase as much as we do, however, if you don’t you are welcome to return it unused within 30 days from when it arrives we’ll fully refund you.

For more information head on over to our Delivery & Returns page.

Frequently Asked Questions

Not at all. We’ve done it for you, don’t spend hours of your life annoying everyone banging your bat with a mallet to knock it in. Or worse, pay over the odds for other brands to do it for you.


All of our bats are created India. Made from the Salix Alba willow grown in the Kashmir region of India. Similar to that of what Sachin Tendulkar used during his early career.


There are a few ways we are able to keep the price down for you:

  • The bat is sourced directly from the manufacturer, cutting out any middlemen
  • In each size, we only offer 1 design, style and  weight
  • Keeping it simple,
    we don’t sponsor professional players adding unnecessary costs

Ready to play means that our bats are pre-knocked in at factory by a machine. So your new bat is essentially ready to take straight into action without hours of knocking in using a mallet. However. we do still advise easing into using it starting with softer balls from slower bowlers in the nets.

All of our bats are made from grade G1+ Kashmir Willow. We spent two years testing different types of willow and found this perfect for village cricket. We wrote up our experiences during our research if you wanted to learn more.

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One Year Warranty

All our products come with a full year’s warranty, so if anything is to happen to your cricket bat then we will replace it free of charge.

All we ask is that you don’t smash it against a wall after 364 days.

Long Handle vs Short Handle Cricket Bat – What’s The Difference and Which Do I Need?

Buying a cricket bat isn’t always straightforward, and it can get a little bit confusing if you are not sure what kind of bat you actually need. Comparing a long handle vs short handle cricket bat is essential when you are getting started. 

This is the kind of decision you want to make sure you get right first time. You do not want to buy a bat, take it out for your first innings and realise it just doesn’t feel right. So, understanding bat sizes and who they are aimed at will help you to make the right choice.

The Difference Between Long Handle vs Short Handle Bats

Cricket bat sizes are crucial to understand. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and Harrow are the main junior sizes, but when it comes to adult sizes there are just two main sizes, SH and LH. Some smaller adults may still use Harrow bats, but these are usually best if you are under 5 ft 8”. 

A long handle and short handle bat have the same playing surface of the bat. This is why they are just called “long handle” or “short handle” as it is only the handle that is different. The idea is that if you are taller, you may need the leverage of a longer bat to be able to play those big drives, or clamp down on the defensive shots to avoid the ball sneaking through the gate.

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How to Tell Which You Need

A Short Handle bat from the Village Cricket Co has dimensions of  33.5in x 4.25in and is generally recommended for batters between 5 ft 8” and 6 ft 3”. Long Handle designs (34.375in x 4.25in) are built with the intention of being used by batters who are 6 ft 3 ” or taller.

This is one of the key ways to work out roughly the right type of bat for you, but it isn’t a guarantee you’re going to get it right. Plus, if you are at around the 6 ft 3” mark, you may have a choice to make on whether you want the leverage of the longer handle, or the control of the shorter handle.

There is a case of personal preference here. Largely, it is all about stance and what you feel comfortable with. Can you play the shots you want to with a SH bat? It doesn’t matter if you are 6 ft 5”, if you prefer using the SH and play better with it, then why not? These are not regulated sizes, just suggestions.

Are SH and LH Actually Different Bats?

Usually, the blade of the bat, and the actual willow it is made out of, will be virtually the same. The only significant difference is the length of the handle. 

When you buy a cricket bat, in some situations you may be able to make certain choices about the dimensions and the weight of the bat. If you specifically want a heavy bat, for instance, some manufacturers will let you request this. SH and LH are standard sizes and the majority of decent cricket bats come in either size. 

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