Decathlon in West Thurrock to have a look at the bats. Had a look through them all and for the most part they were all bottom heavy bats and just as I was about to give up I spotted a Gunn & Moore bat. In the end the Gunn & Moore Icon 101 looked like the best option for Ben, the description saying a light pick up with a sweet spot much higher up the bat than in most other models, almost word for word what Frank had said. At £25.00 in store for a Kashmir Willow bat I was happy to part with my cash. Ben is not a batsman - whether he'll develop into one remains to be seen, but the likelyhood is that over this season he'll do well to average 5 runs a game, so a Kashmir Willow bat if it's knocked in, should serve him for a year or two and at that price if it was to break it wouldn't be an issue.
Once home we had the stickers off it, cleaned all the glue off and got the Linseed oil on it. Over the last few days we've been knocking it in and we're aiming to get 3 or more hours done on it, if not more.
Joe, helping out with the Knocking-in.
This morning we went down to the community centre in Laindon and booked out the middle badminton court in the main hall. Meaning that, in theory the two bays either side would potentially be free, especically that early in the morning, meaning that in affect we got the whole hall for the price of a Badminton court and sure enough it worked out that way. So we (Ben, Joe and me) had a bit of a knock-about, all bowling and batting with a little running around fielding as well. Ben and I got give the bat a go and it felt pretty good, a nice balanced feel to it. Ben's bowling looked pretty good too.