www.callencricket.com.au        www.willowblue.com.au  

Growing Crickt Bats in Australia


Are you a grower or a Merchant?

We grow, process English Willow and we also hand make our own Cricket Bats 

Where do your English Willow trees come from?

Our trees are grown from stock chosen by A.C. MacLaren Captain of England and shipped to Australia in 1902. 

Where do you grow the trees?

We have 5 Willow Blue Plantation sites throughout country Victoria with new Growers planting trees each year.

Now that your trees are reaching maturity are you in a position to offer regular supplies of timber?

We are establishing our own market for our product. The business has grown from supplying Australian Ba Maters we've trained to training Bat Makers in India Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Can we select our own timber?

No we supply an even mix of grades 1, 2, & 3. Our lower grades are used for junior bats. 

Why can't we buy grade one clefts only?

Because each tree produces different quality timber. The industry is requires to nurture each tree to maturity without exception. Therefore costs are inherited for each cleft... therefore this cost needs to be shared across the industry. 


What size are the timber Cleft’s?

We the timber to the following sizes: 

Length 27 inches

Width 4.5” – 5.5”

Edge 1.75 - 2”

Apex 3.5“

What grade do you think produces the best bats?

We do not consider colour to be detrimental to the playing abilities of a cricket bat... in fact it is what you should look for when choosing the superior rebound and performance.

What is the difference between English Willow grown in England and English Willow grown in Australia ?

The "Salix Alba Caerulea" progeny grown by Willow Blue has not been propagated as often as its UK sister. Therefore it retains many of the original and natural characteristics that have been lost over time. Constant prorogation of only the lightest and whitest of fellings has produced lighter bats... however it is the density of the timber that gives best rebound and lasting qualities.  

In our opinion, Willow Blue timber has greater density which equates to superior strength and rebound. Our customers are astounded the timbers playing performance and reward for stroke play. 

How do you grade your timber?

Grade 1

Our normal grade one timber will contain a minimum of 6 straight grains or more. In most cases our grade ones will be white timber with colour down,  without knots or blemishes.

Grade 2

Our normal grade 2 will contain 6 straight grains or more on the face with colour and sometimes slight speck or butterfly stain. There will be no knots or blemishes in the face however we cannot guarantee this on the remainder of the cleft.

Grade 3

Our grade 3 may carry butterfly stain and sometimes 5 – 6 less than straight in the grain and may carry a slightly bluish bark stain with pin knots or blemishes.



Rebound strength lasting performance

GRADE 1: 6 -12 straight grains mostly white with some colour no specks or blemishes and can come with some butterfly stain

Performs as good as the best

GRADE 2: 6 - 12 straight grains with colour some specks or blemishes can come with Butterfly stain 

Colour butterfly stain is better

GRADE 3: 6 - 8 grains mostly colour with can come with butterfly or tiger stain


The Bat Making Process