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by Cricket World Monday 21 October 2019
A batch of 100 limited edition, hand-crafted Boughton bats are being developed in conjunction with Wombat Cricket as part of a wider three-year partnership with the Estate (home to the Duke of Buccleuch).
The bat clefts are being lovingly crafted from willow trunks harvested from the Estate’s Parkland landscape by the edge of the River Ise last autumn, and being finished with a special Boughton motif.
Harry Solomon, master bat maker at Wombat Cricket, said: “The cleft is the most important part of the bat and is traditionally made from salix alba – otherwise known as the willow tree.
“Willow offers the perfect spring for the cricket ball and is still light enough to swing. However, quality willlows can be hard to come by and that is why we’re so thrilled to be embarking on this special partnership with Boughton.
“From processing the raw materials to hand shaping the cleft and cane handle, we perform the whole process in-house and it’s important to our customers to know this history of the wood we use. This special Boughton line is a real treat for players and collectors alike.”
David Cullum, Parks and Gardens Manager at Boughton Estate, said: “When people think of Boughton, they immediately think of its stunning House and Gardens, often compared to the French Palace of Versailles for their beauty.
“What they might not realise is that our Estate extends over 11,000 acres of rolling Northamptonshire countryside.
“Our willows are located in the Parkland, along the banks of the river Ise, and the money generated from the cricket bat sales will be reinvested back into its continued upkeep by our Parks and Gardens team.”
The limited edition Boughton bats are priced at £350 each and can be made to measure. To find out more, contact 01536 482308 or email [email protected]
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