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by John Pennington Tuesday 10 May 2016
Not your typical cricket shop - that is the strapline of The Cricket Boutique, a brand new shop supplying handmade cricket bats crafted from English willow in the UK.
The Cricket Boutique has set out to provide the best that independent and boutique bat makers have to offer, only supplying bats that have been handmade in the UK using English willow and by the actual companies Bat Maker, or Pod Shaver as they are also known.
"Prior to setting up The Cricket Boutique I had become disillusioned and confused as to where my cricket equipment came from and who actually made it," owner and founder Mark Metcalfe explains.
Mark is a keen cricketer and has played in the Lincolnshire League with Haxey CC for around 20 years - with varying levels of success.
The Cricket Boutique currently offers bats, softs and bags from Aldred Cricket Bats, Charlie French, Jedi, Reaper Cricket and Red Ink Cricket and are always looking to add more independent bat makers to that list.
If you would like to find out more or check out what The Cricket Boutique has to offer then please go to www.thecricketboutique.co.uk or find them on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms.
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