Another recorded example of the sport was back in 1624 when a player called Jasper Vinall died while playing the sport during the local Parish matches in Sussex. Jasper was hit in the head by the Batsman Edward Tye as Edward tried to hit the ball for a second time to prevent him from being caught out. In 1774 a law was introduced to stop the batsman from being able to hit the ball twice.
Further into the 18th century there were more laws brought in like the LBW – Leg before wicket and 3 stumped wickets.The 19th century brought in over arm bowling, towards the end of the 19th Century cricket was well known throughout North America, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and India.
Cricket really took off in 1963 when counties in England Introduced the Limited Over’s Rule, This then led on to stage the First Limited over’s cricket world cup in 1975.Cricket bats have really transformed over time as well, the original shape resembled a hockey stick which was very thin and have a slight curve at the end. The modern day cricket bat is made out of Kashmir or English White Willow, the best quality would be the English Willow. In the manufacturing process, the bat gets treated with unboiled raw Linseed oil this helps protect the bat from weathering. White Willow is used in the making of cricket bats because it is very tough and shock resistant; the wood will not splinter either when struck at high speed for example by a cricket ball. White willow is also very lightweight. This new bat design which comes with a spring design where the cane handle meets the blade was invented by Charles Richardson back in the 1880’s.
The blade itself, is flat at the front with the back of the blade being pointed, this helps make the bat lighter, making it easier to maneuver but, still giving strength at the middle of the bat, where the ball will be striked.
When you first purchase a bat you must remember to knock it in, this is to help maximise the life span of the bat, to do this you must first apply linseed oil and then strike the surface of the bat with a cricket ball or a bat mallet, this will help compact all the loose soft fibres and prevent the bat from splitting when in use.