10 Best Keeley Cricket bats

Here is the list of the best Keeley Cricket bats reviewed for 2023. View all the information on every bat that made a list to make an informed Cricket bat purchasing decision. 

Keeley Bats - Easy Comparison Guide

1. Superior Keeley bats

The Superior bat is the BEST of the best in the Keeley range. Made out of the finest English willow personally selected by the Keeley bat makers. Beautifully and painstakingly crafted to create a bat which will always deliver on the pitch. Branded with our simple but beautiful stickers, reminding you of the classic quality of the bat.

Middle

Approximately 250 mm from the toe

Edge Thickness

Approximately  38mm

Edge Profile

Rounded

Face Profile

Full profiling and beautifully curved bat profile

Toe Profile

Semi square

Spine Height

Approximately 62mm

Handle

The handle is a 12-piece cane handle oval

Grip

Latex rubber

Specially made for a serious top order batsman playing 50-over Cricket. This awesome Bat was designed for the pure batsman in mind that consists of a great balance and consistent willow throughout the bat.

Grade A or Grade 1 English Willow will ensure great timing of the bat. Manufactured to play shots all around the field.

A full profile with no incurve, developed with international cricketers to give maximum power. The blade is triple pressed to give the best response and rebound of the blade. This means no need for knocking in.

The bow is in the middle and is slight shape. Sweet spot aimed at the middle of the Bat.

You will be able to play on low and bouncy wickets with this Bat, as the sweet spot is on a large area of the Bat. Sweet spot a bit lower with a round toe.

This will assist front foot and back foot shots.

Fitted with a signature 12-piece cane handle set forward at just the right angle, semi-round into oval shape as preferred by professionals

This handle type allows for a lighter bottom-hand grip and will assist the hands not to twist with ball impact on the bat. Especially if the ball hit the bat off-centre.

Superior Keeley bats-Choice of stickers and diffrent bat grips to choose of: Black, Navy, White, Sky Blue, Green, Red, Burgundy, Lilac

Superior Keeley bats- Full Profile Min Concaving: The bat has very limited wood taken out the back of the bat, therefore the wood is left where it really matters to ensure the utmost ping. It is someone that is looking at ultimate power at the forefront, then this shape may suit. The pickup will still be nice and balanced and feel superb in the hands. This is the shape that most pro’s like especially in the ODI/T20 format due to the value for strokes you receive with this profile.

Superior Keeley bats РA large Bow: A large bow acts as a counterbalance, raising the center of gravity of the cricket bat, thereby assisting pick-up. In other words, a bat with considerable bow and a lower middle can feel the same as a straight blade with a higher middle.

It helps with control of strokes, as the player’s hands are positioned more in front of the ball during contact. It acts like a scoop, to produce more lofted (higher) shots, which do however run the risk of being caught.

Superior Keeley bats РHigher spine or a thicker swell depth represents more willow mass behind the sweet spot. The sweet spot is deeper and exhibits better rebounding qualities. A deeper swell helps to give the cricket bat a larger sweet spot.

Superior Keeley bats РA FLATTER FACE profile: assists with better control of the bat, because of the flatter face.

Superior Keeley bats РBig EDGES: The Big edges make for a forgiving and powerful cricket bat with a wider sweet spot.

Superior Keeley bats¬†– A Mid to low SWEET SPOT POSITION: A two-in-one setup that allows some favorability to players who like to hit down the ground but still want the benefits of a mid-sweet spot. Do you rarely find yourself on high-bouncing wickets? A synthetic wicket specialist? Or thinking about a tour of the subcontinent? Well, this sweet spot setup could really help some of your shots. Blast a straight drive through the inner field and you’ll know what we mean.

Superior Keeley bats РOval HANDLE TYPE: Higher spine or a thicker swell depth represents more willow mass behind the sweet spot. The sweet spot is deeper and exhibits better rebounding qualities. A deeper swell helps to give the cricket bat a larger sweet spot.

Superior Keeley bats – A semi- ROUND TOE: A in between a round and a square flat toe. Round toe is the most common toe shape used by players and in general will help prevent damage to the bat toe particularly if you are a constant crease tapper. a Square toe leaves more wood at the bottom of the toe.

2. Gold Pro Edition Keeley bats

Handmade with precision. Bats are made on request as this is the top bat in the Keeley range. From 12 minimum grains to 18 grains on the A+ grade willow. 

Middle

Approximately 250 mm from the toe

Edge Thickness

Approximately  38mm -40 mm

Edge Profile

Rounded

Face Profile

Concave profiling and beautifully curved bat profile

Toe Profile

Round

Spine Height

Approximately 62mm

Handle

The handle is a 12 piece cane handle oval

Grip

Latex rubber

 Gold Pro Edition Keeley bats is graded on how the cleft of the wood looks, performance and rebound ability of the cricket ball of the blade.

The Gold Pro Edition Keeley bats will play as good as it looks. This will be more than good enough for a top international professional and look cosmetically perfect.

Keeley generally doesn’t hold stock of these bats so they are all handmade to order, please be prepared for a slight wait on your order whilst we find a suitable cleft to suit your specs, we will send a picture of your bat for your approval before despatch.¬†

Custom Bat – choice of specs. Fitted with the signature 12 piece cane handle.

Set forward at just the right angle, semi-round into oval shape as preferred by professionals.

A Semi-round bat face bowed to perfection through the hitting area of the bat blade.

The blade of the bat is triple pressed to exsert best response and performance out of the bat. The Gold Pro Edition Keeley bats won’t need additional knocking in.

Ready to play with a scuff sheet and our new specially formulated resin toe guard to protect against damp and knocks.

 

Gold Pro Edition Keeley bats РFull Profile Min Concaving: The bat has very limited wood taken out the back of the bat, therefore the wood is left where it really matters to ensure the utmost ping. It is someone that is looking at ultimate power at the forefront, then this shape may suit. The pickup will still be nice and balanced and feel superb in the hands. This is the shape that most pro’s like especially in the ODI/T20 format due to the value for strokes you receive with this profile.

Gold Pro Edition Keeley bats РA large Bow: A large bow acts as a counterbalance, raising the center of gravity of the cricket bat, thereby assisting pick-up. In other words, a bat with considerable bow and a lower middle can feel the same as a straight blade with a higher middle.

It helps with control of strokes, as the player’s hands are positioned more in front of the ball during contact. It acts like a scoop, to produce more lofted (higher) shots, which do however run the risk of being caught.

Gold Pro Edition Keeley bats РHigher spine or a thicker swell depth represents more willow mass behind the sweet spot. The sweet spot is deeper and exhibits better rebounding qualities. A deeper swell helps to give the cricket bat a larger sweet spot.

Gold Pro Edition Keeley bats РA FLATTER FACE profile: assists with better control of the bat, because of the flatter face.

Gold Pro Edition Keeley bats РBig EDGES: The Big edges make for a forgiving and powerful cricket bat with a wider sweet spot.

Gold Pro Edition Keeley bats¬†– A Mid to low SWEET SPOT POSITION: A two-in-one setup that allows some favorability to players who like to hit down the ground but still want the benefits of a mid-sweet spot. Do you rarely find yourself on high-bouncing wickets? A synthetic wicket specialist? Or thinking about a tour of the subcontinent? Well, this sweet spot setup could really help some of your shots. Blast a straight drive through the inner field and you’ll know what we mean.

Gold Pro Edition Keeley bats РOval HANDLE TYPE: Higher spine or a thicker swell depth represents more willow mass behind the sweet spot. The sweet spot is deeper and exhibits better rebounding qualities. A deeper swell helps to give the cricket bat a larger sweet spot.

Gold Pro Edition Keeley bats РA ROUND TOE: A Round toe is the most common toe shape used by players and in general will help prevent damage to the bat toe particularly if you are a constant crease tapper.

Choice of stickers: Gold Works, Black and Gold Superior, Blue and Gold Superior, Green and Gold Superior

3. Worx 074 Keeley bats

The most popular bat according to me in the Keeley range, perfectly balanced for the player who is equally comfortable playing off the front and back foot.

Middle

Approximately 215 mm to 235 mm from the toe

Edge Thickness

Approximately 37mm to 39 mm

Edge Profile

Semi Rounded

Face Profile

Semi Flat

Toe Profile

Semi Square

Spine Height

Approximately 63 mm to 65mm

Scallop

Approximately 1mm to 2mm

Bow

Enhanced Bow

Handle

Round

Grip

Pro-Lite grip

The Sweet spot would be middle and mid to slight low on the willow. There will be mostly 8 to 10 straight grains on the willow evenly spaced with almost no blemishes.

This can vary from Bat to Bat. The pick-up is light for bats around 1200 grams.  The balance of this Bat is not comparable.

The Bat willow will be very responsive, and the ping will be active on the blade.

  • High spine with a duckbill toe plus an incurve gives the most power in the driving sector due to the lightweight toe giving it a great pick up
  • Perfect balance and light pick up
  • Delivers power over the full length of the bat
  • Fitted with our signature 12 piece cane handle set forward at just the right angle, semi-round into oval shape as preferred by professionals
  • Semi-round bat face bowed to perfection through the hitting area
  • Triple pressed by Tim to give the best response and performance means no need for knocking in
  • Full length blade with a short handle
  • Ready to play with a scuff sheet and our new specially formulated resin toe guard to protect against damp and knocks¬†
  • Choice of stickers: Blue & Navy, Green, Burgundy & Yellow, All¬†White, Black & Gold, Yellow & Blue, Grey, Pink & Blue, Red, All Black, NHS Rainbow

  

Worx 074 Keeley bats –A Scalloped PROFILE SHAPE: In a way to maximize spine height, taking out willow from either side of the spine allows the spine to peak, without dramatically increasing unnecessary weight to the bat. Scallops also maximize edge profile, reducing blade rotation in off-center hits. A well-scalloped bat made from high-quality willow is the hallmark of this cricket bat.

Worx 074 Keeley bats¬†– A Standard BOW: The Cricket Bow is¬†the curve of the cricket bat from the tip of the handle to the end of the toe. The Cricket bow is based on the personal preference of you as a batsmen. Some cricket players prefer cricket bats with a larger bow. When seen in profile, you‚Äôll notice that there is a curve from the bottom of the handle through to the toe. This entire curve is referred to as the ‚Äėbow‚Äô. The regular bow is found in the majority of modern cricket bats which gets your hands slightly ahead of the ball for ease of stroke play. It also helps the cricket bat feel more aggressive in your hands.

Worx 074 Keeley bats¬†– A Medium SPINE HEIGHT: What is the spine of a cricket bat? Cricket Bat Spine is found on the back face of the cricket bat. The spine is¬†the line that runs down the center of the cricket bat’s back starting from the handle running down to the toe. ¬†A higher spine or a thicker swell depth represents more willow mass behind the sweet spot. Often combined with big edges to create a forgiving bat with an extra wide hitting zone which still rewards striking the blade out of the very middle of the bat.

Worx 074 Keeley bats¬†– A Semi-Flat FACE: One of the latest trends in cricket bat faces was born from the need to add some durability to the edges of flat-faced bats. When prepared correctly semi-flat faces bring the benefits of slightly bigger edges, a wider sweet spot plus ‘point and shoot’ aiming of a flat face bat. A slight curve also allows batsmen to be confident when using the wrists to manipulate the face angle.

Worx 074 Keeley bats РBig EDGES: Big edges make for a forgiving and powerful cricket bat with a wider sweet spot.

Worx 074 Keeley bats¬†– A Mid SWEET SPOT POSITION: Not too high or too low, the mid sweet spot position is the most popular setup among all cricket bats. You would be looking for a mid-sweet spot if you see yourself as a ‘complete’ batter. This means if you enjoy strokes on the front and back foot, you play on all types of wickets and you want the largest area for the sweet spot. This setup gives performance both straight and square of the wicket, while allowing players to be confident with an array of shots. This prime sweet spot position is also famous for what many refer to as a ‘balanced’ pickup.

Worx 074 Keeley bats РRound HANDLE TYPE: Allows the bottom hand to come into play more easily for aerial shots. As a loose rule player that attack mainly with horizontal bat shots tend to prefer a Round handle as it allows for an easier roll of the wrist over the ball. Typically the choice of Asian players. It is for players who are wristy, like using the bottom hand and like to feel the bottom hand on the handle.
Worx 074 Keeley bats РSemi flat or square TOE: This bat needs some form of toe preparation via shoe goo, a toe guard or your favourite secret recipe.

4. Worx 017 Keeley bats

The Scalloped profile is also commonly known as the dolphin shape. The toe is between square and rounded to give you the ultimate balance.

Middle

Approximately 215 mm to 235 mm from the toe

Edge Thickness

Approximately 37mm to 39 mm

Edge Profile

Semi Rounded

Face Profile

Semi Flat

Toe Profile

Semi Square

Spine Height

Approximately 63 mm to 65mm

Scallop

Approximately 1mm to 2mm

Bow

Enhanced Bow

Handle

Round

Grip

Pro-Lite grip

This is a beautiful bat used and designed specially for our sponsored professional Sam Northeast.

  • A modern full length spine all the way down to the toe
  • Incurve (concave) creates big edges and helps keep the weight down – designed for the attacking batsman
  • Perfect balance and light pick up
  • Delivers power over the full length of the bat
  • Fitted with our signature 12 piece cane handle set forward at just the right angle, semi-round into oval shape as preferred by professionals
  • Semi-round bat face bowed to perfection through the hitting area
  • Triple pressed by Tim to give the best response and performance means no need for knocking in
  • Full length blade with a short handle
  • Ready to play with a scuff sheet and our new specially formulated resin toe guard to protect against damp and knocks¬†
  • Choice of stickers: Blue & Navy, Green, Burgundy & Yellow, All White, Black & Gold, Yellow & Blue, Grey, Pink & Blue, Stevo Red, All Black, NHS Rainbow.
  • You might also be interested in GM cricket bats

Worx 017 Keeley bats Р SHAPE: A Scalloped PROFILE SHAPE: In a way to maximize spine height, taking out willow from either side of the spine allows the spine to peak, without dramatically increasing unnessacary weight to the bat. Scallops also maximize edge profile, reducing blade rotation in off-center hits. A well-scalloped bat made from high-quality willow is the hallmark of this cricket bat.

Worx 017 Keeley bats – A Standard BOW: The Cricket Bow is¬†the curve of the cricket bat from the tip of the handle to the end of the toe. The Cricket bow is based on the personal preference of you as a batsmen. Some cricket players prefer cricket bats with a larger bow. When seen in profile, you‚Äôll notice that there is a curve from the bottom of the handle through to the toe. This entire curve is referred to as the ‚Äėbow‚Äô. The regular bow is found in the majority of modern cricket bats which gets your hands slightly ahead of the ball for ease of stroke play. It also helps the cricket bat feel more aggressive in your hands.

Worx 017 Keeley bats – A Medium SPINE HEIGHT: What is the spine of a cricket bat? Cricket Bat Spine is found on the back face of the cricket bat. The spine is¬†the line that runs down the center of the cricket bat’s back starting from the handle running down to the toe. ¬†A higher spine or a thicker swell depth represents more willow mass behind the sweet spot. Often combined with big edges to create a forgiving bat with an extra wide hitting zone which still rewards striking the blade out of the very middle of the bat.

Worx 017 Keeley bats – A Semi-Flat FACE: One of the latest trends in cricket bat faces was born from the need to add some durability to the edges of flat-faced bats. When prepared correctly semi-flat faces bring the benefits of slightly bigger edges, a wider sweet spot plus ‘point and shoot’ aiming of a flat face bat. A slight curve also allows batsmen to be confident when using the wrists to manipulate the face angle.

Worx 017 Keeley bats – Big EDGES: Big edges make for a forgiving and powerful cricket bat with a wider sweet spot.

Worx 017 Keeley bats – A Mid SWEET SPOT POSITION: Not too high or too low, the mid sweet spot position is the most popular setup among all cricket bats. You would be looking for a mid-sweet spot if you see yourself as a ‘complete’ batter. This means if you enjoy strokes on the front and back foot, you play on all types of wickets and you want the largest area for the sweet spot. This setup gives performance both straight and square of the wicket, while allowing players to be confident with an array of shots. This prime sweet spot position is also famous for what many refer to as a ‘balanced’ pickup.

Worx 017 Keeley bats РRound HANDLE TYPE: Allows the bottom hand to come into play more easily for aerial shots. As a loose rule players that attack mainly with horizontal bat shots tend to prefer a Round handle as it allows for an easier roll of the wrist over the ball. Typically the choice of Asian players. It is for players who are wristy, like using the bottom hand and like to feel the bottom hand on the handle.
Bas bats – Semi flat or square TOE: This bat needs some form of toe preparation via shoe goo, a toe guard or your favourite secret recipe.

INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS PLAYING WITH KEELEY

George Dockrell

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Conclusion

Keeley have a reputation of producing some of the best bats in the UK and are the go to for many International and County cricketers. Using their many years of experience Keeley cricket have fine tuned their bat making process to get the best performance possible out of each cleft. This is the BEST of the best.

Keeley are a family run business based in the village of Ashburnham, East Sussex.

The Keeley family have lived there on this exact land for over 200 years, the last 4 generations have worked on the family timber mill. Working with wood is in their blood! 

Tim and Nick – makes all bats with their bare hands, each cleft is selected by them, before making a bat.

 

Tim is the head bat maker, he started making bats under the wing of the late John Newbery, 45 years of making bats for world renowned international professionals.

Innovating new designs and looking after some of the world’s best cricketers has mastered his skills to produce the world class quality craftsmanship that you all know and use today.¬†

He has made over half a million bats since starting out as an apprentice aged 16 in 1975 at Gray Nicholls. He is still passionate about his work and enjoys the pleasure that his bats bring to local players and top players alike.

handed, and all bats were a similar shape with half inch edges, weighing around 2lb 5oz. Since then, he has experienced bats with weighted handles, cutaway shoulders, bats with holes in, scoop bats and carbon fibre handles.

 

The current trend is for bats to have bigger edges with a flat or semi round faces.

The technique of hand-craftsmanship has not really changed and there is always a skill of profiling, balancing and shaping with old fashioned tools to meet modern day expectations. 

Return policyWarranty and Guarantees

The different Brand suppliers have different return policies. Normally there is no warranty or guarantee on cricket bats. The reason is the nature of the game called Cricket.

Some companies and online suppliers can have their own rules regarding the first week of purchase. The return of the product might be possible if you are not satisfied with the bat or product and the product is still in sellable condition. That will depend on the specific store and supplier.

There can be mishaps with the online shopping experience is great in terms of range, price and delivery.

 I bought an item from your website. But this is not what I want. Can I give it back?

Yes, you can. However, there might be limitations to accepting back-sold goods. The date of delivery and the date of return should not be more than 7 days apart.

 Returned items need to be in an unused state along with all the product tags and labels intact.

  • What do I do? I received a broken/damaged item.

Cricket Equipment suppliers will have their own procedures they would follow.

I would suggest making sure that you check the return policy and procedures before you buy a Cricket Item online.

Disclaimer: This article is only my opinion on the specific bat Brand. I can’t be held responsible for the wrong bats purchased.

References

Pictures from Facebook of George Dockrell, https://keeleycricket.com/

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