10 Best SM Bats

Here is the list of the best SM Cricket bats reviewed for 2023.

View all the information on every bat that made a list to make an informed decision. If Harry Tector bat with a Sm why should’nt you.

SM Bats - Easy Comparison Guide

1. King of Kings SM bats

The King of Kings SM bats are creatively and artistically sculpted to enhance the pick-up of the bat and maintain the overall balance of the bat.

  • Exclusively Hand Selected and nurtured
  • Traditionally Shaped
  • Artistically sculpted to enhance pick up and maintain balance
  • High tensile grip for improved shot
  • Rebound technology with state of art pressing
  • 100 percent Singapore manau cane handle to match highest quality standards
  • Shock absorption handle
  • Premium grading and personal selection of clefts
  • Efficiently balanced to reduce the overall weight for an extralite feel and maximum power
  • Superlite pickup
  • Extra thick edges to enhance the sweet spot
  • Magnificent rebound quality
  • Enormous driving power
  • Extra thick contoured flowing edges
  • Top quality labeling without any compromise
  • Embossed with heated SM, playon! and english willow stamps
  • Composite toe guard
  • Customized English Anti scuff sheet for bats face
  • Pre-knocked for around 400 strokes with a world class machinery, however prior knocking is must.

Middle

Approximately 215mm to 235 mm from the toe

Edge Thickness

Approximately 35mm to 38mm

Edge Profile

Rounded

Face Profile

Curved

Toe Profile

Standard(Rounded)

Spine Height

Approximately 64 mm to 68 mm

Scallop

Approximately 1mm to 2mm

Bow

Approximately 11mm to 12 mm

Handle

Semi-Oval

Grip

High tensile grip

The pro bat is enhanced with a SM excellent rebound ENERGY PROFILE.

An innovation in bat design that allows the maximum transfer of energy to the ball upon impact.

 This bat is elegantly personified. Handmade to perfection.

This awesome willow has a Mid Blade sweet spot with an estimated 215mm to 235 mm from the toe of the bat.

The edges are rounded with a thickness of 35 to 38mm. The profile of the face is curved or rounded. This is the most popular way a cricket bat face profile is made.

A round face can reduce the chance of damage to the edges and allow more rebound and ping to be kept in the middle of the bat for longer. The bat has a super spine. Players want bats to look as big as possible but have a light pickup.

The Spine then has to be as high as it can be. The spine of this bat can measure between 64 to 68 mm.

The curve of the bat is from the beginning of the handle to the end of the toe.

 The spine of the bat goes all the way down the bat to extend the sweet spot. This ensures that the position of the hands is then placed ahead of the ball, which is essential for good stroke play by hitting the ball under the eyes.

The willow is naturally air-dried, and the process can be between 6 to 12 months. This process increase durability and performance as the willow will be at the correct moisture level to handle hard cricket balls.

Each cleft of wood used to manufacture  is different and unique.

Multiple processes go into the production of each King of Kings SM bats.

The willow is grade 1+ (the best of the best) and it consists mostly of 8-12 blemish-free straight grains near each other. The blade is unbleached.

The King of Kings SM bats have an oval-shaped handle. It gives the batsmen a direct feel through the shot and the hands don’t twist as much on impact from the ball on the blade. It helps in the development of a top-hand dominant technique. 

This is a bat for the dynamic stroke-making batsmen that play multiple cricket formats.

You might also be interested to look at GM  bats review as well.

King of Kings SM 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 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.

King of Kings SM bats-A slight BOW: The regular bow found in the majority of modern cricket bats which allows you to get your hands slightly ahead of the ball for ease of stroke play. It also helps the cricket bat feel more aggressive in your hands.

King of Kings SM bats-A Medium SPINE HEIGHT: 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.

King of Kings SM bats-A flatter FACE: Enhance the sweet spot on the blade and off-center strokes can also be timed to the boundary.

King of Kings SM bats- Big Edges: The Big edges make for a forgiving and powerful cricket bat with a wider sweet spot.

King of Kings SM bats-Mid to low SWEET SPOT POSITION: A 2-in-1setup that allows favorability to players who like to hit down the ground, but still want the benefits of a mid-sweet spot.

King of Kings SM bats-Semi- Oval HANDLE TYPE: A happy medium between a Round and Oval Handle that brings the benefits of both oval & round handles. This shape assists alignment and weakens the bottom hand for more controlled stroke play as your top hand is more dominant and still allows for creative use of the bottom hand.

King of Kings SM bats-round TOE: The bat is fitted with a toe guard but might differ from bat supplier.

Traditionally, cricket bats have had varying degrees of round toes throughout the years. The recent trend is the square toe especially by the international Cricket players bats.

In my opinion. Square toes are entirely about the look and is aesthetic in my opinion. They look cool, and it’s what the guys on TV use, but they add no functional benefits to the way the bat hits the ball.  When choosing a toe shape, there are some things players should be aware of: 

1. Square toes add unnecessary weight to the bottom of the bat. The challenge, as always, is to make the bat pick up well whilst keeping it big. Keeping unnecessary English willow at the bottom of the bat makes this a bit tougher.

2. Sharper corners are more prone to damage. More surface area can be hit at the weakest point of the bat. Often when the toe can get the most damage is when you knick it right on the corner of the bat or jam down on a yorker.

3. The entire toe sits on the ground. What difference could this possibly make? If you are going from a round toe to a square toe, it can feel a bit different dependent on your stance and setup.

Traditionally, cricket bats have had varying degrees of round toes throughout the years. The recent trend is the square toe especially by the international Cricket players bats.

In my opinion. Square toes are entirely about the look and is aesthetic in my opinion. They look cool, and it’s what the guys on TV use, but they add no functional benefits to the way the bat hits the ball.  When choosing a toe shape, there are some things players should be aware of: 

2. Swagger SM bats

Exclusively hand selected players grade English willow air dried and nurtured

Traditionally Shaped

Artistically sculpted to enhance pick up and maintain balance

High tensile grip for improved shot

 

Middle

Approximately 195mm to 215 mm from the toe

Edge Thickness

Approximately 35mm to 38mm

Edge Profile

Rounded

Face Profile

Rounded

Toe Profile

Standard(Rounded)

Spine Height

Approximately 64 mm to 68 mm

Scallop

Approximately 1 mm to 2mm

Bow

Approximately 10 mm to 14 mm

Handle

Oval

Grip

Players’ Grip

 

This is the most chosen way a cricket bat face profile is made. It is believed that a round face can reduce the chance of damage to the edges and allow more rebounds and ping to be kept in the middle of the bat for longer. 

Priced currently at 395 pounds and $395 US dollar.

The edges are rounded and approximately 35 mm to 38mm. The spine is almost 180mm from the toe and the height is approximately 64 mm to 68mm. The bow of the bat is approximately 10mm to14mm.

The scalloping of the back profile of the bat is about 1mm to 2mm.

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Swagger SM 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.

Swagger SM bats-A Slight BOW: this is a combination of the traditional and large bow which is the most common when making a cricket bat. You see the subcontinental shape in the bat with a more pronounced bow. This enables the sweet spot to be lower on the blade as well. It is advantageous for use on low pitches.

Swagger SM bats -High SPINE HEIGHT with a concave spine profile: This profile ensures a lighter pickup and a well-balanced bat. This profile is 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.

Swagger SM bats- FACE profile: assists with better control of the bat, because of the flatter face.

Swagger SM bats-Big EDGES: The Big edges make for a forgiving and powerful cricket bat with a wider sweet spot.

Swagger SM 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.

Swagger SM bats-Semi- Oval HANDLE TYPE: A happy medium between a Round and Oval Handle that brings the benefits of both oval & round handles. This shape aids alignment and slightly weakens the bottom hand for more controlled stroke play as your top hand is more dominant and still allows for creative use of the bottom hand.

Swagger SM bats-A round TOE:  It is not fitted with a toe guard.  The main reason for a Semi square toe is it help minimize damage from tapping at the crease and running between the wickets with your bat, as the toe is slightly offset.

3. Pro Edition King Camo SM bats

The Camo Pro Edition King SM bats is a premium grade bat. It is a hand crafted, naturally air dried, grade 1+ premium English Willow cricket bat. The bat is of lightweight design utilising rebound technology with the best art of pressing

Middle

Approximately 210mm to 230mm from the toe

Edge Thickness

Approximately 38 mm to 40mm

Edge Profile

More flat

Face Profile

4.5mm Flat

Toe Profile

Semi Square

Spine Height

58mm-62mm

Scallop

Approximately 1mm to 2mm

Bow

Handle

Round

Grip

Pro lite Hex grip

The bat has an aggressive profile with a high spine.

The scalloping on both sides of the spine maximizes the edges. The blade is slightly shorter than other Kookaburra ranges – half an inch shorter and half an inch longer in the handle.

The bat feels fantastic in the hand, nicely cushioned by the grip. The bat is finished with a round toe, which gives a comfortable feel when setting up to face a delivery. Best overall bats with a great balance.

A High profile bat in the 23 range with the start of the edge and the spine about 250 millimetres up from the toe. The pickup of the bat helps players to achieve maximum bat speed.

The shock absorption 9 piece handle is made of 100% Singapore manau cane to match the highest quality standards. The vibration reducing technology increases the size of the bat’s “sweet spot”.

Each bat uses premium graded English Willow and a personal selection of clefts. It is efficiently balanced to reduce the overall weight giving it an extralight feel with maximum power and superlight pick up. The bat has extra thick contoured flowing edges to enhance the “sweet spot”. It has magnificent rebound quality with enormous driving power.

The bat has a composite toe guard and there is a customized English anti scuff sheet for the bats face. The bat has been pre-knocked for around 400 strokes using world class machinery invented by SM.

The “Camo Pro Edition King” bat has the following weights available ranging from 2lb 8oz to 3lbs.

You might like to have a look at the SS bats as well.

Pro Edition King Camo SM bats-A duckbill PROFILE SHAPE: A Duckbill profile adds thickness to the toe yet aids pickup for a better-balanced bat. This is the bat profile preferred by many international players due to the balance and amount of wood left in the bat in the hitting zone. Perfect for front-foot players and on slow low English wickets. This bat is designed for big hitters and for clearing the ropes effortlessly.

Pro Edition King Camo SM 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 batsman. Some cricket players prefer cricket bats with a larger bow. When seen in profile, you’ll notice that there is a curve from the bottom of the handle through to the toe. This entire curve is referred to as the ‘bow’. 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.

Pro Edition King Camo SM 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.

 Pro Edition King Camo SM bats 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.

 Pro Edition King Camo SM bats-Big EDGES: Big edges make for a forgiving and powerful cricket bat with a wider sweet spot.

Pro Edition King Camo SM 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.

Pro Edition King Camo SM bats-Semi-Oval HANDLE TYPE: A happy medium that brings the benefits of both oval & round handles. This shape aids alignment slightly weakens the bottom hand for more controlled stroke play and still allows for creative use of the bottom hand.

Pro Edition King Camo SM bats-Round TOE: Traditionally, cricket bats have had varying degrees of round toes throughout the years; however, the recent trend is the square toes especially for the professionals. A round toe is beneficial for the normal school and club cricket player as the square toe can be easily dammaged or cracked and their is also mor weight in the toe ares.. This bat needs some form of toe preparation via shoe goo, a toe guard or your favourite secret recipe.

4. US100 PLUS SM bats

This is a mid-profile bat with a sweet spot in the center that can help you play amazing cut shots and drives. This bat has relatively thicker edges and spines compared to the other SM Cricket bats.

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

Round

Spine Height

Approximately 63 mm to 65mm

Scallop

Approximately 1mm to 2mm

Bow

Enhanced Bow

Handle

Round

Grip

Pro-Lite grip

The bat is made with top-grade English willow having 8-12 straight grains. The bat has a light pick-up and weighs about 2lb 7oz to 2lb 8oz, which is ideal for players who like to use their wrists more while playing.

US100 PLUS SM bats has an oval-shaped handle which becomes thinner as you go from bottom to top. The handles are made from a unique Singapore cane which is excellent at shock absorption.

The Quality and texture of the stickers are ideal, as expected from kookaburra’s original flagship bats.

The grains look dark on every bat. The bats also don’t have toe guards, and in the close-up, the clean face and the fantastic colour combination of this light willow can be seen easily.

The bats have a lovely profile with rounded edges and semi-curve cambers. Bats have a ting of oil over the front face showing that they have a fresh cleft.

US100 PLUS SM bats show excellent ping with white and red balls. Their semi-curved cambers and lightweight help those who just want to make the ball out of the ground.

Handles of these bats are made to assist batters ultimately in making heavy shots. The bats weigh from two seven to two eight lbs. Weight-wise, these bats are the best and pick up very light.

These US100 PLUS SM bats  they all have great pings and the best light pickup.

Priced at 395 pounds. It is relative expensive from my point of view, but if you have the budget to buy a bat and you are a topline batsman you can’t go wrong with this bat.

US100 PLUS SM bats-A Small amount of scalloping that is forming the unique PROFILE SHAPE: A well scalloped bat made from high quality willow is the hallmark of this light cricket bat. Concaving profile at the back of the bat ensure the bat is lighter but still have big edges.

US100 PLUS SM bats-An enhanced BOW: The bat is supported with an aggressive style bow made for attacking cricket on bouncing cricket pitches.

US100 PLUS SM bats-Reasonable SPINE HEIGHT: The spine of this bat is high enough to ensure the edges are still prominent enough and a lot of wood behind the spine.

US100 PLUS SM bats -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 batsman to be confident when using the wrists to manipulate the face angle.

US100 PLUS SM bats-Normal EDGES: The even normal edges are larger than the biggest edges of the 2000’s. Normal edges are often the calling card of a lightweight bat or a premium bat with a full profile.

US100 PLUS SM bats-Mid to high SWEET SPOT POSITION:

This mid to high sweetspot will assist a batsman on a bouncy wicket to play all around the ground. It will assist you as a batsmen to play on the front and back foot.

US100 PLUS SM bats-A round HANDLE TYPE: This handle type will assist the batter to move their hands around the handle to score all around the ground.

US100 PLUS SM bats-A Round TOE:  Traditionally, cricket bats have had varying degrees of round toes throughout the years; however, the recent trend is the square toes especially for the professionals. A round toe is beneficial for the normal school and club cricket player as the square toe can be easily dammaged or cracked and their is also mor weight in the toe ares.. This bat needs some form of toe preparation via shoe goo, a toe guard or your favourite secret recipe. 

5. HK ELITE SM bats

I think this bat is excellent for perfecting your batting technique especially to play straight through the V. This cricket bat has been designed to be super light in it's pick up. The reduction of  the overall weight of the bat, is suiting female cricketers, but not compromising on the power and quality of the rebound of the bat.

Middle

Approximately 215 mm to 235 mm from the toe

Edge Thickness

Approximately 32 mm to 35 mm

Edge Profile

Rounded

Face Profile

Rounded

Toe Profile

Semi Square to Taper (Flat straight)

Spine Height

Approximately 62 mm to 65 mm

Scallop

Approximately 2 mm to 3 mm

Bow

Approximately 11 mm to 12 mm

Handle

Oval -Pro Lite Counter Balance

Grip

Silicon Grip

The HK Elite has been manufactured with a combination of premium Grade 1 willows. It stands out from other bats in the HK range by the grading of the willow, the physical appearance of the grains and prominence of the fibres between the grains. The grading in the HK Exclusive bats follows the same exclusive principles in the top end SM range, namely the US100, Swagger and Players Pride.

This cricket bat has been designed to be super light to pick up and is beautifully balanced (ergonomically designed) to reduce the overall weight suiting female cricketers, yet deliver maximum power while increasing the quality of the rebound. The bats include vibration reducing technology in the bats handle that increases the size of the bats Sweet Spot!

The super shock absorbent handle is made from 100 per cent Singapore manau cane and the edges of the bat are extra thick to enhance the sweet spot. The face of the bat features a customized anti-scuff sheet and there is a composite toe guard. All cricket bats in the HK Collection have been quality tested which includes being pre-knocked for around 400 strokes using world class machinery invented by SM.

Cost varies between 365 and 375 pounds

HK ELITE SM bats-A Small amount of scalloping that is forming the unique PROFILE SHAPE: A well scalloped bat made from high quality willow is the hallmark of this light cricket bat. Concaving profile at the back of the bat ensure the bat is lighter but still have big edges.

HK ELITE SM bats-An enhanced BOW: The bat is supported with an aggressive style bow made for attacking cricket on bouncing cricket pitches.

HK ELITE SM bats-Reasonable SPINE HEIGHT: The spine of this bat is high enough to ensure the edges are still prominent enough and a lot of wood behind the spine.

HK ELITE SM bats-Round FACE: The round face was more the traditional way bats were made, it assisted in reducing the weight of the bat and ensured that the edges don’t get damaged with a missed hit.

HK ELITE SM bats: The even normal edges are larger than the biggest edges of the 2000’s. Normal edges are often the calling card of a lightweight bat or a premium bat with a full profile.

HK ELITE SM bats-Mid to high SWEET SPOT POSITION: This mid to high sweet spot will assist a batsman on a bouncy wicket to play all around the ground. It will assist you as a batsman to play on the front and back foot.

HK ELITE SM bats-A Oval HANDLE TYPE: This handle type will assist the batter to move their hands around the handle to score all around the ground.

HK ELITE SM bats-A semi-round to TOE:  The main reason for a Semi round toe is it help minimize damage from tapping at the crease and running between the wickets with your bat, as the toe is slightly offset. A Square toe has been widely used by current international players as it enhances pickup and increases the sweet spot right down to the toe. It also gives the feeling of a bigger toe area due to there being less wastage in comparison to the round toe. The more serious players with play with totally flat toe that leaves all the wood at the toe of the bat to assist with a counter balance and assist with balancing of the bat.

6. Players Pride SM bats

• Middle

Approximately 210 mm to 240 mm from the toe

• Edge Thickness

Approximately 38 mm to 40 mm (Huge)

• Edge Profile

Rounded

• Face Profile

Rounded

• Toe Profile

Rounded

• Spine Height

Approximately 65 mm to 67 mm

• Scallop

Approximately 1 mm to 2 mm

• Bow

Approximately 10 mm to 12 mm

• Handle

Oval

• Grip

Hexa Grip

The SM ” Player’s Pride” is a premium grade bat. It is a hand crafted, naturally air dried, grade 1+ premium English Willow cricket bat. The straight grains available range from 8-10. The bat is of lightweight design utilising rebound technology with the best art of pressing.

The shock absorption 9 piece handle is made of 100% Singapore manau cane to match the highest quality standards. Each bat uses premium graded English Willow and a personal selection of clefts. It is efficiently balanced to reduce the overall weight giving it an extra light feel with maximum power and superlight pick up.

The bat has extra thick contoured flowing edges to enhance the “sweet spot”. It has magnificent rebound quality with enormous driving power. The bat has a composite toe guard and there is a customised English antiscuff sheet for the bats face. The bat has been pre-knocked for around 400 strokes using world class machinery invented by SM.

Players Pride SM bats-A Slightly scalloped PROFILE SHAPE:

This perdition has everything a batsman sitting at the top of the order needs. The bat has an aggressive profile with a high spine. The scalloping on both sides of the spine maximizes the edges. The bat feels fantastic in the hand, nicely cushioned by the grip. The counterbalance worked into the top of the handle adds to the light pick-up of the bat. The bat is finished with a square tapered toe, which gives a comfortable feel when setting up to face a delivery. Best overall bats with a great balance. The pickup of the bat helps players to achieve maximum bat speed. The handle consist out of a ‘Chevron’ grip and oval handle with a light in hand feel.

Players Pride SM bats-A Standard BOW: 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.

Players Pride SM bats-A Medium SPINE HEIGHT: 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.

Players Pride SM 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 batsman to be confident when using the wrists to manipulate the face angle.

Players Pride SM bats-Big EDGES: Big edges make for a forgiving and powerful cricket bat with a wider sweet spot. Please be aware that junior bats can still have big edges but they will be relative to 40mm due to their size.

Players Pride SM 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. 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.

Players Pride SM bats-SEMI OVAL HANDLE TYPE:

The choice of many batsmen around the world. It is typically known to aid with control of the top hand, taking pressure off the bottom hand and helping batters play in the ‘V’. Provides a more direct feel through the shot and twists less on impact therefore less energy is lost. Assists in the development of a top-hand dominant technique.

Players Pride SM bats-Round TOE:

Traditionally, cricket bats have had varying degrees of round toes throughout the years; however, the recent trend is the square toes especially for the professionals. A round toe is beneficial for the normal school and club cricket player as the square toe can be easily dammaged or cracked and their is also mor weight in the toe ares.. This bat needs some form of toe preparation via shoe goo, a toe guard or your favourite secret recipe. 

7. Pro edition Drive Camo SM bats

Middle

Approximately 195mm to 215mm from the toe

Edge Thickness

Approximately 32mm to 33mm

Edge Profile

Curved

Face Profile

Semi square

Toe Profile

Rounded

Spine Height

Approximately 62 mm to 64 mm

Scallop

Approximately 1mm to 2mm

Bow

Distinct

Handle

Semi Oval in to round

Grip

Pro-Lite grip

This perdition has everything a batsman sitting at the top of the order needs. The bat has an aggressive profile with a high spine.

The bat is finished with a round toe, which gives a comfortable feel when setting up to face a delivery. Best overall bats with a great balance. The pickup of the bat helps players to achieve maximum bat speed.

The SM ” Camo Pro Edition Drive” is a premium grade bat. It is a hand crafted, naturally air dried, grade 1+ premium English Willow cricket bat. The straight grains available range from 8-10.

The bat is of lightweight design utilising rebound technology with the best art of pressing.

The shock absorption 9 piece handle is made of 100% Singapore manau cane to match the highest quality standards. Each bat uses premium graded English Willow and a personal selection of clefts.

It is efficiently balanced to reduce the overall weight giving it an extra light feel with maximum power and superlight pick up. The bat has extra thick contoured flowing edges to enhance the “sweet spot”. It has magnificent rebound quality with enormous driving power.

The bat has a composite toe guard and there is a customised English antiscuff sheet for the bats face. The bat has been pre-knocked for around 400 strokes using world class machinery invented by SM.

Pro edition Drive Camo SM bats-Scalloped PROFILE SHAPE: In the quest to maximise spine height, gouging willow from either side of the spine allows it to peak without dramatically increasing weight. Scallops also maximise edge profile which reduces rotation of the blade in off-centre hits. A well scalloped bat made from high quality willow is the hallmark of a light cricket bat.

Pro edition Drive Camo SM bats-An Enhanced BOW: A very aggressive style bow made for attacking cricket & striking fear into bowlers. The extra leverage towards the toe can be an excellent tool on lower bouncing wickets.

Pro edition Drive Camo SM bats-A High SPINE HEIGHT: A high spine maximises the hitting power of the centre of the cricket bat.

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 batsman to be confident when using the wrists to manipulate the face angle.

Pro edition Drive Camo SM bats-A Low SWEET SPOT POSITION: Performs at its best when players hit through the ‘V’ with a straight bat. Often favored by those who play at the top of the order or find themselves on lower bouncing wickets. Crush a drive with one of these and the bowlers will know they’re in for trouble.

Pro edition Drive Camo SM bats-Semi- Oval HANDLE TYPE: A happy medium that brings the benefits of both oval & round handles. This shape aids alignment, slightly weakens the bottom hand for more controlled stroke play and still allows for creative use of the bottom hand.

Pro edition Drive Camo SM bats-A round TOE: Traditionally, cricket bats have had varying degrees of round toes throughout the years; however, the recent trend is the square toes especially for the professionals. A round toe is beneficial for the normal school and club cricket player as the square toe can be easily dammaged or cracked and their is also mor weight in the toe ares.. This bat needs some form of toe preparation via shoe goo, a toe guard or your favourite secret recipe. 

8. Play on Series SM bats.

The SM ” Play On Series” bats are a premium grade bat. It is a hand crafted, naturally air dried, grade 1+ premium English Willow cricket bat. The straight grains available range from 8-10. 

Middle

Approximately 195mm to 215mm from the toe

Edge Thickness

Approximately 33mm to 34mm

Edge Profile

Curved

Face Profile

Semi flat

Toe Profile

Semi Square

Spine Height

Approximately 60 mm to 62 mm

Scallop

Approximately 1mm to 2mm

Bow

Enhanced and Distinct

Handle

Semi-Oval

Grip

GM Tech grip

The bat is of lightweight design utilising rebound technology with the best art of pressing. The shock absorption 9 piece handle is made of 100% Singapore manau cane to match the highest quality standards. Each bat uses premium graded English Willow and a personal selection of clefts.

It is efficiently balanced to reduce the overall weight giving it an extralight feel with maximum power and superlight pick up. The bat has extra thick contoured flowing edges to enhance the “sweet spot”. It has magnificent rebound quality with enormous driving power.

The bat has a composite toe guard and there is a customised English antiscuff sheet for the bats face. The bat has been pre-knocked for around 400 strokes using world class machinery invented by SM.

The Play on Series bat comes with 3 Star ratings donating the Grade of willow used:

3 Star – Top of the range Grade 1 Premium+ English Willow.
2 Star – Grade 1 Premium English Willow.
1 Star – Grade 1 English Willow.

This will affect the price of the specific star bat you wnat to purchase.

Play on Series SM bats-Scalloped PROFILE SHAPE: In the quest to maximise spine height, gouging willow from either side of the spine allows it to peak without dramatically increasing weight. Scallops also maximise edge profile which reduces rotation of the blade in off-centre hits. A well scalloped bat made from high quality willow is the hallmark of a light cricket bat.

Pro edition Drive Camo SM bats-An Enhanced BOW: A very aggressive style bow made for attacking cricket & striking fear into bowlers. The extra leverage towards the toe can be an excellent tool on lower bouncing wickets.

Pro edition Drive Camo SM bats-A High SPINE HEIGHT: A high spine maximises the hitting power of the centre of the cricket bat.

Play on Series SM 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’ll notice that there is a curve from the bottom of the handle through to the toe. This entire curve is referred to as the ‘bow’. 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.

Play on Series SM 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.

Play on Series SM 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.

Play on Series SM bats.-Big EDGES: Big edges make for a forgiving and powerful cricket bat with a wider sweet spot.

Play on Series SM 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.

Play on Series SM bats.-Semi-Oval HANDLE TYPE: A happy medium that brings the benefits of both oval & round handles. This shape aids alignment, slightly weakens the bottom hand for more controlled stroke play and still allows for creative use of the bottom hand.

 Play on Series SM bats.-Round TOE: Traditionally, cricket bats have had varying degrees of round toes throughout the years; however, the recent trend is the square toes especially for the professionals. A round toe is beneficial for the normal school and club cricket player as the square toe can be easily dammaged or cracked and their is also mor weight in the toe ares.. This bat needs some form of toe preparation via shoe goo, a toe guard or your favourite secret recipe. 

9. HK 149 SM bats

Middle

Approximately 215 mm to 235 mm from the toe

Edge Thickness

Approximately 32 mm to 35 mm

Edge Profile

Rounded

Face Profile

Flat

Toe Profile

Rounded

Spine Height

Approximately 62 mm to 65 mm

Scallop

Approximately 2 mm to 3 mm

Bow

Approximately 11 mm to 12 mm

Handle

Oval Counter Balance

Grip

Silicon Grip

Made with a mid-high profile, the HK 149 SM bats is built specifically for those who favor a lightweight bat and thinner handle.

Features a Zig Zag Grip, flat face profile and weight range from 2lbs 6oz – 2lbs 8.5oz. The bat profile consists of a flat face, reduced edges and mid to high profile.

The apex of the edge and spine around 200 millimetres up from the toe helps the balance of the bat move closer to the player’s hands and bat easier to swing.

Perfect for cricketers that are slightly smaller in stature with smaller hands, looking to deliver power at the crease. This was the premium bat of Alyssa Healy and Soppy Devine in the previous season.

This range will be really suitable for women. This range is in my opinion the correct range for ladies’ cricketers as female cricketers consider something between 2lb 4oz-2lb 7oz the ideal weight.

But they had to make some sacrifices in getting the weight that low without losing too much power. According to me, they reduce the width of the blade slightly and/or drop the shoulders of the blade to help with weight. Moving that wood behind where you’ll be hitting the ball. It can be difficult to find the perfect bat like this in stores. 

 HK 149 SM bats-Scalloped PROFILE SHAPE: In the quest to maximise spine height, gouging willow from either side of the spine allows it to peak without dramatically increasing weight. Scallops also maximise edge profile which reduces rotation of the blade in off-centre hits. A well scalloped bat made from high quality willow is the hallmark of a light cricket bat.

Pro edition Drive Camo SM bats-An Enhanced BOW: A very aggressive style bow made for attacking cricket & striking fear into bowlers. The extra leverage towards the toe can be an excellent tool on lower bouncing wickets.

 HK 149 SM bats-A High SPINE HEIGHT: A high spine maximises the hitting power of the centre of the cricket bat.

 HK 149 SM 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’ll notice that there is a curve from the bottom of the handle through to the toe. This entire curve is referred to as the ‘bow’. 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.

 HK 149 SM 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.

 HK 149 SM 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.

 HK 149 SM bats-Big EDGES: Big edges make for a forgiving and powerful cricket bat with a wider sweet spot.

 HK 149 SM 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.

 HK 149 SM bats-Semi-Oval HANDLE TYPE: A happy medium that brings the benefits of both oval & round handles. This shape aids alignment, slightly weakens the bottom hand for more controlled stroke play and still allows for creative use of the bottom hand.

 HK 149 SM bats-Round TOE: Traditionally, cricket bats have had varying degrees of round toes throughout the years; however, the recent trend is the square toes especially for the professionals. A round toe is beneficial for the normal school and club cricket player as the square toe can be easily dammaged or cracked and their is also mor weight in the toe ares.. This bat needs some form of toe preparation via shoe goo, a toe guard or your favourite secret recipe. 

10. Sultan SM bats

Middle

Approximately 215mm to 235 mm from the toe

Edge Thickness

Approximately 35mm to 38mm

Edge Profile

Rounded

Face Profile

Curved

Toe Profile

Square

Spine Height

Approximately 64 mm to 68 mm

Scallop

Approximately 1mm to 2mm

Bow

Approximately 11mm to 12 mm

Handle

Oval

Grip

Grid Grip

The SM Sultan Bat is a lightweight premium grade short handled bat. It is a hand crafted, naturally air dried, grade 1-2 premium English Willow cricket bat. The straight grains available range from 8-10.

The bat is of lightweight design utilising rebound technology with the best art of pressing. The shock absorption 9 piece handle is made of 100% Singapore manau cane to match the highest quality standards. Each bat uses premium graded English Willow and a personal selection of clefts.

It is efficiently balanced to reduce the overall weight giving it an extralight feel with maximum power and superlight pick up. The bat has extra thick contoured flowing edges to enhance the “sweet spot”. It has magnificent rebound quality with enormous driving power.

The bat has a composite toe guard and there is a customised English antiscuff sheet for the bats face. The bat has been pre-knocked for around 400 strokes using world class machinery invented by SM.

The Sultan bat comes with 3 Star ratings donating the Grade of willow used:

3 Star – Top of the range Grade 1 Premium+ English Willow.
2 Star – Grade 1 Premium English Willow.
1 Star – Grade 1 English Willow.

Price vary from £225.00 – £265.00

Sultan SM 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 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.

Sultan SM bats-A slight BOW: The regular bow found in the majority of modern cricket bats which allows you to get your hands slightly ahead of the ball for ease of stroke play. It also helps the cricket bat feel more aggressive in your hands.

Sultan SM bats-A Medium SPINE HEIGHT: 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.

King of Kings SM bats-A flatter FACE: Enhance the sweet spot on the blade and off-center strokes can also be timed to the boundary.

Sultan SM bats- Big Edges: The Big edges make for a forgiving and powerful cricket bat with a wider sweet spot.

Sultan SM bats-Mid to low SWEET SPOT POSITION: A 2-in-1setup that allows favorability to players who like to hit down the ground, but still want the benefits of a mid-sweet spot.

Sultan SM bats-Semi- Oval HANDLE TYPE: A happy medium between a Round and Oval Handle that brings the benefits of both oval & round handles. This shape assists alignment and weakens the bottom hand for more controlled stroke play as your top hand is more dominant and still allows for creative use of the bottom hand.

-round TOE: The bat is fitted with a toe guard but might differ from bat supplier.

Traditionally, cricket bats have had varying degrees of round toes throughout the years. The recent trend is the square toe especially by the international Cricket players bats.

In my opinion. Square toes are entirely about the look and is aesthetic in my opinion. They look cool, and it’s what the guys on TV use, but they add no functional benefits to the way the bat hits the ball.  When choosing a toe shape, there are some things players should be aware of: 

1. Square toes add unnecessary weight to the bottom of the bat. The challenge, as always, is to make the bat pick up well whilst keeping it big. Keeping unnecessary English willow at the bottom of the bat makes this a bit tougher.

2. Sharper corners are more prone to damage. More surface area can be hit at the weakest point of the bat. Often when the toe can get the most damage is when you knick it right on the corner of the bat or jam down on a yorker.

3. The entire toe sits on the ground. What difference could this possibly make? If you are going from a round toe to a square toe, it can feel a bit different dependent on your stance and setup.

Traditionally, cricket bats have had varying degrees of round toes throughout the years. The recent trend is the square toe especially by the international Cricket players bats.

In my opinion. Square toes are entirely about the look and is aesthetic in my opinion. They look cool, and it’s what the guys on TV use, but they add no functional benefits to the way the bat hits the ball.  When choosing a toe shape, there are some things players should be aware of: 

HISTORY OF SM

There is a stick of wood that the game of cricket couldn’t be played without.

You can use different balls or use a box as stumps. But you can’t sacrifice the quality of your blade of the bat.

SM Cricket UK is the UK’s official and exclusive supplier and distributor of SM Cricket equipment. Having been established in the UK for a number of years, formerly trading as Cricket Deal Direct.

SM have rapidly grown their brand into one with a reputation for quality, flexibility, and efficiency.

Their partner company, SM Cricket, has been a leading international established manufacturer for decades and they were delighted to be able to bring you that quality and experience to the UK.

Based in Market Deeping, near Peterborough, they have their showroom and offices.

It is from here that they have expanded throughout the East Midlands and more recently further afield thanks to their rapidly growing sales team spanning across the UK.

They have a number of the world’s leading stars using their SM products at this very moment in both the Men’s and Women’s game.

They are very proud at SM Cricket UK to say that they sponsor the current England Women’s Cricket captain Heather Knight and Heather has even worked closely with them to develop their very own HK range providing us with unique equipment specially designed for the Women’s game.

 

 

All their bats and soft goods are manufactured in India. The technical expertise in the product development team mean that only the finest materials are used in our products which are sourced from all over the world. All SM cricket equipment passes through stringent quality testing procedures.

SM is continuously defying all boundaries that come its way to meet the changing trends and preferences. It is the combination of high quality standards and superior craftsmanship that has made SM a revolutionary brand that has taken the art of bat making to new heights. Our comprehensive range of hand crafted bat and protective equipment motivates us to deliver high value proposition.

INTERNATIONAL SM CRICKET PLAYERS

Heather Knight was called into the England squad on their India tour in 2010 as a replacement for the injured Sarah Taylor. She played in the 5th One Day International on 1 March in Mumbai opening the batting and scoring 49 on her international debut. She made her test debut in the one-off Ashes test in January 2011.

She is the holder of one of the first  of 18 ECB central contracts for women players, which were announced in April 2014.

On 5 June 2016, Knight was appointed captain of the England women’s cricket team.

She also became the first female cricketer to score a fifty and to take a five wicket haul in an ODI innings.

Heather Knight joins Rachel Heyhoe-Flint in exclusive club Her 168* is the highest score by a visiting batter in a women's Test in Australia

Heather Knight

Heather Clare Knight was born 26 December 1990). She is an English cricket player who is captain of the England women’s Cricket team. She is a right-handed batsman and right arm off Spin bowler. Knight played already over 100 ODI mattches for Engeland.

Knight played club cricket for Plymstock Cricket Club in the Devon Cricket League.[4] She started attending colts training sessions at 8 years old and progressed through the club’s youth system.

Knight is a prolific batter at county level, initially for her home county of Devon and currently for Berkshire. She topped the county run scoring aggregates in both 2008 (390 runs) and 2009 (622). She also played for the DiamondsSapphires and Emeralds in the Super Fours.

Heather Knight Career Batting Statistics

FAQs

SM have an English Willow and Kashmir Willow bat range. The Kashmir range is smaller in range though.

English willow  is focused more on hard ball Cricket. These bats are more expensive and more for your batsmen that are going to play cricket matches with a hardball. The wood of English willow is softer.

They also have bats that are made from Kashmir Willow that are more suitable for indoor cricket and softball “tennis” Cricket. I will suggest beginners start with bats that are made with Kashmir willow as the bats are more affordable.

The SM range is known for it’s scalloping through the blade and that helps with the lightness of the bat in hand.

Kookaburra Sport are an Australian Family-Owned Business operating for over 130 years. Fourth and fifth generation members of the founding Thompson family continue to work at the Head Office, at their new premises 218 Chesterville Road, Moorabbin. The manufacturing base are also located here.  Kookaburra are specializing in the production of sport equipment for both cricket and hockey.

According to my knowledge, most of Kookaburra’s bats are made in India by SG, as the cost of the process is more affordable there. 

But some production processes still occur in Australia. The Kookaburra Cricket balls are manufactured in Australia.

SM bats cleft are air dried for 6 to 12 months and then pressed. Preparation is done, but you as a player first will need to oil the bat first. (Don’t over oil your bat.) Leave the bat to dry for 24 hours.

After you have oiled the bat, you can start knock the bat in. Remember to also knock in the edges well enough.

The most popular SM range is the Knight range that was made in conjunction with Heather Knight. (Current England Women Cricket captain.)

Conclusion

 

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

Smcricketukltd.co.uk, https://web.facebook.com/SMCricketUK/photos/a.463695660330002/3686324081400461/?type=3&_rdc=1&_rdr and https://fullscopesports.com/england-women-cricket-team-captain-heather-knight-declares-defeat-india-wont-change-game-plan/, https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/women-s-ashes-2022-heather-knight-joins-rachel-heyhoe-flint-in-exclusive-club-1299122, https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/women-s-ashes-2022-heather-knight-joins-rachel-heyhoe-flint-in-exclusive-club-1299122

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