John Newsome, Bat-Maker

Woodstock Director and bat maker John Newsome has been involved in the sports industry for the last 20 years, working in both golf and cricket. As a golfer, he represented Sussex and was Sussex County Captain for three years. He is married and has three sons who themselves have represented Sussex in both cricket and golf.

For 5 years he was part of the management team at Newbery Cricket in Hove and had the pleasure of looking after some of the world's best cricketers. During that period, he learned just what a top class player is looking for in a bat and the skills required to manufacture them.

At the beginning of the 2010 season and driven by a desire to see every level of player have the best possible equipment at very affordable prices, John launched Woodstock Cricket Company using a purpose built workshop in his back garden in Plumpton Green. He acquired mostly second hand old tools and machinery including draw knives, spoke shaves and wooden block planes traditionally used in the manufacture of cricket bats. He initially sold to friends and local clubs and spent most of his time attending local fixtures where the bats grew in popularity by the day. Very soon the bats were being used by Junior County players right up to Professional level.

John is meticulous in his detailing of every bat from the selection of each cleft, numerous sanding processes, final polishing and labelling, ensuring the best possible balance and performance throughout the manufacturing process.

HOW ARE THE BATS MADE?

John follows a meticulous process from the selection of each cleft, numerous sanding processes, final polishing and labelling, ensuring the best possible balance and performance throughout the manufacturing process.

Shaping the blade

See the whole process

Bat Preparation, Care and Repairs

For top tips on how to prepare and maintain your cricket bat, please click the link below. You will also find this information useful should you require repairs to your bat.

Bat Preparation, Care and Repairs PDF

Size Guide

To ensure that your cricket bat, pads or gloves are of the correct fit, please click the following link to download the Woodstock size guide. Or, if you prefer to speak to a member of our team, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Size Guide PDF