Gunn & Moore Bat Care

This bat has been made from fine quality specially seasoned English willow by Gunn & Moore craftsmen using skills and techniques perfected over more than a century of creating the world's finest bats. To maintain this bat in peak condition we recommend you to follow this simple advice.

Gunn & Moore Bat Care


Pre-knocked in with antiscuff cover applied to face and edges to increase blade durability These bats need "playing in", Exposed willow will require light oiling if the willow becomes very dry.

Gunn & Moore Bat Care


A specially shaped resilient shield fitted to the toe of the bat, which reduces toe damage and feathering that is often caused by tapping at the crease. Also acts as a further barrier to damp.

Gunn & Moore Bat Care


Most Gunn & Moore bats are treated with GM DriGuardTM applied to the toe of the bat to reduce water absorption. This helps prevent toe swelling making the toe less susceptible to moisture induced damage. DriGuard TM will repel oil as well as moisture and oil applied to this area should just be wiped off. 303 BATS No oiling is required. However, during play the white PU coating will wear from the toe area and any exposed willow should be lightly oiled as described below.


GM NOW! bats should first be used to hit short catches and/or "throw-downs" with an old, good quality cricket ball. It is advisable to initially avoid use against a new ball in either nets or a match.

Gunn & Moore Bat Care


Before use apply a light coat of raw linseed oil (bat oil) to the face, back, edges, and toe with the fingers and palm of the hand. Avoid oiling the splice area. 3 or 4 further light coats should be applied to the face, edges, and toe at about weekly intervals. Clean the bat using fine glass paper before each application. Repeat occasionally if the willow becomes very dry. After oiling lay the bat flat for a few hours.


The face of this bat has been expertly pressed to provide an optimum resilient playing surface. The face, especially the front edges, will be further improved and its useful life prolonged by careful 'knocking-in’ with an old leather cricket ball or a specially designed Gunn & Moore bat mallet.

*Not necessary for bats with GM NOW! finish.

Gunn & Moore Bat Care


  • Don’t - expose to extremes of temperature AVOID prolonged spells in Car Boots/Trunks/ Interiors
  • Don't - over-oil- It is more dangerous to over-oil than to under-oil- Over-oiling adds weight, spoils driving power, and may cause rot.
  • Don’t - ever, ever stand the bat in oil.
  • Don't - allow the bat to become damp.
  • Don't - misuse or treat carelessly off the pitch for example at nets, or in changing rooms.
  • Don't - use cheap hard balls- These will damage the bat.
  • Don’t - continue to play with a damaged bat. This will aggravate the damage to a point where the bat may be beyond repair.
  • Don't - remove GM NOW! cover as this can damage the blade.


  • Do - prepare the bat carefully
  • Do - store the bat in off-season in a cool dry atmosphere away from excessive heat or damp.
  • Do - inspect the bat regularly for damage in play and repair promptly.
  • Do - lightly re-oil the bat if it shows signs of drying out.


In normal use, superficial face and edge marks along with slight surface cracking will occur. This is to be expected, does not detract from the performance of the bat, and may be ignored. Other damage. such as splitting of the toe as a result of hitting a yorker. or due to water ingress, or severe crease tapping, or damage caused by a mis-timed shot. which happens to even the best player. can more often than not be repaired and the repaired bat will continue to give excellent service. A refurbishment service for your GM bat is available which will help extend its life.

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