Product Type: Newbery sports equipment
Newest Review: ... be wheeling a log out in the middle. As I said everyone will feel different about pick up, but I think you'd be hard pushed to find anyone... more
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Mjolnir cricket bat
Member Name: sjpeplow1
Mjolnir cricket bat
Advantages: Lovely pick up and feel, performs well and newbery decals are always understated and classy
Disadvantages: Prices through the roof!
The Newbery decals have always been minimal and classy, this allows plenty of the stunning willow to be shown of both front and back. The minimalistic approach is one that I greatly favour on cricket bats, in comparison to many indian brands with stickers all over the bats covering dodgy willow. As the saying goes, if you've got it...flaunt it. And that is exactly what newbery do.
My mjolnir was a 2lb 10 plus the weight of an extra grip, and although pick is very much an individual feel, I felt the pick up was superb. It felt about 2lb 9 in the hands, this helps with bat speed and cross batted shots, nobody wants to be wheeling a log out in the middle. As I said everyone will feel different about pick up, but I think you'd be hard pushed to find anyone that doesn't like the pick up on the mjolnir.
The mjolnir is a traditional shaped bat, small edges, large swell at the back and little or no bow (curve) to the blade. This is a throwback to cricket bats of latter years, and not a shape many people including the professionals favour these days. Do not be put off by the small edges, the swell on the back with no concaving adds plenty of meat to every shot you play. A workman should never blame his tools and this holds true here, there is still a huge volume behind the ball every time you play a shot so its no excuse for not clearing the boundary. The middle is a mid/mid low on the mjolnir, perfect for most uk pitches that stay slightly lower, especially at the beginning on the season. Ideally for the front foot player, but would definitely suit an all round game more than some modern shaped bats we see these days.
I had a mjolnir sps, top of the range, although I have used a 5 star before as well. Both were superb bats, the 5 star being slightly uglier but still went like a dream. The pressing on the newberys bats, which is done out of house now, is second to none. Not too soft and not too hard, the bats take a bit of playing in as most do, but once is starts going then it is simply unstoppable. Am yet to have any splits on my bat so far after being carefully prepared and a scuff sheet fitted.
These bats are upwards of £300 for a top of the range newbery these days. A steep price to pay. I would recommend swinging a few of the lower grade bats around in the shop and seeing which feels best in the hands, they'll all perform fairly similarly so pick the bat most comfortable and save yourself £100 on the top model.
Would I purchase another?
I'd like to think I would, the prices are sky high at the moment but I would definitely considered getting this profile copied elsewhere for a cheaper price. Which is nothing but a compliment to newbery and the bat they have created.
Summary: Hard to find fault with the actual bat, personally a brilliant bat for me.