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canadiancricketer
9th March 2011, 02:04
G'day all!

Hope everyone is doing well. I decided after joining this forum that I wanted to do a bet review on a bat I got about 5 months ago.......I bought a gray nicolls xiphos 5 star cricket bat from a local shop in Oakville (AK pro). I was looking for a bat for the nets as I already have another xiphos for matches. My old one that iv'e been using for 3 years is preety much done and its all cracked up nd stuff.

Anyway, bought it 2 months ago and TBH I didnt want another Xiphos but when I saw it in the store I fell in love lol.


Weight: 2.8 (feels a lil bit lighter)

Size: Standard SH

Pickup and balance: simply amazing, dissapears in the backlift!

Edges: Massive 35 mm

Grains: 12 evenly spaced

The bat picks up brilliantly and its got a toe guard and I changed the grip to a GM shock absorba grip. The bats plays peerless especially on the drive and pull. The entire bat is the sweetspot! Its really big and hits off the middle even close to the toe end of the bat. I developed 3 minor cracks on it but thats because the willow is very soft.

Pictures are below! Please dont hesitate to comment or ask any questions!




http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i413/1indiacricket/cricket%20bat%20pics/general.jpg

http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i413/1indiacricket/cricket%20bat%20pics/face.jpg

http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i413/1indiacricket/cricket%20bat%20pics/faceangle.jpg

http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i413/1indiacricket/cricket%20bat%20pics/edgewithcoin.jpg

http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i413/1indiacricket/cricket%20bat%20pics/batgrip.jpg

http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i413/1indiacricket/cricket%20bat%20pics/backofbat.jpg

STR8DRIVE
9th March 2011, 09:14
That looks really banged up for a 2 month old bat, did you play in the nets without knocking?

momin97
9th March 2011, 09:55
nice

askmoi
9th March 2011, 10:37
That looks really banged up for a 2 month old bat, did you play in the nets without knocking?

will have to agree with that.

ibtsambutt
9th March 2011, 17:32
Is it really 2 months old only?

canadiancricketer
9th March 2011, 17:36
no sorry guys its not.....I said how long ago I got it twice.....the first time I said I got it about a half a year ago........then I said I got it 2 months go. Sorry for that..........I actually did get it about 6 months ago! I did rush the knocking a lil bit but honesty it doesnt look that bad in the flesh because ya its got some different coloured cherries on face and doesnt loook the greatest but underneath on the actual willow theres only like 2 cracks.........but I must say..........even if it doesnt look the most appealing..........it plays beautifully!

Cover Drive
9th March 2011, 19:09
Looks really good for a 5 Star I would say.

Do you mind if I ask how much you paid for this ?

asad1996
10th March 2011, 01:30
hey Canadian cricketer, welcome to pp, just wanted to ask u by any chance r u rueben? n is not my bad

canadiancricketer
10th March 2011, 01:37
I paid $200 for it. The man at the store was having a blowout on his bats because the cricket section of the store was closing out. Its a steal in my opinion!

canadiancricketer
10th March 2011, 01:38
hey canadian cricketer, welcome to pp, just wanted to ask u by any chance r u rueben? N is not my bad

asad!!!!!??? From ramblers????!!!!! Is that u?

Cover Drive
10th March 2011, 03:11
I paid $200 for it. The man at the store was having a blowout on his bats because the cricket section of the store was closing out. Its a steal in my opinion!

AK Pro?

canadiancricketer
10th March 2011, 03:13
yep thats the place.........cricket section is shut down though :(

Cover Drive
10th March 2011, 03:33
Don't think so, he still have cricket stuff. Atleast his website does...

canadiancricketer
10th March 2011, 03:42
Na he doesnt.........I went there to see a while back. In fact......the store was shutdown......I was lucky to get this bat at the last minute.

Cover Drive
10th March 2011, 04:05
http://www.akprocanada.com/SearchResult.aspx?CategoryID=33

He is still Gray Nicolls official retailer, I emailed them two days ago and they said go to him.

canadiancricketer
10th March 2011, 04:18
that is really wierd.......the store was no more when I got the bat.........do u think he relocated?

Cover Drive
10th March 2011, 04:51
Maybe, Iblast visited him in 2009 summer.

canadiancricketer
10th March 2011, 05:17
I visited him 5 months ago

asad1996
10th March 2011, 05:36
yea its me ;)

canadiancricketer
10th March 2011, 05:46
HAHA.........hey bro! coming to practice on friday? did u just join?

asad1996
10th March 2011, 06:41
yea n im coming to beyond the boundary, n no i have been on this for a year but i dont post much

canadiancricketer
10th March 2011, 06:48
oh ya. I just thought that because it says ur a newcomer. Awh that really sucks because I cant..well I am registered but I dont have a ride :(

I might ask Anthony if he can give me a ride because he lives close by but if not then I wont be coming!

Man........u should really do a review or your new ihsan and or boom boom.

asad1996
10th March 2011, 06:55
i did, go to pics of your bats lol

canadiancricketer
11th March 2011, 03:37
I dont need to see pics lol.............iv'e held ur bats!

STR8DRIVE
12th March 2011, 11:54
I dont need to see pics lol.............iv'e held ur bats!

Dude, that didnt really sound right. ;)

MoHZ
12th March 2011, 18:20
Looks good! Sports World have them for 88 which I think is an absolute steal! :kami

http://www.sportsdirect.com/adidas-xiphos-5-star-cricket-bat-851147

canadiancricketer
12th March 2011, 19:22
Lol..............it says adidas xiphos 5 star! ya I looked at that but shipping and all would've been preety much the same price!

canadiancricketer
12th March 2011, 19:23
Dude, that didnt really sound right. ;)

Come to think of it.............your right..........lol I didnt even realize it until I read i after! lol