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ExtraCoverDrive
31st March 2011, 12:55
Hello everyone,
Finally got the time to post a review of the Newbery Krakatoa Players edition. I bought this bat off a local store in Toronto for about 300 dollars flat. Been wanting to post the review as early as I got it, but I figured I should reserve judgement on the bat till after atleast a few throwdowns. 7+ throwdowns later, I feel now is the time to properly review it:

SPECS:
The bat is about 2.7 lbs, 8 solid straight grains on it and as you can see from the pictures, pretty well spaced out too. Hardly any blemish on it on the face or the back too! For a midrange bat, Newbery still manages to provide exemplary quality on craftsmanship. Ive been told that a Krakatoa is extremely hard to get at 2.7, but I got lucky in that regard. First time I saw it at the store, I wasn't convinced with the profile to be honest. The meat on the shoulders seemed nonexistent, with the bulk of the meat lower down the spine on the bat. But after consulting with a few friends, thanks mostly to CD and cricketer13, and finally after seeing the 2 reviews on the Krakatoas on this forum, I was pretty much convinced.

PICK UP/FEEL:
The pickup is where this bat scores a solid A1. Ive held many top of the line bats in my time spent around cricket clubs, but this bat is right up there among the very best. I am a huge fan of lighter bats, as opposed to meaty bats, since I am mostly a nudger of the ball. But a few throwndown sessions with it has convinced me to express myself more as a batsman :D Needless to say, the balls were flying off this bat like it never did before. It almost encourages me now to change my batting style a bit from a nudger like Fawad Alam :fawad to someone like Salman Butt ::butt
Back to topic, the pick up is somewhere between a very light Icon and solid meaty CA 10000 PLUS which I am sure most here are familar with. As light as the bat feels in the hand, I must say it still feels rock solid. There is this amazing sweet soft wood ping sound everytime the bat meets ball that I havent seen in many other top of the line bats. Very pleasing I must say.

OVERALL:
Just to give you an idea, I own a Blade 950 Kookaburra top of the line bat that I had bought last year for 500 bucks. If I could go back in time, I would be more than willing to spend those 500 bucks on this Krakatoa and still be super happy with the purchase. Thats how satisfied I am with this purchase.
Buying a top range Newbery bat can be pretty expensive, but going by how good this midrange bat is playing, I would say it'd be money well spent. Here's hoping someday, i'll review an SPS Newbery Krakatoa.

As for the pictures, forgive the noobness of it all. Not a fan of photography much :D

Cover Drive
31st March 2011, 13:03
Amazing review bro, one of the best and most enjoyable review I have ever read!

I have seen this Krakatoa and have held it, people would not believe me but I am serious that for some reason I find ECD's to have a better feel than mine.

If you measure the thickness of this bat then you will certainly say it is big for its weight. The edges are around 35 mm and the weight is only 2.7 lbs! Ask any retailer and he will have hard time admitting the fact that this is senior size bat!

A great bat, great review and a great bloke who reviewed it! :14:

ExtraCoverDrive
31st March 2011, 13:06
Thanks CD.... i am warming up to the whole experience of reviewing bats. By the way people, questions are welcome :D

askmoi
31st March 2011, 14:36
looks a good bat. and 35 mm edges on a 2' 7 is exceptional. how do u find the sweetspot on this bat? extended or low?

Silencer
31st March 2011, 14:44
Looks brilliant fella! I hope it plays well for you.

Can I ask a question if you don't mind ? If not then how is the pickup and feel on this bat and can you post a profile shot pleasE?

Cheers

momin97
31st March 2011, 17:31
looks good hope it scores runs for u

Quick Single
31st March 2011, 18:29
Amazing bat. Truly superb mashallah.

All the Newbery's I have seen on this forum have looked awesome.

I hope it plays excellently for you.:)

ExtraCoverDrive
31st March 2011, 22:18
@askmoi:
In general, the sweetspot is pretty well extended throughout the face, but especially good around the lower half of the bat. Having said that, we play on artiifial turf indoors for net session, and this bat plays out extremely well even for a bat with primarily low sweetspot.

ExtraCoverDrive
31st March 2011, 22:21
Thank you for all the good lucks. Will need it this coming season seeing that I am loooking to play my shots and not play like misbah in the semis like I usually do :p

askmoi
31st March 2011, 22:34
all the best to you for the coming season. my advice is to play within yourself.

Cover Drive
31st March 2011, 23:01
@askmoi:
In general, the sweetspot is pretty well extended throughout the face, but especially good around the lower half of the bat. Having said that, we play on artiifial turf indoors for net session, and this bat plays out extremely well even for a bat with primarily low sweetspot.

Considering the fact that bounce is high indoors I am fully confident that this bat will play better outdoors and InshAllah you will score tons of runs with it.

straightbat
1st April 2011, 00:28
nice looking bat. Newbery bats are mazing I guess. If possible, can you put pic. of the edges as well.