John Newsome of Woodstock Cricket.
Today I spent time with an absolutely fabulous craftsman, John Newsome. Two of my passions are Photography and Cricket so this was an assignment which was a pleasure to do. Every aspect of the bat making process is done by hand and is a bespoke service. John’s bats are used by professional cricketers all over the world. This year has started very well for Woodstock with the Tour de Force bat being voted the Cricketer magazine “Best Bat” of the year.
John moved to Shropshire last year and has settled in a lovely part of Shropshire. His workshop is a lovely old barn with a “olde worlde” ambiance. Every tool, some which have been made specially for the job, are an integral part of the bat making process. Everything is done by eye so each bat is unique and fits the player perfectly.
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The helmet itself is a hybrid shell structure with ABS shell on the top for impact and penetration protection and an inmold design on the lower portion for weight reduction and style .
Featuring an adjustable click-to-fit system, the helmet can be adjusted for the perfect fit.