Custom Made VR Cricket Bats

Many of you may of seen me playing iB Cricket using different VR cricket bats.  I have had the pleasure of being sent two custom made VR cricket bats from Brighton Harry, a bat maker for VR cricket.

Brighton Harry has kindly taken the time to write a blog post about his story and how he got into creating cricket bats for VR.  See ALL of his great VR cricket bats on his Ebay page.

This is Brighton Harry’s story…

“I played a lot of cricket during the 80s and 90s and was privileged to play with excellent players because my father was a professional cricketer.

One of my father’s friends, David, owned a repair business in his double garage, which we often frequently visited on a Saturday morning before the game.

VR Cricket Bats

Saturday mornings were always busy, and you would bump into someone you knew getting a new cricket grip or collecting a repaired bat before their Saturday game.

Many would go there just for the conversation and the company and to avoid having to go shopping with their wives.

I always remember seeing all the bats in different states of repair and the smell of willow & I used to love picking up the other bats, such as GN Scoops, SS Jumbos, and GN Powerspots, to name but a few belonging to professional cricketers. It was this that got me into the habit of collecting vintage bats.

Even though David retired from the bat repair business in the mid-90s, he continued to potter around in his workshop, and I used to visit him regularly to listen to stories and watch him work.

A couple of years ago, I bought a Meta Quest 2, found IB cricket, and immediately fell in love with the game. I did not realise how popular this game was and believe it is due to how realistic it is to the actual game.

If this was around in the 80s, imagine how many people would use it during the winter months whilst waiting for the indoor cricket nets once a week, where you’d get two or three overs on a very unrealistic wicket.

VR Cricket Guy with Duncan Fearlney VR Bat
VR Cricket Guy with Duncan Fearnley VR Bat

Platforms like VR Cricket Guy are bringing many of us together, getting us to discuss what improvements to this game are needed. Watching one of his YouTube videos made me think of making a heavier counterbalanced bat with a genuine rubber grip that would give you a more realistic experience that would transfer to the actual game.

When David passed away at 99 years old last year, his wife asked if I would help clear his workshop and take anything I wanted.

Along with all the bat repair tools, tapes, glues, etc. & many old bats that, although they were beyond repair, David kept them anyway over the years. Also, I found a filing cabinet full of old cricket stickers that David picked up over the years from manufacturers.

These bats would not have survive one more innings against the leather cricket ball, but I came up with the idea of using them in VR cricket, giving them a new lease of life.

Along with these bats and the ones I’ve collected over many years, I have almost every make and model from the 70s and 80s.”

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