Laver & Wood Users Comments
Recently I purchased a Laver
& Wood Private Bin online through Middlepeg Cricket and I am only too
delighted to say a few words about both the bat and the exceptional
service from Middlepeg. After receiving the bat I was contacted by
Middlepeg as part of their after sales service to ensure that I was happy
with the bat.
When I first lay eyes on my
Private Bin I could hardly believe the exceptional quality and
craftsmanship of it. After using it for the first time I could also hardly
believe how good it felt in dispatching balls away. Having played cricket
for the past 18 years I still in fact cant believe the difference between
my Private Bin and the many other bats I have used and this is more than
echoed by my team mates who have had a hit with it.
I now know why so many
international cricketers use bats that have been made by James Laver…I
thoroughly recommend all cricketers of all levels to discover and feel the
difference for themselves.
And after having dealt with
Middlepeg Cricket on a number of occasions now I also thoroughly recommend
them for their service, great range and brilliant pricing. Middlepeg have
proven to me that they really do have the best cricket equipment at the
best prices around.
To anyone that reads this, I
have played cricket and been a cricket gear junkie all my life. 5 weeks
ago I purchased a bat off Middlepeg (a brilliant Laver & Wood)
Cricket and I really cant believe the lengths these guys go to to make
sure that my hard earned dollars are well spent and that I got the best
I got my custom made bat
within 5 days or ordering, had it run in and faced by Middlepeg in
another 4 days and was using it in a game the day after. And they have
even called me a few times afterwards to make sure that I am happy with
the way the bat is going!
So here is my simple advise
- I have never come across a company that cares so much about their
customers so if you are buying cricket gear then get it from Middlepeg.
They carry the best stuff and nobody even comes close to them on their
prices. Feel free to email me directly if you like - I will vouch for
these guys anytime.
Rockingham, Western Australia
I am sorry I didn't get back
to you sooner and let you know how much Stephen likes his Laver &
He has used it in 3 games
now. Being in under 12's they are not allowed to make more than 20 runs
in an innings. First game he got to bat twice and ended the day with 41
(his best ever). Game 2 he retired again with 21. Game 3 he was lucky
enough to be picked to play in a combined team for our cricket
association and he top scored for his team with 18.
He is a very happy little
vegemite indeed. I am sure there will be plenty of other kids and adults
from the club being in touch with you about buying bats. Many of the
seniors seemed very impressed with the quality of the bat.
Anyway, thanks again for all of your help.
Debbie, John &
I did receive the package
and thank you. The Private Bin feels absolutely sensational. It has
amazing pick up and feel. I have used it in three sessions and I don't
need to hit the ball hard. I play a easy stroke and the middle of the
bat does everything else. I'll definitely will be purchasing another
Laver & Wood bat.
To those who are reading.....
We bought 2 Laver &Wood
Private Bin collection bats from Middlepeg. It is to the exact
specification and let me tell you....it is a beauty!! Having shopped
on-line for many years, dealing with Middlepeg was the easiest
experience I've ever had in buying any kind of merchandise over the
web!! They are extremely knowledgeable and courteous!! David knows his
products and the shipment was amazingly quick (6 days to NZ from NJ)!!
He takes personal interest in the services rendered which is very rare
in any business. He truly has set an example for other vendors of all
sorts. It was a pleasure dealing with Middlepeg and David. KEEP UP THE
GOOD WORK, BRO !!
Mack Rao & Deepesh
Ever since playing first class championship cricket in England, James has
made all of my bats. Being notably choosy about bats, I would not claim
to be easy to please. However, keeping an old favourite of mine as a
template, James has managed to make each successive bat even better that
the last. His knowledge of wood and ability to handcraft, shape and
balance both handle and blade are in my opinion simply unsurpassed. He
is the best batmaker around at the moment.
This is not just a personal opinion. Without being obliged to by contract,
during Leicestershire's championship season of 1996, seven of us chose
to use bats made by James. International cricketers feel the same about
As to his personal qualities, James is the most straightforward, honest and
genuinely helpful man you could wish to meet. As well as caring deeply
about his work, he is good company and, from observation, seems always
to get on well with everyone around him.
On all counts, I recommend James highly.
B.A.[Hons],Dip.Soc. Gloucestershire C.C.C & Leicestershire C.C.C.
In the past fifteen years I have used bats from most of the major cricket
manufacturers. As a gear junky I have had a lot of bats and spent a fair
bit of time looking at different bats.
I selected a Laver & Wood Private Bin bat based on my desire to
finally have a bat that was shaped to match my style. The results have
been incredible. I am middling the ball with almost all of my shots -
many fewer miss hits than with other bats where the weight distribution
and middle have not been made for my style.
The way the ball comes off my Laver & Wood Private Bin is so impressive
compared to all the other bats I have used makes me seriously consider
the rumour that the major bat manufacturers keep the best willow for
their top players and the English market.
I strongly recommend having a bat made for your needs, and that you are
very careful with your selection of willow - the ball is certainly
leaving my Laver & Wood bat a lot faster and going a lot further
than with previous bats.
Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
James Laver has been making me cricket bats for the last seven years and I've
never had a bad one yet. His skill as a bat maker is second to none, not
only because he possesses the knowledge and experience of a true
craftsman in his field but also because he has a staggering ability to
produce bats suited specifically to the batsman. I only wish my ability
as a batter matched his as a batmaker - I'd be world class!
I was worried when James moved to New Zealand. However good his bats were
I felt that 12,000 miles would be an insurmountable proposition in terms
of time and expense. As ever James proved me wrong. When the end finally
came for one of my trusty blades I e-mailed James the order for a new
bat and received it, made to order and knocked in, within eight days. I
recommended him to a friend at the club who sent James an old bat, had
it re-handled and a replica bat made and returned within 12 days, I used
to think it took longer than that to send a letter to New Zealand.
Great businesses rely on quality products and top customer service. Laver and
Wood Cricket Bats will exceed your expectations on both. The quality of
their cricket bats is outstanding and the attention to every detail and
highly personalised service likewise. I've already recommended L&W
to my team-mates and will continue to do so.
Laver and Wood bats are possibly the best bats on today's market. I am a very
fussy user of gear in regards to cricket, and L&W have been the best
consistently since James formed the company. I have used and sold almost
every brand available in the market and found L&W to have all the
qualities I require in a bat, which are performance (pingyness),
balance, resilience, appearance and quality of willow.
I would recommend Laver and Wood to any cricketer who wants a good bat,
and backup service.