Viking Cricket is only at the beginning of it's journey. We are making our own history with every season that passes, launched out of our passion for the game for two reasons, the first as ex players, coaches and parents we have seen a growth in poor cricket bats and have first hand experiences of our own.
We felt with our experience we could offer some of the finest cricket bats available in today's market, not the mass machined products, or cheap fake imports but the finest handcrafted English workmanship.
We don't presume to know it all and there are some fine companies producing great bats in England. Our second reason was to play a small part in helping keep those traditions of English cricket bat making alive.
Having been involved in Cricket all our lives we care about our customers and the quality of service we offer.
Based on the Yorkshire/Lancashire border Viking offers a full range of adult and junior cricket bats, along with our new range of softs for 2018.
A question we get asked is "why Viking?", well the simple answer is we have Norse heritage and we live in a region which is rich in Viking history so it made perfect sense.
We have the ability and experience to work with many different customers, during 2017 we made a number of custom bats for individual cricketers from current international and county players to private individuals, we also produced a number of bats for cricket clubs who had specific requirements.
One club asked for 7 bats for their junior section as not all the children could afford a bat so they wanted to have bats available so anybody could use them.
Another club asked for some bats for a new junior girls team, as they would be new to the game they wouldn't have bought any equipment yet.
Our willow has been grown in Suffolk and is carefully chosen by us, sourced from the finest suppliers in cricket.
It is then transported to our workshop where our master batmakers turns the clefts into stunning cricket bats using all the skills past down to them through the generations.
Everything that goes into our bats is done by hand and eye, not the mass machined bats we are seeing more and more. This is what gives all our bats the balance and performance that cricketers love.
Our master batmakers have over 40 years experience and have produced bats for both International and county players. We know when you're going out to bat you want to feel confident in the equipment you're using and playing with our top quality cricket bats will give you that confidence to become a game changer.
Every Viking Cricket bat is handmade in our workshop from the finest hand-picked English willow both Senior and Junior bats are made from the same English willow.
Our range of equipment like the rest of the industry will be sourced from the best we can find for our customers. We will not sell any product without it first being tested by us.
Where possible we source everything in the UK but because of the decline in British manufacturing some of these items will probably come from overseas. Wherever possible things like our packaging are sourced locally. We will never sell any product that doesn't meet the highest standards.
Every cricket bat is checked before it leaves us to make sure it's of the highest quality before reaching you. If we wouldn't use it then why should anybody else, so if it's not good enough then it's doesn't get sold.
We have enjoyed seeing the response to our brand and over the last couple of seasons our cricket bats have won rave reviews which you can find easily enough via YouTube, twitter, Instagram etc.
We were also voted in the Top 7 best bats of 2017 in The Telegraph magazine and then in 2018 we won Best in class and 2nd Overall in The Cricketer magazine good gear guide.
It's a little humbling but very pleasing to receive such great feedback.
Thank you to the many parents of young cricketers who after purchasing new bats from us have seen just what difference a quality bat can make in giving them confidence, there is nothing better than reading an e-mail or someone coming up to us and saying, "thanks my son got his first 6", or "WOW, my son has never got more than 9 or 10 runs but he had to retire in his last 2 Innings his last being 34". "thank you because it's made my weekend seeing the smile on his face".
That's why we strive to make great bats.
I hope we have answered some of your questions, if not you can always contact us via our email address firstname.lastname@example.org
Handmade in Yorkshire, by Norsemen used by Warriors.