Bat maker padding up for heritage day

March 28, 2018

Clare Johnston from de Lacy cricket will give a bat-making demonstration at the Merrigum Heritage Day.

EVERY keen cricketer knows, to be at the top of your game you need the correct choice of weapon.

The weight, the width, the length and the size of the handle are all important.

If you can’t quite find the right bat in a sports store, where do you go to get one made?

The Merrigum Heritage Day, of course.

The Heritage Day, on April 8, is fast approaching and one of the main attractions will be Clare Johnston from de Lacy Cricket running a class on hand crafting cricket bats.

Clare is the owner and founder of de Lacy Cricket, a Melbourne-based brand she started in 2015.

Since then Clare has been on a mission to supply cricketers throughout Victoria with beautifully crafted, English willow cricket bats.

“We are hoping Clare will be one of the main drawcards,” Florence Halliday from the Merrigum Historical Society said.

“A lot of people have already enquired about her class.”

Florence came across Clare and de Lacy Cricket after attempting to get another bat maker a few years ago.

“We thought it would be something really good and different, but that fell through.

“But we still thought it was a really good idea, so we followed it up this year and came across Clare.”

Clare said she is looking forward to getting to the Heritage Day for her demonstration.

“They contacted me first, which I thought was really cool,” she said.

“I just love making things and cricket has been a passion of mine for a long time so they go together.

“I’m a country girl originally, so I’m looking forward to heading up to Merrigum and meeting the locals.’’

The Heritage Day will be held at the Merrigum Museum from 11am to 3pm and will include different sorts of demonstrations of old skills.

On top of the bat making, demonstrations of blacksmithing, rope-making, shearing, whip plaiting and washing and ironing will also feature.

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