Posted on: 19 May 2016Share
Ladies' cricket is a summer sport that is rapidly growing in popularity around the world. To perform at your best and to get the most out of the game, you need the right kit. Here are some things to consider for newbies to the crease on how to choose the right pair of batting gloves.
1. Right-handed or leftie?
When you're choosing batting gloves, always look carefully at the label. Gloves are usually labelled with the style of batsmen, e.g. LLH = Ladies' Left Hand, and so on.
2. Choose the correct size
It's extremely important that your batting gloves are the correct size. When trying the glove on, watch out for the following:
- If you find that material overhangs into your palm, the glove is too big and won't be comfortable.
- If your fingers are more than a centimetre or so from the tip of the glove, it's too big.
- If your fingers press against the end of the glove, it may be too small and will be uncomfortable, so try the next size up.
3. Sausage finger or split finger?
There are two main styles of batting gloves to choose from.
Sausage finger: Sausage rolled finger gloves can feel rather chunky and inflexible, although they do generally offer better padding and protection. This style of glove has non-jointed fingers and forms a gap-free grip when wrapped around the bat handle.
Split finger: Split finger gloves are said to provide greater 'feel' when holding the bat, and some brands feature additional individual finger guards for extra protection. Unlike sausage finger gloves, each digit has individual joints, allowing greater freedom of movement for the wearer.
The style that you choose will largely depend on the comfort and feeling on the bat of each one. The best way to decide is simply to try both styles to see what suits you best.
4. How much to spend
The cost of batting gloves varies widely, depending on the brand name and the quality of the product.
Top quality gloves are made from leather or sheepskin and are usually the most expensive, professional standard glove. These gloves are extremely hardwearing and comfortable, often featuring a soft backfill and high impact guards built into the glove.
Second tier quality gloves are slightly cheaper and are made of calf skin. These gloves usually have a soft filling and are pre-curved to provide comfort and flexibility.
Entry level gloves are ideal for beginners or those on a limited budget who are just trying the sport out. These gloves are usually made from suede with a cotton palm designed to absorb perspiration, and they feature an individual PVC guard on each finger.
When choosing batting gloves, always go for comfort and fit and try out both sausage finger and split finger styles to see which suits you best. Ask your local cricket shop for more advice and to see what's available in your price range.