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Phillip Island Bowling Club
40-44 Dunsmore Road, Cowes
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
until January 27 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Adults $10, Child 8-16 years $5
All welcome, locals, visitors, tourists. No experience
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Island’s bat man
MAKING cricket bats may be a dying art
across cricket mad Australia, but not here on
Local A Grade cricketer, Scott Boyack, who
played a season in England as a professional
and also coaches at local level, has set about re-
viving this art.
Scott, under the tutelage of former Australian
cricketer Ian Callan, has learned how to hone
quality, hand-made bats, and is now starting to
supply them to both the local and Australian
His new venture began early last year when he
sought to learn about the art of cricket bat mak-
ing, on the internet.
He came across an article about Ian Callan,
and his bat making business.
Ian not only makes bats, but conducts work-
shops, teaching other interested people this
To Scott’s enormous surprise, he also learned
of a strong island connection.
It was here, many years ago, that Ian’s then
fledgling business started.
His parents Lloyd and Norma had a farm at
Rhyll, and this is where the first Callen bat mak-
ing workshop was established in the 1980s.
At the time, the family also sourced English
willow, from which bats are made, and actually
planted it from cuttings on their property, near
the McFee farm, at Rhyll.
Having researched the bat making industry at
the turn of last century in Australia, the Callen’s
learned that some trees grown from English wil-
low cuttings were planted in Gippsland in 1902,
for the purpose of bat making.
The cuttings had been shipped to Australia by
the famous English cricketer A C McLaren at the
turn of the century, after he played in Australia,
and he nominated the area as the perfect place
to grow English willow.
However, they later relocated to Ringwood,
and planted 3,000 trees on what is now called
the A C McLaren cricket bat willow plantation,
after there became a shortage of quality willow
The Callen family today operate the sustain-
able renewable and socio-economic Willow Blue
Cricket Forestry industry that is now supplying
English Willow to bat makers throughout Aus-
tralia and New Zealand.
But back to Scott.
He contacted Ian early last year, and learned
that he ran regular week long training courses,
teaching pupils from across the whole of Austra-
lia the art of bat making.
Scott booked in!
A week was enough for him to learn the in-
tricacies required to produce high quality hand-
And Ian is at the end of the phone line to an-
swer the occasional question that Scott might
The willow required to make the bats is
sourced of course from the Callen’s plantation.
The wood is nether soft nor hard.
It is somewhere in between.
It has robust qualities, which is why it is used,
and is long lasting.
The willow arrives as a “cleft” which is a block
of wood roughly in the shape of a bat.
The first step is to fit the handle, which is
made out of cane.
Cane is ideal for this purpose, because of its
flexibility and strength.
The handle is glued and clamped into a very
tight fit; and then it is on to shaping the bat.
Scott does this with a draw knife.
“The art of making the perfect cricket bat is
in whittling it into the perfect shape,” Scott ex-
Bats are custom made to suit particular re-
Some clients want a bat the same as their last
Others leave it to Scott, trusting his experience
as an experienced cricket player and coach to
make the perfect bat to suit them.
He will hone a lighter bay for younger players,
or perhaps a longer bat and handle for taller
men . . . whatever is required.
Scott also repairs bats.
Players occasionally break a handle or suffer
a chip out of their bat, and he will return it to
them as good as new.
Scott’s fledgling bat making business is grow-
ing, after just eight months, and his end product
is sold mostly through social media.
Local cricketers are also clients, and love the
bats he makes for them.
Scott is very proud of the “sixer” he hit in
Round 2 in 2016 using one of his hand made
It proved its worth instantly in everyone’s eyes.
Costs for each bat vary, depending on the
grade of willow used.
Average price is between $300 and $500.
This price compares with about $1,000 for the
same brand name item in sport retail stores.
Life span of each bat is about three to four
years, compared to about two years with the
more highly priced brand name product.
Scott works from a workshop in his backyard,
and making bats is a labour of love, he says.
A cabinet maker by trade, he would love to go
into cricket bat making full time, but the output
necessary for this to happen is not there at this
He has made 15 bats since he commenced last
April and the business is building.
He completed a number of bats in time for
Christmas, for a couple of local players, and is
keen to see them in action on the field in the
A talented cricketer, he is a Phillip Island A
He has previously played in England as an
If anyone would like to contact Scott and learn
more about his bat making, google Yakka Crick-
et (called after his nickname).
He can also be found on Facebook.
Phillip Island cricketer Scott Boyack is re-
viving the art of cricket bat making on Phil-
His bats are hand-made, honed from Eng-
We have our very own Batman in Cowes,
and he’s also a super hero on the local crick-
et field, when he goes in to bat for Phillip
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