The precise details of the Scoop’s invention have always been a little scarce, which seems odd given that cricket’s most famous and fondly-recalled bat was hatched in its most famed production house of bats; the original Gray Nicolls factory in Robertsbridge, Sussex, the company’s roots trace back almost 160 years.
It was during that period, in 1972, that South African golf club engineer Arthur Garner and Cambridge-based golf course designer Barrie Wheeler approached the Gray family with the original idea for a scooped-back bat with perimeter-weighted edges. The concept owed more to golf club design than cricket and the pair’s early advances were rebuffed by a host of other manufacturers.
Gray Nicolls Scoop XVII 400 Cricket Bat - Senior
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Inspired by an iconic legacy, the Gray-Nicolls Scoop XVII 400 Cricket Bat takes us back to nostalgic, glorious summers of cricket.
Trusted by the cricketing greats, the Scoop is a bat destined to take your game into the future.
The original perimeter weighting innovation is back with an evolution of the distinctive scoop, which provides perfect balance, power and performance, ready to create the next dynamic, match-winning innings!
The Scoop XVII 400 Cricket Bat is the top bat in the unique Scoop range, made from Grade 1+ (Pro Grade) English Willow.