Salix Press Cuttings

  • <h3>The Cricketer - Good Gear Guide 2019</h3><p>For the second year in a row, Salix is both overall winner and best in class, this time for the new. With highest scores throughout and a blinding 9.64 for performance, this was a stock bat taken from the shelves at Owzat Cricket.<br/>
 “It has a beautiful pick-up with a fantastic middle... masterful, with beautiful poise…a real top-of-the-range bat”.</p>
  • <h3>England V South Africa June 2018</h3><p>Another stunning summer from Tamsin Beaumont MBE.<br/>
After claiming the fastest T20 ton for an England woman, she then became the first English woman to hit back-to-back ODI centuries, culminating in Player-of-the-Series.</p>
  • <h3>The Cricketer - Good Gear Guide 2018</h3><p>Overall winner from 32 different bat brands tested, this Pod was taken from cricket specialist Owzat Cricket’s shelves.  It was also best in class and was awarded the only 10/10 for performance: <br>
“You get what you pay for. Exquisite, like George Best at his best.”</p></li>
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    Country Life 2017

    Andrew was named a ‘Living National Treasure’ in this great British periodical following research by the Heritage Crafts Association. We may refer to him otherwise in the workshop, but it was still very flattering and recognition of his total commitment to the craft.

  • <h3>BBC Escape to the Country 2017</h3><p>Salix was featured in this popular BBC programme when filming in Kent.  With thanks to Nicki Chapman, Titus and the production crew for these photographs.</p>
  • <h3>‘Beaumont 100’ 2016</h3><p>For us June 2016 was dominated by Tammy’s amazing performances.  We’re so proud she has always used Salix, but take no credit for her incredibly well deserved success.</p>
  • <h3>Interview: Andrew Kember Cricket Bat Maker 2015<br>
Josh Fordham
</h3><p>An interactive journalistic piece by Josh Fordham interviewing Andrew.</p>
  • <h3> 2015</h3><p>An interview about bespoke bat making for a couple of weeks before Andrew became a father.</p>
  • <h3>Business Insider Australia 2015<br>
Australian scientists examine a traditional willow cricket bat to find out what makes a good one
</h3><p>Completely unbeknown to us, a Pod is sawn in half to see what makes a good bat; a backhanded, if slightly brutal compliment.</p>
  • <h3>The Art of Centuries 2015<br>
by Steve James
</h3><p>A really good book on cricket published in 2015 which cheekily but very flatteringly used our bat and gloves on the cover. </p>
  • <h3>T3 Magazine 2014<br>
Batter's delight
</h3><p>The tech magazine's ‘Ultimate Cricket Tech Kit’ featuring the Pod Chrome gloves</p>
  • <h3>The Cricketer<br>Good Gear Guide 2014</h3><p>The new SLX placed second by The Don after The Cricketer's annual bat test from stock in the Lords Shop "Absolutely gorgeous".</p>
  • <h3>All Out Cricket<br>30 Years a Batmaker 2014</h3><p>An article from All Out Cricket recognising Andrew's 30 year milestone and his extraordinary position in the industry.</p>
  • <h3>The Cricketer<br>Gear Test 2014</h3><p>Top scoring again in the Mojo's lowest grade, 'The Cricketer Recommends' the Power Mojo "A thing of beauty"</p>
  • <h3>All Out Cricket<br>Gear Test 2014</h3><p>This was the new Salix Supernatural Grade One SH (RRP £350) which ranked 5 from the 40 bats tested. Uniquely taken straight from our production and 100% made by us.</p>
  • <h3>The Cricketer<br>Good Gear Guide 2013</h3><p>The Mojo winning this gear test in its maiden year. Reminiscent of a jukebox yes, but not like any other brand...</p>
  • <h3>All Out Cricket<br>Gear Test 2013</h3><p>Taking 4th place in the test, the Mojo Super Power cheekily beats the Torque "Just an astonishing pick-up..."</p>
  • <h3>All Out Cricket<br>Gear Test 2013</h3><p>Salix Torque scoring 8 from the 40+ bats tested (bizarrely beaten by the Mojo and another we had made!)</p>
  • <h3>The Cricketer<br>Good Gear Guide 2013</h3><p>The new Torque winning the Cricketer's 2013 bat test – top scoring out of 33 bats selected from the shelves of the Lords shop, all tested in the lanes at Lords. Especially proud to have won this as it was a true test of actual shop stock with a third of the panellists also voting it their outright favourite.</p>
  • <h3>The Hedgerows Heaped with May <br>The Telegraph Book of the Countryside 2012</h3><p>A collection of writing about the countryside featuring a piece about Salix.</p>
  • <h3>The Cricketer <br>Bats out of Heaven 2012</h3><p>The AJK raw prototype top scoring in another bat test/review by The Cricketer in their July issue: "Perfectly balanced. Sinuously curved with the bat's understated livery giving it a quiet confidence." AJK bats will be available from 2013 exclusively through Barrington Sports.</p>
  • <h3>The Cricketer<br>Good Gear Guide 2012</h3><p>Best bat for 2012 in The Cricketer's annual Good Gear Guide, the Pod is The Cricketer's Choice 2012: "A deftness of touch allied to formidable power, this was arguably the amateur's blade of choice on review day. 'Sumptuous, the whole bat was the middle,' says one. 'Some of the shots felt effortless,' says another... as light as a feather with a lovely pick-up and it went like a bullet."...we thought the Præstantia played even better, but are pleased to have won again!</p>
  • <h3>All Out Cricket<br>Gear Test 2012</h3><p>The Pod triumphs yet again - voted number 2 in All Out Cricket's annual bat test where 100 unlabelled bats are reviewed and the final 12 published:<br>
"As beautiful to play with as it is to look at, this wand was universally popular and received a score of 80 or more from every tester. As much as anything else this is a great sounding bat – it is softer pressed to enhance performance, resulting in a pleasing click every time the ball finds the middle. Viewed straight on, this stick looks fairly traditional in both design and finish, but in profile it's a bit of a beast! How Salix have managed to pack in quite so much wood but keep the bat beautifully balanced is a mystery. We reckon it's magic. Salix seems to be a fixture in our best of list, year after year."</p>
  • <h3>All Out Cricket<br>Gear Test 2012</h3><p>The Pod Pack (£50.00) is commended in the AOC annual gear test: "Loads of wheels on the bottom and a sturdy shoulder strap means you can easily carry this classy little bag in whichever way you fancy."</p>
  • <h3>All Out Cricket<br>Good Gear Guide: What Makes A Great Bat 2012</h3><p>An interview with Andrew on what makes a great bat "The pressing of the bat is key: pressing the bat around the 'driving area' is about ensuring a bat can stay meaty, but be lighter. Advances in bats are based around machinery and pressing. What makes a bat fly and really makes it hit well is down to the machinery and the pressing, and not just the finishing touches."</p>
  • <h3>SGB Sports<br>Made In England 2012</h3><p>A great insight into Salix from the trade specialist Sporting Goods Business magazine.</p>
  • <h3>All Out Cricket<br>Gear Test 2011</h3><p>Yet again the Pod One gloves have rave reviews, 'highly commended' in the All Out Cricket 2011 Gear Test.</p>
  • <h3>Wisden Cricketer<br>Good Gear Guide 2011</h3><p>The Pod One pads won 'Best Pads 2011' - "impossible to fault and supreme to wear" - whilst the Pod One gloves and new Falx Performance SH both scored highly with glowing reviews.</p>
  • <h3>All Out Cricket<br>Gear Test 2010</h3><p>The Pod Black gloves winning Best Glove for 2010 and the Præstantia ranked 4 out of a shortlist of 40 bats: "Traditional craftsmanship has produced another dynamic bat, the Salix scoring an individual high of 91/100 from one judge. Possibly the 'purest' bat on show, from a company that generally does well in the AOC Gear Test."
On the Pod Blacks:<br>"An effortlessly classy brand, Salix's new glove range melds the dynamic with the classical. It's a chunky yet ultra-light glove that is supple and flexible, thus giving the batsman control of his grip in the shot, yet also boasting rock-hard Kevlar like padding. The Pittard leather on the palm works beautifully, and the black and white styling finishes the job beautifully."</p>
  • <h3>International Cricket 2010 & Ashes Cricket 2009</h3><p>Codemasters cricket games for 2010 and 2009, both featuring Salix bats and kit in their equipment armoury.</p>
  • <h3>The Times<br>Luxx Magazine:<br>The Perfect Thing 2009</h3><p><i>The Times Luxx</i> is the glossy lifestyle magazine dedicated to luxury and all the best things in life – Salix was chosen as their 'Perfect Thing', the ultimate bespoke bat. Featuring especially designed minimal labels which became the 'mini Pod'.</p>
  • <h3>Luxury Channel<br>London Artisans 2009</h3><p>This programme about great British artisan brands included Salix alongside Purdey the legendary gunsmiths and other producers of luxury goods.</p>
  • <h3>Living North 2009</h3><p>A Father's Day Special featuring Salix amongst a host of generous presents for discerning fathers.</p>
  • <h3>Wisden Cricketer<br>Good Gear Guide 2009</h3><p>The Dæmon winning Best Bat in the 2009 annual Good Gear Guide: "The bat looked and felt great – as with all the Salixes, the shapes looks as if it has been crafted by Mr Salix himself deep in the mines of cricketing Mordor…it is a mouth-watering design."</p>
  • <h3>Wisden Cricketer<br>Good Gear Guide 2009</h3><p>Rave reviews for equipment in the 2009 annual Good Gear Guide and some nice comments from the reviewers about their own Salix kit.</p>
  • <h3>All Out Cricket<br>Gear Test 2009</h3><p>*BEST MID-RANGE BAT OF 2009* for the Fera Performance:<br>"A beautifully presented upper crust piece of classic English willow: "It's like your mum reaching for the finest china when your girlfriend comes round for dinner," was one assessment. Crafted by master batmaker Andrew Kember, it has the elegance and style that is the Salix hallmark. This is no delicate flowery thing, however; there is plenty of meat in this bat. The livery is so subtle that from a distance it looks sticker-less."</p>
  • <h3>All Out Cricket<br>Gear Test 2009 (Pads)</h3><p>*AOC'S BEST TOP-END PADS OF 2009* for the Pod One: "Sophisticated all-round pad, rock-solid knee protection and subtle gold branding; class. Salix have frankly played a blinder in 2009."</p>
  • <h3>NatWest 2008</h3><p>This iconic image of the crossed Pod and Præstantia (and Pod One glove!) featured in Natwest sponsored matches throughout the 2008 season, on posters, banners, covers and sight screens; we had to pinch ourselves when we saw posters of the Pod up at Lords. For a small brand this was unimaginable exposure and we remain very grateful to M&C Saatchi and Natwest for choosing Salix products for this high profile campaign.</p>
  • <h3>Wisden Cricketer<br>Good Gear Guide 2008</h3><p>The Pod as cover star for the 2008 Wisden Cricketer Good Gear Guide.</p>
  • <h3>Wisden Cricketer<br>Good Gear Guide 2008</h3><p>Extracts from the 2008 Wisden Cricketer supplement featuring the Pod both in review and as a cover star, plus a feature about the film made for us by Stuart Campbell.</p>
  • <h3>NatWest Cricket 2007</h3><p>The Salix Fera and vS gloves featured in this campaign for the 2007 season Natwest matches, seen at grounds throughout the country.<br>Thanks again to M&C Saatchi and Natwest.</p>
  • <h3>Wisden Cricketer 2007</h3><p>Extracts from the 2007 equipment supplement featuring pads, gloves, keeping and the Pod in its first official year: "…without any doubt, the best looking bat on the market. It is not so much a bat as a work of art..."</p>
  • <h3>How it's Made 2006</h3><p>This was a fascinating day: Productions Maj from Quebec came to the UK for a tour of British manufacturers to make a series of 'How it's Made' in Britain. The result is a great snapshot of how the bats are made.</p>
  • <h3>The Independent 2006</h3><p>As part of The Independent's '50Best' series, this list of 50 Best Sports Essentials ranked the Salix Præstantia in the top 10 – the only cricket bat, in fact, the only piece of cricket equipment featured.</p>
  • <h3>Wisden Cricketer<br>What Gear Guide 2006</h3><p>Salix as 'Best Pick' in the Wisden Cricketer 2006 What Gear guide:<br>"This is the bat-makers' choice of bat – top marks for craftsmanship, care and design. An understated look, with a flash of chrome to keep it in line with the major manufacturers across the range, Salix goes from strength to strength. Each bat is finished with an attention to detail few major manufacturers can match and, although you'll pay for it, it is difficult to better for quality. They are making a statement through understatement – perfect for traditional tastes in modern times. Consistently large pieces of wood that pick up lightly"</p>
  • <h3>Wisden Cricketer<br>What Gear Guide 2006</h3><p>Great reviews on our new range of kit – this was a turning point for us as we had travelled to India to work in the factory designing the pads and gloves from scratch; this launched us as a very credible player in the equipment market:<br>"What sets Salix apart in most departments is the obvious attention to detail and enthusiasm it approaches its products with. The mix of tradition and high quality style with a modern look, making the most of new technology and ideas works well and, although you may pay extra, you will never be disappointed."</p>
  • <h3>The Sun 2005</h3><p>This was a fabulous article in full tabloid style which came about due to a high profile, well sponsored player heading into the Ashes series with our bats instead of his sponsor's. Not unusual and not something that we would normally broadcast, but a fun article all the same.</p>
  • <h3>The Telegraph 2005</h3><p>'Just Bats about the Arts & Craft': an insightful and detailed account of the workshop which featured in the Saturday Telegraph.</p>
  • <h3>Country Living 2004</h3><p>This was a key feature for Salix as it introduced us to our friend the photographer Bridget Peirson. She shot these beautiful images of the workshop back in 2004, and has returned each year to take all of our product photos for the catalogue, plus the great photos of the last Lords show.</p>
  • <h3>Wisden Cricketer 2001</h3><p>Without doubt our favourite article ever which summed up Andrew and Salix perfectly. Written by Simon o'Hagan of The Independent, but commissioned by the Wisden Cricketer.</p>
  • <h3>The Telegraph 2000</h3><p>An early news feature in which Andrew was interviewed about the realities of sports product endorsement.</p>
  • <h3>Stuff Magazine 1998</h3><p>This was our first editorial bat test and first win: 'Wicket and Wild' by Stuff magazine, independently reviewed bats submitted by all main brands and us, rating the original Supernatural as their Best Buy:<br>"The best value for money on test. Beautifully made, reflecting the attention to detail only truly handmade bats offer. Salix, a small manufacturer established in 1990 has already built an enviable reputation among club cricketers for supplying beautifully finished, keenly priced handmade bats from excellent willow..."</p>

From our first gear test win in 1998, to The Cricketer in 2018, we have kept an archive of press features to help put Salix into the wider context, and to show the continuity of the brand.
We have been fortunate over the years to be included in many interesting ways editorially and in extraordinary and often disproportionate ways like the high profile NatWest campaigns; despite being small, something about us seemed to capture the imagination of journalists, designers and creatives.
If you would like further information, to feature Salix, or come across anything interesting we may have missed (there's a free bat for anyone who can give us a copy of the June 2014 Evening Standard cricketers piece featuring England players in our equipment!) then please contact us
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NB the Salix featured Escape to the Country was aired on BBC One 26 February 2018.

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