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Researchers create bat with similar performance from what they say is cheap and sustainable material The crack of leather on ... bamboo? Photograph: Harry Trump/Getty Images Cricket has been bowled a googly by scientists who have suggested the traditional willow used to make bats could be replaced by bamboo to increase their sustainability and boost the sport’s reach. “Willow has been the principal material for cricket bats for centuries,” said Dr Darshil Shah at the University of Cambridge, who co-authored the study. But despite a good innings, there are problems with the supply of English willow. It takes about 15 years before a tree can be harvested, after which new trees must be planted. Between 15% and 30% of the wood is also wasted during bat production. Shah, who used to play for Thailand’s under-19 national cricket team and now plays for a local team, said that by contrast bamboo – a grass – is a cheap, plentiful, fast growing and sustainable material. Shoots are able to grow from previous stumps, and maturity is reached after seven years. “It is also very prevalent in countries that are taking up cricket such as China, Japan, South America as well,” he said. Writing in the Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology, the team reveal that their prototype bat blade was made from strips of bamboo shoots stuck together with a resin adhesive and formed into layers. The team were bowled over by the performance of the bat, finding it was stiffer, harder and stronger than those made of willow, although more brittle. It also had a similar vibration performance, meaning it sounds similar when striking a ball. “It is heavier than a willow bat, and we are looking to optimise that,” said Shah. The bamboo bat also has a larger “sweet spot”, and this is closer to the toe of the bat“The sweet spot is a region on the bat where, when the ball hits on to that region, the ball flies away in high speed,” said Shah, meaning the bamboo bats provide more scope to hit the ball further. But would this be, well, cricket? Shah said that the use of bamboo would be within the “spirit of the game” as it is a plant-based material, while even the blades of willow bats are evolving – for example becoming thicker. But the idea could be on a sticky wicket: cricket regulations stipulate that bat blades must be made of wood, meaning bamboo bats would most likely be used for training or recreational games. Prof Mark Miodownik, an engineer and materials scientist and director of the Institute of Making at University College London, who was not involved in the research, welcomed the study and said it showed a potential new use for bamboo. “However just because bamboo is more plentiful than willow does not mean bats made from it would be more sustainable,” he said. “The whole life cycle of production, including the manufacture of the laminating resins and their disposal, needs to be considered. Do these resins biodegrade for instance? If not, this could be LBW for this new material.”
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SIR – Historians looking back will think the British Government mad if it accedes to SNP demands for another independence referendum. With a 63 per cent turnout and 47.7 per cent of the vote, only 30 per cent of the Scottish electorate and 2.7 per cent of the British electorate actually supported this demand. The idea that, so soon after gaining its own independence, Britain should hand back a strategically important part of our country to the now somewhat hostile Franco-German hegemony we have only just escaped is preposterous. Britain is still part of the friendly worldwide Commonwealth of nations that the Scots and English created. Now that we are free of the EU, that is where our future lies. Most Scots already understand this, and Nicola Sturgeon’s plan for dragging them back into the EU wil be consigned to history. David Watt Brentwood, Essex SIR – There will now be huge pressure over the next few years for a second referendum. Refusing to allow this merely puts off the day when it will happen. Boris Johnson should agree to a vote on the condition that, before it takes place, the details of what an independent Scotland would look like are fleshed out by an independent study. This may reveal a far less rosy picture than the SNP is currently painting and ensure that the result is not based on pipe dreams. Jos Binns Camerton, Somerset SIR – Perhaps the Prime Minister should call the First Minister’s bluff. Yes, she can have her referendum, but with a two-thirds majority required – and no rerun for 25 years. Nik Perfitt Bristol