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- n. a bat, traditionally made from willow, used to play cricket
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- n. the club used in playing cricket
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Some farmers, like the Goodwin family in the Blackwater Valley, have a tradition of growing cricket bat willows, and may now be on their fourth or fifth crop.
In the wood yard of J. S. Wright & Sons, Willow Merchants, at Great Leighs near Chelmsford, I find willow clefts, roughly sawn to the size and shape of cricket bat blades, stacked high on pallets, drying naturally in the air and looking like pale, creamy loaves fresh from the oven.