Vintage Ted Dexter Antique 1958 Cricket Bat by Gray Nicolls

Captain - Leader - Legend

Place of Origin: Made in England
Date of Manufacture: 1958
Method: Hand made
Materials: Willow
Condition: Excellent. Consistent with age and use
Manufacturer: Gray Nicolls of Robertsbridge England
Player Association: Ted Dexter England, Sussex & Cambridge University
Ships From: Our facility located: Alabama, USA

Made in England, this 1958 vintage cricket bat was manufactured by one of our favorite companies, Grays Nicolls for a man I very much looked up to as a young man. I met him socially and professionally on many occasions. Our first meeting was at our offices in London's Covent Garden. Even in his sixties he looked like a movie star. He always seemed to make time for you and if you had his attention he made you feel that you were the only person in the room.

Wisden wrote "To see him flanneled, blue-capped on a sunlit green, whether at Brighton or Bradford, is to look upon le grand seigneur of English cricket. Lord Edward, indeed. But how apt! A handsome figure, at the wicket he stands stock still. One can sense the latent power. The stance is all-important. On the one occasion so far that he has been out of form for months on end it was Mortimore, like himself flown out to Australia as a replacement, who first noticed that the blade of the bat was wide open. Dexter closed it, went on to his first century in New Zealand and never looked back."

HISTORY OF GRAY NICOLLS: World Racquets champion H.J. Gray founded the racket-making company H.J. Gray and Sons in Cambridge, England in 1855. Richard Gray, the company's CEO today, is a direct descendant and the fifth generation of his family to lead the business. Gray-Nicolls made bats for the world's finest players. W.G. Grace used a Nicolls bat when he scored his 100th century and made 1000 runs in May 1894. The company also made cricket bats for leading players such as Ranjitsinhji Vibhaji Jadeja, and the then Prince of Wales, Ted Dexter, Richie Benaud and of course, Colin Millburn .

L.J. Nicolls started making bats in 1876 in a workshop next to the train station in Robertsbridge, East Sussex, where the company is still based today. The two companies merged in the 1940s to form Gray-Nicolls.

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