A pine left-handed bat, the face width 6.5cm. Approx. length 80cm
The first bat used in cricket can be traced to circa 1624 and commenced its transition to the rectangular shape in the 1770's. Initially, the laws of the game made no restriction on what size or shape the bat needed to be - this limitation was not needed, until a player representing Ryegate went out to bat against Hambledon in 1771 with a bat the width of the stumps. Following this incident Hambledon's recommendation that the bat be officially limited to a maximum of four and a quarter inches in width was quickly adopted.