‘ . . . . . . . . . Nick Nixon is one of the relatively few small independent cricket bat manufacturers in Yorkshire. He was born in Nawton near Helmsley, son of a joiner, and still lives there but his workshop and sales emporium, which features a kettle and tin of biscuits, is based in The Smithy at the top end of
. . . . . . “You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. I’m amazed at the lack of quality in some bats. I can’t compete on price with the thousands that are imported every year but I can make something that will last and will perform – in the right hands” . . . . . . ‘
Malton Livestock Market. It doesn’t stand out in any way, but during the past 20 years Nick has built a solid reputation for the quality of his bats and repairing others. He started his working life in quite different surroundings more akin to his neighbours at the market . . . . . . .