Centurion was started in 1985 by master bat craftsman, Colin Henderson. Colin first started making cricket bats by hand for Newbery back in the 1980s and later started Centurion after the closure of the New Zealand Newbery factory. From there, Centurion quickly gained a reputation in New Zealand as a leading brand for quality, handmade English Willow cricket bats, with recognised popularity among first-class players including New Zealand Black Caps.
Now, in 2018, the same commitment to quality and passion for the game remains, with our focus firmly on ensuring that all players have access to an affordable yet high-performing cricket bat that they can carry with pride.
A fresh approach to the Gentleman’s Game
We know the importance of a well-performing paddle. However, we also believe that price shouldn’t be a barrier for talent and drive. We think every player, from junior to elite, should have access to an affordable bat that is recognised by top cricketers for its quality craftsmanship and superior performance.
Centurion believes that by supporting players at all levels to compete with quality equipment, we can strengthen our national game and keep strong junior talent coming through the ranks.
Tradition remains at our core
Centurion is a proudly family-run business. Each and every bat still passes under the trained eye of master craftsman, Colin, who remains responsible for the preparation of the bats, re-balancing and servicing. Colin’s sons Kayne and Mathew bring their own expertise to Centurion while his daughter Erika keeps everyone on the straight and narrow.
As the game has adapted, so have we. While manufacturing techniques have moved with the times, Centurion has retained its core values, and we’re pleased to be able to continue to offer high quality products, produced at one of the world's best factories in India and made from the best English Willow, to the New Zealand market.