Master bat maker puts the finishing touches to his beautifully hand-crafted pieces of willow.

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Tim in the workshop with the cut willow (left) that is ready to be shaped into cricket bats<br />
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Master bat maker Tim Keeley is putting the finishing touches to his beautifully hand-crafted pieces of willow ahead of the forthcoming cricket season.<br />
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Tim, 62, has made almost half a million bats since starting out as an apprentice at Gray Nicholls aged 16 in 1975.<br />
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He is the founder of family business Keeley Cricket, in Battle, East Sussex, which he runs with his brother Nick who has 35 years of bat-making experience.