I'm about to start my first actual season of matches (and very excited about it). I've started as a mature cricketer (started at 25, one season just nets, now getting matches) and I need some equipment. Mainly I'm worried about shoes. I'll be playing on both proper and astro wickets. That means I'll need rubber shoes and true spikes. But do I need bowling and batting spikes? Is there anything I should be looking for in a pair of spikes? I should also say I'm in Scotland so there is no chance of me trying anything on - it's going to have to be online.
The other thing is bat care. I've got a bat, but I'm not sure how I should be looking after it. I've read that pre-season I should remove the scuff guard, sand, oil and re-apply the scuff guard. Would you advise this - I've also heard that if I have a guard I don't need to worry about oiling? Confused!