Roger left school at 15 and joined Duncan Fearnley on a part-time basis making handles and cups of tea. After mastering the art of making handles, he moved on to pressing, shaping and splicing bats before making a bat from start-to-finish after a 5 year apprenticeship under Duncan Fearnley himself.
Soon after making his first bat, Roger went on to become master bat maker at Duncan Fearnley and made bats for top cricketers such as Ian Botham, Viv Richards, Graham Gooch & Allan Border with 30 of service at Duncan Fearnley.
In 2005 Solitaire Cricket was founded solely by Roger in Worcester in his strong beliefs that handmade English bats should be made the traditional way. The majority of big brands use mass-produced bats from Asia and Roger takes great care individually hand-crafting each bat using traditional tools and methods to get the best out of each individual cleft of willow.
Over 10 years, Solitaire Cricket has provided over 1,000 bats to club cricketers around the country and worldwide. Roger aims to carry on making cricket bats the traditional way for many years to come.