Having served a four year apprenticeship under the watchful guidance of 'Master Bat Maker' Alfred Charles Evans at ACE Cricket Bats of Elland, James Dollive honed his skills and knowledge in the art of bat making. During his nine years working at ACE James made bats for numerous county and international class cricketers, including Ian Austin (Lancs & England) & Ijaz Ahmed (Pakistan) to name a few.
Once ACE closed it doors for business in 2005 James was forced to find work away from bat making, still wanting to work with wood, he joined a local bespoke joinery company where he worked in the office as a estimator, his heart however has always been cricket and in 2011 he decided to take the bold move of setting up to business on his own. This saw the formation of JEDi Cricket, his ambitions were simple; to provide high quality cricket bats and equipment with a personal, friendly and reliable customer service. This mantra has seen JEDi grow from strength to strength, the company now produces over 500 new bats a year and undertakes up to 400 bat repairs.