I heard a radio discussion about a guy that figured out that splitting maple along the grain to create blanks for baseball bats was better than sawing them. By splitting the blanks he was avoiding runout of the grain and weakness in the bats. From the brief part of the show I heard, he and his company have made a name for themselves and are doing well. Now considering applying the process to Cricket bats.
He did not use the word "Riving" to describe the process. I think Roy Underhill would say "Duh!"