May 27, 2009

The Mongoose makes its mark

George Binoy

There were two overs to go in Derbyshire’s innings during their Twenty20 Cup match against Durham. Stuart Law was batting on 32 and the need for acceleration prompted him to change his weapon. He switched the conventional bat he’d been using for the Mongoose – a bat with a short blade, long handle, 20% more power and 15% more speed – which is supposedly tailor-made for shredding bowlers.

“You need to get used to it,” Law said, cautioning those who may have been rushing to improve their strike-rates. “The greater bat-speed means you’re more inclined to go through early with the stroke — which is a good thing in a way.” In the end Law scored only ten runs with the Mongoose but six of those came via a monstrous hit over midwicket. Are ball manufacturers already working on the Cobra to level the playing field?

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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