Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Stuart Law smashes a 6 with the Mongoose on its Debut

A few days back we reported about the launch of the Mongoose.

Last night, the Mongoose made its official on-field debut when Stuart Law called for it in the middle of his innings for Derbyshire, who were playing against Durham, in their first game of the Twenty20 Cup this season.

Law began his innings with the long-bladed version of the bat; once he was settled at the crease and batting on 32, he called for the shorter-bladed Mongoose.

Once armed with the Mongoose, Law faced 6 further balls and scored 10 runs, including a towering six over mid-wicket before he was run out with one ball of the innings remaining.

Speaking after his innings Stuart Law enthused, "I obviously felt a bit of pressure going into the game that I wanted to give the Mongoose a good first outing. Fortunately, I was able to get well set and was seeing the ball well. With twelve balls left and looking to press on, it was Mongoose time."

Watching nervously from the grandstands was the Mongoose’s inventor, Marcus Codrington-Fernandez who apparently was more nervous about the bat making its debut, than he was at his own wedding:

"Like every batsman, I am absolutely thrilled to be off the mark. Both in advance of the game and at the moment that Stuart called for the bat, I was absolutely terrified – more nervous than on my wedding day! It’s a huge relief to be underway and in suitably dramatic fashion."

Now that Stuart Law has used the Mongoose in first class cricket and shown the world what can be done with it, can its international debut be far off?

Could we possibly see the Mongoose as soon as the ICC World Twenty20?

We'll just have to wait for that and find out.

If you're interested in using the bat, you can get your own over at Mongoose Cricket.


Press Release, Quotes, Pictures courtesy of Performance PR.

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23 Pitched:

  1. scorpicity said...
     

    Cricket going the baseball way. Might as well replace the mongoose with the baseball bat, as it anyway has headed towards its dynamics.

  2. scorpicity said...
     

    So what next? A new ball called snake made out of the skin of a python, which will make it 50% more slower.

  3. aandthirtyeights said...
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  4. aandthirtyeights said...
     

    Literally "using the long handle"!

  5. lwolewis said...
     

    I had the privelege of using the Mongoose last night, kindly lent to me by it's inventor Marcus.

    I struck a six off my first ball, and was able to strike anything over the boundary with the majority lofting over the rope with ease.

    Controversies aside, the black and white is that this bat enable enable batsmen to score a lot more runs in all forms of the game.

    The game has been moving this way for a while, and the Mongoose is simply the next step.

  6. fool said...
     

    Mongoose has begin its journey. Let's see now, where the ball ends up.

    - Jaideep Dave

  7. fool said...
     

    begun*

  8. Krish said...
     

    10 off 6 is not bad, though not great either. But it will not be long before someone makes a big innings and the Mongoose bat is accepted by sloggers.

  9. maza786 said...
     

    Salam Q...

    There is a new thread on MAZA786 about the forthcoming t20 wc ! Please come and share your views.

  10. Rayden said...
     

    Why is that bat called "The Mongoose"?

  11. Q said...
     

    Scorps: It does look like its heading that way, but the fact is that this is the first ever change in the way a bat is made and looks in the history of the sport. The innovation is actually quite exciting, especially since the amount of wood and the weight are not changed from a conventional bat.

    As for the ball - a slower one may actually be an advantage to the bowlers..

  12. Q said...
     

    Andthirtyeights: welcome to the blog..

    You're right, it is using the long handle.. literally.. and Law gave us a live demo!

  13. Q said...
     

    lwolewis: You lucky man! I want to have a hit with it too..

    Agree with you, the game has been moving this way thought I don't see the bat being used in Tests at all.. while in ODIs, batsmen may use it in the slog overs.. not otherwise.

    For T20.. I completely see its use.

    Welcome to the blog.

  14. Q said...
     

    Fool: looks to me that ball will only be ending up in the stands or out of the ground!

  15. Q said...
     

    Krish: If law keeps scoring, the Mongoose will be in more hands very quickly.. so far I have only heard positive reports.

    Welcome to the blog.

  16. Q said...
     

    Rayden: I don't know.. I guess thats the name of the company that manufactured it..

  17. Q said...
     

    Scorps: buddy did u just come up with the "snake" of a ball suggestion or did you read abt it somewhere?

    Cos somehow, Cricinfo are also talking abt a "Cobra" ball:

    http://blogs.cricinfo.com/thebuzz/archives/2009/05/the_mongoose_makes_its_mark.php

  18. Anonymous said...
     

    "Now that Stuart Law has used the Mongoose in first class cricket "

    When did he do this?

  19. Q said...
     

    Anonymous: in the said match between Derbyshire and Durham.. the pictures are from that game..

  20. Anonymous said...
     

    That wasn't first class. It was T20.

  21. Q said...
     

    Anonymous: Yes it was t20 cricket, not first class.. I should have written "domestic" cricket instead of "first class", my bad...

  22. Anonymous said...
     

    Fair enough. I was getting quite excited about him having used it in First Class, that's all.

  23. Q said...
     

    Anonymous: I doubt that will happen.. don't see the Mongoose playing a part in first-class cricket.. List A games probably, near the end of an innings or during the power plays.. but unless a batsmen is well set and a target needs to be set in quick time, or chased for that matter, its hard to see the Mongoose being used in 4-day games.

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