Posted - 09/06/2009 : 11:26:42
| After reading all about the Mongoose, I was not sure. Infact I did not think it would make a great deal of difference. I then listened to some of the pros who had had a go and they said they are scary.
My reaction then was well you will have to be a good cricketer at county level to be able to use it.
I had to know, so we built are own, we used a storm damaged cleft (ungraded) and bought some long bamboo canes. The handle if we are honest is a little heath robinson but sprung in the normal way, and enough to understand the properties of this style of bat.
The bat head is about 3lb and again if we are honest a bit to heavy.
The feel of the bat is to heavy in balance, but at the same time more than usable.
So for the fisrt time yesterday we had a hit with it. For straight hits from an under arm pitch I could not belive the difference, one of the hits (and it needs to be proper shots) went around 150 yards. I have about 30 witnesses who all looked on with jaws on the ground.
I then handed it about for people to have a go. Mostly guys who play a bit of evening cricket and a few from the second team.
Not one of them could quite get to grips with it as I think they tried a bit to hard (similar to a driver at golf). However if they
just patted the ball back it came back at a scary rate.
So the next test is a net sess and perhaps a run out in evening league. But so far so good, and the trial continues with mark 2 and mark 3 commissioned.
I will add that not one of us could manage the bat on a slog sweep type shot. I think due to the weight, the mark 2 should be some what lighter.
Please dont ask for pics as I am not gonna publish any at this moment in case a net session marks the implosion of this experiment.