Champions League T20

The Mongoose comes to SA

2010-09-10 13:41
Matthew Hayden
Johannesburg – The cricket bat that has taken the world of Twenty20 by storm is about to hit South African shores. The Mongoose has already made its debut in the UK and, more recently, it helped the Chennai Super Kings smash their way to victory at the IPL. Mongoose Cricket Ltd, the London-based manufacturer of the bat, is now introducing the product to the South African market as the Champions League kicks off.

The bat has been hailed as a game-changing piece of equipment by some of the top players in the world, including Stuart Law and Andrew Symonds. The Mongoose’s design is revolutionary in its simplicity: a 33% shorter blade combined with a 43% longer handle lets players hit faster, straighter and further – the perfect recipe for T20 success.

Although the game of cricket has changed significantly over the last few years, the equipment has failed to keep pace.  The Mongoose brand is specifically designed to meet the ‘distilled’ demands of T20 cricket: the shorter blade combined with the longer handle gives players better manoeuvrability, 20% more power and 15% more bat speed.

According to Marcus Codrington Fernandez, founder and director of Mongoose, “This bat represents a pretty significant design change from the conventional cricket bat, and the first question people tend to ask us is: Is it legal? I’m proud to say that the bat is fully compliant with MCC Laws and has, in fact, been enthusiastically and officially endorsed by the MCC for use at every level of world cricket, from test match to club and even village games.”

But the proof, as they say, is in the pudding, and the bat’s performance speaks for itself. Matthew Hayden, one of Mongoose’s most recent ambassadors, smashed his way to a seemingly effortless score of 93 from only 43 balls during his debut match with the bat. His team – the Chennai Super Kings – went on to claim the IPL winner’s trophy.  Hayden hopes to repeat this performance in South Africa over the coming weeks.

“The Mongoose allows me to hid the ball harder and further – which is exactly what I intend to do in this tournament,” says a confident Hayden. “What I really love about the bat is its sweet spot, which is twice the size of that in a conventional bat.  It allows you to really go on the attack, without changing your technique. Its power is phenomenal.”


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