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World’s first left-handed cricket bat

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By Jock Strapp
Cricket Correspondent

One of cricket’s major problems has been solved by a Suffolk business – which has developed the world’s first left-handed cricket bat.

Using technology loosely based on America’s left-handed baseball bats, the new product will allow left-handed batsmen to have proper equipment for the first time.

No longer will famous left handers like West Indian legend Brian Lara or England’s David Gower have to make do with right-handed bats, which means they have to use the back of the bat when they play.

Mr Joe King, chief executive of Stowmarket-based Iffy Products, explained: “We saw how they developed a baseball bat for left handers in the United States, and realised the same hush-hush technology could be used in cricket bats.

“We developed the bat over many years and have finally come up with the perfect solution.

“Some may say it looks exactly like a right-handed bat. But that is deliberate, so that left handers do not feel different to the right-handed majority.”

Joe King with his left-handed cricket bat

Mr King explained that the bats would come with a reasonable price tag of £899, or £1,500 for two. “It’s a brilliant deal, and one that could make England world beaters if they sign up as our exclusive endorser,” he said.

He added it was a shame former England captain David Gower had retired from cricket. “I am confident Gower would have been a keen fan of our left-handed bat,” Mr King said.

However, the product was called into question by Suffolk’s Trading Standards department.

A spokesman said: “These left-handed bats look remarkably like normal cricket bats. In fact, we struggle to find any difference, and as far as we know left-handed batsmen use normal bats like everyone else.”

England’s David Gower with The Ashes

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2 Comments

  1. Phlat N. Middlestump

    April 24, 2015 at 8:22 am

    By gad Sir,

    I think we’ve solved the riddle of England’s recent abysmal performance on the hallowed square.

    I suspect a rogue consignment of these new-fangled lefties bats have been deliberately marked as right-handers by Johnny Foreigner and shipped out to our gallant lads. Conduct which is certainly not playing the game!

    When righties use lefties kit the resulting shambles is inevitable.

    What we need is bats to be colour coded (like F1 tyres) with stripes to indicate leftiness or rightiness.

    Or ban all lefties from playing cricket so the problem does not arise.

    Must go – Pimms getting warm.

    Toodle-pip.

    • The Editor

      April 24, 2015 at 8:32 am

      Dear Mr Middlestump

      I must say the idea of colour coding the left and right-hand bats is a very good idea, and I shall ask my cricket correspondent, Jock Strap, to pass this on to the
      England and Wales Cricket Board.

      However, it does seem that the issue of mixed-up bats has been resolved in the West Indies at least, where England are currently doing rather well.

      Regards,
      The Editor

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