|The oldest cricket bat in captivity |
- dropped at the crease in 1729
The practice of leaving the bat at the crease also had other things to commend it - it saved many early dressing room windows from imploding as a hitherto reliable but suddenly failing implement was thrown by the returning batter in a spontaneous expression of delight at returning to the bosom his team mates after his lonely ordeal in the middle. With the invention of plexi-glass, this risk was reduced and players could be allowed to have their own bats. Dressing room equipment is still at risk however as shown during the recent World Cup by Mr Ponting's vigorous enthusiasm to return his box to his bag showed how the accuracy of his throwing had waned in his injury lay off caused by his broken finger. There is no substance in the rumour that the authorities are considering regulations to minimise the risk of further damage by making the Australians share a box so requiring them to leave it at the crease on dismissal.
In the days of team kit there was usually a favoured bat that players too stingy to buy their own gear would fight for. There was no telling why one bat was so favoured and allegiances could change from week to week. There were many sulks caused by having to take the second best. Last season FB played against a side whose batters passed a particular bat to each other as the strike changed - a special post run bat changing ceremony was performed with utter reverence. It was amusing for the fielding side the first time, maybe even the second time but after a third time it lost its charm. And as the darkness fell, its effect on the duration of the game became positively tedious.
|Hey man - |
can someone carry
this bat for me
,it's gettin' too heavy
|Carry your bat sir?|
In cricket one bat is generally enough - but baseball, being an inferior sport, seems to need more bats. Players abandon them as soon as they hit the ball. And in their multiplicity, they present a carrying problem solved by this nifty item the RIP-IT player bat bag which can carry up to 5 bats as well as doubling as a wardrobe. Excellent - FB commends sports equipment that can double as furniture - he is on the look out for a bag that can take its proper place as a sideboard.
|The RIP-IT |
baseball bag and wardrobe