How to bat in the middle order

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Is there really much difference in batting approach between number 4 and number 7?

There certainly is, and if you get the wrong person in the wrong place in the order it will end up costing you games.

For example, at my own club the 1st XI has a strong batting line-up with players capable of scoring runs quickly right down the order to number 9.

Test your field settings knowledge with this quick quiz

Every schoolboy cricketer worth his salt makes sure he learns the names of all the fielding positions with a torch under the covers after lights out.

But just like the alphabet, knowing the letters is only the start. If you want to be able to write you have to know how to use the letters to make words and sentences and paragraphs.

In the same way, if you want to know field settings you have to know when to use positions. Field settings are the

When to adjust your bowling length

This is a guest article by Laurie Ward from The Complete Cricketer Academy in Cape Town, South Africa.

Different conditions and match situations require different lengths of bowling.

To be a good bowler you need to know when to make a change to your length, and how to make it.

What makes the best cricketers so good?

You have probably never heard of Terryn Fray.

But those who have call him a rare talent with a sparkling future before him. At 18 he captained Bermuda Under-19's and has made his debut for the full Bermuda team in both one day and first-class cricket.

Cricket Show 85: More on declarations

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It may seem like the cricket show has somehow become obsessed with declarations.

Yet again we discuss when is a good time to declare an innings and come up with some interesting stats to back up our argument.

If you are not so bothered with all the declaration chat, we still answer your questions about:

How to win the first hour of a match with the ball

This is part two of a two part series by Laurie Ward from The Complete Cricketer Academy in Cape Town, South Africa. To go to part one click here.

How to win the first hour with the bat

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This is the first part of a two part series by Laurie Ward from The Complete Cricketer Academy in Cape Town, South Africa.

The start of a match dictates how it will develop. Getting a flyer or taking early wickets puts pressure on the opposition. As a team you should look to dominate from ball one.

How to save yourself from boring draws

I recently played in an afternoon declaration club cricket game where the scores were:

  • Team A: 237-5 (50 overs)
  • Team B: 170-6 (50 overs)

I'm sure you have played in games with similar scores, and were similarly fed up by the end of the match.

So what went wrong?

You might say that Team B's bowlers were just not good enough to roll a half decent batting side over.

10 reasons why you are not a better batsman

Last week Gary Palmer gave us an article on how great batsman play. This week he looks at the common mistakes seen in lesser players.

Great batsmen are technically excellent.

The correct technique means that batting is made easier and the process of development is speeded up. In other words; you will maximize your potential and enjoy improved performances.

Cricket Show 84: How not to declare

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The bones of David's game are picked over as we discuss the art of a good declaration. It turns out that in the heat of battle sometimes you can forget your principles.

Should David have declared earlier? Listen in to find out.

We also answer your questions on a range of topics including:

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