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Cricket Show 274: Competition Winner

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This week's winner of the Cricket Show podcast question competition is Sahabir. He wins a free coaching course from PitchVision Academy.

The winning question was:

"I play in the high schools league in New York City. We play T20 only games, so when batting we need to be hyper aggressive and play most of our shots in the air, since the grass in our playing fields are tall. They are so tall, we would need a machete to chop trough them! My problem is that when I bat, I always try to play on the ground, but the ball goes nowhere. Every time I try to hit the ball hard in the air, I chip it up in the air and get caught. Adding to my woes, is that the playing surface on our pitches are mattings, which don't bounce at all. Can you help me solve my problem?"

Listen to the panels answer to his question here.

To enter your own question for the chance to win your choice of online coaching course send your questions in here.

PV/VIDEO Weekly Highlights: That's an Oopsy!

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Welcome to the PV/VIDEO Digest, your highlights summary of the weeks best videos from PitchVision Interactive

You can share these videos by email or onto facebook, and post your comments right here: From serious analysis to Friday fun. Here are the top videos uploaded from PitchVision systems around the world this week.

Cricket Show S5 Episode 31: Hit it into the Long Grass

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Can you train all the new skills of cricket and master the basics?

The team get stuck into this question as Mark Garaway, David Hinchliffe and Sam Lavery also swap stories of holidays and Bob Taylor's wicketkeeping. We quickly move onto more important stuff though, including the aforementioned discussion on this article.

Plus Sam Lavery geeks out about kit before helping a young cricketer in the USA deal with unique conditions with tricks and tips on hitting over the top and picking up quick singles.

Then we give some advice on protein powder for teenage bowlers. Learn the basics on the show, and get stuck into more details with this article and this one.

Quick Tip: Learn Cricket from Blood Bowl

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Blood Bowl is a dice and turn based board game where players compete in an American football/rugby style sport with fantasy characters like Orcs, Elves and the like. What can that possibly have to do with playing better cricket?

You'll be surprised.

What's in Your Kitbag to Improve Your Cricket?

Coach Sam Lavery talks us through his perfect cricket coaching kitbag, and what's most essential when space is at a premium.

Imagine taking a current kit bag back 20 years.

Not only would some pieces of kit be questioned, but others would be completely unrecognisable. So what are the options that coaches carry in their modern day kit bags, and what do they have tucked away in the store cupboard back at HQ?

I’ve spoken to 10 coaches ranging from a few at First Class and International level, through to school and club coaches. Here's what they said.

Case Study: Coaching at Stirling County Cricket Club

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Cricket clubs around the world are dealing with the same issues. Sometimes it's nice to see how someone else does it within those common constraints.

One example is Stirling County Cricket Club, a thriving Scottish side. I caught up with Head Coach Ian Shaw to find out how a modern coach approaches the club game.

CRICKET JOBS: MILO Program Coordinator / Skill Delivery - WACA (Aus)

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Closing date: 19th September 2014


MILO T20 Blast is a fast, energetic and active cricket program for 7 - 8 year old boys and girls. It’s a T20 style cricket competition run over 75 minutes, with everyone having the chance to bat, bowl and field with everyone encouraged to participate and have FUN!

CRICKET JOBS: Office Administrator - WACA (Aus)

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Closing date: 3rd September 2014


The Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) is the governing body of cricket in the state of Western Australia, home to WA’s elite teams, the Alcohol.Think Again Western Warriors and the Alcohol.Think Again Western Fury, and the T20 Big Bash League’s Perth Scorchers. It oversees the development of the game across a variety of metro and regional areas, age groups and communities. The WACA’s vision is to make cricket Australia’s favourite sport, in conjunction with Cricket Australia, and to be the leaders across national team representation, elite team success, participation, engagement and fan experience.

CRICKET JOBS: Various Management and Administration Positions - Cricket NSW (Aus)

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Closing date: various dates, 26th - 31st August 2014

Cricket NSW is currently recruiting to fill a number of management and administration positions.

CRICKET JOBS: Internships - Cricket Victoria (Aus)

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Closing date: undisclosed


Cricket Victoria currently has three internship positions open for the 2014-15 season: