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The question is simple:
What is the best field for a slow left arm bowler in a club league match?
First, a little background: My club has 3 spinners. One well established off-spinner, a leg spinner and, new to the club this season, a slow left arm bowler.
Normally there would be no issue. The off spinner plays in the 1st XI. He is a top 6 bat, a reliable middle overs bowler and an excellent gully fielder. He currently has a broken wrist. His backup, the leg spinner, is a student and away on holidays.
That leaves the new guy. His slow left arm was calm and effective in preseason games so he was selected. Bowling around the wicket he has good control of line and length. His stock ball doesn’t turn much but holds its line, pitching on off, hitting off.
He also has an arm ball that is well disguised. It follows the same line before pitching but goes in to the right handed batsman with the arm:
Our league plays 100 over games (maximum of 50 overs per innings, declarations possible). Draws are possible but because of the labyrinthine points system, teams treat games like straight 50 over limited over games.
This means our slow left arm hero will look to:
- Bowl straight through the middle of the innings.
- Tie batsmen down, bowling dots.
- Pick up wickets through mistakes.
The standard club slow left arm field is not right in this situation.
He is a fairly young bowler and not confident of his field yet. As he is new to the club there is an unknown factor.
What field should the slow left arm bowler have?
So, leave a comment below and let me know what field he should have in your view.
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Leave a comment in the comments box with your field.