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It’s been a controversial week with a big discussion on protective equipment. Don’t worry, we are all still friends though.

And to prove it we have a brand new fielding drill, lessons from the Ashes and a way to beat complacency in your team.

Have a great weekend,

David Hinchliffe

Fielding Drills: 3 Stump game

This drill is part of the PitchVision Academy fielding drills series, for more in this series click here.

Purpose: To practice different throwing and backing up skills in a decision-making situation

Description: The coach (c) or wicketkeeper rolls the ball out to the first player and then calls out A, B or C to represent one of the three stumps.

The player collects the ball and then:
  • If the call is A: Returns the ball to the coach with and overarm throw. The first player on the opposite side runs to back up a poor throw.
  • If the call is B: Aims to hit the middle stump at point B with a throw. The first player on the opposite side backs up the throw and returns the ball to the coach.
  • If the call is C: Returns the ball over the stumps to the stump at point C. The first player on the opposite side runs to the stump to collect the throw then returns to the coach.

One the skill is completed the players return to the back of the queue on the same side. The coach rolls the ball out to opposite sides to ensure all players get a chance to field and back up.

The diagram below shows the routine for a call of B.


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3 club cricket lessons from England’s Ashes win

For England fans the 2010-11 Ashes win has been a long time coming, but is there anything us humble club players can learn from it?

Clearly, you can’t put in the same time as the full-time contracted professionals. But you still want to do your best.

We all do. It’s more fun when you play well and win.

When you apply these three simple tips, you will be a bit more like an Ashes winner in your next game and start playing better:

1. Preparation

The English players have never been fitter. I remember being told by a former coach that you don’t play cricket to get fit, you get fit to play cricket.

He was absolutely right.

In the friendly game, cricket is seen as a form of exercise rather than a pursuit. This starts to change when teams begin to compete. Get fitter and you will see the benefits as you stretch for that third run or stop a ball on the boundary.

2. Dedication

If I have learned anything from playing cricket over the last ten years it’ this: To maintain your enjoyment and interest in the game, you must be concerned with your own improvement.

Every training session is an opportunity to work on an aspect of technique. Watching others means having the chance to learn from them. Dedication to even the slightest changes in method will pay dividends in a match, whether you’re bowling more maidens or protecting your stumps.

3. Commitment

England showed us that they were committed to their cause and to each other. It showed in the batting partnerships, in the way the bowling unit worked as a group to create wicket-taking opportunities and it showed in the high quality fielding.

It’s not difficult to play in this way, whatever level of cricket you enjoy.

If everyone is committed, if each player is trying their hardest and working towards the same goal, that’s half the battle.

You will win more often that you lose.

These are three simple lessons you can take to your team. It’s what I’ll be saying to my team as they pull out their kit bags this winter.

About the author: Lucy Sweetman has loved cricket all her life and played since she was thirty. She is captain of Lansdown Cricket Club Ladies XI in Bath.

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Cricket Show 96: Brian McMillan, Burner’s eggs and Richard Browning

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Burners and David discuss batting collapses and boiling eggs in the podcast this week.

But it’s not all about Burner’s impressive diet and run scoring. We also feature interviews with South African hero Brian McMillan who gives us the lowdown on mental toughness. Brian is coaching at the Cape Town Cricket Academy in February.

Richard Browning also joins us on the phone to tell us his stories and tips as a professional cricketer and head coach of LCA Cricket Coaching.

And we answer your coaching questions on:


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How do I know if I should wear a helmet?
Cricket inspires passion.

We’ll do anything to look the part on a cricket field, to belong and to feel part of the ‘tribe’ of cricketers.

And nowhere is this more a point of pain than the cricket helmet.

The #1 winning position killer (and how to beat it)

Why is it that some teams can crush the opposition while others throw away winning positions?

In cricket, things can turn around very quickly. Celebrating one moment, you are frustrated the next.

Some years ago, it was in middle of cricket summer. My college team was competing in a one off fixture. Our team was superior to them and not just on paper; we had dominated much of the game and thought we had the other team nailed down to the floor.


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Date: 2011-01-14