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This week in the newsletter we continue our series with the great ODI batsman, Michael Bevan. The Finisher discusses, well, finishing!

Plus, Mark Garaway gives us technical tips to get more run outs, and Steffan Jones looks at the link between the gym and the nest for fast bowlers. You might be surprised by how much you can crossover with the right methods.

Have a great weekend,

David Hinchliffe

Finisher: How to Score at the Death


In an exclusive excerpt from his batting coaching course, Michael Bevan talks us through the pressure of the last few overs.

In this match the situation we've 5-10 overs to go, chasing down a total.

You know the bowler's bowling full because fine leg's up, long on, long off's out. They are going to be trying to bowl yorkers.

Rather than thinking about playing the ball on its merits, pick a couple of zones where you know - depending on the length of the ball - that you can hit boundaries. I like to concentrate on the off side. So with full bowling you have two options for hitting fours. The first is over cover, where the bowler doesn't quite get it right. The second option is through gully region for really full balls.

Technically, to get to these zones where you need to hit a four, you need to give yourself room. So the bowler has bowled you need to make the decision that you’re going to back away towards the umpire to give yourself access. Then it’s a matter of using the pace of the ball.

Unfortunately, sometimes you get a ball in a different area. You have set up to score in your areas so you're not ready to hit it. In that case, just to try and score singles off those balls. Yes, you can miss out on opportunities, but this plan helps keep your mind clear under the pressure of a chase. So choose the right situation to employ these tactics.

For more run chasing advice, including video content, check out Finisher, by Michael Bevan.

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Get More Run Outs With This "Non-Throwing Side" Technique

Most run outs in club cricket come from balls hit to fielders on their throwing arm side, but how good are you at completing run outs when the ball goes to your non-throwing side?

There are two methods to hitting the stumps when the ball goes to your non-throwing hand side. In this article we are going to look at the one that fits the ball being dropped for a single slightly infront of the fielder.

Speed is the key

Early decision making helps the fielder to move out of their ready position and towards the ball. Players who anticipate well often watch the batter intently to pick up cues about the direction of the shot, weight of shot (often indicated by the swing of the bat) and the intention to take off for a quick single.

Many top quality fielders train their anticipation in net sessions by watching and simulating moving to the ball when it has been hit, it's great to practice at point, mid wicket and square leg.

1. One handed pick up

Ball is picked up just inside the front foot with the non-throwing hand.

2. Ball Transfer/Rotate Phase

Ball is transferred into the throwing hand, this allows the fielder to get an early look at the target. Momentum takes the fielder into a slight rotation with the back foot moving behind the body readying itself to push back into the line of the stumps in the next phase.

3. Strong back leg = stability and power

The back leg acts as a brake in this phase and by slowing the lateral movement allows the fielder to work back into the stumps, aligning the shoulders with the stumps and providing stability to create power in the throw.

4. Point - Aim - Fire

Point the front arm to align the shoulders toward your target, pick your spot with your eyes and dynamic balance is achieved. Despite still moving, the fielder is stable and aligned perfectly.

5. High release position: elbow at 90 degrees

The high release does 2 things:

  1. Vertical rotations are fantastic for accuracy. The ball will stay on the right line for the longest path towards the stumps
  2. Healthy: The shoulder and elbow are happiest when they are aligned in this fashion.

6. Success - On your way Son!

Practice hard and you will soon see your run out count going through the roof!


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Cricket Show S4 Episode 8: Improve Your Sleep

The podcast fires up this week as we discuss a range of topics from Ian Chappell's view of captaincy through to trains.

On the way the team of Mark Garaway, Burners and David Hinchliffe answer your questions on playing the ball off your legs and tactics to sleep better, especially before a big game.

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What Dolphins Teach You About Coaching

Jonny Wilkinson's kicking coach, Dave Alred talked to me recently about the experience that has shifted the way that he goes about his coaching.

Gym to Nets: Structure of A Fast Bowling Net Session

This is a guest article from fast bowling and strength coach Steffan Jones.

Here is how I set out a bowling session when I am coaching bowlers to get really fast. Unlike most coaches, I have learned to combine skill work with strength work to get the most from your action.

Every session follows the same routine from low intensity warm up drills to high intensity medicine ball throws or weighted ball bowling.


About PitchVision Academy

Welcome to this week's guide to playing and coaching better cricket.

I'm David Hinchliffe and I'm Director of the PitchVision Academy team. With this newsletter you are benefitting directly from over 25 Academy coaches. Our skills include international runs and wickets, first-class coaching, cutting-edge research and real-life playing experience.



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