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Everyone needs to have the skills of a batting finisher, whether you bat at 1 or 11. So, with the launch of Michael Bevan's coaching videos next week, we give you a preview of the Finisher masterclass as a streaming on-line video guide.

The quality doesn't drop an iota in the rest of the newsletter either, with fielding advice from Mark Garaway and Steffan Jones' latest in learning to bowl faster by using a heavy ball.

Have a great weekend,

David Hinchliffe

How to Practice Like a Finisher


Every batsman should have the skills of a finisher and be ready to chase a total down from any position in the batting order.

And who was better than that role than Australian International Michael Bevan?

In this exclusive video excerpt from Finisher - the streaming online batting coaching course - Bevan talks about practicing your finishing skills in nets.

Click here to view the video and interactive guide.


It's a preview of his forthcoming course an demonstrates what you get when you enrol; video lessons, interactive worksheets and unlimited access to keep coming back to the drills and tips time and time again.

Practice the way Bevan practices and you will certainly get closer to becoming a classy finisher yourself.

If you like what you see and want to enrol on the finisher courses - consistency, shot selection or chasing runs - then click here.

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The Run Out Technique that Blasts Through Batting Orders

England's Paul Collingwood was a master at this throw, changing games in a matter of seconds with a direct hit.

It's called the Attacking Side technique. It works when the ball gets dropped into the cover point fielders attacking side (throwing side) and the fielder runs onto the slow moving ball at pace to throw the stumps down at the keepers end.

Here is how you coach your budding Rainas, Collingwoods or Kohlis.

1. Approach to the ball

The fielder takes off from his position at cover point and approaches on a sharp angle to reduce the distance to the stumps and to give the fielder more time to execute the throwing technique. The more direct the line to the ball the more pressure is placed on the runners between the wickets.

2. Pick-up

The fielder adjusts their stride pattern in the last 3 strides before pick up enabling the non-throwing side foot to be placed next to the ball as the hand makes contact.

This is different from some coaching methods yet enables the fielder to use their stride pattern to quickly release the ball from a balanced position later in the throwing action.

3. Next step

With ball in hand, the fielder starts to shift the torso upwards whilst the opposite foot - right leg for right handed throwers and left foot for left handed throwers - makes contact with the ground.

This phase allows the fielder to create balance prior to ball release and get a good early look at the target ahead of ball release.

4. Non throwing side leg-kick

As the throwing action goes from aim to fire, the fielder kicks his non throwing side leg across the body. This action does 2 things:

  1. Increases the pace of the shoulders by using the biomechanical principle of "action/reaction".
  2. Creates dynamic balance by keeping the torso and head on the same level as the leg and the shoulders/arms work against each other.

5. The amateur and professional side of the target

The momentum created on the way to the ball and then into the throw makes it easier for the fielder to miss the stumps on the nearside as the ball tails and curves under the influence of momentum. This is called the "amateur side" of the stumps to miss.

The aim is obviously to hit the stumps yet the adjustment on this type of throw when you miss on the "professional side" of the stumps is small. The ball curves from the outside of the professional side rather than sliding across the face of the stumps from the middle of the target into the amateur side.

So now you have 3 throwing techniques to master.

I have set my team 10 direct hit run outs in the season (we only got 4 last season), so the heat is on!

What is your target for the year, and how will you coach your team to achieve run out success?

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Cricket Show S4 Episode 10: Coaching Videos, Meetings and Motivation

Mark Garaway, David Hinchliffe and Burners talk real-life meeting tips and facebook cricket videos this week as we announce the PV/VIDEO of the day over on the PitchVision Academy facebook page. Give it a like, if you like.

We also find time to answer your questions on the best warm ups for motivational purposes and transitioning a group of promising youngsters into senior players.

The course we refer to during the questions section is Michael Bevan's Finisher.

It's the perfect way to start your winning weekend by downloading or listening in your browser.

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Quick Tip: Heavy Ball Bowling

It's a special guest quick tip this time as fast bowling performance coach Steffan Jones answers this question,

"I have heard the discussion regarding the use of weighted balls to increase arm strength/speed, many coaches suggest weighted balls can upset timing and rhythm of action, and should never be used close and or during the season. Do you suggest weighted balls be only used during off season?" [E]

How to Run a Cricket Club: Facilities

This is part of the How to Run a Cricket Club series on PitchVision Academy

From new pavilions to preparing the pitch, facility management is a huge and highly specific topic for clubs. Maybe you are looking to build an entirely new ground, perhaps your ambition is to have better wickets on which to play, or maybe you are somewhere between extremes.

This article is designed to help you consider the basics of,

  • day-to-day facilities
  • new projects


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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Date: 2013-03-15