So, what we have here is the start of a database that looks to identify batsmen and how they play spin, whether they're strong/weak etc., based on observations made during play.
RHB Geoff Davison - Opening batsman Hadleigh & Thundersley CC 2017. If you look him up on Play Cricket, he's no slouch with the bat and over the last 4 or 5 years has been the top-scoring for either the 3rd of 4th XI. This year he's the captain of the 4th XI and in our game was one of the openers. At our new home ground at Holy Cross in Basildon he was out for 23 trapped LBW to Ryan Davies. Ryan swings the ball, so perhaps that may be a weak element to his game?
The first 12 overs, where he faced medium and medium fast bowling the run rate was 2 an over, so he takes a cautious approach. His strongest shots were leg-side, where he had the help of a short boundary and most of the 4's were scored there through the square-leg region. Against me http://www.wristspinbowling.com/blog/13th-may-basildon-and-pitsea-v-thundersley-and-hadleigh-4th-xi on an exceptionally bad day for me, I think he scored one run, handing the strike to the other opener who was looking to target me. Whether handing the strike over to the other bloke is an indication that he'd rather not face me or not is just speculation? last year he score 279 averaging 17.44 with a high score of 37. Looking at the data over the last 3 or4 years it appears that he's on the wane and he's progressively scored less runs year on year.
I'll see him again later in the season, and hopefully I'll be bowling better.
RHB John Newnham - Opening batsman Hadleigh & Thundersley CC 2017 Again this bloke has consistently been the top scoring batsmen in the team that he's played in. Previous season's he's played in the 3rd XI. Newnham was also cautious for the first 12 overs, being the other half of the duo that scored 2 an over facing medium and medium fast. It may be the case that he's not a 4th XI regular because his data would suggest he's probably a 3rd XI player.
Better than Davison in that he's a lot more aggressive and looks more inclined to go for the big shots. Newnham took me to task and scored a number of 4's and a two sixes. He favours the on-side or is limited by technique perhaps and plays straight. As with Davison - strong off the legs - but a lot more aggressive using sweep-shots. I don't recall any decent off-side shots and where I went for dots against him these were balls outside of the off-stump.
The image below shows Newnham's primary scoring areas (A) indicates Newnham and (B) is the bowler. The 4's and 6's against me were all hit on-side in the zone indicated.
Newnham was dismissed on 54 by Sam Good, Sam's a good bowler - seam bowler, accurate and pacy and Newnham got under the ball and lofted it straight to my son Joe at Mid-on half-way. Possibly a slightly slower ball being his un-doing.
Goes well against poor leg-spin (Very poor leg-spin in this instance!)
The scoring area here is primarily for Jon Newnham.
Davison as far as I recall scored all of his runs through the square-leg to fine leg region clipping the ball off the legs. Both of these blokes are potentially denied runs by just keeping the ball off of the leg-stump area, which of course is pretty obvious for batsmen of this standard.