First game of 2017 tomorrow
Basildon & Pitsea v Woodham Mortimer 22nd April 2017 (Friendly).
I’ve had two weeks off and the weather’s not been that bad weather-wise, so I’ve been able to go over to the paddock and have a bowl. Towards the end of the 2 weeks I identified the fact that my first few balls were a bit ropey and that I needed to address that as an issue.
The last few days there’s been light in the evenings as the summer gets ever closer and I’ve been using that time to work on first few balls of the spell. So I’ve simulated the bowling to Mid-on/Mid off scenario – just a couple of balls and then looked to bowl good balls right from the outset, eliminating the ‘Loosener’. Through trial and error I’ve established that if I bowl my delivery with more over-spin for the first few balls the accuracy is far better. By about the 4th ball I’m able to change to the one with far more side-spin and so far this has worked really well. Having read SLA's comments from the previous post I might look to bowl a safe over of the 'Over-spun' and more accurate leg break through the first over.
I’ve got a game tomorrow at Woodham Mortimer with players from the 2nd and 3rd XI, (the blokes I’ve been bowling at in the nets) which I’m massively up for and I’ll be able to see if all this practice and apparent improvement pans out to be real. My fitness is a bit of a concern, but all the work I’ve been doing hopefully will put me in good stead and I’ll come through the day.
No Joe though he declined to play.(Younger son).
Full report tomorrow.