What Happened –
It was bright and sunny with a strong breeze, albeit cold because of the NE wind, so I went over the paddock to have a bowl. It turned out that I bowled about 150-180 balls, I use a bucket of 27. I used the same method as last October to work on my accuracy http://www.wristspinbowling.com/blog/accuracy-drill-session-today
Good, accuracy was good, I used a range of different deliveries and they were all coming out pretty good. The only exception was the Top-Spinner, but at the moment if I manage to maintain what I’m doing at the moment I’m going to go into the first game full of confidence.
Almost all of it was good especially given that this is so early in the year. Dip seems to be something that I’m getting loads of and the ball seems to dipping viciously and in doing so on a really damp wicket the ball bounces more up than along. Flippers were coming out well to. One other bad thing is that I seem to be suffering from Plantar Fasciiitis, at the moment it’s not that bad, but I definitely don’t want that to get worse.
I was going to go over and work on the top-spinner, but I gave it a go and I couldn’t get it that straight, it was still coming out as a leg – break. I changed the wrist and finger positions trying the get more over-spin and ended up lobbing the ball high and loopy with no dip. Disillusioned with that I thought I’d try bowling flippers and they came out really well, accurate e.g. landing on the board or pretty much on the stumps. I don’t think I’ll persist with them though, I need to focus on the top-spinner as in my opinion it’s more of an asset than the flipper, so I’ll need to be focused and practice with more conviction. Hopefully I’ll get out again tomorrow and do some work with the Top-Spinner.
One thing I also noticed was the tendency to lose control of my leading arm, especially when bowling with the lower – round arm delivery.
I’ve also got to factor this into the practice regime…
Nice post - one thing I can't emphasise enough is that it is much better to overpitch than under-pitch, especially if you want to get more bowled dismissals. Keep moving that target closer to the batsman - get him driving at every ball and sooner or later he will miss one.
This is a suggestion made by SLA on Big Cricket, so if I manage to get out tomorrow and bowl I’ll push the target area up closer to the crease.
So far so good, given the point in the season, the first match is against ‘The blockers’ Hadleigh and Thundersley http://basildoncricket.hitscricket.com/fixtures/teamid_520/4th-XI-Sat.aspx
On May 13th so about a month and a half to get fit and ready.
If I get out tomorrow, bowl some top-spinners, turn the wrist as though I’m trying to bowl the Googly and see if it comes out as a top-spinner. Carry on with the other two deliveries and see how they go. Try and maintain the current momentum.