A series of videos with practical advice for coaches and players. 

  • Hitting the seam - Taping practice balls
  • Holding the ball - pace bowlers
  • Monty Panesar Q & A
  • Side-on or Front-on Bowler?
  • Hitting the seam
  • Coaches -Keep it simple
  • Monty Panesar - Bowling a good length
  • Monty Panesar - Turning the strike over
  • The top hand drill
  • Getting the grip right
  • Running between wickets

Hitting the seam - Taping practice balls
Cracker Holdsworth's advice on taping the seam of practice balls so the bowler can see if the ball is hitting the seam, and the coach can see if it's coming out of the bowler's hand properly. SHCC coaches can find white tape in the cardboard box in the container at Blick. One roll per team please.

Hitting the seam - holding the ball
Cracker Holdsworth's advice on holding the ball with two fingers on either side of the seam, and the thumb on the seam. Roll the ball out of the hand, with wrist straight, and you should hit the seam.

Monty on Monty
Test spin star and Randy Pete's signing Monty Panesar talks to Summer Hill Cricket Club's coaches and players about his career, how to be an effective spin bowler, and the relationship between spinners and team-mates, especially wicketkeepers and captains.

Side-on or front-on bowlers?
Look at the back foot - if it is sideways to 45-degrees, it indicates a side-on bowler who should look over his arm; if it is 45-degrees to pointing at the stumps, the bowler is “front-on” and should look under the arm.

Visual cues for pace bowlers
Cracker Holdsworth's advice to use a two-colour ball or put tape on the seam of a ball, so pace bowlers can have a visual cue to see if the ball is hitting the seam.

Coaches - keep it simple
Cracker Holdsworth's advice to Summer Hill Cricket Club coaches - don't complicate things too much - tell your fast bowlers to bowl six good balls at the top of off stump. If you bowl three maidens in a row, you have an 80 per cent chance of taking a wicket in the fourth over.

Monty Panesar - Bowling a good length
Test star Monty Panesar helps Summer Hill Cricket Club spinners get the ball on a good length by using a strong leading arm, and a quick and full follow-through with the bowling arm.

Monty Panesar - Turning the strike over
England Test bowler Monty Panesar at a Summer Hill Cricket Club training session. After he got the bowlers to bowl a fuller length, he asked the batter to challenge them by looking to turn the strike over. This attitude at training helps the bowlers learn to react to the batter and also helps the batters score off spinners.

The top hand drill
This batting drill is devised to strengthen the top hand and overcome the natural tendency to use too much bottom hand. First, the player gets in his/her normal stance. Then they remove the bottom hand. The coach rolls a ball "outside off stump". The player steps towards the ball, uses a little backlift and drives through the ball. Don't overdo it, but regular practice with this drill should help them keep the ball on the ground and improve their driving and offside play.


Getting the grip right
Helping batters keep the ball on the ground. Sometimes if the batter is hitting the ball in the air it's best to go back to basics and look at the grip. Place the bat on the ground and get him/her to pick it up like an axe, with the two "Vs" of the thumb and forefinger lining up (see Graham Doig's notes for more info). See if they start changing their grip after they pick up the bat. The classic two "Vs" grip with both hands close together towards the middle of the handle is the best grip, especially until the batter has "got in".


Running between wickets
Set up running between the wickets practice, even if using the shorter practice pitch. Place some fielders around and get the kids to practice calling, judging a single, sliding the bat in, and turning while facing the ball.