Monday 31 March 2014

RESULTS of LEAGUE MATCHES - 22nd & 23rd March 2014



Ground : Neelambal Subramaniam HSS – Division : I “A”

Kasturi Pillai SC 193 for 9 in 41 Overs (S.Shanmugam 92, A.Suriya 3 for 24)

Lost to

Liberty CC 194 for 8 in 39.1 Overs (Simon Antony 48, S.Sharun Kumar 33, S.Shanmugam 3 for 26, R.Srinivasan 3 for 51)


Ground : Salem Steel Plant – Division : I “B”

Gopalan Memorial CC 231 for 7 in 45 Overs (J.Manikandan 52, M.S.Promoth 36, Kannan 3 for 40)


Steels RC 209 for 9 in 45 Overs (Kannan 62, Arul Murugan 35, M.S.Promoth 4 for 29)


Ground : Periyar University “A” – Division : II “A”

Sunil CC 236 allout in 45 Overs (Jayachandran 68, Chakravarthy 49, Suresh 40, R.Kumar 5 for 40)

Lost to

Writer Ramasamy Memorial CC 237 for 7 in 43.1 Overs (Vishnu 82, Saravanan 77 notout)


Ground : Periyar University “B” – Division : III

Chemplast RC w/o Kannan Memorial CC


Ground : Monforts School – Division : III

Luckystar CC 110 for 7 in 20 Overs (Karun James Phillips 3 for 17)


Monforts School 102 allout in 20 Overs (Palaniappan 53, Tamilmani 3 for 19)




Ground : Periyar University “A” – Division : II “A”

Rock CC 277 for 8 in 45 Overs (C.Praveen Kumar 79, S.Prabhakar 51, S.R.Ashok Kumar 58, V.Ramkumar 3 for 45)


S.R.Prabhakar Memorial CC 125 allout in 45 Overs (M.Karthikeyan 33, B.Venkatesh 34, Nagappan 4 for 35, S.R.Ashok Kumar 3 for 21)


Ground : Periyar University “B” – Division : II “B”

Raj Friends CC 104 allout in 45 Overs (A.Ramesh Kumar 5 for 25, N.Saravanan 3 for 6)

Lost to

Metro CC 106 for 6 in 14.3 Overs (A.Ramesh Kumar 39 notout, S.Pandian 4 for 25)



Friday 21 March 2014


Ground : Neelambal Subramaniam HSS – Division : I “B”

Maratha CC 192 for 9 in 42 Overs (Arul 38, Rajkumar 30, P.Balachander 4 for 47)

Lost to

Students “Seniors” CC 194 for 2 in 30.3 Overs (S.Prashanth 56, P.Balachander 52, T.Suresh Kumar 36 notout, J.Eniyan 30 notout)


Ground : Salem Steel Plant – Division : II “A”

Prime CC 158 for 10 in 45 Overs (Udaykumar 4 for 21, Nagarathinam 3 for 27)

Lost to

Bluestar CC 161 for 5 in 34 Overs (T.Manikandan 70 notout, Anbu 32)


Ground : Government Engineering College “A” – Division : II “B”

Pioneer CC 202 for 9 in 45 Overs (Kamalakannan 100)


Dirty Dozen CC 148 allout in 45 Overs (Vasanthraj 4 fro 35)


Ground : Periyar University “A” – Division : II “B”

Kumar Memorial CC 211 for 9 in 45 Overs (Naveen Kumar 65, Rajkumar 36, Mariappan 38, Thamodaran 3 for 28, Mohan 3 for 40)


Muthusamy Memorial CC 193 for 9 in 45 Overs (Thamodharan 31 notout, Elumalai 3 for 38)


Ground : Periyar University “B” – Division : III

Cityboys CC 205 allout in 45 Overs (Saravana Kumar 40, Narayanan 32, Deepan Chakravarthi 31, Sakthivel 3 for 34, Thanjiappan 3 for 43)

Lost to

Chemplast RC 206 for 9 in 44 Oves (Saravanan 67 notout, Sakthivel 30, Narayanan 3 for 38, Deepan Chakravarthi 3 for 32)




Ground : Government Engineering College “A” – Division : I “B”

R.T.Parthasarathy Memorial CC 182 allout in 45 Overs (R.Gowrishankar 30, Gurunathan 7 for 41)

Lost to

Vampire CC 184 for 8 in 43. 5 Overs (R.Devendiran 38)


Ground : Periyar University “A” – Division : I “A”

Thrive Chevrolet CC 253 for 8 in 45 Overs (K.Venkatapathy 113, E.Sadam Hussain 47, Saravanan 36, Surya 3 for 24)


Davaram SC 173 allout in 45 Overs (K.Gowtham Raj 53 notout, K.Venkatapathy 4 for 27)


Ground : Periyar University “B” – Division : II “A”

Royal Slammers CC 139 allout in 45 Overs (Arul Jothi 51, Shankar 3 for 34, Thangam 3 for 21)

Lost to

Power CC 141 for 4 in 31.1. Overs (R.Kuttimani 50 notout)



Tuesday 11 March 2014

RESULTS of LEAGUE MATCHES - 08th & 09th March 2014



Ground : Neelambal Subramaniam HSS – Division : I “B”

R.T.Parthasarathy Memorial CC 168 for 9 in 40 Overs (R.Gowrishankar 33, T.Suresh Kumar 4 for 33)

Lost to

Students “Seniors” CC 169 for 3 in 36 Overs (S.Prashanth 69 notout, P.Balachander 48)


Ground : Salem Steel Plant – Division : I “A”

Rangers CC 177 allout in 45 Overs (Sundaravarathan 61, Chennamuthu 3 fo 36)

Lost to

Kasturi Pillai SC 182 for 9 in 36.5 Overs (Chandrasekar 3 for 19)


Ground : Government Engineering College “A” – Division : II “A”

Sunil CC w/o Prime CC


Ground : Periyar University “A” – Division : II “B”

Sivanthi Adityan CC 228 for 9 in 45 Overs (Durai Raj 33, R.M.Selva 36, E.Balamurugan 43, S.Raja 4 for 29)


Metro CC 105 allout in 45 Overs (R.Govindharaj 40, Durai Raj 4 for 25, Rajasekar 3 for 10)


Ground : Periyar University “B” – Division : II “B”

Salvo CC 229 for 8 in 45 Overs (Sakthivell 52 notout, Paramasivam 42, Mohanraj 41, Arunkumar 3 for 25, Naveen Kumar 3 for 46)


Kumar Memorial CC 126 allout in 45 Overs (Naveen Kumar 34, Mohanraj 5 for 33)




Ground : Government Engineering College “A” – Division : III

JSW RC 241 allout in 45 Overs (K.Prabhakaran 38, Aravinth 52, J.Sarath Kumar 5 for 42)


Government Engineering College, Salem 144 allout in 45 Overs (Venkatesh 39, G.K.Shanmugam 6 for 35)



BOWLING : How to Bowl with a Slingy Bowling Action?

Ever since Jeff Thompson showed the power of a ‘slingy’ bowling action, there has been no debate that it is a devastating method for fast bowlers.

Yet coaches worldwide persist with the traditional action. This is because coaches are not taught how to put sling into an action.

Many would argue that it’s too unorthodox or can only be developed naturally. But at PitchVision Academy we disagree, which is why we are going to show you how to coach a slingy action into yourself or others.

What is a slingy action?

Of course, to know how to get one, we need to know what the difference is between ‘slingy’ and ‘orthodox’.

You’ll be surprised to learn there is hardly any difference at all.

To give you a frame of reference, let’s use Mitchell Johnson as an example of a 21st century bowler with a slingy action. Take a look at his delivery stride here.

As you can see from the picture there are more similarities than differences:

  • The front leg is acting as a brace or block
  • The back leg is driving through with the back foot still on the ground
  • The hips and shoulders are pointing down the wicket towards the batsman
  • The chest is well driven forward
  • The non-bowling arm has been driven out and down and is on the way to rotating the shoulders 180 degrees in the follow through.
  • The head is driving towards the target.

All of these points are found in classical and unorthodox bowlers at the highest level.

Going back to the picture, the main two differences are:

  • The bowling arm is much lower, heading towards 10 o’clock of you imagine a high arm position to be 12 o’clock.
  • There is a greater delay in the action before the ball is let go, causing a huge stretch and co-contraction of the muscles. This is what the sling itself looks like.

So now we know that the basics are the same across any fast bowler’s action, it makes it much easier to focus on the differences.

Let’s assume you know how to do the basics well (and if you don’t click here to learn) and focus on the main differences.

Low bowling arm

The low bowling arm is a red herring.

Although Johnson and Malinga both show these traits, it’s not a requirement for a slingy action. Jeff Thomson had his arm at almost 12 o’clock at the point of release.

As Johnson has shown, a low arm increases the chance of inaccuracy. This is because you are no longer getting your shoulders in a straight line down the wicket and so need exceptional timing of the release of the ball to be accurate. A higher arm gives you a greater margin for error.

Of course, international bowlers with a low arm would never be able to change their technique at an advanced level. But a young cricketer still learning the muscle memory can have a slingy action and a high arm.

Delayed bowling arm

This is the real trick to a slingy action.

A slingy arm has a longer delay between the back foot landing and the arm coming over. When the arm does come over it appears to slingshot like an elastic band.

This is because that is exactly what it is doing. You can see how stretched the muscles are at front foot landing in Malinga here.

When you stretch that much the elastic nature of the upper body muscles store up the energy and release it as the contract back again and bring the arm over.

Ping. Like an elastic band.

The feeling of the stretch, ping is all important and it can be drilled with a stump and a friend:

In this drill, used by Ian Pont in his online coaching course How to Bowl Faster, the bowler is recreating the feel of stretching or pulling the muscles while driving the chest forwards as far as possible.

Move on to bowling at a slow pace without a run up to keep that feeling of being a catapult or a bow, storing up energy ready to fire the arrow at the target. Get the feel then gradually increase the pace.

The older a bowler is, the harder it becomes to learn this stretch reflex, but there is no reason why it can’t be taught even to very young kids. Those aged 9 and above will take to it easily and end up bowling much faster than their peers.

Sunday 9 March 2014

Why coaches are teaching the wrong shot... or why the on drive comes first

What was the first drive you learned, or taught to someone else?

There is a fair chance it was the front foot off drive. The great looking signature shot of many great Test players.

But starting with the off drive is dangerous because it gets you into bad habits. It encourages your head towards the off side.

And yes, that’s a bad thing.

While we need to lean towards the off side and step slightly across the crease to play the perfect off drive but when it comes to teaching beginners how to play the various drives, it’s about as sensible as picking a 17 man squad for a Test match.

It’s not the way if you want to do it properly.

Learn the on drive first

Playing the on drive well is the secret of developing good balance, good alignment and an effective technique that allows you to play straight and develop an all-round technique.

This is because driving the ball well through mid on and straight, generally means you are well balanced and aligned as a batter.

So start with the on drive and then progress to the straight drive.

 That way you are playing two shots while your head remains in the same balanced position wicket to wicket. 

Because of this, playing straight will be very easy and will feel natural. This means good technique develops very quickly.

But the off drive isn’t lost.

Once the on and straight drive shots have been constructed, you can groove and develop the off drive which requires the player to make subtle adjustments of the head leading shoulder and backswing.

Learning the on drive

There is an old cliché that the on drive is the hardest shot to learn and play well.

But given the correct biomechanically sound technical advice, the on drive is an easy shot to play.

Plus it makes you a better player because makes it easier to play the swinging and turning delivery, especially the ball that comes back in to you. Playing the on drive well minimises the chance of a batter getting blocked off and playing around the front pad.

The key points are:


  • On the backlift, your bat aligns over off stump.
  • Your head aligns to the ball (not your shoulder)
  • As you step towards the ball your head position is exaggerated forward of the body.
  • As you step forward and lean in the back foot turns to point up the wicket to align the hips and give balance.
  • Take a shorter stride to help you get your head further forward than other drives. This will also help the back foot turn in slightly this aligning the hips. This short stride will help you let the ball come.
  • Your stride is short with your front foot down line of leg stump, no wider.
  • The front foot points up the wicket.
  • Strike the ball forward of your front pad with the heel of your back foot off the ground
  • Let the ball come under your eyes
  • Hit the shot with a dominant top hand
  • Finish with a check drive with high hands and high leading elbow.
  • Toe of bat should finish pointing at target area (mid on).

You can always spot a good player by the way they play the on drive.

Talented players are generally the ones that play the on drive well.

Good coaches coach this shot well.

Learning the off drive

Of course, we all want a good off drive too.

So once you are comfortable with your balance and alignment playing straight and through the on side, look to learn the small changes you need to make to off drive.

The key points are:

  • Your head moves towards the off side and aligns to the target area (off side). Note that the head now has moved from the neutral position of being wicket to wicket.
  • Your initial backswing, from over off stump, begins to re-align once you have decided to play an off drive. The backswing will now align from leg stump so that it swings in a straight line towards mid off.
  • Your front foot lands in a more sideways position. This ensures your head is supported over the ball of the front foot giving you good balance.
  • Your shoulder turns slightly more to play the off drive but it’s the head that aligns with the ball not the shoulder. The shoulder stays slightly leg side of the ball and target area to allow the bat to swing in a straight line to from backswing to mid off.

Remember though; if you learn the on drive first and master it, it will be easier to learn the off drive.



Thursday 6 March 2014

FIELDING : Specialist Fielding in Mid off and Mid on

The mid on and mid off are the least glamorous pair of the inner fielding ring. You rarely see great fielders there and often find lesser talents trying to hide.

So can you really be a specialist mid off or mid on?

Absolutely. The positions require a certain set of skills, and there are times when spectacular work is needed, especially at the end of a limited over match when you are on the boundary and need to dive to stop a four, or leap to catch that ball going for six.

Why have a mid on and mid off?

Placed to stop the straighter drives, these positions are in the first to go in and it’s rare to see a field without some kind of mid on and mid off. That’s because batsmen want to play straight and the ball is very likely to go there:

The job requires you to stop the straighter drives and catch the mishit ones. You’ll also be doing a lot of chasing, either after the ball as it gets past you or along the boundary before it goes for four.

Plus, you will need a dead eye throw at the stumps as players attempt to take singles to you.

How to field at mid on and mid off

Your job is to stop drives with quick singles less important (that’s what the covers and midwicket are for), so you will be a little further back than other ring fielders. Somewhere between 16-26m from the batsman.

Keep your eye on where you are in relation to cover/extra cover or midwicket. If you come too close you open a gap in the covers as they try and compensate. Make sure you command the line by avoiding creeping in.

To walk in or not?

The classic coaching advice we are all taught is to walk in as the bowler runs up. Recent theories have both backed and discouraged the method. So what is right?

For me the key is to be alert, focused and balanced on the balls of both feet as the ball is delivered. This can be done by steaming in like Jonty Rhodes used to do, or keeping relatively still and getting into the ready position as the ball is bowled.

If you are walking in casually then you take the risk of being on one leg, stepping forward as the ball is coming to you. This is a very unbalanced position, so make sure you are stable and you can choose how much to walk in.

Where to stand

There are a couple of things to take into account when thinking where to stand.

·         Pace of the bowling. In general you will be closer to the bat when the spinner is on, and further back when the quicker men are on.

·         Tactics. The further back you are the more you are there to stop boundaries and the less to save runs. Most of the time you will be in a ‘one saving’ position or right on the boundary, but might be moved in certain situations. The key is to know what the plan is and then you won’t drift too far.

·         Where the ball is going. Batsman and bowlers have different styles. This means the ball goes to different places. Want an example: You may be wider at mid off for an outswing bowler to a batsman who plays with an open face compared to normal.



FIELDER : Become a Better Fielder

Think of some of the best fielders who ever played the game.

Johnty Rhodes, Ricky Ponting, Colin Bland, Viv Richards...

And of course the Englishman who doffed his cap to a Dennis Lillee bouncer: Derek Randall.

What if you could sit down and talk fielding with one of these great talents and learn the secrets of how they turned themselves into exceptional fielders?

Access to their knowledge would make you a better fielder. And we all know how better fielders often get selected for higher honours purely because they can save runs and catch reliably.

With PitchVision Academy, you can do exactly that.

Derek Randall can't get round and have a chat with every one of the thousands of readers to this newsletter, but he can pass on his knowledge thanks to Fielding: The Derek Randall Way

When you buy the course you get access to Derek's exclusive advice on fielding. Things like:

  • How to anticipate the way a batsman is going to play, increasing your chances of taking a catch or saving runs.
  • Easy ways to instantly improve just by learning how to be more aware in the field.
  • How to outsmart batsmen who are hesitant between the wickets

Derek has also put his favourite fielding drills down for the first time too, meaning you get to see animated and video versions of the drills that helped Derek become such a great fielder (and ones he still uses now with the next generation he coaches to this day).

All you need to do to get instant lifetime, unlimited access to all the drills, tips, advice and methods from one of the best fielders ever (and still a fine coach) is to enrol on Derek's course.


FITNESS : How to Stay Injury Free?

You can be the best cricketer in the world but it makes no difference if you are injured and off the park.

More and more of life becoming dedicated to sitting down: working at a desk, driving, watch TV or spending time on the computer. As we use our bodies less they become slow and inflexible. Our postures change and we are more likely to get hurt.

Plus, we have less and less time to dedicate to cricket with increasing demands.

 Despite the fact we instinctively know the answer is to become more active, we don't know where to start to make it happen, or how to do it in a limited time.

You could join a gym and rely on the poorly trained fitness advisor to give you a program based on outdated ideas and general 'fat loss and tone up' principles given to housewives. But that's not very helpful to cricketers.

You could get advice from the bodybuilder who is only interested in looking as bulky as possible with his shirt off. But even if you had his dedication to the body beautiful, would you want to be so hefty?

You could train at home with push ups and sit ups. But how do you know it's making any difference?

The truth is you just want to stay fit and strong so you can score runs and take wickets.

Fit cricketers are better cricketers. Imagine having the stamina and strength to bowl that extra over at the end of the day when one wicket is required for victory. Think how important it is to make that quick single because you have the speed.

It's been shown that if you are fit you have better reactions and concentration too. So just think what effect your new abilities will have on your cricket skills. What player wouldn't like extra reserves?

That fitness edge can get you over the line in more tight games, which means you win more, which gets you noticed.

And that's why you need to know the right way to get fit for cricket.

So who better to ask than a man who does it for a living with a full professional side?

Rob Ahmun has trained many cricketers and he knows how to keep them injury free, even when they are in the middle of a season with little time for dedicated fitness work.

He has put his knowledge on an interactive online coaching course on PitchVision Academy so you too can benefit from knowing how to train, when to train and what to train to become a fitter player.

There is no other content as detailed and specific to cricket as this course which includes:

  • Personalised training plans based around age, experience and time available.
  • The most effective methods used with professional players at Glamorgan CCC.
  • Understanding the critical but overlooked link between fitness and skill.
  • Work out if a training plan given to you is going to make you a better player.
  • Plans to boost your strength, power, endurance, speed and mobility.
  • How to change your training to keep it working all year round.

All you need to do to get instant access to this online material is to enrol on the course. You get lifetime access, including free updates.



BOWLING : 10 Ways to bowl faster

There is not much that is more satisfying for a seam bowler than steaming in, beating the batsman for pace and seeing the stumps cart wheeling back.

If anyone knows how to tease that extra pace out of you it's Ian Pont: Who has coached at Essex, Worcestershire and Northamptonshire, as well as the Netherlands national team and been an ECB National Skills Set Coach.

Ian's secrets are outlined in his excellent online course here. While I highly recommend you pick up a copy, Ian has agreed to impart a few of his fast bowling secrets for nothing.

1.            While you need a certain amount of natural ability to be able to bowl at 90mph, everyone can improve on their natural bowling speed no matter how fast they are.

2.            Imagine you are bowling in a railway track. This will help you run-up straight, keep your weight moving in a straight line in your action and follow-through straight. If it doesn't go at the batsman, then change it!

3.            Your non-bowling arm is far more important than your bowling arm. Use it properly by driving it out and down so it passes your side. When you do this properly, it will accelerate your bowling shoulder and help increase speed. Some have argued that this can stop genuine swing happening, so take care if you rely on traditional swing.

4.            Keep your elbows and arms pumping in as you run up and load up into your action. Nothing throws your momentum and straight lines off like unnecessary side-to-side movements. Keeping your action tight helps you to control the release of the ball.

5.            Start your run up leading with your arm. This drives force down your body and into the ground for greater speed. Drive your arms fast in short a short pumping action which will force you forward faster.

6.            Make sure you fully rotate your shoulders on completion of action. If you have a name on your back imagine you are going to show it to the batsman when you finish. This will help you think about how much of a shoulder turn you're aiming for

7.            Try to drive your chest through the crease just before you let the ball go. The sensation is that of being pulled forward by the batsman with a big rope attached to your chest. This gets you as far in front of the ball as possible and increases arm pull and speed of the arm

8.            At the point of delivery, your hips and nose will be facing the batsman. If your bowling hip is lazy it will lag behind thus dropping your speed. If your nose isn't facing the batsman, your head is probably falling away. The hips are the powerhouse of your body. Get them in the right position

9.            Try not to throw your non-bowling arm too high as it gets you off balance and affects your timing. Remember, you're trying to go forwards, not up and down.

10.          Your bowling arm starts to bowl from the downswing, which is close to your bowling side hip. Getting your bowling hand into this position quickly from your load-up helps you improve your speed and timing.


BOWLING : How to Windup your fast bowler?

Fast bowlers are a temperamental lot, especially if it’s not ‘coming out right’.

The same guy who last week was scaring batsmen and knocking over stumps with fury in his eyes has this week become a warm cuddly friend to the batsmen bowling gentle medium pace.

You know who you are.

It sets a trend.

Without realising the whole side are going through the motions. Fielders are listless, the captain is letting the game drift and no one is having fun – except the opposition.

We can’t have that, so the only solution is to sledge your own team-mate, just to try and fire him back up again.

Here are some of my favourites:

•           “Take off the handbrake”

•           “Stop bowling spin”

•           “It would help if you unhooked the caravan”

•           “I always thought <insert name of rival bowler> had more pace”

•           “Everything OK yeah? Then stop bowling like a idiot ”

•           “Great tactic; a slower ball followed by 5 slower balls”

Mike Brearley used to call Ian Botham an old tart. It worked because it played on the ego of the great all-rounder.

Of course, not all bowler’s need a kick up the behind. Some prefer a quiet word of encouragement, but it tends to be the nature of the quickie that the more fired up you get them, the better they bowl.

Fast bowling needs fire in the belly as well as a good technique.

Some might say this approach is overly critical and rather than getting the bowler going it will stress him out.

I say rubbish.

Sure, if these comments are designed to be nasty and win some internal battle in the side you are not going to help a bowler by being sarcastic.

But as long as your comments are bedded in the context of a supportive team atmosphere where players are working hard together in the field then you have nothing to fear.

At the very least, it’s more fun than just shouting a mindless “come on lads” every other ball. That gets boring pretty quick and everyone switches off to it.

What about in your team, what do your players say to get the quickie seeing red?