"Ten Percents" Part 4 - Stop more balls in the field more often

Our next "Ten Percent" focus is on fielding. If just three players turn a 4 into a 1 through a really good stop in a game, you are 9 runs better off from just three short pieces of cricket. With an over-emphasis on net practice, fielding often gets missed out and doesn't get the focus it deserves. The best fielding teams are most often the winning teams! There are perhaps two big challenges for young fielders: - 1. Concentrating fully every ball 2. Not being scared of the ball Concentration every ball should be achievable for every cricketer. The key is knowing when to switch off and switch back on again. The moment the bowler starts running in to bowl is the time we need to focus. If you ar

Garden Drills from Surrey Cricket

Surrey Cricket Performance department have shared some Garden Drills to help get budding young cricketers through the lock down period. Surrey are eager to provide information and content that all young cricketers may find to be stimulating, practical and helpful as we work through this period of isolation. Their Performance Coaches are currently busy at work creating and recording more fun and practical drills – these will go out regularly on their Twitter and Instagram feeds. If you are not already doing so, please follow and interact with them on social media, using these links: https://twitter.com/SurreyCAG and www.instagram.com/surreycricketperformance/. They would love to see some fo

Basic batting set up

The basic batting setup should be the starting point for every young cricketer but some of the basics often get missed in the early development. HANDS For me this is the non-negotiable, at least until you are scoring runs on a strong and consistent basis. Hands must be together on the handle, touching. This gives the batter the best control over their shots. Where on the bat, is up to you. Somewhere around the middle of the handle is probably best. Nearer the top is generally harder to control. Finally, you should have the two V-shapes your hands make as they grip the bat (between thumb and forefinger) lines up down the back-top side of the bat, just above where the back of the bat slopes. B

Batting: Communicating with your partner - How to "Call"

Communication between batters is crucial to scoring runs in a game of cricket. There are set rules on how to do it which are simple to follow but sometimes need confidence to execute. If you're not sure, it's better to do it wrong than not at all. That is the quickest way to learn. The rules to learn are: - 1. If you are the batter facing the bowler, if the ball goes in any way forward (even slightly towards the bowler or beyond), it's YOUR call. 2. If you are the non-striker (the one next to the bowler), if the ball goes behind the other batter, then it's YOUR call. If it goes sideways it's sometimes hard to work out who should call. That comes with instinct, but if in doubt, call anyway. T

Weekend Fun - Cricket Word Search

There are 20 cricketing terms hidden in the grid below. Can you find them? Words can be frontwards, backwards, diagonal or diagonal backwards! Good luck! If you find all 20, send us your answers! #cricket #homecricket #coronacricket

Sky Sports Masterclasses - Batting

Sky Sports have released their Masterclasses series. The Batting classes are below: - Opening Batsman Masterclass – Strauss and Atherton Virat Kohli Analysis – Don’t just watch the shots, listen to the experts analysis! Playing Spin – Mahela Jayawardene The Sweep Shot Masterclass Kevin Pietersen Masterclass Playing Spin - Kevin Pietersen #cricket #tenpercenters #batting #homecricket #backyardcricket

Sky Sports Masterclasses - Fast Bowling

Sky Sports have released their Masterclasses series. The Fast Bowling classes are below: - Fast Bowling Masterclass – James Anderson Left arm swing – Wasim Akram T20 Bowling – Dirk Nannes Mitchell Johnson Masterclass The Art of Reverse Swing #cricket #tenpercenters #fastbowling #homecricket #backyardcricket

"Ten Percents" Part 3 - Reducing your Economy Rate

Our third "Ten Percent" focus is on bowlers reducing their economy rates. The average bowler economy rate in one of our local junior leagues last season, for all bowlers who bowled, was 5.7 runs per over. That's a score of 114 in a T20 game, excluding byes & leg byes - so probably 120 or so would be an average score in these (non-pairs) matches. If we can reduce the economy rates of all our bowlers by just 10%, down to an average of just over 5.1 runs per over, that reduces team average scores to around 103 instead of 114. 11 valuable runs from just a 10% improvement. That alone could be the difference between winning and losing matches, aside from the other 10% improvements you can make. Th

Backyard Cricket - Rules

With the world under lock down, there has never been a better opportunity for some Backyard Cricket. But what rules do you play? To help you get your games in order, Twenty20 Community Cricket have put together some rules which will work for any size playing area from a narrow driveway to a nice size lawn. Send us some videos of your Backyard Cricket set up! Can you beat this one? The Players There shall be anything from 2 or more players taking part. Players can play in teams of 2 or more or as individuals. The Umpires Backyard cricket works under The Spirit of Cricket. All players should adhere to The Spirit of Cricket and judge dismissals accordingly. Any waiting batters can act as umpire

Learn the Fielding Positions and test yourself online

One of the most important things you need in cricket is to learn the fielding positions. There is only so long you can get away with going where you are pointed and if you are captain, you really need to know the names. At some stage, ideally by under 10 or under 11 age groups, you should know the most common fielding positions. Online there are plenty of sites where you can swot up and learn the names but there is also a fantastic quiz where you have 10 minutes to name up to 59 fielding positions! Try it out and send us your scores or post them below or on our social media pages. #cricket #coronacricket#homecricket#backyardcricket #fieldingpositions

Be Inspired

Sometimes all we need is some inspiration. Last summer we were fortunate enough to have two great pieces of English cricket history. Being indoors we have time to reflect on some amazing cricket. Winning the World Cup was of course one of those amazing memories. Having been aged four at the time of the first World Cup back in 1975, that actually gave me one of my earliest memories of anything, with the West Indies opener Roy Fredericks being hit wicket right at the start of the final. No idea why I remember that, but I do, vividly, watching it on (free to air!) TV. Having watched every World Cup since, I was beginning to wonder if England were ever going to win it in my lifetime, but fortuna

Batting with a plan

You're next/first in to bat. There are a few nerves. You're preparing for your innings. What's going through your head? What's your plan? The precise plan is going to differ according to match situation but, based on the tools and skills you have in your locker, there are going to be some fundamentals that will remain in place. There are a few basics: - 1. What's the pitch like and what's it doing out there? If you're opening up in the first innings that's going to be harder to know but for most of us we will have had a chance to watch others batting and bowling so you should be able to work out if it's quick or slow, spinning, seaming, swinging, fast or slow outfield, etc. There are so ma

New web based cricket game to improve your batting

Video games are pretty much always just fun. Finally we have something for cricket that is web based, so easy to access, and has some educational value for our young cricketers. Pocket Cricket - is a new game that is simple to use for young cricketers of any experience. The bowler delivers the ball and the user, the batter, has to decide which yellow area there are going to hit it into and then which shot to play. Finally, the hardest bit of all - for me at least - making the best contact by clicking the moving bar as close to the green area as possible. Unlike other games like Stick Cricket, there really is some cricketing skill involved here in (a) choosing the right area for the right bal

Playing Video Games is finally a good idea!

Well you're at home and can't go out to the park or on your bike so you might as well play video games - but let's play them for learning too! Modern day games can be used for coaching purposes as well as fun - and so can some games from years gone by. Later in the week I will share details of other games out there but for now I want to focus on one retro game that can be used to help improve cricket decision making. One of the challenges I find young cricketers have is judging a run. It's quite a hard thing to do without practice and without a reference point, e.g. watching games of cricket or practicing. I learnt some of that from playing a game called Test Match Cricket (and it's One Day

"Ten Percents" Part 2 - Running between the wickets

Our second "Ten Percent" focus is on running between the wickets. This is one of the easiest areas to improve quickly for most players. Here we're going to focus on the actual running bit. Later today I am going to post a way to practice judging runs from home. There are some key skills to running between the wickets: - 1. Run the first run as hard/quickly as possible 2. Support the bottom of the bat in your other hand and use it to pump your arms 3. Don't ball watch! 4. Run your bat along the ground from just outside the crease, to just behind the crease 5, Stretch in to the crease as low as possible as you turn for another run & 6. Don't run past the crease for any run! 7. If it's going to

What are your "Ten Percents"?

Improving your cricket can be daunting sometimes. If you look at your game as a whole, there are so many different elements that it's often hard to work out where to begin. This is where the "Ten Percent" rule comes in handy and, while we're all at home, there is an opportunity to practice some elements of our game to make us better. If you break your cricket down into chunks and focus on improving each by 10%, the sum of the parts will see a noticeable development of your game and it's more manageable. As a coach, if I can get all 11 of my players improving their cricket by 10%, that can translate into big improvements for the team as a whole. Let's look at batting. Say our top 5 all averag

Self Isolation & Social Distancing Cricket from Home

With most of us likely at home for the next few weeks, at Twenty20 Community Cricket, in partnership with our great friends at Flicx, we are determined to find ways to keep cricket alive! There are several Flicx products available which can give you an early cricket season of some sort in your back gardens whether it’s a Crazy Catch or maybe even a garden pitch and net system. We have teamed up with Flicx to make these as accessible as possible to our clients to help get through the coming weeks. Visit their shop online at https://ukstore.crazycatch.com and enter the code twenty20cricketcompany to receive a 10% discount to help you bring the cricket season to your garden/driveway/patio – whe

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