I have to hand it to one of our young players. He gets what I am trying to do, as proven by the evidence of a net he had during our last session.

He knew he had trouble against spin, so he asked for only  spinners to bowl, while setting up target areas with cones. He then set about trying to hit the target areas along the ground and trying to hit everything else over the top. In short, a  self-driven net with a plan and an easy way to track the outcome. Brilliant.

 Playing spin with a goal in mind

Playing spin with a goal in mind

After the session I heard a criticism of this approach saying it was tactically wrong to think you can use your feet and hit spinners over the top in club cricket. Whether you agree with this or not (and I don't), we can't possibly criticise a player for making a plan then learning how to execute.

As our skipper said in response, "If you want to learn to use your feet, then use your feet to every ball in the net. It teaches you which ones you can hit, and which ones you can't". Quite right.

 A few words of coaching advice...

A few words of coaching advice...

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AuthorDavid Hinchliffe