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    How to measure bowling speed

    Anyone know anyway of measuring bowling speed in the nets? ive heard about this speed gun and for 129 its not worth it.
    anyone know any cheap speed guns or any other ways of detecting how fast you are bowling?
    and whats a rapid speed a 14 year old fast bowler?

    cheers fellow cricket fans

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    There's a Platypus speed ball for like 30 that measures it.

    Hope this helps:

    http://www.kingsgrovesports.com.au/c...26&l4=752&l5=0

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    I had one of them, not too great in judging speed since you have to pitch it on the correct length which you enter in.
    The speed at which a fielding team gets through the innings is overrated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pnesam07 View Post
    Anyone know anyway of measuring bowling speed in the nets? ive heard about this speed gun and for 129 its not worth it.
    anyone know any cheap speed guns or any other ways of detecting how fast you are bowling?
    and whats a rapid speed a 14 year old fast bowler?

    cheers fellow cricket fans

    Have you tried Ebay? I find that it usually has those types of things for low, low prices. A rapid speed for a 14 year old fast bowler would be 125-130 km/ph there is a guy who I had to face with kind of speed.................and well, he broke my ribs.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Spinksy View Post
    Have you tried Ebay? I find that it usually has those types of things for low, low prices. A rapid speed for a 14 year old fast bowler would be 125-130 km/ph there is a guy who I had to face with kind of speed.................and well, he broke my ribs.
    ********, you faced John Lovett, and he is nothing like that speed. He is about 110-115kph when on song. And I don't think any 14 year olds can bowl 130km/h either.

    Here is an example I printed off a few years ago, but you need another person, a stopwatch and a calculator:

    Finally, we've got everything sorted out - how fast do you actually bowl? Naturally, the best thing possible would be to use a radar gun - however they're not genrally available to clubs an schools - but there is a simple way that needs just a stopwatch and a calculator (or a maths geek) to provide approximate results. Start the stopwatch when the ball is delivered, and then stop it when either the batsmen hits or misses it, then divide 45 (or 72) to get your answer in miles per hour (or kilometres). For example, a delivery timed at 1 second has travelled at 45 mph (72 kph). To break the magical 100 mph (160 kph) barrier, the clock must register at 0.45 seconds. Once you get used to working the timer, you will get surprisingly consistent results. I've found that standing behind the net, either directly behind or just to the side, provides the best results.

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    You could get someone to drive a car at different speeds alongside the net and when the speed the ball's travelling matches the car's speed check the speedo and voila!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Son Of Coco View Post
    You could get someone to drive a car at different speeds alongside the net and when the speed the ball's travelling matches the car's speed check the speedo and voila!
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    If you use a stopwatch, and start it when the ball leaves the bowlers hand and then passes the wickets.

    Then:

    0.50 - 90mph/144.85kph
    0.55 - 81.8mph/131.6kph
    0.60- 75mph/120kph
    0.65 - 69mph/11kph
    0.70 - 64mph/103kph
    0.75 - 60mph/96kph
    0.80 - 56mph/90kph
    0.85 - 52mph/85kph
    0.90 - 50mph/80kph
    0.95 - 47mph/77kph
    1.00 - 45mph/72kph
    1.10 - 40.9mph/65kph
    1.20 - 37.5mph/60/35kph

    These happen to be fairly accurate as i tried it at a Yorkshire Durham county game and seemed to come out within 5 mph of the speed that came up on the screen which was probably down to human error.

    I then tried this on myself and realised I could just about hit 70mph which I was delighted with as i consider myself a medium pace and I'm 15

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    How fast would you say would be a minimum to bowl a bouncer that would get up to about the throat?

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    Hard to say, bouncers are all about strength at the crease. I have seen Pollock get a bouncer head high at 60mph.

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    Well, I'm only 5ft 9 and have quite good strength at the crease but have never had the guts to fully go through with a bouncer as I'm too worried that it'll be clubbed for a boundary!

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    Have some balls and give it a go. The key to a bouncer is to keep your back foot along the ground but this will require practice. The second picture shows what I mean and the third shows the ideal way to follow through with your weight into the ground. This will require practice and the best way to practice is simply bowling on some grass to a friend with a newish ball off about 10 yards with no run up and just try to find what intricacies get the ball to leap up.

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    I am 165cms and I can bowl bouncers when I get it right.

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    I've never had any problems bowling decent bouncers until the last year or so. Not sure if something's changed in my action, or whether it's due to the Gabba balls we use now going soft around the seam very early on. I used to get bounce off a decent length even though I'm not so tall (about 180cm)

    Used to cut it in, so a bouncer was usually quite handy if it pitched on or just outside off and cut back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Howzatone View Post
    Well, I'm only 5ft 9 and have quite good strength at the crease but have never had the guts to fully go through with a bouncer as I'm too worried that it'll be clubbed for a boundary!
    It's a bit of a different prospect on UK wickets too, unless you're playing on a hard dry wicket then it's a waste of time. The wickets I played on were generally a bit softer and anything short would just pop up. The went alright on synthetic in the 20/20 comp though

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