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    Need few tips with my bowling!

    Hey guys,
    I'm a 14 year old right arm medium bowler..
    Lately i'm finding i keep getting hit over the top because i'm pitching it up to much but when i try to put it on a length i end up putting it in to short and they pull it off there hips all the time..
    How do i stop this happening??
    Also how many metres from the stumps is a good length to bowl on to get the batsmen in two minds of going foward or back??
    Any tips with pace bowling would be greatly appreciated..

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    Okay. But how far from the batsmens stumps is a good length?

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    Hugely dependant on your pace, height, conditions, etc. However, would rather being hit over the top for overpitching, rather than bowling short.


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    But being 14 years old, probs just bowl it about 5 metres away from the batter.

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    Hitting the top of off, depending on how high you make the ball bounce you have to find out where a good length is for you.

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    As Ian Pont says, length is just a matter of when you let go of the ball. Let go too late and it's too short. Try working on releasing the ball a little bit earlier.

    Oh and look at the spot on the pitch you want the ball to land.

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    One thing you should make sure you do to get a bit of extra "zip" in your bowling.. during your delivery stride make sure your left arm comes right up high pointing in the direction you want the ball to go.. as this happens lean back a little and then co=ordinate your left arm coming down hard with your actual right arm bowling action. You'll be surprised with the result and then make that the basis of your action..
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    I agree with jakester, you want the ball to be coming through at a height of stump high at the batsmen. The only advice i can think of is practice, practice, practice and then practice some more. Bowling a little bit full of a length can be alright if you can swing the ball around. I dont know if you swing the ball much but i think its a great weapon to have, especially if you bowl it full enough. It is better to pitch the ball up than keep dropping it short. You could set out a target on the pitch on roughly a length and try aiming for that. Working out a good length, you could take a batting stance, striding out to play a drive and work out where you would not want the ball to be pitched on. That should give you a rough indication of a good length.

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    Even I used to have a similar problem getting hit over the ground. And I am a 14 year old right arm Medium pacer as well. What I did change was my action. I don't know how it worked but I am pitching the ball fine now. What I advice you is perhaps try to bowl with a little bit of modification in your action ( try to bowl according to the action which is comfortable to you).
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    Thanks guys.. And yes i do swing the ball fairly good, i'm an outswing bowler to the right hander.. Once again thanks for all the help.. I'll be spending alot of time at the nets too.

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    Oh also.. I can only swing it outwards and when i hold the rough side into the right hander it doesnt swing.. Is it my action?? Or what am i doing wrong???

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    Try and open up you action a little by not going too side-on but keeping your shoulder inline with your hips. On follow through, make sure your bowling arm finishes on the left of your left leg. This allows you arm to have a sort of diagonal motion; so, the seam faces fine leg.

    Hope this helps - not an expert though, and the explanation is not really there (my poor English).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shivan View Post
    Try and open up you action a little by not going too side-on but keeping your shoulder inline with your hips. On follow through, make sure your bowling arm finishes on the left of your left leg. This allows you arm to have a sort of diagonal motion; so, the seam faces fine leg.

    Hope this helps - not an expert though, and the explanation is not really there (my poor English).
    So side on bowlers usually swing it away and front on bowlers are more in swing bowlers your saying??

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    Quote Originally Posted by dezza1994 View Post
    Oh also.. I can only swing it outwards and when i hold the rough side into the right hander it doesnt swing.. Is it my action?? Or what am i doing wrong???
    I was the same, before the school holidays, I felt my action changing and then bang, I tried a inswinger and it went a mile. Everything just clicked, and I started bowling them in the nets every day, practicing putting them on a fullish length so it threatens the batsmens gap between bat and pad. Last game before the holidays I bowled a screamer from outside off stump that hit leg stump, that's got to be one of the best feelings, getting a batsmen out like that.

    Quote Originally Posted by dezza1994 View Post
    So side on bowlers usually swing it away and front on bowlers are more in swing bowlers your saying??
    Indeed.

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