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    Quote Originally Posted by Goughy View Post
    Fantastic footage. Is that Tate bowling before Larwood? From my unscientific breakdown based on watching a lot of cricket, based the trajectory of a ball from hand then Tate (or whoever it was) shows he was was bowling approx 70 mph +- 5 mph.
    Cricket authour and blogger Charles Davis has a May 11 2009 entry concerning Tate's speed. After comparing photos of the 2, he noticed that Tate's slips stood the same distance from the stumps as Michael Kasprowicz's. This would put Tate's speed around the 130-135k mark like Kasper.

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    reverse sweeper: S.F. BARNES ON FILM


    Here is a fleeting glimpse at SF Barnes bowling. Looks medium fast here, with a slowish amble to the crease and then a quick arm action and follow through.

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHkfBJM5xWY

    And here is some more very early footage of some greats


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    Quote Originally Posted by Monk View Post
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHkfBJM5xWY

    And here is some more very early footage of some greats


    Nirvana are the Harold Larwood of the music world - probably overrated if they weren't so iconic.

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    Bit more from the middle of the 20th century. Lindwall, Bradman, Barnes, Bedser, Morris, Edrich, and the great Hutton.

    Plenty of footage of Lindwall bowling.

    Also a bit of Grace, Trumper, Ranji...
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    Yes that's an excellent video, especially of Bedser and Lindwall bowling. Just wished they hadn't cut-off Bill Johnston in mid run-up as I haven't been able to find any good footage of him in action.

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    Quote Originally Posted by watson View Post
    Just wished they hadn't cut-off Bill Johnston in mid run-up as I haven't been able to find any good footage of him in action.


    One ball from him here around the 2.50 mark.
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    There used to be a great video titled "Chucking in the 1950s and 60s" on youtube but it got taken down. Covered the Meckiff throwing controversy, and had footage of some of the worst bowling actions of the times. There was a guy called Gordon Rorke who dragged his front foot a yard beyond the line. Was an amazing video, would be grateful if someone could track it down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monk View Post


    One ball from him here around the 2.50 mark.
    Thanks Monk, haven't seen that video before.

    Statham's bowling from that camera angle doesn't look too bad. Normally he tends to look unco' when his arm shoots straight up in the air at the beginning of it's rotation.

    I noticed that Johnston and Johnson both bowl off about nine paces and surprisingly looked around the same pace, although I'm sure Johnston was a good deal faster than his captain in reality.

    Good stuff.
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    Nice bit of work from all the contributors to this thread thus far. Really enjoyed it. Cheers lads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by watson View Post
    Thanks Monk, haven't seen that video before.

    Statham's bowling from that camera angle doesn't look too bad. Normally he tends to look unco' when his arm shoots straight up in the air at the beginning of it's rotation.

    I noticed that Johnston and Johnson both bowl off about nine paces and surprisingly looked around the same pace, although I'm sure Johnston was a good deal faster than his captain in reality.

    Good stuff.
    Statham was double jointed - could do all sorts of strange things, the weirdest I saw was taking his sweater off by putting one arm behind his back and pulling it up and over his head - I wonder if its on film anywhere as it was quite bizarre
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    Here is an elderly Frank Woolley driving Tim Wall (?) for 4 (judging by the applause of the crowd) and then slog sweeping Clarrie Grimmett during the Lords Test of 1930;

    http://*********.britishpathe.com/hl...92894.mp4.m3u8

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    Quote Originally Posted by watson View Post
    Thanks Monk, haven't seen that video before.

    Statham's bowling from that camera angle doesn't look too bad. Normally he tends to look unco' when his arm shoots straight up in the air at the beginning of it's rotation.

    I noticed that Johnston and Johnson both bowl off about nine paces and surprisingly looked around the same pace, although I'm sure Johnston was a good deal faster than his captain in reality.

    Good stuff.
    Bill Johnston bowled both pace and spin, so he might be bowling spin here.

    Edit- though the keeper's back...
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    Quote Originally Posted by watson View Post


    Nirvana are the Harold Larwood of the music world - probably overrated if they weren't so iconic.
    Well nirvana suck but Larwood spear headed two English wins on Aussie soil. Historically it's a hard enough achievement to do it once. Larwood did it when we had quite a batting side. He was srsly good

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