Bringing on a spinner early is quite a bright idea, because top order batsmen are not used to slow bowling and, with the new ball, some spinning deliveries might grip and turn and others, pitching on the shiny part of the ball might skid straight on. Jargon Busting - mastering the art of cricket; Simon Hughes; Channel 4 Books, London; 2002; Page 101.
As a consequence, I'll mow the wicket on the field across the road as that's a lot flatter than my current practice venue and see if I can get the ball to turn on there. That'll give me a truer picture of how my bowling is going at the moment and whether I'm losing the ability to turn the ball.
Cricket on the field with the kids.
For the first time this summer the kids on the estate and my son Joe asked me if they could play cricket on the field. Of course I said yes and was quite pleased because, yesterday I'd decided that I wouldn't continue to maintain it because the kids showed no inclination to use it. So 6 of us went over and had a game. What with them all being another year older they all played quite sensibly with some sense of what the game is about. It was quite good to see that they were all taking the fielding quite seriously and all bowling fairly straight and correctly. One kid in particular - Jojo bowled really well and if he could catch would have had 3 bowled and caughts but he put down everyone of them and they were all dollies! We had a good game with my son Joe winning with the most runs and showing a bit of improvement with his bowling (He bowls round arm like Malinga) where he was getting his arm almost back to vertical and when he did so he was taking wickets. So what with this sudden desire to play cricket on the field and my need to have a closer look at my own bowling I'll be mowing the field tomorrow at some point and I'll also mark out crease lines using the 'Round up' plant killer.