Monday, April 30, 2012
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Other than that the rain will be good for the grass seed and I suspect that'll come through some time towards the end of next week. Additionally I should be hearing from the council Monday as to whether the money was allocated to fix the fencing around the paddock.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
So, after many months of coming back to this and asking questions of people and looking at the research involved I've come to a conclusion.
There are several on-line academic articles on the subject, but because they are academic articles they usually require higher levels of maths and physics knowledge in order access the information and then turn it into something that the layman can get to grips with. Of these articles one of the most respected and often cited is the one produced by Vaughan Roberts which you'll find here if you can make sense of it and present it in practical terms e.g. slant the ball so, angle the seam towards y, bowl into the wind, bowl around 45mph and get it a massive rip and then say why, without having to resort to using Reynolds numbers and the likes please do so and get back to me on www.bigcricket.com!
For the moment, although I'll still look around for the answers and explanations presented in a way that I can comprehend I've given up on this task and here's why. It does seem when you look around that there are articles on the dynamics of spinning balls, but for the most part the research is looking at footballs, golf balls, baseballs and cricket balls - but only in relation to 'Swing' and seam bowling and 'Dip' in relation to Spin bowling. Drift it seems is so complex that there is a limited amount of info and as with the Vaughan Roberts article this is complex and inaccessible.
There are a number of phenomena described in Physics that work on the ball whilst it's in flight and these can be tested using air flow and smoke in wind tunnels and water flow and dyes in tanks. These explain and demonstrate visually the effects of the spinning ball in simple terms and are readily understood when explaining dip with Top Spin and the way the ball travels further without dipping early with Back-Spinners like the Vertical seamed Flipper and the Orthodox Back-Spinner as described by Peter Philpott in his book 'The Art of Wrist Spin Bowling'. Furthermore these theories which are described as being The Magnus Effect can be turned on their side and demonstrate 'Swerve' creating a spinning effect which looks like Drift at first look, but is (According to Vaughn Roberts) totally different to Drift. 'Swerve' is demonstrated exceptionally clearly in this video here in a series of experiments conducted by professor Rod Cross at Sydney Uni. Unfortunately for us as Wrist Spinners Rod Cross's background is in Baseball, so his key area of interest is in this sport and as a result he doesn't seem to be aware of Warnes Ball of the century and drift. I'm trying to get in touch with him, to try and get him to do a Youtube explanation, because I reckon if he was to do so, he may be able to produce the kind of explanation we could all access and comprehend?
The nail in the coffin though came about when totally frustrated with getting no-where I returned to Bob Woolmers Art and Science of Cricket which is a massive tome of a book published in 2008. I re-read the sections on the aero-dynamics of cricket balls and again struggled to understand the descriptions. Again, I'm not sure whether it's just me or not, but the graphics they use I find very difficult to visualise in practical terms, which is a common source of frustration and confusion when trying to understand what is being proposed in many of the explanations. This very point is raised by a fellow blogger and forum commentator 'Pencil Cricket' who himself with some educational background in physics has had a stab himself at offering an explanation here. Pencil cricket too has raised issues around Woolmers explanations both graphically and within the written content, pointing out that whilst Woolmer was an excellent coach he was never a physicist or a Wrist Spinner and looking through his bibliography and credits at the back of the book Vaughan Roberts isn't recorded as a source. But in conclusion at the end of both the 'Swing' and the 'Drift' Sections, Woolmer writes...
In the end, the mystery remains (Swing)
in the final analysis, all these theories and hypotheses are exactly that: to our knowledge, no-one has yet shown conclusively (using a swinging delivery produced by a swing bowler in a real match) that these factors discussed above provide exclusive explanations for why the ball does or doesn't swing. The explanations given here are based on solid principles in physics, but because it is not yet possible to measure all these variables on a swinging delivery out of doors, the real contribution to the generation of swing of each of the listed theoretical factors remains largely unproven.
The Magnus Effect and the ball of the century
What happened from an aero-dynamic point of view? Generally, a ball moving away from us in a horizontal plane, and spinning left to right (Anti-clockwise) moves to the left (Equivalent to the off-side in cricket) and not to the right side (Leg Side). This can be seen when a right-sided kicker in football takes a penalty and strikes theball on its rights side. The ball always curves to the left. But in this case, Shane Warne spin the ball from right to left - yet it deviated to the right (Leg Side). Had it deviated to the left (As expected), Gatting would have been in line to play an appropriate shot.
In order for the delivery to drift towards leg, the wake of the ball must have been disturbed upwards towards the off-side. How this happens is not yet well described in the scientific literature. Thus, some speculation is warranted.
Bob Woolmer, Bob Woolmer's Art and Science of Cricket, 2008, New Holland Publishers, London
I think one of the things that works against us is that, as a breed within the game Wrist Spinners are rare. So it follows that perhaps it'll take a Wrist Spinner in the future to study Physics to PHD level to conduct the research? The chances of that happening do seem to be on par with finding a colony of Dodo's alive and thriving on Canvey Island! Spin bowling having nearly died in the 1970's & 80's has re-emerged primarily because of Warne and is making a good comeback especially in the T/20 arena. So maybe it will happen, or maybe one of the organisations looking to develop spin will finance such research - hopefully over-seen by someone who actually bowls it and produces drift readily.
In the short term I'll continue to post links to sites that look at the physics involved or illustrate the effects of spin in bowling.
Maybe I'll engage with discussions on empirical observations, Woolmer in his analysis of Warnes BoC proposes that the ball was spin at almost 90 degrees to the direction of flight and that the axis of the spin was either tilted upwards or downwards which if was the case, kind of ties in with some of the data I found on the effects of laminar flow, but still goes nowhere near explaining drifts direction being opposite to the spin direction.
If you're looking for instructions as to how to get more drift, the guidance does seem to be fairly vague. Spin it hard is the main advice and that comes from all of the protaganists. A lot of people say that the seam alignment should be at 90 degrees, but some people including me and Woolmer reckon this works against getting drift. The seam slightly off-set from 90 degrees would help to facilitate some of the physics - laminar flow. The axis shouldn't be horizontal to the flight path either and should be experimented with angled upwards or downwards slightly - again this crops up in the analysis of Warnes Ball of the centrury in Woolmers book. Increadibly there's no readily available footage of anyone bowling employing drift using High Definition - high speed cameras so that any of this can be substantiated.
This is a stub which is part of a bigger/earleir (out of date) piece on drift - see here http://mpafirsteleven.blogspot.co.uk/2011/11/leg-spin-bowling-drift.html
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Wednesday, April 25, 2012
On the pain front, Joe was in the usual amount of pain, maybe slightly more, but it's relatively short lived, only for the duration as they removed the old dressings. Overall in himself he's good, he gets fed up not doing anything and not being able to get around, but more and more he feels better and yesterday he was asking if he could put some weight on his bad leg and I've had to say no. Additionally he moves around now with far more confidence and the panic attacks have gone as far as I can tell. Speaking to a bloke at work he was saying that we should make him aware that the damaged leg is going to lose all it's muscle and bulk and will be skinny and weak once out of the cast. He said that no-one had mentioned this when he was younger and that when the cast came off he was a bit traumatised at the way his leg looked making him feel like he wouldn't ever return to fitness. I also asked another bloke at work who rides motorbikes and has as usual had an array of accidents breaking bones all over his body and he was saying that he too had previously broken the bones in the same part of the body as well as both ankles and this had never affected his ability to play sports and his breaks were done in his 20's and 30's. So, that was re-assuring. I showed him the blog and the pic's and again he said 'He's young - everything is on his side for a good and full recovery', but one of the things that will help him is by keeping positive, that'll aid his return to full fitness.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
So instead after dinner or tea as I call it we went over the Rec with 'Harry Bat' and had a bit of a knock about with the readers windballs and it went quite well. Bowled with my faster approach to the wicket and just bowled naturally only really looking to do a few things (1) Land with the my foot sideways out of the bound (2) Get up on the toes in the pivot and (3) Bring the arm through past the hips in the follow through and it all worked really well with accurate bowling for the most part with loads of turn off the surface with the spin.
Monday, April 23, 2012
The upside of the rain is that the paddock will get a good drenching and the seed will get a good start.
But, the visit today was a good one - the gaping great wound where the leg split open http://www.mpafirsteleven.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/joes-progress-5-pictures.html looked a lot better than when we last saw it and it was photographed on Friday. The consultant said that he expected that it would start to in-fill itself over the coming weeks and that is what looks to be happening and as far as I was concerned the wound looked to be progressing well and not looking as deep and open as it did last Friday. The wounds where the Tibia came through the skin at the shin are looking very clean and healthy and look to be healing fast. The process of cleaning was far less traumatic with far less wailing and screaming, in fact there was hardly any wailing this time and more griting his teeth and moaning about it. Much of it though is psychological - he's expecting it to be excrutiatingly painful and reacts to just being touched, but then settles down a bit as they get under-way and start cleaning it.
We're getting the hang of getting him in and out of the car, but with this massive cast it still is a two person job and it looks as though this process needing both of us will have to continue for the coming two weeks. Next visit is Wednesday, I'll update again then.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
That was Wednesday night and since I haven't done anything and I've pulled a series of muscles in my shoulders and neck lifting Joes leg around for him. So the only stuff I've been doing is the usual flicking of the ball from hand to hand and up against a wall outside the house.
|This the batting end with a little prep done and having had some rain on it.|
|This is the same area having been raked and the seed sown and some top-soil added. Later in the day I rolled the wicket and we've got to do now is hope the rain continues sporadically with some intermittent sunshine and warmth.|
|Joe pays a visit to inspect the work along with his cousin and Granddad.|
Other news with regards to the paddock is that sometime in the next couple of weeks there should be a decision made as to whether they are going to fix the fence that was removed last bank holiday, you can see in the top left hand corner of the image above that the posts are still there but no fencing, this is what I've asked to be replaced and it seems as though there is a chance that the whole paddock maybe re-fenced using heavy duty 'Rebound fencing' which would be a right result.
Friday, April 20, 2012
So today we were up at the Hospital for 2pm today for the scheduled visit where the wounds would be dressed and the bones would be xrayed to see how they were going and a general review of Joe's progress towards recovery. There was some hope on Michelles part that the big heavy plaster of paris cast might be removed and a lighter resin cast put on. At the minute the massive full length PP cast is so heavy Joe can't move around with it independently, so it's a hinderance to him and it means that one of us (Michelle) has to be off work looking after Joe. Additionally, not until Joe can walk around with ease and confidence will they let Joe go back to school and even then they're saying that initially he'd probably be better off just going in for the morning. My own thought were that there was no way they'd be taking this cast off at these early stages unless he was under general aneasthetic because the bones wouldn't have even started to knit together again.
The image here below is of the leg and the damage to the leg on the day of the accident before the operation. The consulant surgeon was saying today that the damage that was sustained was far worse than a sports accident because of the energy through the bone inflicted by a car was extremely severe and therefore far more damaging, but despite this the damage overall wasn't as bad as first suspected. The damage it seems caused to the surrounding tissue is instrumental in the repair process and again because of the nature of the accident that has to repair, so that the length of time will be longer than your usual tib/fib break.
|This is the leg on the day of the crash before the operation.|
|This is another view of the leg on the first day before the operation|
|"The Hole", This is where the leg bent so much prior to snapping that the skin split across the leg.|
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
But today and yesterday we've had some showers and this means the paddock is looking a bit better and it's prompted me to go out and by some grass seed and if the weather continues as predicted (Weekend and beyond) it may be the case that I'll be able to establish some grass at the batting end and do some repairs on other areas that are a bit sparse?
A couple of days ago I even negotiated with Ben to have a bowl and I faced him with the bat, he's a bit rusty, but he's got plenty of training coming up both at school and at the club, for the moment he doesn't want to give up, but XBOX is gradually consuming his life and he is becoming a stereotypical teenager, watch this space...
"Is he on pain killers"?
"No, not as a general rule, but prior to coming here we've given him some because we're aware that it hurts". She looked at me kind of in astoundment, I followed.... "Well, I sort of noticed that at the hospital after a few days, they only gave him the medicine when he said he was in pain"...
"Do you reckon looking at that, you'd not be in pain"?
"Yeah - I dunno, again at the hospital they got him to explain the pain on the basis of a 1 to 10 rating and generally he doesn't say that he's in pain". Again she looked at me in disbelief.
"I think there's no way that he's not in pain and that you should continue to give him the maximum dosage that is described on the bottle".
So on that point I agreed and the rest of today we've dosed him up with paracetamol and we're holding back the Ibrofen stuff for the occassions where he asks for pain-killers. These occurances happen usually at night and are 'Cast' related - pressure on his heel rather than wound related. But we'll see how it goes and see if notices any difference being dosed up all the time?
The next visit
This is Friday and will be at the hospital and as far as I'm aware they're going to Xray the leg again to check how it's fixing, they'll also dress the wound as well. Perhaps we'll have some news on whether this cast he's currently got that he can't move himself will come off and be replaced with a lighter resin cast?
Overall he's pretty chipper, singing and being the usual Joe, but stuck inside.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
I've just looked at the NHS website http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/phobias/Pages/Panicattacks.aspx
This looks like something we need to be on top of, I noted that in the hospital the physio had a good range of distraction techniques which I employed when he had the start of an episode at home on his first day back. Some of the technique looks quite harsh - talking to the sufferer quite sternly getting them to either sing or recite a list of England cricket players - something like that to move their mind away from the sense of hopelessness and not being able to do the thing that they are confronted with. In the short term if these panics are related only to the belief issues around whether he can walk on his crutches, that's promising as he'll surely only improve. What I don't want is for the panics to suddenly start occuring in other aspects of his life where he faces challenges as usually he's able to deal with these okay.
Monday, April 16, 2012
Today we had another visit to the hospital, we were due to have the appointment at 2pm, but they rang earlier and asked if we could come in straight away as the consultant had assumed that the fracture clinic was staffed all day whereas it wasn't.
We rushed in getting our second use of the wheelchair that we had to hire. Still dead awkward getting him in and out of the car again simply because of the weight of the cast. The visit was short but painful for Joe and this time I managed to brig myself to have a look at the injury and what they've done.
1. The hole where the bone came through; that's doing very well with a series of tears all healing and stitched together, the appearance is that the scarring from that looks as though it's going to be minimal.
2. The hole where the skin tore; that was pretty gruesome. It's stitched and connected at both ends, but there's a gaping great hole about the size of a "Two'sy" marble and depth of a normal marble maybe a little deeper, this is open and raw. Talking to the consultant, he said that it's not muscle tissue damage it's fat tissue and that over a period of weeks the body will grow the fat tissue back again. Of the two injuries it looks like this cut is the one that will scar the most. He said that they had considered skin grafts and plastic surgery, but he said they're pretty certain the body will repair itself and this should be fine in the longer term.
Once all the dressing had been done he was back to normal 'None pain' status withing a matter of minutes and on returning home Michelle noticed that the anti-biotics have nearly run their course. The next visit will be to the local clinic and a normal nurse will dress the wound as it's now deemed to be in a good state of recovery. The following visit will be with the consultant at the hospital on Friday and then they'll decide what the next step is.
The Cast; There's no news on the cast and he's still going to have to struggle with the massive cast which makes it really awkward and difficult to get about, but every day he becomes more confident with it, so maybe on Wednesday, Michelle will be able to get to the local clinic on her own? We'll have to wait and see. So all in all things look like they're going in the right direction.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
We eventually left after a whole week and a couple of hours. All in all Joe had 3 different procedures which meant that he had to go through general anaesthetic. Fortunately each op was shorter and less complex and meant that the recovery from each was faster. In addition he had two procedures that didn't include aneasthetic...
No.1 was the initial putting all the bones back and pinning them up and repairing the big tear across his leg from what seems to have been a result of bending so much before the snap. At that stage they were only able to pin that wound together at the ends leaving a big hole in the centre. (I'll try and do diagrams of all these things). At this stage they were talking about the possibilty of plastic surgery.
No.2 Op (Tues): The initial cast was a shorty from just below the knee. In the 2nd op, they had another go at closing the big split and they checked the puncture wound, where the Tibia had come through the skin, there had been some concern about the flap from that dying off, but on the 2nd look that was recovering well. They had another go at the tear and put reebok stitches on it, saying that they have to look at that again later. At this point the surgeon was saying that tear looks as though it will heal with a hole in his skin - so I'm assuming a big indentation in the scar? But overall they were saying that everything was going well.
No.3 Op Weds:
During the this Op the short cast was replaced with a massive plater of paris cast which went right up to the top of his thigh, at the same time they've set the cast so that it holds his ankle in a funny position and this is to help the big tear fix more readily. During this op which was very quick, they cleaned up the tear again and closed it slightly and re-dressed it. When the he came back the new cast had a big bulge where the wound is and they said that the next procedure would be to cut a window in the cast at this bulge so that they can access it to check and dress the wound.
Procedure 4: Thursday:
On Thursday, I took Joe down to the Plastering room and the bloke there cut the access hole in the cast over where the wounds were. This went okay with very little pain and the bloke removed some of superficial dressing and replaced with a more comfy version and replaced the cut section and simply taped it up.
Procedure 5: Friday
This was the scary one, I didn't want to see this and figured that it would hurt. An appointment was made for the consultant to come down to the ward and do this in there early in the day (07.30), the idea being that if it didn't go well and it turned out to be more distressing than envisaged, it would leave time in the morning to go back to theatre and do the procedure under general aneasthetic. So I arrived at 07.00 having gone home over night and Michelle said that the nurses had given Joe some pain killers and morphine prior to me getting there. Then just after 07.30 the consultant surgeon came along and removed the cover and cut away all of the dressing. This included all the stuff that was stuck to the congealed blood, so as you can imagine Joe was screaming and crying with pain. I noted that as the pain increased and the wailing and screaming got under way, all the other parents on our ward ushered all their kids out as it was probably distressing them as well!
The bloke did the job really quickly though drizzling a clear liquid into the wound and re-dressing it and sealing it up, it must have taken around 5 minutes and once he got the bulk of the new clean dressing on, the pain diminished and soon after the cover was placed back into the plaster Joe was back down to pain level 4 out of 10, whereas during it the pain was "15 out of 10"! Within another 5 minutes he was stable and back to 1 out of 10. But all through the process I hadn't been able to bring myself to look at it, so didn't really know what the state of play was.
After, the bloke spoke to me and said that it was all going well and that the biggest concern, albeit it not too much of an issue was the tear. The tear was still open in the middle and still quite big, but he said that in time it should be okay and that they would have to keep an eye on it.
I've not said much about the physio, but this in itself was a whole other set of problems. Obviously because of where he is and what has happened and the fact that he's full of drugs his appetite wasn't on par with a normal week. Then add to that the fact that he'd been lying flat on his back for 5 days not doing anything, it was going to be slightly diffrent when the Physio girl came along and insisted that he get up and get active...
The shot here below is prior to the visit to the 'Plaster men', you can see that the consultant surgeon has marked where the opening needs to be so that they can access the wounds to clean them up.
Joe at home again.
Sunday, April 08, 2012
He looked a lot better physically today right from the outset, but he goes back to theatre tomorrow to have the tear across the leg sewn up better as the swelling didn't allow for that to be closed up that well on the first day. I think today he's been worrying about that and despite the way he looks physically he's been very subdued obviously with a lot of thoughts on his mind. I think he's really concerned that there's an expectation that he'll be up and about some time on Tuesday, which seems to be the plan. I get the impression he feels that up till later today he was really concerned that any movement in his good leg will require the engaging of his hips and therefore some movement through his smashed leg. But we had a stroke of luck, because we were just starting to massage his good leg with the theory of getting the blood circulating to cure some pins and needles sensations, when a physio came through the ward to look at another lad. Michelle stopped him and he had a quick chat saying that it wasn't his place really to advise as he had no info, but he then said - looking at the good leg "Yeah do what you're doing and encourage him to flex his toes and ankle and help him get that knee mobile and bend his leg", he noticed the bruising on his swollen ankle and said to the nurse to give us some ice packs and help to reduce the swelling and bruising. Within another 20 minutes or so, Joe had his leg bent at 45 degrees at the knee and had got past the fear of even moving his leg, so that was good. So for the rest of the afternoon we had him (With assistance) having his leg flat and then bent for an hour or so.
We've had to move him around in the bed a bit and slowly it seems as though he's aware that upper body movement and small hip region movement doesn't mean automatic agony in his lower leg. He can still wiggle all of his toes in the bad leg and can feel the toes when touched, but he says doing that causes pain.
The knee ligament thing I mentioned, I'm not so clear about at the minute and Michelle seemed to think that was a longer term objective and the nurses on the ward said that if he's got metal in his legs he's not going to be having any MRI scans till that's removed.
Overall, it all still looks positive in the longer term at the minute. How long it would take for any bone or blood poisoning to show up I haven't got a clue, but I'm sure that's something they'd check. With regards the bone damage, the surgeon seemed more than happy with what he'd done, saying that it was very minimal and that what was removed would soon grow back and that in the greater scheme of things was almost insignificant - it was a scraping rather than a bigger action as such.
Tomorrow will be another rough day I'd imagine, but hopefully after tomorrow things will start to get better. At the moment he hasn't got much of an appetite but that may be down to the mixture of morphine, paracetamol, nurofen and amoxicillin and the fear of having to pooh in the state that he's in, but we got over that as well today and it was no-where near as traumatic as any of us imagined, so perhaps once he's got past tomorrow he'll turn a positive corner?
Friday, April 06, 2012
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Wednesday, April 04, 2012
With the two weeks over Easter off (I'm a college lecturer) and the nights now getting longer I've been getting in the paddock as much as possible and bowling looking to hone my bowling action. I've fiddled around a bit with the Run in, bound, explosion and follow through - shortening it and trying the Shane Warne walk and explode approach, none of which seemed to force any improvements, although in the longer term I'd like to look at the Warne approach a bit more so I've got that on the back-burner for Sept and Oct after the season. So after a week of mucking about with different things and bowling at empty stumps I didn't really get anywhere and if the truth be known I felt like I was going backwards instead of forwards.
So I tried something I've not done for years - bowling with your eyes closed. In the paddock at the moment because of the lack of repair work done prior to the winter there's still ruts in the wicket where we bowl from, so I've had to fill these in and even them out and I now lay the big 4'x3' heavy duty rubber playground mat over the top and bowl off that. This means the ground is perfectly even and I can run in off of several steps and close my eyes with around three steps before the bound with complete confidence that I'm not going to twist my ankle.
Reflecting on my recent bowling using Gibbs reflective practice model
I'd noticed that bowling against a batsman, I'd done quite well in the nets, generally either causing problems or getting people out, the shots that were being played off my bowling would have been very good chances for being caught. My accuracy was pretty good, with either good length balls or slightly too full. I've also got more observant and willing to try things out looking to find the weak spots in the batsmans technique. But... In the Paddock scenario where I bowl at empty stumps, things were not going so well, all aspects of my bowling were poor.
What was I thinking or feeling?
Inceasingly I was becoming frustrated and feeling that the whole thing was going backwards, whereas I was looking to improve my bowling it was apparent that it was getting far worse and I was going backwards. Every six or seven balls, one ball would end up down the leg-side 2-3 metres wide.
What was good and bad about the experience?
Very little was good, discussing it with other spinners and coaches on-line helped to put things into perspective and some helpful suggestions were made, probably the one good one was to drop looking at another option as a run up (Shane Warne type) and stick with what I've been working with for the last 8 months or so. Bad parts... most of it, it was all pretty dire when it came to bowling at the empty stumps.
What sense could I make of it?
Having thought about what was happening and discussed it with different people it seemed as though there were a number of factors that were at play. (1). The more I bowled poorly, the more wound up I got and therefore potentially tense, which is a disaster when you're bowling, it then seemed that when I then relaxed, the ball was likely to be the one that went legside 2 metres wide. (2). It seemed too that I was thinking on two different planes; On one hand I was focussed on getting the ball onto my 12" x 12" target mat and while I was doing that I was also thinking about aspects of my run-in, bound, explosion and follow through and couldn't get anything right. I tried seperating the two different aspects - focusing on the action, but was too aware of the outcome of the ball - which was still crap. I tried the bowling action without the ball and then noticed that the bowling action then felt right because all of my attention was being applied to the bowling action and not where the ball was going or doing. It then seemed obvious that I needed to somehow seperate the two aspects. One of the fundamentals of spin bowling and probably all bowling, is that in order to do it well, your bowling action needs to be grooved - something that you do without thinking about, this would then allow to focus on what you're going to do with the ball and where it's going to land, so the obvious conclusion was that I needed to focus on the whole bowling action and not what the ball did after it was released.
What else could I have done?
Not a lot of options are open to me, so I just had to think it through and come to a conclusion that I can work with. In an ideal situation, someone would bat - and I tried this with my younger son Joe and that worked. As soon as there's a batsman there, I bowl in far smoother manner with far more purpose and success. But neither Joe, Ben or anyone else is going to be around when I practice, so I need to resolve this bowling at the stumps issue.
The conclusion, based around the need to to exclude the outcome, was to bowl with my eyes closed, so as I run in, my only thoughts are those relating to the bowling action, so the focus is only the bowling action and because I've denied myself the option of sight, I then focus the mind on the bowling action and feel it.
Action Plan - If the situation arose again what would you do?
The situation is bound to re-occur in the short term, but the theory that I'm working on is that I need to groove the action; This bowling action needs to become wholly natural and something that is done with little or no use of the brains CPU, meaning that as I bowl the only thoughts are those relating to what the ball does, rather than what the body does. In theory if I bowl with this eyes closed approach enough it will become natural.