After-school club — programme planning

I was booked to run an after-school club this half term — an hour per week, yrs 7&8.

What follows is an outline of the programme and session plans, with an indication of the Objectives I was working towards.

N.B. Most of the “planning” was actually done on-the-fly.

I knew something of the School’s objectives in advance, and the session constraints we would be working to; I also knew what I wanted the players to experience, in terms of “skills” included, physical and psychological. But the actual “plan” came together on the way to the School each afternoon, and had to be flexible enough to be changed to accommodate e.g. fire alarms going off 5 minutes before the scheduled start time…

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When T20 goes wrong…

Very interesting article from Ian Chappell over the weekend.

“When bowlers are reduced to deliberately bowling wide and wickets come off batters’ errors, you know the balance isn’t right.”

What, though, could be done?

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Nothing new under the sun

He takes full advantage of the fact that a left-hand bowler, bowling round the wicket, can deliver the ball so that its flight in the air begins well outside the line between wicket and wicket and comes in towards the batsman, and then the ball, after pitching…goes across the wicket from off to leg.

[He also has] a faster ball which he delivers with his arm a little lower than usual, and which comes across quickly from the off and is inclined to keep rather low.

No, not a description of Imad Wasim, but of J.H. King of Leicestershire, taken from Beldam & Fry’s Great Bowlers and Fielders: Their Methods at a Glance, published in 1906.

But the similarities with Karthik Krishnaswamy’s analysis of Imad’s strategies bowling for Pakistan in the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup are striking.