Phase 1 has started and we have had a good start at all venues, as we move into weeks 2 and 3 we will be having Dave Brignull attending some sessions to deliver his fitness and fast bowling clinics for our intake! As we continue in our winter programmes we will continue to look at varying aspects of the game which players will have to master to become a top level cricketer. Areas such as mental strength, goal setting and lots of skill challenges.
Our lead coach Ben Silver will be representing England at the Indoor Cricket World Cup in the following weeks! We are proud to be supporting Ben during his trip to Dubai and wish him the best of luck in the tournament. For more info please follow this link - http://www.worldindoorcricketfederation.com/
Summer Camps 2017!
Summer holidays are approaching and we are ready for our summer camps
We have already had very successful Half Term Summer Camps with many young cricketers' attending and working on their game! There are only limited places available so book your place now at http://www.tomflowerscricketcoaching.com/summer-camps.html
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Our Summer Camps run through The Summer Holidays at various cricketing venues in Leicestershire and Rutland! We provide high quality cricket coaching for all ages and abilities, and our summer courses can include professional appearances.
Check out the video for our Summer Camps from the Medbourne Half Term Camp on our Facebook Page!
New Sponsorship deal announced with Harborough Blinds
New Sponsorship deal announced with Harborough Blinds
Here at Tom Flowers Cricket Coaching we have a new sponsor! Initially a 12 month contract will see company director Mr Mottley and Ms Rayner sponsoring TFCC events, camps and activities in a deal that see's two local progressive companies uniting together.
Paul says 'We are delighted to be sponsoring this local cricket club, the deal with TFCC allow's us to do this accessing the game from grass roots level and above. We admire what Tom and his team are doing to enhance and improve local players in the area, and in particular Leicestershire cricket. The local sports teams and local businesses should embrace as many opportunities as possible for their community and we are delighted to be associated with Tom Flowers Cricket Coaching'.
Harborough Blinds also currently sponsor Harborough Town and South Kilworth golf club. Serving Leicestershire and beyond Harborough blinds are a local company established in Market Harborough over 10 years ago with over 20 years of experience in the business. They supply and fit Patio Awnings, Plantation shutters, conservatory blinds, roman blinds and much more!
Our new monthly feature provides you with some top tips for improving your game. This month, we have some batting tips for you all. Enjoy
Batting Coaching – Key Points
1)Grip, Stance and back lift -
Players bottom hand (must be loose),
Tighten the grip of top hand
Shoulder width apart and parallel
2)Front Foot play –
Step towards ball (front foot wants to be inside line of ball).
Keep head forward
Dip the leading shoulder into the ball.
3)Back Foot Play –
Back and across stumps
Stay side on shoulders parallel
push forward head - keeping the weight into the ball
4) Playing Spin-
Assess bowler and work out where easy singles can be scored
playing the ball with the spin
Be prepared to play off FRONT and BACK foot
Using feet – do it confidently with full intent
Sweep shot – depends on pitch - useful n pitches turning/ bouncing/stopping
Our first two Summer camps of 2016 took place over half term and proved to be a huge success.
Our first ever Melton Mowbray CC Camp was followed by the Barkby United CC Camp, providing budding young players with a range of cricketing experiences over the two courses.
We look forward to heading back to the two venues for the Summer holiday camps now.
Please visit our Summer Camps page to find out more
English spinners don't practise enough - Patel
After taking eight wickets in the draw with Middlesex, Jeetan Patel now needs only two more to reach 50 first-class scalps in four consecutive English summers.Patel is an admirable cricketer, varying his pace, flight and delivery point on the crease and unerring in his accuracy. Still, for English cricket it is also a little uncomfortable that the most proficient spinner in the county game today is a 35-year-old New Zealander who averaged 48.46 in his 19 Tests.
To Patel, there is no great secret. He speaks like an evangelist of Matthew Syed's theory that success in sport and beyond is built less on raw talent than upon ten thousand hours of purposeful practice.
"I don't think spinners do enough in the UK. They need to practise a lot more," Patel said. "If you talk to our guys they notice that I do a lot of work. I am sore and I am tired but I know that I have to bowl 30 overs in an innings. The only way to practise bowling 30 overs in an innings is to bowl 30 overs throughout several days, and make sure you get your numbers up and then you start to realise what you can and can't do.
"In this game for example I felt like I bowled at least an hour more than Ollie Rayner outside play. That may just be what I do, and it may be harsh for me to say that about someone else but the reality is the more you do the better you get.
"You've got to know what your stock ball is. It's great to have all these variations and be able to beat the bat. If you don't know your stock ball then what's the point? What's the ball that you know you can bowl best and when it comes out is perfect? That's when it comes back to practice."
It is often claimed that English spinners are hampered by a schedule in which the vast majority of Championship fixtures take place in April, May or September, but Patel has shown that this apparent obstacle can be overcome.
"They need to be more specific with their training - it's very easy to say that it's green and therefore it won't spin but you've got to find a way to succeed in the game.
"To say that we play too much in April and May? Well too bad, just get on with it. It's just what it is. If you want to succeed, want to be good and get to the next level, then you've got to find ways to do that, whether it's getting bounce, drift, spin - whatever it is you've got to find a way to do that."
Patel has seen encouraging signs in Moeen Ali, who played every Test this summer, but believes he lacks self-belief.
"He's certainly got some tools. He probably battles himself a bit, fights with himself a bit to believe in the skill he's got. Again I don't think he's bowling enough overs - that's the whole crux of it," Patel said. "It's a shame that he has to compete with Saeed Ajmal for overs at Worcestershire."
Patel's overall assessment of the state of English spin bowling was not overly negative. "It's okay. It's at a point where it's starting to get better, and I think that's purely because the numbers of spinners is higher."
He picked out Lancashire's Arron Lilley, Ravi Patel and Rayner at Middlesex and Adil Rashid as sources of hope, even if Patel is unsure of how he will fit into England's Test attack.
"He's got some great skills and he bowls very well for Yorkshire at this level, but can he transfer that to Test level and accept that guys will pounce quicker than they do at first-class level?
"You can pick a bowler and say yeah he's got the tools, but does he complement the side? Does a leggie who's going to go at three and a half, four an over complement the English attack at the moment? I don't know because Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad and Steve Finn are great bowlers but they could also go at threes and fours as well."
While Patel bowled with craft once again on the final day against Middlesex, and Keith Barker claimed both openers in a venomous opening spell, Warwickshire always seemed to lack the requisite time to force a result. They were not aided, either, by their curiously anaemic approach to batting in the morning: Warwickshire added just 30 in 14.2 overs in the morning; while they claimed a second batting point, they took copious time out of the game.
The sight of Ian Westwood bowling his rarely sighted offbreaks - plenty of loop, not much turn - was an unbecoming end to three often absorbing days of Division One cricket. So was that of Barker, who had bowled with verve, resorting to left-arm spin.
"It would have been nice to play that extra day and interesting to see where the game was at after that," Patel reflected as he nursed a beer after play. It was well deserved after all the hard work.
Club cricket lifer Nick Campion reports for All Out Cricket from the frontline of the recreational game.
When it comes to buying success, it seems the lesson is never learned. Clubs continue to go down the route of paying lots of players and flying up the divisions to glory… until players get fed up or a sponsor withdraws the cash, whereupon they move back down those divisions quicker than you can say ‘hubris’, usually to great rejoicing from other clubs.
There are sides in the upper echelons of our league that are rumoured to pay practically everyone. I know a couple of good local cricketers who have been in teams where they were the only one not being paid. They were good performers, taking wickets and scoring runs for their local clubs while players shipped in from here, there and everywhere were taking a nice fee. I don’t imagine that makes for a happy dressing room.
So why do some teams pay most of their players? Why divert resources from their ground, juniors and facilities in favour of paying slightly-above-average players to play local cricket? Will this action grow the club, grow the recreational game? Will it help the club become a hub for the local community? Why invest in an asset that is so fragile, that could move on to a new club at the sniff of a better offer?
In my experience, it’s usually a chairman’s (or other backer’s) vanity project. A chance to bask in the reflected glory of the men in white, a free pass into the dressing room, an invite to the team night out, an elusive moment of sporting success lived vicariously.
Pros in the higher echelons of the leagues? Fine. But paying several players in a club team in pursuit of a lower league title? I’m not sure whose interest that serves, bar the ego of the investor. Paying local amateurs to play the sport they purport to love in no way enhances the recreational game or improves a club’s prospects. It may provide a temporary fillip but it won’t last and the club will be poorer for it afterwards, even if it has a trophy in the cabinet for a year. Play the game for enjoyment, play with your mates, play it hard, play it fair and play it freely.
If the season ends with a trophy, you can be sure you were the better team, not the most expensive. As Erich Fromm said, “If I am what I have and if I lose what I have who then am I?”
Nick Campion is beginning his 34th year of club cricket. Having played for just two clubs in those 34 years, he has, at 42, packed his bags and headed off to a new club for one final challenge. He plays for Walton CC in Division 2 of the Derbyshire County Cricket League.
Read more at http://www.alloutcricket.com/cricket/features/recreational-habits-4#5CXIORxfQbTJbCOZ.99