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Gray Nicolls / Re: Gray Nicolls Australia 2018/19
« Last post by Number4 on Today at 01:22:24 AM »
Are these Indian made? As it only states 'designed in' on the stickers?

Definitely Oz made this one
England / Re: County Championship 2018
« Last post by Bats_Entertainment on Today at 12:07:19 AM »
Umpires making much use of bat gauge at The Oval.
England / Re: County Championship 2018
« Last post by Jlscarroll17 on Yesterday at 11:19:46 PM »
was he batting at the Charles Tyrwhitt Oval by any chance?  ;)

Jennings and hameed had the luxury of Chelmsford, certainly isn't a bowlers paradise either
Ayrtek / Re: CBF Trad v Rad Poll
« Last post by liscon12 on Yesterday at 10:36:28 PM »
Indigogo, Kickstarter?
Your Kit / Re: How Much are your 2018 Club Shirts?
« Last post by Buzz on Yesterday at 10:00:55 PM »
I have just had to shell out 26 for my son's shirt, he is 8. I am grumpy!

I am just going to add I have paid 120 for his membership plus 10 for the cap and 26 for the shirt.

The shirts have sponsors logos all over them too.  Grr.
Helmets / Re: Variable fit of helmets
« Last post by stevat on Yesterday at 09:53:39 PM »
Funnily DorsetDan, I found the Masuri helmets to be a little square, and I guess you can kind of counter that with skilful placement of the foam inserts, but the last one I wore sort of felt like it was slipping a lot.  Tried a new GM helmet the other day and found the fit to be pretty good with the dial helping a lot.  Guess I need to find somewhere with a diverse range up here (Newcastle).

The Ayrtek system sounds great, have worn one in a net and found it incredibly comfortable, but do probably prefer something a little more traditional.  I've never spent that kind of cash on a helmet either.  Are you still looking at making a more traditional lid?

Some great advice Biggie, thanks. I guess the only way is to try loads. Oddly the last one that I wore that felt really comfortable was a Slaz Elite - was less happy about the grille mind.
Your Kit / Re: How Much are your 2018 Club Shirts?
« Last post by Gurujames on Yesterday at 09:50:36 PM »
I agree, it does nothing to encourage less affluent families to participate. I find the bigger the club th more sponsors, that leads to higher prices.
At least the first XI have (no match fees, paid overseas, access to free indoor facilities) delete as applicable.
Support you local team, pay a tenner for your shirt.
Helmets / Re: Which one should I get....?
« Last post by brokenbat on Yesterday at 09:39:58 PM »
Easy way to get used to helmet... walk around wearing it and watch tv with it. Eventually you'll be fine in the nets
Your Kit / Re: How Much are your 2018 Club Shirts?
« Last post by Buzz on Yesterday at 09:14:07 PM »
I have just had to shell out 26 for my son's shirt, he is 8. I am grumpy!
Your Cricket / Re: Field positions for twenty : 20 games
« Last post by SD on Yesterday at 08:31:35 PM »
As a general rule, I would say that in T20 games in amateur cricket the importance of a captain being able read a batsman's game - and to set the right field for that batsman - is even more important than in league games as when you drop below the professional game, batsman generally have fewer scoring shots and lack the ability to effectively manipulate the field.  If you can read a batsman quickly, then you can block his scoring options and therefore force mistakes.  Obviously those players that you have come across a few times before should be easier to set a field to, but in a cup format with a number of divisions' worth of teams involved, this becomes much less likely than in league games. 

As such, I would say that it is difficult to have a pre-determinate field as it should really change for each batsman. I think that the most you can do before taking to the field is to make a decision as to how you are going to approach the innings.  I play against a number of captains who take a defensive approach and use the fielding restrictions as a rule as to how many men to stick outside the fielding ring: i.e. as many as they are allowed at each point of the game and to protect the boundaries whilst allowing the batsmen to pick up ones and twos.  I always prefer to attack at the start of innings and to each new batsman by keeping the field up and putting the onus on the batsman to take risks to get going.   

I have found captaining in T20 games to be the most difficult format to captain in as there is so much happening in such a short space of time.
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