Make The Batter Play
This is a brilliant exercise for encouraging players to bowl straight.
Groups of 5 players are organised as illustrated. Player 1 bowls six balls attempting to make player 2 play at every ball. Player 2 is instructed to leave any ball that is off the line of the stumps. The remaining fielders (players 3 & 4) collect the ball each time, returning it to player 1. The bowler is awarded 1 point for each time the batter plays at the ball. Players rotate after each over and continue until all players complete the exercise.
Keep the head still and the eyes level throughout the delivery; feet at right angles to the line of delivery; raise the non-bowling arm with the head looking behind it at the target; front knee raised and front arm pulled back; front arm pulls down through the target area; bowling arm draws the figure ‘6’ finishing with a high release position; full swing of both arms towards the target and drive through of back leg to complete the action.
To increase difficulty: Increase distance between bowlers and target; decrease size of target e.g. single stump (easier for batter to leave the ball); introduce competitive element e.g. score points for every time batsman must play the ball. To decrease difficulty: Decrease distance between bowlers and target; increase size of target e.g. extra set of stumps (harder for batter to leave the ball); use lighter balls e.g. inter cricket/tennis balls.