Aliens Cricket Club Bowling Nets at NIH Oslo – Video Analysis

I have been training weekly with Aliens CC, a Norwegian Elite Devision team based in Oslo. To be useful I have filmed some of the bowlers to analyse their technique. We are training in the National Sports Collage (NIH) for our winter nets. It´s great fun and I personally am starting to feel more confident in my bowling consistency and batting ability after a 16 year break for the sport.

The video analysis was performed by Peter Brett, a cricket coach from Pwll Carmenthenshire UK. The remarks are in the order that the bowlers appear on the video. Many thanks Peter for you help form the Aliens CC.


Observations of video footage from side on which restricts areas to observe.

Interesting action – Short run up very little evidence of gather prior to delivery.
Areas to work on – More use of front arm which will assist with completion of action I. E, 180 degree rotation of shoulders toward target.

Appears to have a fluid action. Front leg collapses on front foot contact but does straighten at delivery. Little evidence of bowling arm loading up. Full shoulder rotation however on a couple of occasions just over rotated.
Areas to work on. Experiment in reducing height of jump at pre back foot contact (bound) Sometimes this can limit forward momentum of the action as bowlers tend to stop when landing from height. This can also cause front leg collapse due to impact forces.

Venkat Tarigopula
Simple straightforward action with short run up. Head appears to fall to offside at point of delivery and after which limits the ability to rotate shoulders 180 degrees.
Areas to work on – Pull front arm straight down through line of target and develop technique to enable head to be moving straight toward target.

Ryan Phillips
Short run up, Skips during bound, Good rotation of shoulders.
Areas to develop – Possibly stronger front arm action, lengthen delivery stride

Damon Crawford
Short run up – straight front leg at delivery – appears to fall to leg side (RH batter) on delivery.
Areas to develop – Stronger front arm action driving through target -develop technique to enable head to be moving straight toward target.

Marcus Lyon
Good load up prior to delivery. Simple uncomplicated action – tends to fall to off side
Areas to develop. – Stay on front leg slightly longer to enable arms to drive through to target which will assist the head driving to target as well,

Good action off a short run Everything appears to moving toward target – However shoulders tend to over rotate pulling the hips as well.
Areas to develop – Experiment with a slightly higher jump in the bound ( not too much) which may help to maintain a stronger front side slightly longer. Keeping the front leg braced and not allowing to collapse will also help.
Do you generate a lot of pace ? Unable to tell from footage.

Mitchell de Beurs
Rushed sprint run up. Uses front arm well and front leg appears strong and whole action appears to move to target as evidenced by the follow through.
Area to develop. = Maybe consider a more rhythmical controlled run up only if it does not affect above

Interesting this one. Evidence suggest he is quite quick. Would need to see from behind what causes the back leg action.
Good rotation of shoulders ( over rotated on a couple)
Areas to develop – from this footage possibly develop a sronger back leg at back foot contact as back leg collapses causing the bowler to sink.

Jamie Cameron
The action suggests a spin bowler. If so it is very simple and reasonably smooth. However the front side collapses slightly at delivery.
Areas to develop. Experiment trying to get front leg straighter for longer so that the action is over this front leg toward the target as opposed to bowling ’round’ the front leg.

Footage from behind would assist in a more detailed observations as it helps to see outcome as well.
Good Luck


About Simon Hunt

As a professional for over 15 years with a strong academic background, Simon has developed dynamic style of personal training. Effective, functional training routines, tailored towards your personal health and fitness goals are what he loves to work towards. This style of training is based around a wealth of experience that includes, working with numerous World and Olympic athletes, developing Norwegian sport champions, preventing heart problems and other diseases through exercise as a medicine, as well as countless private clients. www.sihunt.wordpress,com As professional athlete and personal trainer, i have over 24 years experience in athletics where my expertise lie in the jump events and sprints. I also have knowledge of basketball and gymnastics. I have 15 years experience working as personal trainer 6 of which as an exercise physiologist training heart patients, ranging from angina to transplant, as well as many other specialised conditions i.e. diabetics etc.
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