precious minutes at the crease

Here are six figures a – f which show how much time per season one can spent being a batsman. When one is an enthusiastic cricket noob in a beautiful country in the heart of Europe.

“a” stands for number of minutes with the bat in the nets per one training session
“b” stands for number of minutes with the bat in the nets per month
“c” stands for number of minutes with the bat in the nets per season according to the official training schedule
“d” is an estimated number of minutes spent ingame facing the ball this season
“e” is an estimated number of minutes spent with the bat in the nets apart from the official training schedule
“f” is the total time in minutes spent with the bat this season

a, b, c
We practise in nets once a week. My club is the most populous one so each player gets 12 minutes with the bat per session. There is one session per week hence four sessions in a month. The season lasts from April to September which makes it 24 sessions per season. That is 288 minutes or 4.8 hours.
I do not take rained-off sessions or not being available into consideration. “C” is a general figure, the ideal highest number anybody in my club can get.

There are around 20 matches per season on our fixture list with approximately 3 matches per month. I played in 10 (not sure atm and lazy to dig the data up) and I honestly think my time at the striker’s end didnt exceed half an hour. That is 30 minutes or 0.5 hour.
This is obviously an individual figure and Cpt.Duck departs early. Some of my teammates’ “d” figure is naturally many times higher than mine.

Being a noob I want to practise more often than scheduled. I and my teammates (their numbers ranging from 1 to 5) couple of extra nets this season. Gave me two hours of batting I would say. Thats 120 minutes or 2 hours.
Individual figure again. Not everyone one in my club is keen on extra practice. Given the average age and work/family commitments its quite difficult to gather the guys. But anything extra is a big plus imo.

This is the total figure. The time I have spent batting during the official training sessions, in the matches and during extra nets this season.
a = 12
b = a x 4 = 48
c = b x 6 = 288
d = 30
e = 120
f = c + d + e
f = 288 + 30 + 120 = 438
The total time is 438 minutes which is 7.3 hours.

I had attended nets regularly and I had been available for 90% of the matches which resulted in about seven hours of batting. Lucky to get so much time facing a ball or terribly insufficient amount of time for a beginner? What do you think?


2 thoughts on “precious minutes at the crease

  1. I’d say not enough. In part because you lack time in the middle when competing. If that increased to 30min on average, you’d almost double your time batting.

    Having said that, I never found time in the nets or middle terribly productive, particularly as a beginner when the former is frustrating and the latter short-lived. The best two methods I found to improve my batting were:
    a) Get a small bouncy rubber ball, and some enclosed walls in front and behind you, Set your feet and lob the ball with your right-hand onto the wall, playing the return with your left hand holding the bat. (Reverse if you aren’t right-handed) Focus on defending with the middle of the bat and on playing (or leaving) each ball on its merits. For front foot defence, focus on getting your body (the left shoulder and hip) pushing through the ball; for the back foot on getting your right hip and shoulder into line. Do for several seasons worth of hours.
    b) Having taught the correct movements to your body, reinforce by constant visualisation. Every cricketer I’ve ever met “shadow” bats when they haven’t anything better to do, taking their stance and visualising the bowler releasing the ball at them, imagining (or making) the correct movements.

  2. Thank you very much for your reply, Im gonna search for a suitable place to try out the routine.
    It will surely keep me warm as its 0°C outside 🙂

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