Tag: Huds

Nets in 3D

Comrades, just the other week, in preparation for the Stonor CC match, Dan, Sam, myself and Huds went along to Paddington Rec nets (Which are open all year) for a bash. I also brought along a fairly basic 3D camera and tripod and was keen to see our various batting skills, or the lack of in my case.

You will need some Red/Cyan glasses to view these but you can switch off the 3D functionality in the youtube video if you wish!

My clip is large, the others are also if you click on the youtube button and watch them on their site.

YURI at the crease

Wow my bat is angled out and very cocked! Culd explain some things!





I hope you found that all very very interesting! Comments and tips are warmly accepted. If you would all like some 3D Net practice so you can see what you are doing with the bat – you had better come along to some nets, hadn’t you!?! There will be some winter nets arranged and training and comrades, we need batting practice. It is by far, the weaker part of our game.


Pre Quantel 20/20 warm-up!

Paddington Rec
Paddington Rec Pitch

Friday 15th July 2011:

Comrades, there were a fine seven of us, straggling the farmer’s meadow, which is Paddington Rec’ pitch. Not a very useful pitch and not one we shall make a return to. All weather wicket is acceptable but the outfield was strewn with pot-holes, dog pooh and dare i say it, members of public. Despite the signs warning of men playing cricket, they failed to fear the ball! Silly buggers.

Anyway, we had a reduced turnout and nowhere near enough for a 20/20 but we did manage to get some bowling and defensive batting in. We adopted the following rules for your inspection. If you can think of an enhancement of these rules for defensive batting practice, please advise.

Yuri’s Defensive Batting Rules version 1

  • Any strike of the ball by the batsman is a single run. Unless,
    • It is a trike of the ball which passes a fielder or forces them to run into deeper ground in which case it is two runs.
  • If your are bowled out you remain in bat if there are still balls to be bowled but your run score is reduced by four runs. Even if it should become negative.
  • Wides, byes, leg byes rule still applied
  • No boundary scores apply
  • On end of pitch played only with no running
  • Each player rotates through bat and faces all of the remaining players who each must bowl.

The idea behind these rules was to gain the highest score by playing the most defensively. A simple block will always score a single and will avoid the temptation to swing out and open your stumps. It should also encourage guarding your stumps more.

The results were, if my memory serves me well!

  1. Charlie Richards – 39
    Philip Richardson – 39
  2. Rob Dixon -37
  3. Huds – 29
  4. Oli – 25
  5. Andrew – 8’ish

Also thanks to you Owen Sewell who came along to help it father!! Good fun and next time we shall have even more and have even more fun! Thanks Comrades!

Nets 3 – Exercise not paralyze!

Thursday evening at 6pm we hauled ourselves along to a different set of cricket nets, those to be found at Holland Park. To be honest, they are not of the highest quality. No markings to be found, the nets at the back half down and sagging and worst of all, it looked like there were tractor ruts at the bowling crease. However, that aside, we did manage to get a decent couple of hours of practice in.

Here follows my naff video ~ but slightly amusing.

Andrew Sewell Bowls
Andrew Sewell Bowls

Those present were Yuri [that’s me], Ilyeva Lunch Hour (Oli), Rob (still awaiting some naming!), Huds, Andrew and his son Owen and a passer by called Matt! Circulating through batting and bowling there were enough of us there to not paralyze ourselves for the next day!

Poor Rob ended up facing Matt, our visitor. He protested at years since he last bowled but soon was pummeling the body of Rob with a series of paced balls. Sorry Rob!


I want to introduce you all to Huds (Menhaj Huda – Huds!). He is new to the team and is a very good all rounder though he professes his bowling is where he is best. Looking at his handling of the bat, i know he will be a happy addition to the side.


It seems that we may well be given a meeting place to hold gatherings, drinks and pre-match discussions: The Union Club on Greek Street. Although we have to cross the eyes and dot the Ts for the first meeting, they have very kindly agreed to give us a home – Yipppeee! More news to come.