The Scarborough News have teamed up with Yorkshire CCC and Multipower Sportsfood to offer local cricketers an insight into how the top players prepare for the big match.
Whether you play in the Beckett Premier Division or the lower echelons of the Derwent Valley Leagues, these tips could be beneficial to your game.
Yorkshire’s strength and conditioning coach Summers says: “A major challenge facing teams in county cricket these days is that we play so many matches on the bounce. To get preparation for a high intensity powerful game like Twenty20, doesn’t necessarily fit into your day to day Championship plans.
At Yorkshire we manage the fitness of the players throughout the season so that they can cope with the added work load and adapt to the game play requirements.
Cricket has become one of the only sports worldwide that plays in such varied formats and in such quick succession.
The distances being covered, the intensity of the game and the effects on the guys’ bodies after the matches are mirroring those of footballers. That means it is crucial that we combine training with the right sports nutrition. Our providers Multipower Sportsfood enable us to tailor the products to the individual needs of each member of the squad.
As ever it comes down to hard work. The guys have trained from November to get into the physical condition which now allows them to change formats and disciplines overnight. They are strong enough to handle T20 even if they’ve been playing five or six weeks of County Championship.”
Gym work for bowlers:
“We’ve got some tall fast bowlers at the club, like Oliver Hannon-Dalby (pictured), with long levers and a huge importance is placed on their trunk stability during the bowling action.
“During strength training, one of the best modes of exercise to challenge this stability is suspension training where they can perform suspended press ups and inverted rows to balance strength front to back.
“We use equipment called Fit Kit Pro which is versatile, portable and can be used anywhere. Importantly for cricket we can take it overseas or around the country with our heavy competition schedule and use it for strength, core training and regeneration sessions.
“We can train lower and upper limbs all at the same time while challenging trunk stability and balance, a great tool in our equipment bag.”
Gym work for batsmen:
“All cricket players need to be strong and powerful and none more so than batsmen who require powerful shoulders and core strength to deliver force from the lower body into playing strong balanced shots.
“We try to keep training exercises during the season simple and measurable, like the overhead press demonstrated by Scarborough and Yorkshire batsman Adam Lyth (pictured). Together with pull ups and back squats, these form a big part of our weekly strength work.
“Weights are a crucial aspect of all gym sessions, but as in any sport it is crucial not to over train and risk injury. The players are all given personalised weights programmes specific to their requirements, which we can easily monitor and alter.”
“We’ve just come through our first Twenty20 phase where the game of cricket becomes a high paced, high intensity format and speed, agility and power plays a considerable part in the match. It’s ahead of matches like this that the warm-up becomes vitally important
“For the players to be prepared and performing to their best we use speed and agility drills pre-game to promote quick acceleration and changes of direction.
“Our players love a game or a competition in training drills so we challenge them in teams to be quickest or complete exercises in teams against each other.
“Sprinting and jumping play a massive role in developing lower limb strength and power for the demands of cricket across all formats of the game.
Quick explosive bounds and jump drills are a great way to prepare our players for high paced games such as Twenty20 and Pro40 and also work well to prepare our bowlers and fielders for multi day championship cricket.”
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