Film: 7161

Sport | 1950 | Sound | B/W

Synopsis:

How to play cricket, particularly bowling.

Shot from behind of spectators sitting in canvas-backed chairs watching cricket at Southend, where Essex occasionally play. Sunny day with large marquee and gasometer in the background. Essex are playing the New Zealand tourists. Shot of spectators from the perimeter of the pitch. Close up of senior citizen inflating rubber rings to sit on, then schoolchildren seated cross-legged behind the boundary marker. Action from match with Ray Smith of Essex bowling to New Zealand batsman. Two schoolboys shown avidly concentrating. Then another one tucking into an ice cream tub. More bowling from Smith, then the two scorers are shown compiling their records and a close up of one of the scorebooks. Another delivery from Smith, before action switches to the practise ground at Lords. Smith shown bowling fast-medium at isolated wicket, hitting it with his second delivery. His bowling action is then shown in slow motion. Camera concentrates on him even after delivery to include follow-through. Smith takes another ball from a wooden box containing twelve cricket balls. How to grip the ball is shown using two fingers and a thumb. Grip shown for the swinger, enabling bowler to "Swing" the ball. Grip for spin bowling shown, with two fingers across the seam. Smith demonstrates bowling quite slowly off a short run up. head on shot of one of his deliveries, then similar shot of an off break, with the ball being released a little earlier, so as to throw it higher in the air. Film freezes bowling action in four key positions. Bowling action repeated in slow motion from side-on angle. Action freezes on key position one, with the body turning sideways and the left arm going up. The right hand is close to the face ready to begin the delivery swing. The left foot swings forward to position two, the right foot landing parallel to the crease. The impetus of the body carries the weight forward to position three. Pivoting to position four, the ball is despatched with the right shoulder pointing towards the batsman. The bowler then follows through several paces outside the line of the off-stump. The procedure is repeated in slow motion, then from a head-on camera angle. The body is shown twisting sideways with the left arm high and the right close to the face. Then the right foot parallel to the crease. As his left foot reaches the crease, his left arm swings out and down. The right then comes up, a pivot with the right arm high and straight, the delivery and then follow through. The head never wobbling, looking straight up the pitch. The four positions are then repeated in slow motion. The action is then shown for left-handers. Bowling round the wicket instead of over. H.V.Crabtree, teacher and Essex cricketer is shown teaching a group of boys in a school playground. He wears full white cricket gear, the boys shirt sleeves and trousers. The boys are shown practising the bowling action from a stationery position. Left arm high, right arm close to the face. from key position one to key position two. Then the third position, the moment of delivery. Body upright as possible, right arm high. Followed by position four, the follow through. All four positions are then repeated by the boys and Crabtree. The pivot is shown incorrectly, then correctly. The schoolboys then disperse to collect stumps that are fixed to a base. Two sets of stumps are positioned in the playground and a piece of white card is placed in front of the stumps for the ideal place for delivery. The boys then take turns to bowl at the stumps from both ends, concentrating on direction and length. Action returns to Ray Smith again at lords where he is shown marking out his run up. He bowls at a fast medium pace and hits the stumps with his delivery.


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