with Martin Gilly Baker, in association with Good
Whilst it is perfectly true that other teams have proved
themselves greater exponents of the arts of pace, spin (on and off), swing, in fact all
types of bowling, there remains one area in which we at St Michaels are still
undisputed masters. I refer, of course, to the ancient art of Trundling.
The trundlers art is an extremely subtle area and as
a result is one which often goes unappreciated, even amongst so called players
in other less well established teams, such as The Bold Dragoon CC. As someone who has
always prided himself on having been a pretty fair trundler in my day, I can now reveal
the secrets that have been passed down from trundler to trundler across the generations.
||Not too long, not too short. Speed of approach
is crucial here. The run up should be long enough to allow the trundler to break into a
lope, but not so long as to generate any real pace. Eight or nine paces is acceptable.
||A slightly longer stride than those in the run
up. On no account jump into the air, as this will disrupt the natural rhythm of the
|The ball should be held seam up, pointing
straight down the wicket. It is vital that the seam is not angled in any way and that in
delivery the ball does not impart any form of spin upon it. Either of those faults could
cause the ball to deviate alarmingly off the pitch, not something a true trundler would
want to see. Also, it is worth remembering that any shining of the ball could
cause it to wobble in flight, possibly even threatening movement. This is
rare, but can easily be ironed out by slightly altering ones action, or scuffing up
the side of the ball that is shiny.
||The trundlers gospel. There is only one
place for the true trundler to put it. In terms of line it should be in or
around off stump, and length should be there or thereabouts, and nothing
Obviously, it is possible to impart the true nature of
trundling in a small an article, but this will show you the basics. Perhaps the public,
and indeed the powers that be will once again recognise this noble art.