Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Mason Praises Discipline Of County Bowlers During First Phase Of Campaign

Mason Praises Discipline Of County Bowlers During First Phase Of Campaign

Bowling coach Matt Mason has praised the discipline shown by the Worcestershire attack during the opening two months of the campaign.

Worcestershire were guilty of bowling too many 'four' balls at some stages of last season which hindered their desire to build up pressure on opposing batsmen.

But it has been a different scenario in 2014 with seamers Gareth Andrew, Jack Shantry, Charlie Morris and, latterly, Joe Leach all bowling a good line and length to complements the guile of spinner Saeed Ajmal.

The results have been there for all to see with Worcestershire the only side in Division Two of the LV = County Championship to claim maximum bowling points from the first six games ahead of the current encounter with Surrey at the Kia Oval.

Mason said: "It (cutting out the four balls) has come from a real simple message in the winter – patience – and understanding that cricket is actually quite a simple game.

"For our bowlers it is all about focusing on the top of that off stump but not doing it for just six balls in an over but doing it for six overs in a spell and being very, very patient, more patient than the batter.

"There was a lot of talk in the winter about that sort of stuff, the real basics of cricket, try not to get too funky, be patient, let the batsman make the mistake.

"That's what the guys have bought into and have worked so hard at. With young attacks you are going to get bad days, we know that. We are going to have the odd bad day, the odd bad session.

"But as long as we keep the plan simple we know we can get back to doing it well."

Mason added: "The good thing is when we have bowled a bad ball we've gone back to pegging it back in the next over and supported each other really well from both ends.

"We talked about being a strong bowling unit together so, when someone is having a bad day, the other two or three bowl them out with some hard work and so far it is working really well.

"In the past we would have leaked runs for a couple of overs and would keep leaking them and then you are behind the game but not at the moment.

"That's down to 1) real hard work and 2) an understanding of what we are trying to achieve, clear plans and they are executing them which is key."