Reducing the pitch length: Effects on junior cricket

@article{Harwood2018ReducingTP,
  title={Reducing the pitch length: Effects on junior cricket},
  author={Michael J Harwood and Maurice R. Yeadon and Mark A. King},
  journal={International Journal of Sports Science \& Coaching},
  year={2018},
  volume={13},
  pages={1031 - 1039}
}
The pitch lengths used for junior cricket are a subject of debate but to date there have been no studies of their influence on the game. This study evaluated the effect of reducing the pitch length on batting, bowling and fielding. County under 10 and club under 11 matches were analysed, 10 played on pitch lengths currently recommended by the England and Wales Cricket Board, 19 yd (17.37 m) or 20 yd (18.28 m), respectively, and 10 played on 16 yd (14.63 m) pitches. Differences between measures… Expand

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