October 3, 2022
130kph race – NSW project aims to unlock women’s pace bowling

It is considered as one of the new frontiers of women’s cricket. Who will be the first bowler to break 130kph?

There needs to be some caveat here that this may already have happened, but until recently, speed data in women’s sports was not widely aggregated and is still not uniform across competitions.

However, from the numbers currently available, South Africa’s Shabnim Ismail, who is considered one of the fastest, clocked 128kph and sent the delivery at 126.7kph against Australia in the 2020 T20 World Cup in Australia.

Former Australia fast bowler Sharon Tredrea, who played in the 1970s and 1980s, is considered one of the fastest to play the game and is said to have clocked 133kph/83mph, although evidence is scant .

Now Project130, a partnership between Cricket New South Wales and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), as part of their new Cricket Lab initiative, which will see NSW set-up work with the University on a number of collaborations, is aimed at 130kph The obstacle is a realistic mark not only to breach, but to maintain.

Described as “designed to improve the efficiency of female fast bowlers, with the final game bowling averaging from 115kmh to 130kmh”, this is “a world first research project to develop a preliminary set of data”. that predicts potential and physiology type. To increase speed and reduce the risk of injury.”

One of the key figures behind the work is Patrick Farhart, CNSW head of sports science and sports medicine. He says evidence currently suggests that the gap between men’s and women’s fast bowling speeds is wider than in other areas of the high-performing game. But he believes that by studying areas including biomechanics, the strength and power of high-speed workers, the key ingredients can be found with specialist training. There is also a desire to look beyond cricket and find athletes currently in other disciplines who may have raw characteristics for the sport.

“There are some bowlers who have gone close to 130 kmph,” Farhart told ESPNcricinfo. “For me this is something that I think is achievable..Once we are able to profile the correlations with higher speeds we can give bowlers more individualized and targeted programs to improve their pace. You can start thinking about installing .

“It’s very dependent on your action, it’s very typical for an individual at the moment. Men will generate bowling motion through linear motion, we think, and we think a lot of women — not all — from the upper Bowling motion will generate body, trunk motion.

“However, I think now we are seeing a change in the women’s game, where a lot of girls are starting to bowl with the technique that men are using and it was not happening anywhere 10-12 years ago Build momentum through the girls run-up speed, a hanging front leg, which is now starting to get too high.”

Tayla Vlaeminck, who is currently injured, and Darcie Brown – the latter clocking around 122-125kph in WBBL and international cricket – are the fastest in Australia. Elsewhere in the world, England’s Issie Wong has made no secret of her desire to set a new bar for fast bowling and New Zealand’s Lee Taihu has been the fastest for most of her career. New South Wales and Australia fast bowler Stella Campbell is one of the current generation who has been clocked at over 120kph.

“I guess we’re not that far [130kph] Looking at the crop of fast bowlers we already have in the game,” Campbell said. “We’re already building up those momentum. It’s always out there and you’re trying to get that competitive edge where you can.”

Rachel Haynes, who announced her international and state retirement last week, highlighted fast bowling as one of the areas that developed the most during her career.

“I think in the past there were always some fast bowlers and you don’t necessarily have to come up against them all the time,” he said. “I think it’s really exciting for the game as well. His skill is also quite evident to see, players who can swing the ball and throw fast bouncers – it’s uncomfortable, but it’s exciting to watch. I hope the general public is made aware of this.”

If this new project brings the desired results in the coming years, there are chances of a few more batsmen to come.

Andrew McGlashan is deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo

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