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Wednesday, 21 February 2007

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Left handed ball beats batsman at Lords

A cricket ball designed for left handed players in mind has been developed by Ian Botham OBE and Geoffrey Boycott no OBE.

Bothems test career spanned 15 years from 1977 taking 383 wickets. Geoffrey Boycott who played in 108 test matches said "If anyone knows anything about balls it's Bothem, I was delighted when Ian rang me up and asked me if I would be interested in designing a left handed cricket ball, he has always admired my expertise when it comes to the finer art of cricket".

Basically what Botham and Boycott have done is to re align the stitching on the ball so as the line of thread is at a broken angle and not in parallel lines.

"I have to take my hat off to Botham" said Geoffrey, "Such a simple idea, the stitching means when bowled from a left hand the ball "turns" into the batsman in the same way it would for a conventional right hand bowler.

It may be a few years before the new left handed ball becomes accepted at test match level but with Boycott and Botham's name behind the project it cant help but succeed.

Alan Lamb who was named Wisden cricketer of the year in 1981 said, " I know it was Ian who had the original idea but he needed someone to back him, Boycott was the obvious choice. I know they are the best of palls, the idea of a left handed ball was pure genius, I wish I had thought of it".

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