Graham Relishing 20 Over And 100 Ball Cricket

Phoebe Graham is hoping the best part of three months playing T20 and 100-ball cricket will significantly progress her game as a fast bowler.

Seamer Graham is relishing the challenge that comes with bowling in the batter dominated short formats, starting with the Regional T20 competition for the Northern Diamonds from next weekend.

That competition precedes the Hundred, in which she will play for the Emerald Headingley based Northern Superchargers.

That brand new competition will bring some potentially complex rule changes, including bowlers being able to bowl five-ball or 10-ball overs.

But Graham is determined to take a simple approach to bowling against some of the best batters in the world.

“I love T20s, and I’m sure I will love the Hundred as well,” said the 29-year-old. “For me, it’s that ‘every ball counts’ aspect which is so exciting.

“I actually think the Hundred will improve the 20-over and 50-over competitions because you are going to have to get used to focusing on that one delivery because it has to be right. There isn’t as much margin for error.

“I’m certainly seeing it that way with my own game.

“I guess you have to take each ball at a time more than you would in 50-over cricket and reset.

“It’s actually been one of the biggest changes in my life recently, not just my cricket. Trying to focus on the here and now. Look at today and not tomorrow.

“Breaking that down into my cricket, it’s been about focusing on ball by ball and not over by over.

“It’s about getting that ball right and then you can think about the next delivery.”

The Diamonds play three games in the Regional T20 competition before a break for the Hundred in late July.

Those trio of games, starting with the Lancashire-based Thunder at Headingley a week on Saturday, will give Graham the opportunity to unveil some bowling variations she has been working on with these competitions in mind.

With England players Katherine Brunt and Nat Sciver available to the Diamonds in the early stages of the summer, Graham has only played once out of the four games in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy.

She added: “That was really good fun during the winter, experimenting with different balls. And I’ve got a few new variations up my sleeve.”


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