The ‘Merlyn’ spin bowling machine has joined the team at the Sir Rod Aldridge Indoor Cricket Centre, a first for any state school in the country. Developed by Stuart & Williams (BOLA) for the England and Wales Cricket Board the state-of-the-art machine delivers programmable, spinning balls, of every imaginable variety.
The ‘Merlyn by BOLA’ project was conceived at the request of the ECB who were searching for a means to extend the experience of first-class players against top class spin bowling. After receiving a design proposal and viewing a mechanical prototype of the concept the ECB ordered twenty of the new machines but insisted on a very specific set of performance criteria.
Andy Hurry, Somerset CCC Head Coach, described it as “An awesome piece of kit,” saying “The boys have loved it and in only a few days their game against spin has improved noticeably.” Kent Captain Robert Key said “This machine will have a huge effect on English cricket and the way we play spin.”
With Sri Lanka being looked at as the destination of the next ACA overseas tour Merlyn is bound to be a great asset to ACA students and everyone training at the Indoor Centre at Brighton Aldridge Community Academy.