The low-tech bowling machine with the bright future has arrived in Australia.
As a gesture of thanks for participating in the Cricket Connects pilot program, South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) is providing 24 cricket clubs located throughout the state with Freebowler Superthrower bowling machines which is touted as being the “first non-electric bowling machine that uses real cricket balls”.
Following a demonstration for Cricket Australian provided by Luke Simmons (Country Manager, Freebowler Australia) at the MCG cricket nets in November 2018, SACA became aware of the freebowler machine and ordered 24 for distribution to community cricket clubs around the state that had assisted with the Cricket Connects initiatives.
The “Freebowler Superthrower” hails from Bangalore in India and is a portable, collapsible bowling machine which is capable of simulating speeds of up to 130km/h. Since its global launch in early 2018, the cricket world has paid close attention with Ravi Ashwin coming onboard as a brand ambassador with countless cricket clubs and academies located throughout the subcontinent, the UK, and even the USA being keen to be early adopters of the technology.
Luke Simmons stated, “since we launched the product here in November 2018, the feedback has been incredible. It is portable, is far cheaper than regular electric bowling machines and takes the same amount of time to setup as it does to pad up. More importantly, it helps gives batsmen a great workout!”
He also adds, “during our hot summers, training at suburban cricket clubs can be frustrating. Your fast bowlers generally switching to bowling offies after about 30 minutes. However, with this technology, coaching staff can send down accurate outswingers, inswingers, yorkers and bouncers (at pace) all night without rest”.
The patented technology is a throw back to medieval times with the ball being placed in a catapult which is safely released by the operator who’s able to reload within 10 seconds. The product contains 6 speed settings with it being able to bowl as slow as 85km/h to cater for junior and beginner cricketers.
SACA has purchased the machines for the use of community cricket clubs under the proviso that they are used in accordance with strict safety precautions.
At a recent press conference, Ravi Ashwin explained that, “throw downs are a crucial aspect of a batsman’s training, but more often than not, it becomes difficult to find another person to give throw downs as it’s a taxing activity. This non-electric ball thrower is the best-ever invention by engineers of Freebowler. It can be packed in a bag, easily assembled and can be operated even by a young cricketer. Moreover, this will help reduce the stress on the arms of the coaches who usually end up giving 400-500 throwdowns in one practice sessions.”
The Freebowler team are excited to be supporting the 24 clubs located throughout South Australia and will be providing insights into how some of the elite cricket academies in India have been using the technology to great effect with the players of India’s next generation.
For more information about the Freebowler Superthrower, please visit https://freebowler.com.au/products/freebowler-superthrower