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Four BOLA Professional Machines and Stands are delivered to a £2.2 million purpose built cricket centre at Shrewsbury School.

New BOLA Machines for the purpose built £2.2 million Neville Cardus Centre

In May 1912 Sir Neville Cardus arrived at Shrewsbury School and he described the cricket grounds thus: “the richness of the open air of England and the murmur of summer on the most beautiful of playing fields which spread and imperceptibly mingled with the pastoral land of Shropshire.”

For five summers a young Sir Neville toiled on this ‘pastoral land of Shropshire’ as the school’s assistant cricket coach. He wrote of his labours, “When the field lay empty I would gather the stumps from a dozen pitches and carry them in sheaves in my arms, a solitary reaper in the evening sunshine.” He certainly sounds like a man happy with his duties, which mainly involved bowling at the ‘young gentlemen’ in the nets.

What would he make of the shinning, £2.2 million, purpose built cricket centre and its row of equally shinny BOLA bowling machines?

The Cardus Cricket Centre contains four lanes of floodlit ‘Supergrasse’ (the same surface that is used at Lord’s indoor school and the ECB Academy at Loughborough) and classrooms complete with the latest video coaching software.
The four new BOLA machines were supplied on BOLA stands which are designed for ease of use and drastically reduce set-up time.

The school’s cricket professional is Paul Pridgeon, the ex-Worcestershire seam bowler, who is also a keen advocate of the machine uses BOLA HiViz balls to acclimatise his better players against short pitched bowling.

Shrewsbury school also owns two older machines that are still providing ‘Cardus like’ services in the four artificial and 24 grass outdoor nets.

Cricket at Shrewsbury (above) and Staff in the Cardus Centre (below).
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