The Dukes Heavy Weight 10oz Cricket Ball is a great ball to develop the pace and skills of seam and pace bowlers. The ball should used alongside a traditional weighted ball to get the most out of it.
Suggested training development program using this ball would be as follows:-
Assuming a full warm up has been completed with relevant stretches the bowler would then be ready to bowl.
Bowl 3 deliveries using a standard weight cricket ball
Follow this by using a lighter ball such as the Lusum Safety Incrediball and bowl 3 more deliveries
Now use the Dukes Heavy Weight ball to bowl a further 3 to 6 deliveries. Do not exceed this amount in one go as you are slowly building muscle memory and bowling more could cuase injury.
The bowler should feel the difference in pace they can bring the ball through their action and over time this will become faster, without any adverse effect on the accuracy.
This heavy weight cricket ball can also be used for fielding drills and is widely used on the professional scene across the UK.
Repeat the process 1 or 2 times being careful not to overstretch the bowler, being aware of the safe bowling directive as laid out by the ECB.
This ball should never be used with a batter or bat in the net as it can cause damage to both player and bat.