Whenever I get a Sticky wicket, the first thing I do is remove all aggression form my orders
, batting definitely, and even bowling to a certain extent. Humid/Hot weather changes things a bit, but when it comes to Sunny, Cloudy, Overcast, Windy, I love to bat first and score 170-200, then defend like crazy.
I haven't got many recent matches on a Sticky, unfortunately the latest ones I have, between me and an opponent that rates similar, are where I pull off ridiculous upsets. I may as well post them though haha. So my first is from two months ago, where I played Cyrus in a match on Sunny/Stickyhttp://www.fromthepavilion.org/scorecard.htm?gameId=2958149
My reasoning behind the friendly was to see what I'd rate without the oldest lads (Wardlaw and Zahra). So at the time, it was a 30 and younger friendly. The bowlers I went in with were of nice variety, but Harry Roach is very very weak, only outs/outs with roughly the same power at that time. So 2rfm, 1lm, 1rfs, 1rws was my lineup
So I'll point out the key things from these orders:
- My best three batsmen batted at 3, 5, and 6
. This allowed for an early wicket and to have someone there to consolidate, or if his opening bowlers were to rip through me with an Aggressive spell, then I'll still have quality to help me along.
- My opening bowling overs. I'm privileged enough to have a New Ball Bowler Medium. Not many like this, but I love it for the reason above, 7 overs on a pitch like this, on defensive. He's only spec/spec with about accomplished power at the time, and if you look at his figures, 7.5-0-14-2, it shows how great that opening 7 was. I think it can work with any medium, I've trialled it with a normal medium in NATs a fair bit, and I still get good results.
- Close with the weak bowlers. No need to bowl 50 overs on a Sticky
, you want to wrap up the result before then. Roach (outs/outs) and Mupariwa are my weakest, I close with them. It's a big risk, as if you don't get the wickets, things can get really ugly at the close. But if you have better bowlers, then you back them in.
- Limited Aggression.
It's not necessary to take wickets early, I've gone with two 5 over attacking spells, I felt that was necessary as I was playing a stronger team and needed early inroads. Which didn't come from Kuhlengisa or Austin for that matter, so I guess i was lucky there.
- Finally, and this goes for every match I think, the "key" overs
. To me, they are from around the 30 mark (Plus/minus 1) to the 40 mark (Plus/minus 1). In this time you want your best on, and you want to attack BEFORE the end of the 35th over. Teams start to chase the runs after the 35th over is bowled, it is not necessary to attack after this over, but attack before it, as if you take one in this period, you can bag a couple straight after the 35th.
Idk if that helps, I just wanted to show off another upset win. I need to find times where I screwed up though, just to show I'm not that good.
I have my own question, how do people have success on a Dry pitch in the first 10 overs with the ball? Everything I try fails, meanwhile my opponents find a way to take two wickets...