Ex-county cricketer, Adam Shantry took time out of his busy match schedule to talk to us about how Shrewsbury School had been using CricHQ and My Action Replay this season. Adam has coached the students at Shrewsbury for the last five years and also runs a satellite academy for Glamorgan CCC.
Shrewsbury School, one of the leading cricketing schools in the country, has won many national titles at all levels, with alumni including James Taylor, Joe Leach and Ed Barnard. They currently have over 200 13-18 year old pupils playing cricket in 15 teams, both boys and girls, over 5 academic years.
Q: What did you want to achieve by using CricHQ and My Action Replay?
We’d previously used CricHQ, and had been looking for video analysis and a way to livestream so that parents could watch our matches. When CricHQ added video integration it was the perfect solution for us. In fact, if I could have dreamt up a product this would have been it! We chose to move the whole school to scoring on CricHQ this season and within the first 4 weeks it proved to be an essential part of our provision.
Q: What MAR Hub™ system are you using?
We use the mobile unit with the camera fixed on the tripod, which means we can move it to behind the bowler’s arm on any wicket we’re playing on, and we get it set up within 20 minutes. The scorer scores on an Ipad, and we hope to integrate the live scoring and replays with the scoreboard soon.
"In fact, if I could have dreamt up a product this would have been it!"
Q: How do you view/use the replays?
The players all get their own replays after the match for their own use. We share a selection of replays online, and put together highlight packages in the online studio.
Loads of our parents watch the livestream now and we notify them when it’s starting via Twitter. They have really engaged with it and been really complimentary. We’ve even been sent pictures of them setting it up on their own TVs and big screens to watch.
From a performance perspective it’s really helped to enhance our training and highlight any areas that can be addressed after a match – and that really works for all the players individually. For example, one of our students who plays for the Lancashire Academy was able to work with me having watched his replays, share them with his coach there, and then adapt his training in the nets. He’s had a brilliant season ever since.
We also have a screen in the dressing room showing the livestream so our players can view the bowling footage as they’re padding up - it’s a real advantage for us.
Having everything indexed and archived automatically is a great feature for our students – it saves so much time!
Q: What results have you seen from using the MAR Hub™ with CricHQ?
We broadcast the footage to over 1,200 followers on Twitter, and had over 10,000 views of our highlights in the first four weeks which is amazing. We’ve had over 3,000 livestream views on Youtube so it really is part of our school communications now.
We had an old boys’ match here a week ago and someone said that productivity in the City went down that day as so many people were watching the livestream! It all has a really 1st Class feel to it. Having all the scoring, video and statistics combined is really professional and it’s equivalent to anything I’ve seen at County level. It’s really aspirational. It’s really ticked all the boxes in terms of what we were looking for. We’ve been delighted with it this season.
Adam Shantry is in his first year as Cricket Professional at the school, having coached there for the past 5 years. An ex-county cricketer himself with a career at Glamorgan, Warwickshire and Northamptonshire, he also runs a satellite academy for Glamorgan CCC.