VIDEO: Facing a 100mph bowler at Welbeck Colliery Cricket Club

WE may have only just come out of the first real, cold snap of the winter, but cricket clubs across the area are busy preparing for the forthcoming season.

And this year Nottinghamshire Premier League side Welbeck Colliery have a secret weapon in their camp which they hope will boost their chances of success.

No, it’s not a new player but a bowling machine which can reach speeds of up to 100mph - faster than any Test Match paceman.

Undeterred by that prospect, Chad news editor Ashley Booker went along to the club’s John Fretwell Centre base to find out for himself what it’s like to face a demon speedster!