BOLA – The World’s No: 1 Ball Throwing Machine

The BOLA Bowling Machine has been at the forefront of technology since it was conceived by club cricketer Michael Stuart in 1984.

The original conceptual brief to provide accurate and consistent batting practice for cricketers of all standards and abilities is still very much alive but evolutionary development over a quarter of a century has made the latest BOLAs better than ever.

BOLA Machines are used by thousands of schools, clubs, private individuals and organisations who have recognised a very tangible and enjoyable way of improving batting performance.

A first class cricket practice facility available to all cricketers at an affordable price. The BOLA Bowling Machine is the best fun you’ll have on your own in a cricket net!

Ever since the original BOLA Machine was purchased by Surrey County Cricket Club in 1985 and shortly afterwards by the England Test Side BOLA manufacturers Stuart & Williams have vigorously pursued a policy of continuous improvement and development.

The key concepts of the original BOLA design remain very much in evidence but the latest machines are complemented by modern technology and innovation.

The BOLA ‘Professional’ benefits from an electronic random delivery mode, a sophisticated speed control system and an updated electronics package.

The 2017 BOLA is extremely energy efficient and offers much greater battery operation time so your sessions in the middle or net with no mains power will tire all but the most persistent of net practisers.
After more than two decades in production the BOLA can be found in a huge variety of cricketing environments. All the English first class counties use the BOLA as well as the MCC Indoor School at Lord’s (which has used BOLA machines exclusively since 1986) and the ECB National Academy at Loughborough. The BOLA is also to be found in all sorts of venues across the world from the Sydney and Melbourne Cricket Grounds in Australia to the Mumbai Cricket Club in India. Wherever there is cricket practice the BOLA is not far away and don’t forget at Paul’s PGACricket Home at St Bede’s School REDHILL

Brushless motors in 2016.

For 2016 the Professional Machine is fitted with Brushless Motors which replace the traditional Brushed Motors which have been used for the past 30 years. The advantages of the brushless motor are better efficiency and reliability, lighter weight, better build quality and longer working life. In practice that means the machine will run longer from a battery charge, is lighter to carry around and has better control response. The new machines have been on test at Surrey, Lancashire and Warwickshire Country Cricket Clubs in England and feedback has been excellent.

Paul hopes to finally purchase one of his own in 2017 (late) which will be housed at his PG Academy Cricket Venue St Bede’s School REDHILL.

In 1984 the team at BOLA started messing around with prototyping and a year later Surrey CCC bought the first BOLA bowling machine. It then took a decade trying to get people used to the idea. That’s an argument that’s finally been won.” All Out Cricket Article

Please mention Paul Griffiths if you contact BOLA.

BOLA Manufacturing Ltd, 6 Brookfield Road, Cotham, Bristol BS6 5PQ, UK

this page was last reviewed and updated 24 Deember 2016