Right, okay. For a start, i think if you go looking for field settings for wrist spinners on the internet there's virtually nothing there. i started this thread because I haven't got a clue about the ins and outs of setting fields, but I've got a couple of books with diagrams and descriptions of others from the 1930's and I think I either posted one up or described one and then was contacted by a bloke on Pitch Vision asking if he could use it and asked the theory behind it. Through a series of emails with this bloke it became obvious that there are no resources on the internet for fields other than the few he had and some of those that I'd picked up and so I decided that I'd post a few up and see what the response was. As you've alluded to, fields are complex with many variables that can dictate whether they're orthodox or other-wise. I posted up one that was set for me by a captain, which to most eyes would seem pretty dumb, but it created 5 chances in about 3 or 4 overs that would have been taken if it wasn't for the fact that it was a Sunday Friendly match and the players were lacking in committment or fitness. This may have been the field that you've referred to in your 3rd paragraph. In this situation the captain was trying to force the batsman to play straight or through the covers trying to induce an edge or a top edge off my bowling which is predominantly off-stump line. Despite this line the batsmen were both trying to get the ball through the on-side despite the fact that on-side was packed with blokes. Yeah - absolutely as you've said it's a case of what is it we're trying to achieve when we bowl and set fields, and a part of that process is being able to analyse the batsmans weaknesses as we stand there fielding waiting to be thrown the ball. I don't suppose it helps then if you're a bowler who can't bat and bats at No.10 or 11 and has a limited understanding of batting. Add to that the fact that in my case cricket passed me by in life and it is something I only came to in my 40's and is something I'm still learning about. With regards your final points I think generally on here we're all advocates of the off-stump line - looking to find the edge rather than bowling a batsman round his legs. This year (My 5th season) is the first year that I've had the confidence to set my fields and as you've said we set a field in accordance with the prospect of bowling a few loosners at the start. I'll draw up the field I've used this year at the start and I'll try and explain why. Whether it makes any sense to anyone else it'll be interesting to hear.