We all know cricketers need a pretty good arm and the ability to pick a gap in the field if they're to make it to the top - but asking them to turn their hand to clay pigeon shooting seems a step too far, right?

Well that's just what the ECB have asked of a host of county cricketers to do in their "Cricshot" video, released today.

18 of the finest Friends Life t20 players lined up to chance their arm at first trying to hit a clay pigeon with a cricket ball at two separate grounds, before the batsmen step up to the plate and attempt to smash their target with a single swing of their trusty blade.

The likes of Lancashire’s Kabir Ali, Somerset’s Peter Trego, Surrey's Matt Dunn and Middlesex’s Dawid Malan all try their luck in the video, released to mark the start of this year’s Friends Life T20 competition, which begins on 26 June.

Admittedly there are some pretty terrible efforts but Glamorgan’s Chris Cooke is undoubtedly the star of the show, earning the plaudits after not one but two quick-fire hits.

From smashing sixes to pulverising clay pigeons, these boys have shown they're pretty handy at both - check out the video below to see who has the skills to pull it off!

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