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How to play the game of cricket
by Tinka Boukes

Tuesday, January 18, 2005
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Okay This is not poer ry but wanted to share this with My  USA Buddies !!

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Find out some of the basics of how to play the game cricket. It's akin to the popular game of Baseball in the United States.

You have undoubtedly heard of crickets-- the insects that are known for their chirping sounds. But, have you ever heard of the game called Cricket? It’s a popular game which is played in England and in other Commonwealth areas. The way the game is played is much like the game of Baseball.

Cricket is much like any other competitive sport in that it is played with two teams. Each team consists of eleven players who wear uniforms. The uniforms consist of a shirt, pants, cap and spiked shoes. The batsmen wear protective gloves, helmet, and pads in order to avoid injury if they ware struck by the ball.

The game of Cricket requires much the same equipment as Baseball does. The ball is much like a baseball except that it's covered in heavy leather. The bat is flat on the one side and curved on the other side. It has a strong handle attached to it. It is about three feet long and is about four inches across.

The playing field is covered with grass, and ranges in size from up to one hundred and sixty yards across. Much like the game of Baseball, in the center of the field is a patch of earth which is called the pitch. One thing that you will see on a Cricket field that you won't see on a Baseball field are two wooden wickets. Wickets are composed of wooden posts with pieces of wood laid over the top.

To play the game of Cricket, two players stand at each wicket at the same time. These players are called batsmen. The person who throws the ball is called the pitcher in Baseball, but the person who throws the ball in the game of Cricket is called the bowler. The bowler takes a few quick steps before he bowls the ball to the batsmen, releasing it with a stiff arm. The batsmen then use his bat in order to hit the ball and knock it into the playing field. Runs, again, much like the game of Baseball, are scored when a batsman hits the ball and then trades places with the other batsman. Every time this trading happens, it counts as one run. The maximum amount of runs allowed from each hit totals six.

This sounds too easy, doesn't it? Well, there is basically a little more to it. And that is--if the bowler hits the wicket with the ball and knocks the top piece off, then the batsman is counted as being out. So, the batsman must be on guard not to let the bowler hit the wickets with the ball. Or, if the struck ball is caught by any one of the fielders before it hits the ground, as in the game of Baseball, then he is considered to be out. The difference between Baseball and Cricket here is that in the game of Cricket, the fielder does not wear any sort of gloves in order to help them catch the ball.

The statistics of a Cricket game are kept as they are in Baseball, and the score is counted as the total number of runs made by each team.


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Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 1/19/2005
Tinka,

You would make a great teacher - wonderful my friend ... sensational write!!

Best wishes,

Robert
Reviewed by Phillip William Allen 1/19/2005
I enjoyed learning how to play the game. Somehow my five year old feels that tossing up and smacking real crickets with a slat to be more fun LOL
Reviewed by Paul Berube 1/19/2005
Tinka,
Very informative, thanks for sharing.
Reviewed by Marilyn Seray 1/18/2005
Thanks for sharing your knowledge
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 1/18/2005
Thanks for the sharing :-) It would be interesting to hear the different games through out the world :-)
Reviewed by E T Waldron 1/18/2005
a bit of a stickey wickett eh ?as Ed says I love your rendition
i learned a lot. thanks tinks now go beat the pants off
pandy andy~;-) Love Eileen
Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK 1/18/2005
Chirp,Chirp,Chirp It Right On Done Good Lesson...

TRASK
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 1/18/2005
Thanks for the lesson, Tinky - and I'm afraid I was in a bit of a Sticky Wicket concerning Cricket. I thought guys like Little Andy ran around a grassy field trying to catch cute little bugs - and the winner was the lad who caught the most!
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 1/18/2005
Tinka,

Thank you for the lesson. :) Still a bit confusing...but your explanations helped! Now: Play Ball!!!!!!!!! :)

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :)
Reviewed by Paul Williams 1/18/2005
You forgot the field positons tink, such as silly mid-off, square leg etc hehehehehehehe nice one. It's nice to know your enlightening the world to the sound of leather cracking off willow...gods, that sounds rude LOL...

Paul:-}
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 1/18/2005
thanks for the info, tinka. sounds like an interesting game! well done!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your american friend, karen lynn in texas. :D
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