Cricket; for the uninitiated.   Leave a comment

A cancelled event caused me to drop in on a local cricket match being played in Nottingham yesterday evening and I thought it might be useful to give a brief overview of the game for those that are constantly baffled by the sport. Here it is in words and pictures:

On first view it may look to the uninitiated that the object of the game is for the bowler to hit the wicket guarded by the batsman and for the batsman to hit the ball as far as he can to score runs (points). But this is not so.

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For example; here is a picture of a batsman hitting a poor shot. The ball evaded all the fielders and crossed the boundary line causing several of the players the need to go and look for the ball in the hedge. Poor form.

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Conversely this is a well played shot; the ball hardly moves away from the bat at all and none of the the outfielders are inconvenienced. Good show.

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Here the batsman skilfully executes the ‘Trapped ‘Leg’ Before Wicket’ manoeuvre. This is where a courageous batsman will trap a bowled ball with his inner thighs in an execution of skilful timing to prevent  the ball from striking his testicles. This will score his team 50 points. If he gets it wrong and ends up curled up on the floor a blubbering mess his teams loses 50 points.

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Here the batsman misses the ball completely. The wicket keeper (the man in the hat behind the stumps [the 3 sticks in the ground]) tries a ‘Leg before wicket’ manoeuvre …….

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… but fails and is hit in the testicles losing his team 50 points.

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His team mates found it quite amusing and after emergency medical treatment so did the wicket keeper.

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The umpire blows the final whistle to signal the end of game. The losing team’s batsman looks on as the victors celebrate and congratulate their star player (the man in the red hat) who won the game for them by  scoring 500 points for playing the whole match without touching the ball at all.

Or put another way:

“You have two sides, one out in the field and one in. Each man that’s in the side that’s in goes out, and when he’s out he comes in and the next man goes in until he’s out. When they are all out, the side that’s out comes in and the side that’s been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out. Sometimes you get men still in and not out.
When a man goes out to go in, the men who are out try to get him out, and when he is out he goes in and the next man in goes out and goes in. There are two men called umpires who stay out all the time and they decide when the men who are in are out. When both sides have been in and all the men have been out, and both sides have been out twice after all the men have been in, including those who are not out, that is the end of the game.”

And for  really good laugh try this explanation by an American having watched the game for the first time:

(c) Drew Smith Photography



Posted August 7, 2014 by Drew in Uncategorized

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