Monday, May 01, 2006

The Rules Of Cricket

The 2006 cricket season has started, and, of course, it is raining! After last year's efforts by the England team thrashing the Aussies at a game they thought they were the world's best at, it is going to be very hard to beat. Lancashire, my local county side, should be in-line for a trophy or two as the team now looks a bit more balanced and experienced.

However, I have recently become the Boston Red Sox's (I wish that Americans learnt to spell!) biggest fan, but when I went onto the sites about them and rounders in general, I could not find anything to explain the rules. Because of that, I thought it would be useful if I provided a summary of the rules of cricket for those who don't understand the game. They are really quite simple, so here they are in a nutshell:

You have 2 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 both sides have been in and out, including the not outs, that's the end of the game.



Jay said...


sandegaye said...

That's as clear as muddy water. But then, I barely understand baseball.

Eddie said...

Hi Mark,
If I could just a line or 2 to try to make the game more understandable for our ex-colonial friends;
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 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!
God help me, I don't understand cricket either!

MoxieGrrrl said...

So, this is like Golf, right?


I hope to someday meet the man with the Deep Fine Cock.

FV Tom said...

Mark, thanks so much for the cricket lesson. I've often wondered how a match could last so long - I guess all they are doing is reading/interpreting the rules!

Here's hoping none of your wickets are sticky.

None said...

Wow - that's cool! The names are hilarious!!! I will find you some baseball rules...

BTW - we are doing great. And if you would like me to send you a hat for you and your girls - let me know where to send them. They make pretty little pink baseball caps for the girls.

Barb said...

Um, OK. Baseball's pretty easy. There are 9 innings. An inning consists of both teams having a turn at bat. So while Team A is up to bat, Team B is in the outfield.

Each member of Team A takes a turn at bat. The object is to hit the ball and get on base (if he hits a double, he goes to 2nd base; if he hits a triple, he goes to 3rd), but ideally, he should hit a home run. Each home run is worth one point. No matter what the player hits, if he has teammates already on base, they get to run to the next base or bases. If the bases are loaded (men on all 3 bases) and the man at bat hits a home run, that's called a grand slam.

Once Team A has 3 outs, they trade sides, and it's Team B's turn at bat. The most common ways of being called out are: hitting 3 strikes (swinging at the ball and missing it completely), or if the hitter's ball is caught by an outfielder as long as it hasn't yet hit the ground.

That's basically it. There are many more technical terms, but I don't know what they are or what they mean. :P