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Could someone explain cricket?

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
edited January 2023 in General Chat
I was walking home from class last night when I saw a bunch of international students playing cricket in the middle of the track stadium. I was fascinated and watched for about 15 minutes, but didn't understand anything more than that the scoring is based on running back and forth between the wickets.

Could someone explain it to me? Is there a set way of arranging your fielders? How does a batter lose his turn at bat?
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Yes us british do play some funny games <IMG SRC="tongue.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">.

    Ok basically the teams take turns to bat. A bowler bowls the ball at the batter, and when he hits it, him and his partner run between the wickets. For every run they get 1 "run" - see the link? <IMG SRC="biggrin.gif" border="0" ALT="icon"> Then for hitting a ball that goes to the boundry (outside of the pitch or field) you get 4 points. And finally, if you hit a ball that goes outside without even hitting the ground you get 6 runs.

    The batters can be got out by hitting the stumps with the ball, being caught out, or like in baseball someone getting the ball to the wickets before they get back. Everyone in the team gets a turn to bat. and then it's the next teams go.

    There is no set way of arranging fielders, it is upto the team, except the bowler and wicket keeper. Often people will put people "in the slip" which is near the batter, on the side they like to hit the ball in the hope that they will catch the batter out. Also some people go further out to return any balls that go a long way.

    There we go, the simple guid to cricket
    - cricketers I'm sure would like top point out any mistake or missed facts.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    A bowler can also be put out by lbw (leg before wicket) whereby the umpire judges that the batter has stopped the ball from hitting the wicket with his body.

    The full rules are very arcane and complicated, I'm sure there are lots of sites dedicated to it
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    An excuse to sit around in the sun pretending to watch the people in white walk around rubbing balls and the like...

    to take it seriously would be too dull <IMG SRC="tongue.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    cricket is a great sport <IMG SRC="wink.gif" border="0" ALT="icon"> you need to understand the finer rules for maximum appreciation though <IMG SRC="smile.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">

    you can't beat a piss up down the test match on a saturday p.m with the lads
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    My mates don't get it either, I can't play it but its a great way to spend a lazy Summers afternoon with the Channel 4 coverage..........

    <IMG SRC="smile.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">
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