Cricket is fun? ! An introduction to the game by John Bell To Cricket Links at END
The idea of the game There are 2 Teams of up to 11 people One team has 11 people fielding (Called Fielders). The other has 2 people (at a time) batting (Called Batsmen) The batters try to score “runs” (points) and not get out The fielders try to stop them getting “runs” and try to get them out The game lasts until all have batted OR a certain amount of time has passed. The team with the most “runs” (or points) wins. COMPLICATED ….. OR WHAT???? ….. SEE MORE►
Why “Throw”? To STOP the batsmen scoring many “runs” and Maybe get them “ Run OUT”
Cricket - a game of skill So how to play??? Where to stand to get the best chances?? What the game looks like & Some terms (or names) to help know the game & Play better
The Pitch Terms, Names & Fielding positions See How Batsman Out
A special Fielder: THE WICKET KEEPER The “Wicket Keeper” is very important as he “Stumps”, “Catches” the Batsman, AND “Saves” runs How to “Keep Wicket”How to “Keep Wicket” Better “Stumps” “Saves” “Catches”
The “Stumps”or “Wickets” The target for the “Bowlers” & “Fielders” The “Batsmen” protect
How to hold the bat The bat And Hit the ball!! OR
Batting Sequence Each of the six-image sequences is made up of the following events: Frame 1: The bowler is in the pre-delivery position. Note: All four of the players’ hands hang directly under their shoulders. Frame 2: Trigger Movement, un-weighting of the front foot - Back foot landing of the bowler. Frame 3: Bowler – Front Foot Contact Frame 4: Point of Release i.e. the bowler lets go of the ball Frame 5: Ball – approximately half way down the wicket - Top of Backswing Frame 6: Ball Impact
Ready to hit the the ball Front Foot Shots Back Foot Shots
Bowling Tips & Rules How to bowl Fast and hold the ball These 3 pieces of wood are called “Stumps” OR “The Wicket” How to Spin the ball How to bowl Leg Spin Basic Bowling Grips for Spin
Left Arm Bowler Usually 6 balls per over plus any “Wide” or “No” “Balls” Typical bowling action– NOTE: aim along non bowling arm & windmill movement Right Arm Bowler
More Bowling “No (or bad) Ball” “Good Ball” Note position of “feet” “ Front” foot – Inside (or ON) the line OR “ Front” foot – Beyond the line Bowling “action”
Some simple bowling tips Hold the ball in your favourite hand Run in looking at where you want to bowl it When you throw the ball keep your arms straight Imagine you are a “windmill” or “catapult” Release the ball and watch where it goes – it may come back and give you a catch feel a good rhythm Accuracy is more important than speed Link to bbc sport cricket skills bowling
Bowling to Batsman Bowler Batsman Umpire Wicket
Pitch, wicket. Where to land the ball = Line & length
“Good shot” !!! How runs can be scored Hit the ball beyond….. or the bowler (or a fielder) throws it past –Boundary targets (a line all around the edge of the field) : Crossing the boundary line to side, front or back - touching the ground first = 4 runs Crossing the boundary line to side, front or back – in the air = 6 runs Over the boundary line, hitting a building out of the ground= 6 runs Hit the ball.. The Batsmen hits the ball and has time to run safely to the other end (wicket) –Running between wickets: One run scored for every length of the pitch run unless a Boundary scored. See Cricket Ground
Batsmen may be OUT in the following manner if they are Bowled LBW Leg Before Wicket Stumped Caught Run Out
Batsmen may be OUT if they are –B–Behind the Safety Line (or Crease): The ball properly bowled by the bowler hits the wicket. The ball is caught by a fielder, after being hit, before touching the ground. If they knock down their wicket instead of hitting the ball LBW (leg stops ball hitting wicket) –B–Between the Safety Lines (or Creases): The batsman forgets to stand behind the safety line while the ball is in play and his wicket is knocked down by a player holding the ball. The ball thrown by a fielder hits the wicket while the batsmen is running between the lines See Pitch & Fielding
A few things to remember: Batsmen must at least get to the front crease line, at the other end, to score a run. The ball is “in play” until it has stopped moving and batsmen (and fielders) have stopped running. Batsmen may hit the ball, if they can, anywhere they like. A batsman out without having scored a run, scores a 'duck' and if on the first ball a ‘golden duck’ – their embarrassment is awesome.
Now – Some More Rules Teams are of 11 people (or as agreed) One Team – Fields and Bowls The Other – Bats and Runs A bowler usually bowls 6 balls (this is called “an Over”) to the batsmen from one end Then a different bowler bowls 6 from the other … and so on If the ball is impossible to hit or dangerous the batsmen gets another go AND an extra run (or point) The Game continues until an agreed number of “Overs” is reached (bowled) OR all the batsmen are out! When this happens the other team gets a chance to bat until they are “all out”, have no more Overs, or Win. The team with the highest score at the end - WINS
Cricket – Other typical Rules The playing pitch shall measure 22 yards (or 20 metres). The ball is usually covered in red leather, hard, about tennis ball size y weighs c. 160gm Each team has the same number of players + Reserves. The Fielding team will have no more than 11 players on the pitch at any one time. The Batting team 2 Each game will be an agreed Time, number of “Overs” ‘Bowled’ per side OR until all Batsmen are OUT It is the responsibility of the fielding team to complete their Overs without wasting time.
How the Overs will be bowled (pitched): Maximum Overs bowled per player in a game may be agreed before it starts A Bowler must not cross the (Crease) front line before they release the ball When making a run the Batsman must reach the opposite crease (line) to be safe and score the run The bowler must bowl with a straight arm The umpires decision (referee) cannot be disputed
Winning Once ALL the Batsmen (from both teams) are OUT or ALL the Overs have been bowled. The team with the most runs wins IF the game is stopped because there is no more time it is a called a DRAW John Bell
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Cricket - a game of skill Watch these examples Learning the game - bbc sport cricket skills Botham the All-rounder (he bats, he bowls, he catches!) Less common ways of How to get “Out” Bowling looks easy Batting looks easy
ALWAYS 1.PLAY FAIR (ish) … it is a game for honourable people 2.ENJOY THE GAME 3.WIN GOOD LUCK ALWAYS HELPS And remember the more you practice the luckier you get
There is a subtle difference between cricket and baseball The ball can bounce before the batsman hits it. This bouncing ball hits the 'pitch', BUT the player bouncing it is not called a 'pitcher' like his baseball equivalent. He is the 'bowler', ……. and must keep his arm straight when releasing (throwing) the ball He aims at the batsman's wicket (or base). The wicket consists of three upright wooden sticks called STUMPS When hit, by the ball, the arrangement collapses and the BAILS (smaller sticks across the top fall off), indicating the batsman is ‘OUT'. At this point the next team member comes in to bat and, those watching (may) sagely murmur 'bowled him‘ SO HOW IS CRICKET PLAYED?
Runs (points) may be scored in the following manner Have we gone mad???
Some Cricket Links Cricket Peru http://perucricket.com/ Lima Cricket & Football Club Calle Justo Vigil 200, Magdalena del MarPhone : 264-0033 http://www.clublimacricket.com/ The International Cricket Council http://www.icc-cricket.com/icc/ For an explanation of the game see: http://www.cricketnewcastle.asn.au/about_cricket.php MCC (Lords) http://www.lords.org/mcc/about-mcc/ http://www.freecricketcoaching.com/ Cricket Coaching: Batting, Bowling, Wicket Keeping To Beginning