Cricket is a team sport played between two teams of 11 players Players are selected to form each “squad” and 11 players are selected from that squad. Each team has its own captain, multiple batsmen, multiple bowlers and other players acting as fielders. It is a bat-and-ball game played on a roughly elliptical grass field, in the centre of which is a flat strip, called a pitch. Steps:
Setting up the field 1 Find an oval field to play on. The field should have a strip that runs down the field length wise, called the pitch. This is where the bowler (pitcher) will bowl the ball to the other team’s striker. A boundary line should be clearly marked all around the field. Regulation play has the pitch at 22 yards in length.
2Mark the field with lines that indicate the creases. Marked should be the batting, return, popping and bowling creases.
3Place the wickets on the field–one set behind the bowler and the other behind the striker. Each wicket has three stumps that stand side by side. At the top of the stumps are bails that connect the stumps.
4Outfit the wicket keeper behind the striker with the gloves. He or she crouches behind the striker ready for the ball to be hit and is the only fielder that has gloves.
5Start the game with a striker and a non-striker out on the field for the batting team. The non-striker is located by the bowler, and is the striker’s partner. The striker is ready to be bowled to by standing in a batting position in front of the wicket ready to hit the ball. The bowler has the option to bowl either from ’round the wicket’ or ‘over the wicket’ depending upon his bowling strategy and the field set up.
Playing the game
1Toss a coin to see who gets to choose which team is on the field. The winner of the toss may choose to take the field or bat first. Cricket captains are the ones that make this and most of the decisions for the teams.
2Bowl the ball to the striker, with usually one bounce before it reaches the striker. The bowler is trying to hit the wicket behind the striker to get him out.
3Hit the ball and both the batsmen run to try to reach the opposite popping crease. When both successfully touch, by body or bat, the ground behind the opposite crease, a run is scored. Depending on where the ball is they may try to score another run by running back to the starting popping crease. This must be done before the other team’s fielders knocks the bails off the stumps with the Cricket ball, which is an out.
4Score six runs by hitting the ball over the boundary with out touching the ground. If the ball reaches the boundary and touches the ground in doing so, the batting team is granted four runs. These runs are automatic unless the runners have scored more.There are some extra runs as well. If the bowler oversteps the crease while bowling it is called a ‘no ball’. It gives the batting side an extra run and at the same time the ball wont be counted and the only way a batsman can lose his/her wicket on a no ball by getting run out. If the bowler bowls the ball beyond the reach of the batsman in either sides or above his height, it is called a ‘wide ball’ and will give an extra run to the batting side and the ball won’t be counted.
5End an inning when ten of the batsmen are out, or the score required to meet is reached. Or the predetermined amount of overs has passed.
Get an Over 1Get the striker outs with six successive bowls which is called an over, that he has not hit and are all strikes. Un-hittable balls are not included in the six bowls. After the over, the bowler turns direction and pitches to the reverse side of the field.
2Catch the ball in the air, while in the boundary, and the striker is out. Both feet of the fielder must be in the boundary. If the batsman touches the ball with his hand that is not touching the bat on purpose it is an out.
3Break the wicket behind the bowler by direct hit from the bowler or reflected off the striker is an out. Also if a batsman touches or breaks a wicket with his body or equipment is an out. Reflect the ball with your body so it doesn’t hit the wicket is called an out by the umpire. Stumping the batsman is when the wicket-keeper gets the striker out by breaking the wicket when the striker steps outside of his crease while trying to play the ball. Outs can happen if the next striker takes more than two minutes to appear on the field after the preceding wicket falls. Also if the striker hits the Cricket ball twice while not defending the wicket.
4Interference by a batsman is called an out. This doesn’t include running through the path of the fielder with the ball to deter him from throwing the ball to the wicket