The game of cricket was first thought to be played in England in the 16th century and by the end of the 18th century it had become the national sport of England.
Cricket is a team sport played with a bat made of willow and a ball made of leather. It is played on an oval which is known as the field. In the centre of this field is the “pitch”, on which the main objective of the game is carried out. The pitch is 22 yards in length or 20.12 metres.
A match is contested between two teams of 11 players. The focus of the game is for one team to score as many runs as possible whilst the other team tries to limit the runs scored by the opposition by dismissing them. A run is scored by the striking batsman hitting the ball with his/her bat and running to the opposite end of the pitch and placing their bat in the crease. At the end of the “innings” the tems switch, with one becoming the batting team an d the other the fielding team.
The length of the game is usually restricted by the number of overs bowled. An over consists of 6 deliveries. A game can be played between any number of overs 20,25,40,50 or 60. In games with the MHSN the length of overs is decided between officials before the game.
A batsmen can be out in a number of ways. The most common ways are bowled ,caught ,LBW, run out and stumped. There are however some unusual other ways to get out and these include , “hit wicket”, hit the ball twice, obstructed the field and handled the ball.