Why you should start playing Cricket

I love cricket. It’s a great game to have fun with your friends but also concentrate and improve your hand-eye coordination. 

I love cricket. It’s a great game to have fun with your friends but also concentrate and improve your hand-eye coordination. I play for Nottinghamshire but 3 years ago I had no idea how to play the sport! You always have fun and learn new things. Not everyone knows the rules so I have them here for you: Two teams, both with 11 players, take it in turns to bat and bowl. When one team is batting, they try and score as many runs as they can by hitting the ball around an oval field. The other team must get them out by bowling the ball overarm at the stumps, which are at either end of a 22-yard area called a wicket. A batsman protects his stumps. The bowling team can get the batsmen out by hitting the stumps or catching the ball. Other ways of getting out: Once the batting team is all out, the teams swap over and they then become the bowling side. Each time a team bats it is known as their innings. Teams can have one or two innings depending on how long there is to play. The Ashes Test matches are over five days so England and Australia have two innings each to score as many runs as they can. Whoever scores the most runs wins. But a cricket match can be drawn too. That happens when the team bowling last fails to get all the batsmen out. But this is only when there are two innings per team. If there is one innings, the only way a match can be drawn is if the two teams score the same amount of runs. Nine members of the fielding team can be positioned around the field depending on where the captain wants them. The other two members of the team are the wicketkeeper and the bowler. The bowler delivers the ball, overarm, to one of the batsmen who will try and hit the ball to score runs. One run is scored each time the batsmen cross and reach the set of stumps at the other end of the pitch. Four runs can be scored if the ball reaches the perimeter of the field or six runs if it crosses the perimeter without bouncing. Although all 11 players have the chance to bat, the team is "all out" when 10 wickets have fallen as the "not out" batsman is left without a team-mate at the other end of the wicket. A team doesn't have to be all out for an innings to close. If a captain feels their team has scored enough runs, they can bring the innings to a close by making a "declaration". Teams also have a "12th man" who acts as a substitute fielder if one of the first 11 is injured. However, the 12th man is not allowed to bat or bowl. Hopefully you can understand it a bit better now! Here are clubs if you are interested in starting the sport: http://www.westbridgfordianscc.co.uk http://plumtree.play-cricket.com http://www.radcliffecc.co.uk

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