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A bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players on a circular cricket field outlined by a boundary rope. At the centre of this is a rectangular 22-yard-long pitch with a wicket – a set of three wooden stumps – at each end.

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The Basics

  • During a standard cricket match each team has a turn at batting, attempting to score runs, and at fielding, attempting to prevent runs being made. The team which has scored the most runs at the end of the game wins.
  • Players bat in pairs and attempt to score runs by hitting the ball to the boundary rope or by running between the wickets. They can be given out if the ball hits their wicket, a fielder catches their shot before the ball bounces, or their leg prevents the ball hitting the wicket (knows as LBW or ‘leg before wicket’). 
  • The fielding team nominate a bowler to bowl a six-ball over. Once they have completed this then someone else on the team must takeover. An innings will continue until the batting side have lost ten wickets or a set number of overs have been bowled. 


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