DrunkFace wrote:Fun fact No.1
The first ever international cricket match was held at Bloomingdale Park, New York between the USA and Canada in 1844.
I did not know that, thanks!
IDK about other countries, but cricket isn't on pay per view here, its either on Sky, or free to air.
KEN-JENNINGS wrote:I could never get into cricket. I don't understand it, which is probably the main issue. Someone PM me an explanation that a simpleton like me can understand please. I'm sure I'll love it once I know what the fuck is going on...never met a competition I didn't like.
Stand in front of the wickets (the three bits of wood sticking out of the ground), hit the ball & run up & down the pitch to score "runs". Hit the ball out of the playing field to get lots of score lots of runs. Teams take turns bowling & batting. The team with the most runs (highest score) at the end of the game wins.
An "over" is when a bowler bowls 6 balls.
A batsman holds the bat & hits balls.
A fielder stands out in the field and chases the ball (or tries to catch it)
A wicket keeper is a glorified fielder, who stands behind the wickets.
When batting you typically get out by: Being bowled (bowler hits wickets with ball), being caught out (ball is caught after being hit, before it touches the ground), or LBW (Leg Before Wicket) - ball hits legs when legs are in front of wicket.
A four/boundary is when the batsman hits the ball to the boundary, but it touches the ground along the way - instant 4 runs.
A six is when the batsman hits the ball to the boundary without the ball touching the ground - instant 6 runs. 666 really is the number of the beast in cricket.
There are variations on the amount of time played, number of balls bowled etc. The two main ones are:
- Test cricket. Games are up to 5 days long, and teams take two turns each at batting & bowling. They're typically played in traditional english white uniforms.
- One Day games. These are typically limited to 50 overs, each team bats & bowls only once, and there are overs-based limits on the fielding & bowling.. One dayers are more exciting.