Cricket

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make the toss, but that player is called the bowler.

The reg­u­la­tion pitch has a se­ries of stakes at each end known as the wick­ets and there is a wicket keeper on the bat­ting side of the pitch to help the field­ing team, 11 mem­bers, put out the op­pos­ing side’s two bat­ting play­ers.

Runs are scored when the two play­ers from the bat­ting team, one the bats­man and the other a run­ner wait­ing near the bowler, run the length the pitch, from one set of wick­ets to the other, to score a run be­fore the ball is re­turned by the field­ers. A dou­ble run by the two scores two runs, and a ball hit out of the boundary of the field with a bounce scores four runs, with­out the play­ers hav­ing to ac­tu­ally run be­tween the wick­ets. A ball hit as a line drive out of the boundary scores six runs.

Bowlers can be put out by the ball knock­ing down the wicket be­hind them, known as be­ing bowled out, by the ball be­ing caught by field­ers, or by the “run out” or “leg be­fore the wicket” rules among the other op­tions in the game.

That may sound a bit con­fus­ing to those who watch Ma­jor League Base­ball or even Lit­tle League, but you will be sure to learn much more about the game of cricket and its book of rules by at­tend­ing one of the All Star Cricket Club’s matches. Be­fore a game be­gins, team mem­bers might even give you a demon­stra­tion of how the bowler and bats­man put a ball into play and how the de­fend­ers seek to dis­miss their bat­ting op­po­nents.

Photo by Joseph B. Nadeau

Ra­jesh Kamma bowls to the bat­ter on the cricket pitch at Bissonnette Field.

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