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