Here's a little about the game of Cricket
Cricket is an old game, with its history spanning back to the 16th
century. There are 2 basic types of the game:
Test Cricket runs for upto 5-days; the game starts at 8am and ends at
5pm with a lunch break in the afternoon and a couple of quick tea breaks.
One-Day Cricket, as the name suggests, is played in just one day. A team
either wins, loses or goes for a draw (rarely) in a One-Day Cricket match.
Most games that are played these days are One-Day type, and the derivations
Read more here: History
RC Cricket League will play several matches that are derivates of the One-Day
Cricket that take no more than 2 hours per match. Baseball players find
Cricket very familiar. Here are some comparisions:
- In Baseball, there are 9 innings (can be cut short in a casual game)
per team. That is - a batter could get a chance
to play 9 times.
In Cricket, there is only 1 inning per team. That is - a batsman
could get a maximum of 1 chance to play.
- In Baseball, there's a diamond with 4 bases.
In Cricket, there's a rectangular pitch with
- In Baseball, a pitcher throws the ball bending
In Cricket, the bowler throws the ball by
rotating his arm without bending it.
- In Baseball, the batter runs after hitting
the ball and tries to reach the next base(s) safely. The fielders of
the other team try to tag the batter out before he reaches safely. Run
outs can happen here. There could be more than 1 batter on the bases
at a given time. All batters intend to reach to a base safely.
In Cricket, the batsman runs after hitting
the ball and tries to reach the opposite wicket safely. The fielders
of the opposite team try to knock out the wickets the batsman is trying
to reach before he reaches safely. It is not mandatory for the batsman
to run after hitting the ball, though. Run outs can happen here. There
is another batsman at the other end of the pitch. Both batsman should
run on the opposite end and reach safely. Run outs can happen both sides.
- In Baseball, the batter throws the bat
In Cricket, people will yell at you if you throw the bat! Just kidding.
The batsman carries the bat with him and uses
it as an extension to reach the other side safely.
- In Baseball, 1 run is scored when one of the batter covers
all 4 bases.
In Cricket, 1 run is scored when batsman (who hits) reaches
the opposite end of the pitch and the one who was on the
opposite end reaches the stricking end of the pitch.
- In Baseball, one can get a home run - a max. of 4 runs.
In Cricket, 6 runs can be scored max. off
the bat if the ball is tossed out of the field directly (home run, kind
of). If the ball goes out of the field after pitching in the field somewhere,
or rolling, 4 runs are awarded.
- In Baseball, next inning begins when all batters are out. There is
no limitation on the number of pitches pitched.
The game continues till the stipulated number of innings are completed.
In Cricket, there is a fixed number of legal pitches
(called, bowls) per team - which is always a multiple of 6. If those
fixed number of legal pitches are completed, the other team plays; or
else if all players are out within the stipulated legal number of pitches,
the other team plays.
- In Baseball, the team that scores highest and defends their score
In Cricket, same thing.
- In Baseball, high scores like 50 or 100 are rare.
In Cricket, in 15 overs, scores of 90 are common. In International Cricket
where 50 overs (6 pitches per over) are played, scores between
200 and 300 are common.
Read more here: The game
of Cricket, Comparision
between Cricket and Baseball
Watch some free videos
of cricket from Google.com.