It is probably easier to learn cricket scoring then you might first expect. Yes, there are a lot of complicated rules and statistics to keep track of, and there are runs, wickets and innings. In some cases, you have to know who lost the most wickets in what inning. Still, when you are scoring cricket, it all just really boils down to which team scores the most runs.
- Know the field. Cricket is played on an oval field. Located in the center of the oval is an area about 22 feet long known as the pitch. Located at opposite ends of the pitch are two batters or strikers, and in the center of the pitch is the pitcher or bowler. The objective of pitcher is to bowl the ball, usually on one bounce, past the striker and hit one of the three wickets that lay behind him.
- Scoring runs. In cricket, when the striker hits the ball, he will run to the opposite end of the pitch and his teammate will do the same; in essence they are passing one another. Every time the striker reaches the other side of the pitch, a run is scored. In cricket, scoring the most runs is the main objective.
- Know the boundaries. Running the length of the pitch is not the only way runs are scored in cricket. Cricket scoring also takes place when the ball is batted over the boundaries. If the ball is batted over the boundary on no bounces, six runs are score. If it is batted over the boundaries on one or more bounces, four runs are scored. Note: The ball does not have to bounce over the boundary to score four runs; it can roll over the boundary as well.
- Keep track of overs. Runs are not the only type scoring that takes place. You will also need to keep track of overs when you are scoring cricket. An over, in essence, is the same thing as an out in baseball. When ten overs are competed in one inning, the inning is over for the team currently batting. An over is acknowledged when a ball is caught in the air, the bowler bowls six consecutive strikes past the striker or a wicket is broken