How To Score Cricket
Learning how to score cricket can be slightly confusing. Playing cricket is confusing, so you know keeping score in a cricket match wont be an easy task. After seeing how difficult it is to score cricket, you may want to put your bat down and pick up a basketball. Maybe even a football. Scoring cricket is about involved as laying the actual game.
In order to play and score a game of cricket, you will need:
- cricket ball
- cricket bat
- stumps and bails for wickets
- Scoring. When a batsman hits the ball, he has a chance to score in cricket. Batsmen score when they cross the midway running between the "popping creases. Every time they do this a single run is scored. Yeah confused yet? It gets worse.
- Out. A batsman is called out when the opposing fielder gets the ball and strikes a "wicket" with it. Now, the wicket has to be at least partially dislodged when hit. If this happens and the running batsman is behind that particular popping crease, he's called out. Now, he's only called out after he hits the ball and decides to run. This means he doesn't have to run if he feels it's unsafe to do so.
- Big points. If a batsman hits the ball and it reaches the boundary, he scores four runs without having to run. If it goes over the boundary wall, he'll get six runs.
- Overthrows. If the opposing player grabs the ball and chucks it too far, in an attempt to get the batsman out, he gives the other team another four runs.
- Keeping score. There are two types of games. You have the "limit over matches" which are one inning long, and the "first class cricket matches" which are two innings. In limit over matches, if the first team scores say, 225 points, then the opposing team is shooting to score at least 226 points. In first class cricket matches, one team has to score a total number of runs that exceeds the amount of runs scored in two innings by their opponents. So if in the first inning the first team scores 200, and the second they score 250, then in two innings the second team needs to score a total 451 points to win.
- Wickets. Wickets don't mean much, though they keep track of them. The only time they matter is if both teams end up with the same score. If the first team ends up with 500 points and nine wickets, and the second team has 500 points and eleven wickets, then the first team wins. Now if team one has 475 points and 30 wickets, but team two has 450 points and two wickets, team one wins because they have more points.