How to bluff your way through Cricket Varsity
The Tab gives you its definitive guide to Cricket Varsity
Cricket Varsity offers the potential for a great day sat in the sunshine relaxing in front of the splendidly English game of cricket.
A large proportion of those turning up tomorrow won’t be able to tell their bowlers from their batsmen, however, so here’s The Tab‘s top ten tips to help bluff your way through the day:
Unlike the usual cricketing whites, to make differentiating between the sides just that little bit easier, Exeter will be playing in green and Bristol in red.
2. The Toss
The two captains, before the start of the game, toss a coin to determine who will be batting, and who will be bowling first.
The batsmen are the two chaps in the middle of the pitch wearing all the protective equipment. Their job is to score as many runs as possible in the allotted overs.
The bowlers job is to try and get the batsmen ‘out’ and send them back to the pavilion. If they get 10 batsmen ‘out,’ the batting team are all out.
Each team has an innings. In this instance, each innings will be 50 overs. (An over includes six balls by the bowler.) Ultimately, the team who scores the most runs in their innings wins the game.
Batters can score ‘runs’ by either running the 22 yard pitch or hitting boundaries. Boundaries come in 4s and 6s. If it bounces before going over the rope, it is a four. If it goes on the full, it is a six.
More commonly known as wickets, there are 11 forms of dismissal. The ones to remember are:
- Bowled: Where the bowler hits the batsman’s stumps with the ball
- Caught: Where the batsman hits the ball in the air and is caught by a fielder
- LBW (Leg Before wWicket): Put simply, this involves the batsman being hit on the leg by the bowler in front of the stumps
- Run Out: The batsmen attempt to run but the fielder hits the stumps with the ball before it can be completed.
8. Other dismissals
If you want to be really clever, Google the other modes of dismissal: stumped, hit wicket, retired, handled the ball, hit the ball twice, obstructing the field and timed out.
In true English fashion, the players break between innings for tea. Supporters often use this break for some refreshments of their own.
10. And finally…
If you’re still clueless, drink plenty of alcohol and everything will appear considerably more entertaining.