A fun field post…..
A Canola field.
Columbia Icefield, Athabasca Glacier, BC, Canada
And finally….a cricket field.
During summer months this oval becomes know as a cricket field.
After Captains toss a coin to see which side is in and which is out,
the side that goes in, goes out and only two of their players come in to bat.
The side that’s out goes into the field to try to get the side that’s in, out.
The side that’s out in the field is known as the bowling or fielding side.
After a batsman hits a ball one of the fielders fields the ball
and returns it to the wicket keeper (extreme left in this pic).
Each side has eleven members plus a twelfth man who can only
field if someone is injured. He can also run for and injured batsman.
The side that’s in has to have two batsmen out in the field.
When ten of the in side’s batsmen are out the in side is said to be all out.
The side that’s in therefore always has one batsman who
is not out even when his side is all out
Unlike baseball with 5 fixed positions that I know of
(pitcher, catcher, and three bases)
there are only two positions on a cricket field where
the out side has to have a player.
Those are bowler and wicket keeper.
The captain of the out side can place his other
nine players at any of the other positions on the field.
Some of these fielding position are;
first, second, third and sometimes fourth slip,
first and second gully, forward short gully, mid off, long off,
cover, deep cover and short cover, extra cover (also known as sweeper)
long on, mid wicket, forward short mid wicket, silly mid off, silly mid on,
leg slip/s, square leg, forward square leg, backward square leg,
point, deep backward point, forward short point,
short and deep fine leg, long stop or very fine leg,
and third man, which can be short or deep.
Should you have no prior knowledge of cricket then I hope you are now wiser 🙂
I have written this explanation as if only played by males
to simplify the writing process.
Australia’s Southern Stars, our National Women’s Team
has just returned from the Caribbean where
they won the 2018 World T20 Championship by defeating
their English counterparts in the final.
Well done Southern Stars!
Below is how the Marylebone Cricket Club explains cricket.
Cricket Explained to a Foreigner
You have two sides, one out in the field and one in.
Each man that’s in the side that’s in the field goes out and when he’s out comes in and the next man goes in until he’s out.
When a man goes out to go in, the men who are out try to get him out, and when he is out he goes in and the next man in goes out and goes in.
When they are all out, the side that’s out comes in and the side that’s been in goes out and tries to get those coming in out.
Sometimes there are men still in and not out.
There are men called umpires who stay out all the time, and they decide when the men who are in are out.
Depending on the weather and the light, the umpires can also send everybody in, no matter whether they’re in or out.
When both sides have been in and all the men are out (including those who are not out), then the game is finished.
– Attributed (tenuously) to the Marylebone Cricket Club.