Three Is The Magic Number : Cricket

Cricket is an interesting one game, but one that is staggeringly difficult to explain to those who don’t know what it is.  The novel explanation, from a source I can’t find, is this:

You have two sides, one out in the field and one in. Each man that’s in the side that’s in goes out, and when he’s out he comes in and the next man goes in until he’s out. When they are all out, the side that’s out comes in and the side thats been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out. Sometimes you get men still in and not 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. There are two men called umpires who stay all out all the time and they decide when the men who are in are out.

When both sides have been in and all the men have out, and both sides have been out twice after all the men have been in, including those who are not out, that is the end of the game!

The essence is that there are two teams of 11 people.  Whoever scores the most runs, wins.

A bowler from one side bowls a ball at a batsman from the other team.  The batsman can run in-between somethings called wickets to score runs, or he can hit the ball along the floor to the boundary rope for 4 runs or over it for 6.  He’s out if a fielder catches the ball, a fielder hits the wickets while the batsman is running between them, the ball hits the batsman’s leg in front of the wickets or the bowler, when bowling, hits the wickets.

That’s not exhaustive.  But anyway.

Wickets…  This is what they look like.

stumps

The three uprights are called stumps, and the two horizontal pieces are called bails.  I always found the design a bit strange.  Why three stumps?

Turns out that when cricket was in its infancy the stumps used to be singular – one wide stump, or piece of wood.  Then they moved on to thinner pieces and kept the name with the bails and the outer stumps defining the area that the batsman had to protect.  But then the ball could go between them so a third one was added in the middle.

Three is the magic number when it comes to stumps!

So there you go.  Interesting stuff.

You can be high in society
You can be top of your family tree
But have you got what it takes to be out in the middle?
You can be blessed with a fine physique
You can impress every girl you meet
But have you got what it takes to be out in the middle?

And you can pray to any deity you like
I’m sure he’s got a lot of better things to do with his time

You can have a suit from Saville Row
You can have a yacht down in Monaco
But have you got what you need to go out in the middle?
You can have money, you can have fame
You can have crowds calling out your name
But you have only yourself to blame out in the middle
And you can pray to any deity you like
I’m sure he’s got a lot of better things to do with his time
With his time

You can have an Oxbridge PHD
You can have a box at the MCC
But have you got what it takes to be out in the middle?
You can be the last great pioneer
You can be the king of the wild frontier
But do you know how to face your fears out in the middle?

Out in the middle …

Out In The Middle by The Duckworth Lewis Method

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  1. true george

    The Pakistanis say that the only good thing the British did was to bring the game of Cricket to Pakistan…..

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