Early Cricket was described as "a club striking a ball, like the ancient game of club-ball", which pretty much takes care of the basics.
There is a bit more to it than that though, it is hundreds of years old and was first played in the 16th century in southern England. Things spread a little slower back then so it took a couple of hundred years for it to become the English national sport. It might have spread even faster if fines were not handed out for those who missed church to play! Nowadays it is a hugely popular global sport played by millions in many different formats.
Did you know?
Keep your diary clear! The longest cricket match on record took place in 1939 when England and South Africa played for fourteen days, ending in a tie. Not every match lasts so long though, Australia beat South Africa in a 1932 test match that lasted only 5 hours and 53 minutes.
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3 reasons to get into Cricket
Cricket keeps your mind sharp
Cricket provides mental exercise and has been compared to chess. Observational skills and an understanding of strategy are developed during each game. Learning to read an opponent's body language and intentions can produce great results and teaches children how to influence others.
Suitable for everyone
Children of all ages and abilities can enjoy cricket socially and competitively. The strategic element of cricket means that boy or girl, big or small makes little difference. Competitive cricket will mostly be played at a cricket club on a pitch or oval field but recreational cricket can just as easily be played in the garden or at the park.
The spirit of the game
The phrase "it's just not cricket" is commonly used to describe unfair behaviour because sportsmanship comes above all else in Cricket. Players, even at the very top level, will inform the umpire if they are out, despite there being no requirement to do so and great advantages to be gained from not owning up. Kids will learn honesty and integrity while getting fit and smart, not a bad combination!
Cricket to us was more than play, it was a worship in the summer sun
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