Cricket in Burwell, Cambridgeshire
The game of cricket is a popular game played in the summer months in England. It is a game that is played between two teams and involves the use of a bat and a ball. It is played on a oval playing field and there are 11 players in each team. The game of cricket is played to the tune of 42 laws which have been agreed with cricketing nations all over the world.
Players - as previously mentioned eleven is the usual number. The player will be placed either as a batsman or bowler dependant on what his or her primary skill is. There will usually be slightly more specialist batsmen than bowlers on a team and one person whose job it is to look after the wicket - this is crucial responsibility out on the field. The team will be led by a captain who will decide tactics used to play the game. Occasionally a player will exceed at all three components of cricket, batting, bowling and wicket minding. This is very rare for a player to be truly good at all three and they are known as all-rounders.
Umpire - the umpire is the person who watches over the game and makes decisions on the outcome of play. Usually the umpire stands behind the wicket but in an international game there could be three umpires at any one time.
The playing ground - this is an oval shaped grass area. There is no actual dimensions that the pitch has to subscribe to, although 450 ft is normal . The outer perimeter is marked with tape or fencing.
The nature of the pitch - each pitch is going to vary slightly in ground conditions and this can affect all aspects of the play including how the ball will bounce, spin, and the movement that the bowler will be be able to produce on the ball. A hard pitch will give very good bounce for batsmen. A wet pitch are very good for fast, skilled bowler due to the amount of movement they can get from the ball. A dry pitch is not very good for batting.
Cricket is a popular sport in all countries - currently the second most popular in the world and is played by many different countries. The game as it is today however originated from England.