I spent about twenty five years playing cricket at an amateur level but my association with the game goes back to when I was a babe in arms. My father played, Mum made the teas and my uncle was on the committee! Since giving up playing I have been an avid watcher and usually make an annual pilgrimage to Headingly near Leeds to watch our national side.
Many people who don't understand the game dismiss it as boring and it is not unusual for long games, test matches run over five days, to have quieter moments; but levels of excitement on the pitch can bring the whole crowd to their feet. I always purchase tickets for the stand where us ordinary folk sit and there are lots of things going on that enhance the atmosphere of the match. Traditionally, the Saturday is a fancy dress day and is usually packed. There are copious amounts of alcohol and so the quality of humour tends to take a downward dip in the late afternoon!
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 that’s 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 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 been got 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!
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