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(BBC)   Who said cricket is a gentle sport? South African wicketkeeper Mark Boucher forced to retire due to freak eye injury after getting hit with a bail   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 24
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2012-07-10 12:02:31 PM  
"Oh, it's Cricket. Marvelous game, really. You see, the bowler hurls the ball toward the batter who tries to play away a fine leg. He endeavors to score by dashing between the creases, provided the wicket keeper hasn't whipped his bails off, of course."

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2012-07-10 12:22:29 PM  
Bernie Parent sympathizes.
 
2012-07-10 12:39:19 PM  
Psshh...Just watch Bodyline and you'll understand worse injuries.
 
2012-07-10 12:41:55 PM  
That was a wicked googly!
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2012-07-10 12:46:05 PM  
What is it about cricket? I can understand all the sports I've ever seen including crazy ones like Jai alai.
But cricket is baffling. They are doing simple things: throwing a ball, hitting a ball, catching a ball. But why?! And how did they get those points, and something is over something, and they play all day, and someone has a century. WTF is going on?!
 
2012-07-10 12:46:52 PM  
That's a bad end to a great career. Hopefully we'll see some more keepers wearing proper eye protection now instead of just sunglasses. I might even wear a helmet keeping to a medium paced spinner like Tahir. Who is behind him for S.A.? De Villiers?
 
2012-07-10 12:47:25 PM  
While relaxing during some down time in Scotland a couple months ago I watched a game of cricket. After about an hour I figured it out.
Two things to remember when watching for the first time:

1. There is a bowl (or pitch) count. One side gets x number of bowls and then the other gets the same and whoever scores the most points at the end of the game wins. I still don't know how many bowls each side gets.

2. Indian cricket teams have awesome names. The match I watched featured the Chennai Super Kings vs. Kolkata Knight Riders. With 45% of the camera time focused on their really famous Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan.
 
2012-07-10 12:47:57 PM  
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2012-07-10 12:51:23 PM  
1. There is a bowl (or pitch) count. One side gets x number of bowls and then the other gets the same and whoever scores the most points at the end of the game wins. I still don't know how many bowls each side gets.

the "bowl count" is called an "over". An over is 6 fair deliveries to a batter. In limited overs cricket the two most popular formats are "One Day" which is 50 overs a side, and 20-20, which is twenty overs a side obviously.
 
2012-07-10 12:52:38 PM  
Reminds me when my buddy chipped a tooth playing marbles.
 
2012-07-10 01:32:44 PM  
I lived in Australia in my younger days and took a batted cricket ball off the side of my head when I was 10. I was unconscious for two minutes and they thought I was dead. Outside is solid horsehide and unlike a baseball, it doesn't get soft. It hurt, a lot.
 
2012-07-10 01:48:44 PM  
FTFA:
Boucher, who was on his fourth tour of England, suffered the freak injury on Monday when he was struck by a flying bail while standing up to leg-spinner Imran Tahir on the opening day against Somerset.

Translation for Americans:

He was playing catcher and got blasted in the eye by the thingie that sits on the top of the wickets.
 
2012-07-10 01:50:39 PM  

Decillion: What is it about cricket? I can understand all the sports I've ever seen including crazy ones like Jai alai.
But cricket is baffling. They are doing simple things: throwing a ball, hitting a ball, catching a ball. But why?! And how did they get those points, and something is over something, and they play all day, and someone has a century. WTF is going on?!


I'm assuming you're American? Did you ever play the game "Pickle" as a kid? Cricket is exactly like that but you can bat away the ball that they're throwing back and forth between the bases. You get one point by going from one base to the other.
 
2012-07-10 01:51:23 PM  

meanmutton: Decillion: What is it about cricket? I can understand all the sports I've ever seen including crazy ones like Jai alai.
But cricket is baffling. They are doing simple things: throwing a ball, hitting a ball, catching a ball. But why?! And how did they get those points, and something is over something, and they play all day, and someone has a century. WTF is going on?!

I'm assuming you're American? Did you ever play the game "Pickle" as a kid? Cricket is exactly like that but you can bat away the ball that they're throwing back and forth between the bases. You get one point by going from one base to the other.


shiat, you're Canadia... hmm... it's just like curling but instead of ... know what? Never mind.
 
2012-07-10 01:54:36 PM  

meanmutton: I'm assuming you're American? Did you ever play the game "Pickle" as a kid? Cricket is exactly like that but you can bat away the ball that they're throwing back and forth between the bases. You get one point by going from one base to the other.


Cricket is nothing like that .. and we called that game Run the Bases
 
2012-07-10 02:00:16 PM  

MugzyBrown: meanmutton: I'm assuming you're American? Did you ever play the game "Pickle" as a kid? Cricket is exactly like that but you can bat away the ball that they're throwing back and forth between the bases. You get one point by going from one base to the other.

Cricket is nothing like that .. and we called that game Run the Bases


Eh, you live in Philly, where they call Cheez Wiz and Steak-Ums some sort of steak-and-cheese sandwich.
 
2012-07-10 02:02:30 PM  

meanmutton: I'm assuming you're American? Did you ever play the game "Pickle" as a kid? Cricket is exactly like that but you can bat away the ball that they're throwing back and forth between the bases. You get one point by going from one base to the other.


I always thought it was somewhere between baseball and pickle. First you have an at-bat like baseball, then after you hit the ball (and a foul ball is live), you enter a game of pickle.
 
2012-07-10 02:10:21 PM  

drewogatory: 1. There is a bowl (or pitch) count. One side gets x number of bowls and then the other gets the same and whoever scores the most points at the end of the game wins. I still don't know how many bowls each side gets.

the "bowl count" is called an "over". An over is 6 fair deliveries to a batter. In limited overs cricket the two most popular formats are "One Day" which is 50 overs a side, and 20-20, which is twenty overs a side obviously.


Question:
Does the batter get all 6 fair deliveries even if they hit the first one out? Or if he hits the first one and it's caught by an opposing player?

And if I recall the point system is:
1 point for every time someone crosses the wicket
2 points for a ball that rolls over the line
5 points for a ball hit cleanly over the line.
Correct?

Oh, and is the runner out if he gets hit by the ball or if the ball hits the wicket before the runner crosses the line? It looked like they were aiming for the players more than the wicket.
 
2012-07-10 02:31:11 PM  

Land Ark: drewogatory: 1. There is a bowl (or pitch) count. One side gets x number of bowls and then the other gets the same and whoever scores the most points at the end of the game wins. I still don't know how many bowls each side gets.

the "bowl count" is called an "over". An over is 6 fair deliveries to a batter. In limited overs cricket the two most popular formats are "One Day" which is 50 overs a side, and 20-20, which is twenty overs a side obviously.

Question:
Does the batter get all 6 fair deliveries even if they hit the first one out? Or if he hits the first one and it's caught by an opposing player?

And if I recall the point system is:
1 point for every time someone crosses the wicket
2 points for a ball that rolls over the line
5 points for a ball hit cleanly over the line.
Correct?

Oh, and is the runner out if he gets hit by the ball or if the ball hits the wicket before the runner crosses the line? It looked like they were aiming for the players more than the wicket.


Jesus. It's one RUN every time the batter changes ends. 4 runs if the ball rolls across the boundry and six runs if the ball clears the boundry on the fly. A batter bats until he is out or the game ends, regardless of how many deliveries/overs it takes or how many runs he scores. You get out by being "caught out" (fielder catches the ball in the air after it touches your bat), "run out" (your wicket is knocked over while you are running between the wickets), "bowled" (bowler knocks down your wicket cleanly), leg-before-wicket (you block the ball from hitting your wicket with your body like goaltending) or stumped (which is like being picked off base basically). There are some other ways (leaving the field w/o permission, handling the ball, hitting it twice, timing out) that never come up.
 
2012-07-10 05:31:02 PM  
It's always sad when a good (great?) athlete's career is cut short by injury. I just hope this guy is able to recover and enjoy success in whatever field he chooses to pursue now that the whole cricket thing is no longer an option.

/American
//never watched a cricket match
///have studied the rules though... for some reason
////Duckworth-Lewis is a joke, right? You guys don't actually do that?
 
2012-07-10 08:48:13 PM  

Olympic Trolling Judge: Duckworth-Lewis is a joke, right? You guys don't actually do that?


It happened today: Australia scored 145, England answered with 138 and won. My favorite was last summer when England and India were tied 280 to 270.
 
2012-07-10 08:56:18 PM  
BBC doesn't show the picture? Come on subby.

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It is pretty sad. And yes AB De Villiers takes his place, I don't think it'll hurt South Africa much, they'll have room for another quick.
 
2012-07-11 10:51:41 AM  

Land Ark: While relaxing during some down time in Scotland a couple months ago I watched a game of cricket. After about an hour I figured it out.
Two things to remember when watching for the first time:

1. There is a bowl (or pitch) count. One side gets x number of bowls and then the other gets the same and whoever scores the most points at the end of the game wins. I still don't know how many bowls each side gets.

2. Indian cricket teams have awesome names. The match I watched featured the Chennai Super Kings vs. Kolkata Knight Riders. With 45% of the camera time focused on their really famous Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan.


1. You've been watching one-day cricket. Five day Tests are a bit more complicated than that, and far superior.

2. I love the way that Indian cricket fans biatch about colonialism, and yet out of the eight founding teams of the IPL you have the "Kings", the "Super Kings", the "Royals", and the "Royal Challengers". And yeah, the fans spend most of their time looking over their shoulders at the Bollywood stars in the stands.

3.T20 sucks.
 
2012-07-11 11:20:28 AM  

Trapper439: 2. I love the way that Indian cricket fans biatch about colonialism, and yet out of the eight founding teams of the IPL you have the "Kings", the "Super Kings", the "Royals", and the "Royal Challengers".


I think those are named after local historical kings and places like Rajahstan, and nothing to do with British monarchy.


Trapper439: 3.T20 sucks.


Yes it does.


And the over count still matters in tests; they won't usually play more than 450.
 
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