London, England

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

What are they playing?

While walking through Regent’s Park, I saw many locals using and enjoying this enormous park.  Regent’s Park, one of the Royal Parks and formerly a hunting ground for King Henry VIII, offers gardens, sporting fields, an open-air theater, a café, and foot paths.    On one of the sporting fields, I spotted teams practicing.  The players are all in white and appear to be carrying a bat?  What are they playing????

Cricket is one of the oldest bat and ball games in the world.  It was first played in southern England in the 16th century.  Although often compared to baseball, it is not British baseball.   Cricket is played on a field (often oval) with a rectangular pitch in the middle.  There are two teams.  At any given time there are two batters from one team on the pitch and eleven players from opposing team in the pitch.   The bowler (comparable to a pitcher in baseball) throws a ball from one end of the pitch to another and attempts to knock down a target, called a wicket, that is located behind the batsman while the batsman tries to protect it.   If one of the two batsman hit the ball, then the two can attempt to score runs by running from one end of the pitch to the other.   Like baseball, Cricket games are divided into innings.

Also like baseball, cricket is played professionally  and is one of the most popular sports in England.

Williams, David. (2011). Cricket Rules.  Retrieved from
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