Understanding Cricket

Sport is everywhere! No summer lull. We have had Women’s World Cup in France, Wimbledon got underway last week and right now the Cricket World Cup in England has reached the semi-finals stage. The BBC learning app/website looked at the Cricket World Cup and prepared a video at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/lingohack/ep-190529

To help you better understand the game of cricket I wanted to present Cricket to you in a “Recipe” fashion and to get some visual help check out the video sequence on the following website: https://www.cricketworldcup.com/

Recipe for Cricket.

The winning team is the one with the most points (runs) at the end of a game so you might see 203 for 7, which means the team scored 203 runs and 7 batsmen were out (dismissed).


  • 1 field – Oval shaped (approx 150m diameter) with a boundary.
  • 1 boundary – a rope is the boundary at the edge of the field.
  • 1 pitch – (20m) strip in the centre with a wicket at each end.
  • 2 wickets (made of wood) – 6 stumps / 4 bails
  • 2 teams – 1 batting / 1 fielding
  • 1 ball – 1 bowler
  • 2 bats (made of wood) – 2 batsmen
  • Method
  • 1. Take 2 batsmen from the batting on the field in front of their wickets and 1 bowler, a wicket keeper (behind the wicket) and other fielding players.
  • 2. The bowler bowls (overarm) towards one of the batsmen and tries to get him out by knocking over the wicket or making the batsman hit a bad shot and a fielder catches the ball.
  • 3. The batsman tries to hit the ball as far as he can and starts running towards the other wicket over the 20 metre pitch and swap positions with the other batsman. Successfully completed this is a ‘run’. The two batsmen try to get as many runs as possible from the one ball.
  • 4. The batsman can hit the ball out of the boundary (edge of the field) he automatically gets 4 (the ball is on the ground when it goes over the boundary) or 6 runs (the ball is in the air).


A cricket match is made up of ‘overs’ (1 over = 6 bowls). There are different types of Cricket competitions and they all depend on the number of ‘overs’ per team. I hope that gave you a short overview of the words and rules of the game.

For an even more detailed introduction into the game you can watch the brand new ‘Learn English with Gill’ video. https://youtu.be/mUrIYJi_HPc

2 Gedanken zu „Understanding Cricket

  1. Jenny Antworten

    Don’t mix it up with croquet („Krocket“ in German) although it sounds almost the same. 😉

    It’s interesting how old cricket is (had its origin in the 16th century, some sources say even earlier) and how it has made its way throughout the Commonwealth becoming a national sport in England and many other countries. Especially in Asia, e.g. India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, people love this game which is in Germany rather unknown. In 1900 cricket was even part of the Olympic Summer Games with England as gold medal winner – the only one as cricket has never been olympic again so far.

    • Dave Preston Autor des BeitragsAntworten

      Thanx 4 the added titbits. As you said especially in India the develpoment of the T2O (Twenty20)(20 overs per Team) has made the game shorter (1 day) and more exciting with the addition of the Cricket Premier league and money, many talented cricketers Play their cricket in India.

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