Each team takes it in turn to bat, attempting to score runs, while the other team fields. Each turn is known as an innings.
The bowler delivers the ball to the batsman who attempts to hit the ball with his bat far enough for him to run to the other end of the pitch and score a run. Each batsman continues batting until he is out.
The batting team continues batting until ten batsmen are out, at which point the teams switch roles and the fielding team comes in to bat.
Everybody clear on that?
Well, for those of you still lost, even after reading the previous paragraphs, I have an answer. For those of you who would like to have a better understanding of the actual game itself I give you this little gem.
I came across it in the ‘Children’s Book of Games, Pastimes and Hobbies’ (Odhams Press, 1935-40) and it is a masterclass in simplicity.
All you need to do is print off the template, create your own player list and follow the instructions to gain an insight into the English national sport! Enjoy!