What Are The Scoring Rules In Cricket?

I’ve tried to convince a lot of my friends to start watching cricket over the years, and often the first question I’ll get asked is about the scoring rules. They’ll usually ask something like ‘What’s the difference between a 4 and a 6?’ or ‘what does 100-2 mean?’. Sometimes the questions are as simple as ‘what is a wide?’ or …

What Is The Follow On In Cricket?

The longer versions of cricket where matches last multiple days can be incredibly confusing for beginners. You’ll need a good knowledge of the rules of the game in order to stay up to date and be able to understand what’s going on during all the different phases of the match! One part of the longer form of the game that …

What Is Line And Length In Cricket?

When watching cricket, you may have heard commentators mention how it’s important for bowlers to bowl a good ‘line and length’. The problem is that a lot of newcomers to the game of cricket don’t understand what this phrase means! There are a lot of phrases like that in cricket, and one of my goals on this site is to …

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Cricket Fielding Positions & Explanations

Do you know the difference between long off and silly mid-on? If not, then you’re in the right place! The fielding positions in cricket have a variety of different names, some of which sound quite strange! You’ll hear them mentioned all the time by the commentators when you’re watching a game, so it’s important that you get to know the …

What’s The Difference Between Over & Around The Wicket?

Just before I was about to bowl my first ever ball in a cricket match, the umpire turned to me and said, ‘Are you bowling over or around the wicket?’. I stared back at him with a confused face, saying nothing. I felt so embarrassed that I didn’t know what either of these things meant, even though they’re so simple! …

What Is A ‘Maiden’ In Cricket?

You will see and hear the word ‘maiden’ being used a lot if you watch cricket! It’s a term that is used by most commentators as well as statisticians in order to help tell the story of what is happening in the game. Therefore, it is a word that needs to be understood properly! Luckily for all of us, the …

What Does ‘Back Of A Length’ Mean In Cricket?

Today I’m going to try to clear up any confusion that some of you may have about the phrase ‘back of a length’. This is another one of those pieces of cricketing language that may have an unclear meaning to those of you who are new to the sport! But trust me, it’s actually really simple to understand! Firstly, you …

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What Is The Off Side And Leg Side In Cricket?

‘Leg side’ and ‘off side’ are another two terms that can be confusing if you’re a newcomer to cricket. You will hear both terms mentioned many times throughout the course of a game, and if you’re a player, you’ll also hear them spoken about during your training sessions! This is why you need to know what they are! A cricket …

How Many Overs Can A Bowler Bowl In A Cricket Match?

In some cricket matches there are limitations on how many overs that a bowler can bowl! Any of you that watch or play cricket already will know that the sport can be divided into a few main types of matches…some can last for 5 full days, and some can last for just 200 balls! Therefore, it kind of makes sense …

How Do You Win A Cricket Match? (Tests, ODI’s, T20’s)

When you first get interested in cricket, it can be hard to get your head around the rules regarding how games are won and lost. Trust me, I’ve been there! Back in the 2005 Ashes series, I had no idea why England didn’t win the 3rd test match at Old Trafford against Australia seeing as they had scored more runs …