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Cricket as a game still baffles me.

I feel like I'd understand it better if I could see a full match.

I want to understand it better, because the clips I've seen make it look wildly entertaining.

but the rules? basically incomprehensible.

@ajroach42 I only grok about 10% of the game and it's pretty fun to watch.

@ajroach42 I've seen full matches and am still none the wiser 😅

@ajroach42
You have two sides, one out in the field and one in.

Each person in the side that’s in goes out, and when they are out they come in and the next person goes in until they’re out.

When they are all out, the side that’s out comes in. The side that’s been in goes out, and tries to get those coming in, out.

So basically, when a player goes out to go in, the people who are out try to get them out, and when they are out they go in again and the next batter in goes out to go in.

@ajroach42
Also, there are two people called umpires who stay out all the time and they decide when the people who are in are out.

When both sides have been in and all the people have been out, and both sides have been out twice after all the people have been in, including those who are not out, that's the end of the game.

Glad to help clear that up.

@mathew
I wanted to be in on the game, but wow, you lost me... I'm out!
@ajroach42

@ajroach42 Have you heard where Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy suggested the game comes from?

It was a later season of the radio show, originally intended for Dr Who...

@ajroach42 as someone who played it as a kid, it seems like below-the-waist baseball but there’s a specific target for the ball rather than “as far as fucking possible”

@ajroach42

yeah we sat one afternoon in a bar in Nelson, New Zealand talking to folk trying to get this all sorted. I think we *began* to develop a sort of understanding of it that has long since faded.

then again, I still have a lot of trouble with how tennis works, so I may just be a lost cause.

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