Time to hit a six!

For Six Sentence Stories where the given word is Bowl.




With all the fuss over football and tennis at the moment, this is probably a good time to mention one particular sporting activity which is currently being overlooked, and I refer of course to cricket!

I realise the rules can be a little confusing, particularly to those in countries where it’s not appreciated, so I thought I’d offer you a simple explanation of what goes on during the game when the players aren’t taking their vital tea and cake breaks!

We start with someone that bowls a ball, two who try to bat it and lots of others that just stand around trying to catch it and this is how it works –

  1. There are two sides, one is in and one is out and each man that’s in the side that’s in goes out, and when he’s out he comes in and the next man goes in until he’s out.
  1.   When they are all out the side that is out comes in, and the side that has been in goes out and tries to get those that came in out, so there are players that are both out and not out.
  1. When both sides have been in and out including the not outs, the game is over, get it?



39 thoughts on “Time to hit a six!

  1. Sadje Jul 8, 2021 / 12:35

    I love cricket and have been playing and watching it since childhood, but if we go by your explanation, all I know would be lost in the confusion! 😛🤣😂

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    • Keith's Ramblings Jul 8, 2021 / 13:58

      I thought it was crystal clear (ish) and when you play cricket that’s pretty well what you’re doing (I think!) Howzat!

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      • Sadje Jul 8, 2021 / 15:09

        Ish…… is the operative word here.

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  2. Christine Goodnough Jul 8, 2021 / 15:04

    All the ins and outs are making me dizzy! But then I read it with baseball in mind and it makes perfect sense after all. 😉

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  3. Chris Hall Jul 8, 2021 / 15:57

    Classic, Keith! As one originally from Yorkshire, lived for many years in Lancashire and ended up in South Africa, I’d say I have a reasonable ‘grip’ on the sport. 🙂

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  4. UP Jul 8, 2021 / 16:00

    American College Football for this guy. Go Bucks. I’ve watched Downton Abbey all six seasons at least 5 times and still don’t understand cricket! HA Good six.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Jul 8, 2021 / 16:33

      I’d probably be equally confused if I watched American Footie! Something suggests you’re a Downton fan! I can’t imagine that lot in shoulder pads and helmets!


  5. The Atomic Mage Jul 8, 2021 / 19:50

    Excellent, Keith, you have the ins and outs of the game nailed! Must admit I love watching cricket – test, one day, T20, and I was a decent left hand bat as a kid for the school team.
    Cricket must be the only sport that stops play twice to eat?

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  6. Denise Jul 8, 2021 / 20:50

    No, I don’t get it and I never will. I remember an episode on Midsomer Murders that took place at a cricket match and I was totally lost.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Jul 9, 2021 / 11:22

      An international Test Match takes five days, so I hope you’ve got plenty of time to spare!


  7. GirlieOnTheEdge Jul 9, 2021 / 00:09

    No wonder there are tea and cake breaks, Keith! My head is spinning just from trying to figure it all out, lol.

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  8. Doug Jacquier Jul 9, 2021 / 01:46

    I think if you’d included the bits about strapping young men rubbing their balls to make them shine you might have attracted more converts. 🙂

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  9. Nicole Horlings Jul 9, 2021 / 21:14

    Very cleverly worded. Kind of reminds me of the “chalice from the palace” bit from The Court Jester.

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  10. jenne49 Jul 9, 2021 / 21:21

    Well, Keith, I didn’t understand it before, and I really don’t understand it now, but your description was genius. A great piece of writing.

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  11. ceayr Jul 9, 2021 / 22:11

    I played in South Africa and would have played in Scotland but I was only there for 25 years and it was raining…

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  12. Michael B. Fishman Jul 11, 2021 / 15:20

    I loved this six! I’ve always had an interest in cricket because of it’s similarity to American baseball. There is a ‘Minnesota Cricket Association’ here and a few years back I went to one of the fields to watch. It was interesting but I had no idea at all what was going on and except for an obvious bat and ball I had trouble seeing the similarity. If I would have had this guide then everything would have been cleared up for me! Do players really take tea and cake breaks?

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    • Keith's Ramblings Jul 11, 2021 / 16:48

      Sometimes the atmosphere is enough to give pleasure even if you don’t know what’s going on!
      Yes indeed, once during every match, everything stops for tea!

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  13. hilarymb Jul 15, 2021 / 11:08

    Hi Keith – it’s such a fun explanation … cheers Hilary

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